My name is Lisa Major, I am a part-time blogger, a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a black belt in Judo.
I started The Jiu-Jitsu Flow in 2019 as new avenue to document my Jiu-Jitsu journey and as a way to give back to the community I have found home in. This Jiu-Jitsu blog has been created to share what I have learned so far from 5 years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 16 years of Judo, a degree in Sports Psychology and Coaching Sciences, and a masters degree in Psychology of Education, to help you find the answers to some of your own questions when going along your Martial Arts journey.
Where Did My Journey Begin?
When I was 8 years old my father took me to my first Judo class at Dowty’s in Gloucester. I remember going there and loving every minute of it. Feeling the sense of power and challenge that comes with the sport. Ever since then my passion for martial arts never stopped. I gained my black belt when I was 16 after going up the childrens ranks. I eventually stopped Judo when I started my Jiu-Jitsu journey in 2014, although I still may go back now and again to my old club Cheltenham YMCA.
Whilst living in New Zealand, I was training and competing in Judo, but wanted to do more. This was when I found Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at The Fight Shop, Palmerston North, and started to learn the basics of this wonderful sport. I remember my first class so clearly, I went along with another friend from my judo class to try out jiu-jitsu. I remember it was so different to Judo. In Judo you could defend by lying on your stomach and keeping tight, where I soon learnt this was not a place I wanted to be in Jiu-jitsu!
Later that year, I began training in Bournemouth at IPPON GYM, under Jeff Lawson. I stayed here for 3 years, and made Jiu-Jitsu my soul focus. IPPON gym was super welcoming from when I first set foot in there and I still have great friends from here even though I have moved away.
In 2017, I travelled and trained for 6 weeks in various places around Thailand. Although the obvious is to train Muay Thai in Thailand… This wasnt what I was interested in and there was plenty of Jiu-Jitsu anyway. I trained in Bangkok, Chaing Mai and Phuket!
Then in April 2017, I moved to New York for 5 months, training primarily under Silver Fox, NJ whilst visiting other gyms in NYC. I would definitely say I would like to go back some day as the training in NYC is on another level!
In late 2017, I moved back to England, and began training in Bristol at Pedro Bessa’s BJJ Academy for the last 2 years. This is where I gained my purple belt and found my best Jiu-jitsu sisters! Its not very often that you find an academy with a group of around 10 Jiu-Jitsu women to train with!
At the end of 2019 though, I decided to change gyms to Impact Gym (CRA Bristol) to focus on No-Gi, with my goals to win at Sub Only competitions and the ADCC trials.
What you can expect from The Jiu-Jitsu Flow ?
Over the years I have competed, changed gyms, traveled, got injured, manipulated my weight to increase or decrease, and gained a wealth of experience on the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle. Along the way I’ve had many questions, and I’m sure to have more as my journey continues. The Jiu-Jitsu flow aims to bring to you the best articles on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Answering the questions we are all wondering. Interviewing competitors, covering Jiu-jitsu news and product reviews. If you would like to get in touch and tell me about your journey or something you would like to promote. You can contact me at:
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