(Photo: Mohammed and Fight for Peace BJJ coach Jackson Sousa)

BJJ success for Fight for Peace athlete

By Shamus Campbell, Fight for Peace Volunteer and Youth Councillor

09/03/2017 – Mohammed Nour Jacare Khalifa displayed his class with a hard fought run in the British National Pro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship, coming away with a silver medal. The event took place at the University of East London and showcased talent from all over the world with Mohammed competing in the Male GI Adult White Belt category at 77kg.

After defeating three opponents, Mohammed went on to the final where he just missed out on gold, claiming the silver medal. “I’m pleased with my performance. I trained very hard but came up short in the final. I will keep working hard to achieve my dream of being world champion one day”. Mohammed said following the result.

He also had plenty to say about the team around him, “I want to thank all my family and friends, my coaches Steve, Chris, Darren and Jackson and all the staff at Fight for Peace for the work they do for us daily. I also want to thank my teammates who train with me regularly”, he added.

Brazilian jiu jitsu at Fight for Peace has been growing in popularity since it was introduced at the London Academy in August 2015, with many young people finding new ambitions and confidence through the unique martial art. More participants than ever are now competing and having great success on the mats.

BJJ Coach Steve O’Keefe who has coached at Fight for Peace for six years expressed his thoughts on Mohammed and his achievement:

“Mohammed has displayed great dedication. He expressed an interest in competing early on with ambitions to participate for the first time at the Abu Dhabi professional trials, one of the toughest competitions in the world. Mohammed lost in the final of the British National Pro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship and claimed a silver medal. This is a massive achievement and he has done Fight for Peace proud”, said Steve.

Mohammed now aims to compete regularly and takes inspiration from his favourite quote by Mattie J.T Stepanek, “Unity is strength when there is teamwork and collaboration wonderful things can be achieved.”