Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been a part of my life for the 5 years, I came across it one day whilst I was working out in my local gym.
I started training in December 2011, 2 days week which quickly increased to twice a day, 5 days per week; I was totally absorbed by the art and was now a committed student.
My first competition was in Brighton 2012 as a white belt, I arrived at the venue, whilst waiting in the reception area preparing for my first encounter I got extremely nervous and could feel myself getting flustered. I had 5 fights on the day and finished with a bronze medal which I was totally surprised by, although I thoroughly deserved it after all the training I had done. I now I had the competition bug.
I continued my training and competing, wining various competitions, and in March 2014 something special happened, I went to compete in the European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal, and won “Gold”. I realised very soon after how big a deal this was and got signed up by a sponsor who would assist me financially to compete.
In the same year I went to Rome & Paris and won there also. In July 2014 the “World International Masters Championship” took place in Rio De Janerio, Brazil, this was probably the hardest one of them all, the home of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and I was going to challenge for the gold medal. The time had come to test how good I was, whilst travelling to Brazil I had been told that my sponsor had gone “bankrupt” so I had to finance my trip.
Two days into my trip to Brazil I posted a message on social media saying that I was looking for a sponsor. I did not hear anything for a while until the day before I was to compete, a representative of Cimac (franchise of Adidas) contacted me and stated if I won the World International Masters they would sponsor me.
The days had come and I headed to Tijuca Tennis club in Rio with my coach and good friend, the Tijuca Tennis club is the most famous arena where so many great BJJ fights had taken place, and my name was going to be added to the list as I won the “gold medal”. I could not believe what I had achieved and with this success came many openings.
In 2015 I started my own academy teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Wrestling and Self Defence.
And in February 2017 we start classes in Dulwich College, specifically for women due to the amount of interested we generated through our women’s only Self Defence classes.
For more details, including how to register, please click here.
We will also be starting another 8 week course in Women’s Self Defence. More details, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org