Musashi GenNext Athlete Support Program
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Favourite Musashi Product and Why:
Low carb Creamy Berry protein bar because it's delicious, low in calories and a perfect snack before training and during competitions.
Greatest Sporting Achievement
Winning Brown Belt World Championships in 2016 and becoming the first Australian to win a brown belt gi world title.
How did you get into your chosen sport?
I was a gymnast for 12 years, then a sprint cyclist for 6 years before I decided to retire to get a university degree (I'm a physiotherapist). I started BJJ at my local gym because I was sick of shadow boxing and the Jiu Jitsu guys looked like they were always having fun. I never looked back after my first class.
What is your best training tip?
Have fun and keep it in perspective. I like having goals for each training session, so that I can get the best out of myself every time I enter the gym.
On average how long do you spend training a week?
I usually train 2 x per day Monday to Friday and once on Saturday or Sunday. Training sessions go for 1.5-2 hrs. I train BJJ - gi and no gi and I wrestle 3 x a week. When I'm injured or not too fatigued I also lift weights.
What is your go to before race meal?
Wholemeal toast with peanut butter, banana and honey and a Musashi P8 Low Carb Protein Bar.
How do you stay motivated with training?
I really enjoy training so it never feels like a chore. BJJ is a skill based sport so there is always something to learn and to get better at. I compete a lot which keeps my motivation high. Most importantly though, I love the community at my gym and want to be around my friends every day.
The thing I love most about being an athlete is?
I love pushing myself beyond what I ever thought was possible. I get out of my comfort zone every single day. I love being fit and strong. I also love the feeling of executing a skill, learning and winning. Being an athlete allows me to travel the world, see amazing places and meet some incredible people.
Toughest experience in your career and what have you learnt from it?
Tearing my ACL of my knee 3 weeks before a major event was heartbreaking. However in retrospect, I can see that it has made me a better athlete. I've had to change and adapt my game and in the process learnt many new skills. Mentally, I have never been tested so much, but getting through the tough times has made me realise just how tough I am.
What is your pre-race ritual?
I usually like to focus, meditate and laugh with my BJJ friends.
Who inspires you and why?
I draw inspiration from many top level athletes in Jiu Jitsu. The person who inspires me every day though is my partner and my coach Lachlan Giles. He is extremely good at what he does, he is smart, kind and fair. My teammates who push me and make me laugh every day are my real heros.
GenNext Key Achievements:
3 x World Champion:
2016 Brown Belt World Champion (rooster)
2013 Purple Belt World Champion no gi (light feather)
2013 Blue Belt World Champion (light feather)
Copa Podio Champion - Vikings vs Kangaroos Challenge 2016
2 x Asian Champion:
2016 Brown Belt Asian Champion (light feather)
2014 Purple Belt Asian Champion (light feather)
Silver medalist 2015 World Championships , purple belt (light feather)
11x Pan Pacific Champion