Fight for Peace BJJ athletes take on the world’s best in London tournament

22/03/2017 – Sabir Hussein, Hamsa Ahmed and Rinchen Griffiths-Golha got their Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) debuts underway at white belt at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in London’s Excel Arena. Kingsley Crawford also had his first competitive challenge in the blue belt division at the same event.

All competitors showed great promise in their opening bouts, displaying great composure and tactical awareness but were ultimately outdone by the tough opposition the Grand Slam had to offer. Each Fight for Peace athlete ultimately came away unsuccessful from their contests. A testament to how high the standard was at the event.

Fight for Peace BJJ coach Jackson Sousa had better success, gaining a bronze medal in the black belt division at 94kg.

A tough day at the office didn’t quell the enthusiasm of competitor Hamsa Ahmed: “It was a real privilege and experience gainer for me. This was my first BJJ competition and it was a big one. I thank Fight for Peace and our coach Jackson for helping me get to compete there and although losing, I had a lot of fun”, said Hamsa.

Rinchen Griffiths-Golha who was unlucky not to make it past his first opponent, losing out in the final moments, gave an analytic description of his performance: “My performance could have been better, I felt stronger than my opponent but he had a lot more mat skill and he came with a game plan but I didn’t. I’m quite happy with myself though because I scored first with my trip and broke out of his triangle multiple times which gave me a confidence boost”, explained Rinchen.

Although no victories were scored, there were several lessons learnt for the Fight for Peace athletes that competed. BJJ is going from strength to strength at the London Academy and the experience gained by these athletes will hold them in good stead as they progress in the sport.