A local father and daughter have once again won a string of awards in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – proving that hard work and perseverance pays off.
In the last edition of The Knowledge we featured eleven-year-old Frankie Rose Horsman who had just been crowned double world champion. She has since gone on to win the 2018 European Junior Championships.
Her dad Jamie, who runs Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes at Gracie Barra Knowle in Filwood, has also been storming the ranks. He took gold in the British Nationals at middle weight and open weight, won the National Masters in September and silver at the London International Open this month (October).
Jamie (40) who took up the martial art nine years ago says it has completely changed his life around after going off the rails in his youth and having a spell in prison.
He started teaching in the area to help Knowle residents “be the best they can be.”
He says: “Its more than a martial art it’s a lifestyle. I am the best version of me I can be, because of Jiu-Jitsu…
“So far we have been going for two years and are slowly growing into a strong team with lots of local kids benefiting from the values that come from Jiu-Jitsu and also doing extremely well in competition – with regional, British, European and world champions.
“I am also doing quite well in competition, to say I’m proud is an understatement.”
Frankie (11), a pupil at St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School, says: “ I have recently won the Junior European championships again making me 2018 Bristol, British, European and world champion which is fantastic but the best thing is I have made friends from all different cultures and from all over the world…
“We fight and then after we play and learn each other’s language, I really enjoy it and a lot wouldn’t be possible without the help of my sponsor ISS South West who have helped a lot.”
Gracie Barra Knowle runs at Filwood Community Centre on Tuesdays – children 6-7pm, adults 7-8pm and Fridays 6 – 7 pm all ages. Call: 0793 980 5097.