Over the coming months, we're going to be introducing you to a number of faces from Grand Union, covering seasoned competitors, hobbyists and newbies alike.
First up, we have Benjamin H from GU Elephant & Castle:
Belt: White - 3 Stripes
When did you start Jiu Jitsu?
- 2007 friend took me to one class but at the time it wasn't for me.
- 2013 trained for approximately 6 months before the gym classes got cut.
- 2019 August till present.
Why did you start Jiu Jitsu? For the cardio. I hate doing cardio but when someone is trying to kill you you're kind of forced to exercise by defending.
Favourite Submission & why? Omoplata, I don't get it often but when I do it just feels so satisfying.
Preferred Guard? Spider guard
Proudest Jiu Jitsu Moment? Getting a submission and a medal at London Grappling Industries. Special thanks to my coach Jack, if he wasn't cornering I would have missed the sub! Words can't describe how good that day felt, with everything that happened and the amazing people I was surrounded by.
What has Jiu-Jitsu taught you outside of the Dojo? Patience, discipline and humility. It's helped me be a calmer human being, allowed me to let go of my ego and generally more of a mature adult.
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