Lucas Rocha is no stranger to coaching and competing at the same time. It takes a special kind of person, however, to manage their own training schedule and success in unison with those of fellow teammate's.
But as early as brown belt Rocha proved he could compete at the highest level and coach the next generation to success as a main instructor at the prestigious Gracie Barra HQ in Irvine.
Once receiving his black belt in 2012, Rocha then took over as head coach at Gracie Barra Arcadia, where he continued to compete against the world's most elite black belts. In 2016, Rocha moved on with his long time coach, José Olimpio, better known as Zé Radiola, to form ZR Team, where again he maintained his duel role as competitor and coach. 
Now in his early 30's, the veteran black belt has taken the step to start his own team, Logic Jiu-Jitsu. With years of experience in one of the most successful jiu-jitsu organizations in the world, and the accolades to match, Rocha has earned this moment, and is fully prepared for the responsibilities that lie ahead.

 A lot of changes since we spoke with you last, you’re starting a new team? Tell us about that.

Yes, the vision and approach unfortunately could not be done or executed at the old team. Due to this conflict the best decision was to move on and create something fresh, modern and effective.

What will be the focus of the new team? What strengths do you want your fighters known for?

We will still support competitors. My first competition was at 13 years old and I truly believe in the benefits of it for anyone, however, we want to organize the team where we do offer more support and opportunity for the school owners.

Gyms need to be much more organized and effective, and I believe in the system I created. Myself and our three other academies are very excited about the future!

What is the biggest learning lesson you’ve had from the process of starting a new team?

Team isn’t never made of or about one person.

Will we see you on the competition scene in the future?

Yes definitely! Now more than ever I want to represent our new flag!

What is the most challenging aspect of being a coach?

Been a competitive athlete at the same time, teaching and training at the same time. But I honestly love both so much. Although it isn't easy, I do get pleasure from coaching and training.

You also became a father last year! What’s that been like juggling your responsibilities as a dad and the head of a new organization?

It’s been great, the baby honestly helps take my mind off of work. I am already thinking 24/6 about the company and the future of us all. So to save a day to stay with the baby is honestly the best!

If you could give your white belt self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Don't give up, don’t over-think and always stick with the technique.

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