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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu success in the Barossa

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu success in the Barossa

When you think of martial arts, images of fast-paced fighting come to mind, not the slow motion mind game that is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Tom Gerlach and Claudio Vozzo both train at Nuriootpa, under Jay Morphett at FightingFit Muay Thai and are seeing many benefits of the sport.

Tom, 23, started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after he injured his knee while playing for the Nuriootpa Rovers Football Club, where he is now a trainer.

“I came in to have a look and I haven’t left,” Tom said.

His knees haven’t been a problem since he started training in the martial art and he said while the camaraderie was the same as football, there were more personal achievements in his new sport.

Tom competed in grappling competition, Grappler’s Quest – where the club won three silver and two bronzes – last year and looks forward to the event again this year, along with the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu state titles, Synergy Pro and Brace for War.

Claudio, 30, said Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was a great sport for fitness, but also described it as similar to a game of chess because they were always thinking about their next move.

For the full story, grab January 16 edition of The Leader.