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September 2017

What Adam did…

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What Adam did…anyone can do…but not everyone will.

At the start of 2017, Adam came to Fightworx and told us he’d set himself a goal (a goal is like a dream, but with a dream with a deadline). He wanted to learn Jiu Jitsu, get in shape, lose some weight and, before the end of the year, he wanted to test himself by entering a competition. So we discussed the realism of his idea, what he felt he needed from us to help him work towards it, and more importantly what we would need from him.

Bear in mind, Adam isn’t a full time or ‘professional’ fighter. He’s a normal guy, he has a young family, a full time job, and a life outside of the gym. So, we worked with him to build a training plan to fit around the rest of his life but to ensure we did everything we could to ensure he had the opportunity to achieve what he set out to achieve.

Let’s fast forward past the “he trained hard on this day / got a bit injured on that day / sat in a corner crying on that day” bit (those things certainly happened, but we’re not making an Idris Elba documentary here) and skip forward to Sept 17th 2017.

Adam had learned some of the basic techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, was in better shape, and had entered a competition. However, this wasn’t any normal, local, low-level interclub event – he had entered a prestigious national event – the National Masters Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships. In for a penny, in for a pound as they say.

Goals achieved. And we can happily finish the story there. But that’s not the end. Not only did Adam achieve his target, but he smashed it. Despite being incredibly nervous and apprehensive, he fought through a tough division to win Gold. Gold in his first ever competition. Like a real life Karate Kid. Except it was BJJ. And Adam isn’t a Kid…you get the idea.

The point of this is: You can do something if you set your mind to it. And you can do better than even you had planned. What you can do is down to you, not us. We can teach you, guide you, and help you, but remember one thing – No one ever achieved something by doing nothing. There are plenty of ‘talkers’ but only the a few ‘doers’. Talkers talk (a lot). Doers do.

We can help you achieve your goals. It doesn’t have to be winning a competition; it could be simply getting fitter, losing some weight, learning a new skill, even overcoming anxiety.

All you have to do is come to a class. The first one is free so you can see what training is all about. There’s a contact form on every page of this website. We can’t make it easier than that.

Yes, he won a GOLD medal

Yes, he won a GOLD medal

Clean Sweep at National Masters BJJ Championship

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3 from 3. All Fightworx Competitors win Gold Medals!

17th Sept was the inaugural National Masters Jiu Jitsu competition (‘Masters’ being people aged 30+, which sounds a little nicer than ‘Seniors’!) held in Hereford

The event sold out weeks before the date, bringing together hundreds of competitors from around the country. Fightworx Taunton managed to register 3 people in the event, student Adam White, Stuart Kingston (one of our kid’s BJJ Coaches) Matt Male (MMA & BJJ Coach)

The tournament was run as a single elimination knockout tournament and all 3 competitors faced tough draws in their respective divisions. Adam, who was entering his first competition, was up first at 9:30am. After a tentative, nervous start he eventually began to assert his dominance and technique, winning both his fights on points to secure a Gold Medal!

Stuart was next, and showed his takedown skills with a huge judo throw in his first fight, going on to win by points. In the final of his division, he secured another takedown and controlled the match from the top position, winning by submission (ezekiel choke from half-guard for the technically minded readers). Our 2nd Gold Medal of the day.

Finally, Matt took to the mats, determined to live up to the successes so far. After being thrown heavily in his first match he had to fight back from behind. Continuously attacking, he manged to draw even and win on an ‘advantage’ for a close submission attempt. In the final of his division, Matt won by a wrist lock submission to complete a clean sweep of Gold Medals!!

Good work from all the guys.

This shows that we’ll put our money where our mouth is. We can guarantee you are getting the best tuition available in all classes.