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Thiago Lucas, 24, is an example of overcoming many children who are assisted by Instituto Irmãos Nogueira. Before becoming professor of the Institute itself, helping children and young people of the Black Belt Social Project, Thiago, better known as Mammoth, had terrible moments due to his life choices. If before Thiago Mamute lived without direction, addicted to crack and involved with the crime, today, after arriving at the Black Belt of Jesus, with only 38kgs, on account of drugs, the teacher recognizes the good that the social project did to the it and follows the path of awareness of the children and young people who are assisted.

His idea is to show them the right way and the good so that they do not have to go through what he went through. “I myself have had life experience of going through addiction, drugs and criminality and today I am teaching these children not to go down this road because I know it was a difficult road and it has greatly disrupted my life and my family. I was a crack user, I got involved with the crime, but I turned it around. I realized that this was not being good for me and today I am able to use my life experience to help the children and chart another way for them. I am able to show the way of right and wrong for them, “says Thiago Mamute.

Thiago arrived at the Institute seven years ago and went through all the processes that all children and young people go through. They study, learn a profession, take care of their health, and are motivated to find in the difficulties even more motivation to keep their lives on track. “For as much as adversities may find us, the most important thing is the honest choices you make,” he points out.

Currently, Thiago Mamute is a Jiu-Jitsu brown belt and teaches the children of Instituto Irmãos Nogueira. For Ricardo Cavalcante, manager of the Nova Iguaçu core project, the most important thing when a person arrives at the project is to take care of the body, the food, the spirit. So you start thinking about martial arts. “The important thing for us is that this person stay away from drugs and crime, because it’s no use to prepare a person to be excellent in martial arts if he is not going to use the path of good!”

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In the midst of so many bad news that we are confronted daily in the country’s main news, some of them make us believe that social projects are extremely important in the life of communities. It is a reality that Rio de Janeiro is under siege. Trafficking, drugs and violence are killing us as if we were a country in a state of war.

As much as our war is veiled, there are works that are being done incessantly in search of regeneration. They are people who wake up every morning with faith that their jobs can redeem at least one life of crime. And when that happens is a reason for happiness not only for those who are ahead of social projects, but for all the relatives of this life that now has a chance to move forward as a citizen of good.

In Jesus’ Black Belt it is no different. Located in Nova Iguaçu, this social project has as main objective to remove men, women and even children who are on the margins of society, contributing to the crime continue to make victims. According to project manager Ricardo Cavalcante, the case of Marlon Zandonight is more like the ones we see every day on television, a former drug dealer who, in addition to selling drugs, was also involved in assaults and other crimes.

However, this case begins to differ from the others from the moment that Marlon began to participate, about six months, of the Black Belt of Jesus. “First I am teaching him to live, the competitions and the martial arts, for us now is not important, first we are taking care of his body, his teeth, his food, his soul, the spirit, and then we think about competing . What’s important is he’s in here, away from traffic, crime, drugs, and assault, you see. This is the most important. He has been training Jiu-Jitsu and MMA, but first we have to do something well done because it’s no use having a super fighting athlete who continues to commit crimes”, says Ricardo.

Today, Marlon has dropped his weapons and is being re-socialized. His mother Andreia is very happy with this new phase in the life of her son Marlon: “My son was giving me a lot of trouble getting involved with drugs, with wrong people, with the traffic and I was suffering a lot from it, I had high blood pressure, I lived behind him in the street. He made me very sad about this, but today my son has been in the project for six months and has become a new boy, a new boy, regenerated and socialized again. In our family now we all believe in him again. I am very grateful to the staff of this project because, thank God for this project, I hope it continues in the way of good”, says Andreia.

To register for the Black Belt Social Project, just look for the headquarters of the same, located at Av. Gov. Roberto Silveira, 1050 – Centro, Nova Iguaçu – RJ. Minors must be accompanied by a guardian; above 18 years of age, taking photo ID, CPF and proof of residence. Children, ages 8 and older, and teens must bring all these documents and more to the school statement. All procedures are free, in addition to all material. For more information call +55 (21) 3488-5928.