A Knowle West girl is celebrating becoming a two-time world champion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Eleven-year-old Frankie Rose Horsman has been training in the martial art since she was six – but only started competing two years ago with astounding success.
She became British Nationals champion, Naga UK and Ireland champion and was then crowned European Champion.
This July she was crowned two-time World champion winning her division Junior 2 under 38kg – and then went up in age and weight to win the Teenager under 44kg division.
Frankie started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Gracie Barra Bristol under Professor Nicolia Holt – but now trains at Gracie Barra Knowle at Filwood Community Centre, run by her dad Jamie Horsman.
The former School of Christ the King pupil says: “I really enjoy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as it keeps me fit, I’ve made lots of friends from all over the world, it’s given me confidence and I can look after myself and friends.
“One day when I’m an adult I want to be a top Black belt and have my own school – but for now I’m just enjoying the training and competitions.”
Dad Jamie said: “To say I’m super proud of Frankie and what she’s achieved is a massive understatement, she only trains twice a week as I don’t want to pressure her and stop her enjoying it.
“She’s currently at the highest rank she can be for her age – so after her school holidays we will get back to training ready for the next European championships in November.
“I started the school to try to give the local kids something to do and keep them off the streets … and it’s gone from strength to strength. We are always busy and we have several other champions, winning the Bristol open…”
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes run from Filwood Community Centre on Tuesdays 6-7pm for children and 7-8pm adults. There is a mixed adult and children’s class on Fridays 6-7pm.
For more information contact Jamie on 0793 980 5097.