There is no question that making a success of yourself in BJJ is no easy task. The levels of dedication, competitiveness and determination required is unprecedented.
These key qualities in successful BJJ athletes makes their individual stories fascinating. And that is why we look to document just a few of these stories through our web series - Tatami Originals.
No two BJJ journeys are the same. Each individual has their own struggles, their own victories and their own motivations. Tatami Originals takes these journeys and screens them for the world to see and appreciate.
We document the stories of some of the best personalities in the UK combat sport scene and beyond.
Here are just some of the Original stories available now:
Ross Nicholls is a BJJ black belt under Roger Gracie based in London, England. Ross holds multiple British and European titles as well as victories in prestigious invitational events such as Polaris. He now trains out of the RGA Gymbox academy.
Ash Williams is a Welsh black belt out of the Chris Rees Academy in Swansea, South Wales. As a one-time youngest black belt in the UK, Williams holds an envious list of accomplishments, which include competing on two of the biggest stages in the grappling calendar - EBI and Polaris, as well as a host of other big shows and a winner of the IBJJF European No Gi Championship.
Leoni Munslow is a BJJ black belt from New School BJJ based in London. As a pioneer for female BJJ, Leoni came through the ranks as Jiu Jitsu was experiencing an explosion in popularity, and juggles her athletic career with her role as a London firefighter.