Frango & Chicken
Positivity, encouragement, and a good sense of humor are the name of the game for Frango and his friend Chicken. No disability can overcome that combination!
Based on a true story (see The Inspiration tab below for more information).
Also available in Portugese version!
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- The Inspiration
Some things seem impossible, but with the right attitude and the help of a friend, you can do more than you ever thought you could.
The adventures of Frango and Chicken are inspired by the true story of a young man in Brazil who has had to overcome physical challenges since infancy. By maintaining a positive attitude and sense of humor, he shows all of us how to live without limits.
Elena Stowell is the award-winning author of Flowing with the Go: A Jiu-Jitsu Journey of the Soul. She is co-founder of the non-profit Carly Stowell Foundation and director of the JamminBJJ Give the Gift of a Gi program. Her volunteer work helps make sports and music participation affordable and accessible to children and adults around the world. Keep up with Elena through her website www.elenastowell.com.
hardback, hardback in Portugese
Luciano “Frango” Mariano was three months old when he was burned in a fire that resulted in the amputation of both arms. “Sure, I was teased, but only by my friends, so it was all in good fun. They gave me the nickname Frango.” Luciano was raised like the other kids in the neighborhood. He admits to being shy, but had all the same curiosities as his friends. “They helped me try the things they did . . . ride a bike, soccer . . . they introduced me to jiu-jitsu.”
It was through the martial art jiu-jitsu that the author, Elena Stowell, met Luciano in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “I want to be a world champion,” he told her. Luciano competes in the rooster weight division, 127.5 pounds or less (58kg). “I feel fortunate to have jiu-jitsu in my life. On the mat, we are all the same. Yes, I use my feet to help me. The sweep that is in the book—it surprises my opponents. I grab their gi with one foot, pass it to my other foot, and pull them over.”
He adds, “It makes me feel good to know that people see me as an inspiration. I try to live my life by seeing all things as possible. Around me I see people with two arms and two legs, good lives and health, but they complain. They put limits on themselves.”
Luciano teaches this life lesson by volunteering to help children participate in jiu-jitsu and stay off the streets.