BJJ Athlete

About Sophie's Transition to BJJ

I started training in Brazilian Jujitsu (BJJ) in 2013 and really enjoyed being a white belt again. I felt compelled to compete so pushed to get my blue belt. I liked being competitive but at a level where there wasn't as much pressure.

Obviously there is some cross-over between judo and BJJ but over the years they have evolved into very different sports, mainly because of the rules governing the competition.  The focus of BJJ is newaza and some of the details I have learnt – well I wish I knew them whenI was competing in judo! I love continuing to learn all aspects of BJJ and the historic routes of both BJJ and judo are fascinating.

I’ve had some really good results as I have competed and progressed through to purple belt, although I do class it as a hobby!

It’s very hard to balance family life, working and training so I try and make the most of the training I can do.

The BJJ community is just as great (and complicates!) as the judo community and I have found a home in both.

I will continue to compete as long as I can.

Career Highlights

Current Grade - Purple

  • 2015 IBJJF London Open Gold (Blue)
  • 2016 IBJJF European Open Gold (Blue, Masters 1, Feather) Silver (Absolute)
  • 2017 IBJJF European Masters Lightweight Blue - Gold
  • 2017 Abu Dhabi London Pro Lightweight Blue - Gold
  • 2017 Abu Dhabi London Grand Slam Lightweight Blue- Gold
  • 2017 Abu Dhabi World Jui Jitsu Championships Lightweight Blue - Gold
  • 2017 IBJJF World Masters Gold (Feather, Masters 2 Purple) Silver (Absolute)