The Ghost elu­sive in ring

Joondalup Times - - SPORT -

MAR­TIAL arts monikers must carry a cer­tain mys­tique.

And so is the case with Alex ‘The Ghost’ Ni­cholls, of Maranga­roo.

The tal­ented Brazil­ian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) ex­po­nent earned his fight name from a for­mer coach in the dis­ci­pline five years ago.

“He said ‘you’re white like a ghost; that should be your fight name’ and it stuck,” Ni­cholls re­called.

Given 48 of the 13-year-old’s 55 fight medals are gold, ‘The Ghost’ would also be an apt nod to his eva­sive­ness in the ring.

The com­peti­tor claimed gold at last year’s na­tional cham­pi­onships to com­plete his big­gest achieve­ment since tak­ing up the mar­tial art seven years ago.

“It was a big com­pe­ti­tion and I had a cou­ple of really great fights,” he said.

“I just really en­joy fight­ing. I like train­ing at my club, GF Team (in Green­wood). My coach Fabio (An­drade) is great.

“I also like trav­el­ling and the thrill of com­pet­ing.

“I've had about 150 com­pe­ti­tion fights and have won gold in all but six.”

With the im­mense pop­u­lar­ity of mixed mar­tial arts (MMA), it would be easy to as­sume an even­tual goal for the young­ster would be to test his craft in MMA bat­tle­grounds.

But Ni­cholls is con­tent with tak­ing a sole BJJ path, on which he hopes to earn a black belt, be­come a world cham­pion and run his own club one day.

He would not com­pletely rule out MMA though.

“It's pos­si­ble. I'm learn­ing a lit­tle box­ing and have done some karate, capoeira, judo, Amer­i­can wrestling and Muay Thai,” he said.

The com­bat­ant is a nom­i­nee in the Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group’s Lo­cal Sports Stars awards. Know any ju­nior sports stars? Visit www.lo­cal­sportsstars.com.au to nom­i­nate them to have their ef­forts recog­nised.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d468424

Alex Ni­cholls has a for­mi­da­ble BJJ record.

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