Skye’s got no limit

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS - Jessie Tol­son

MAR­TIAL arts stu­dent Skye Stevens has changed her cho­sen sport from Judo to Brazil­ian jiu-jitsu for more of a chal­lenge, a move that has proved suc­cess­ful af­ter only a hand­ful of lessons – re­sult­ing in a gold medal.

Last weekend the 11-year old com­peted in the North Queens­land ti­tles in Cairns af­ter only five lessons with Jig­saw MMA in Cairns and made it on to the podium.

Skye earned her­self a gold medal af­ter her fight with a high-belted and very ex­pe­ri­enced Brazil­ian jiu-jitsu com­peti­tor, fin­ish­ing her op­po­nent in less than 40 sec­onds with an arm bar sub­mis­sion.

Skye has proved her­self to be a highly mo­ti­vated com­peti­tor and has her sights firmly set on the Aus­tralian ti­tles next year.

Brazil­lian jiu-jitsu is a great way for kids to learn self-de­fence; it teaches them tech­niques that can be used against big­ger and stronger at­tack­ers, which will give time for the de­fender to get away from an at­tack.

Skye said she de­cided to change sports for a chal­lenge.

‘‘Judo was great, I en­joy it, but there are al­ways kids my age to fight in BJJ,’’ she said.

‘‘There is re­ally good sup­port in BJJ, which will help me to achieve my goals.

‘‘The change was easy to ad­just to, there is more I’m al­lowed to do in BJJ com­pe­ti­tions which I found more fun than com­pet­ing in Judo where there isn’t al­ways fights for me at com­pe­ti­tions.

‘‘My com­peti­tors were well trained in BJJ, which I like. The harder the chal­lenge the more fun it is!’’

Al­ready show­ing such prom­ise in brazil­lian jiu-jitzu, if any­one would like to spon­sor Skye to help her achieve her dreams of mak­ing it to the big time in what is fast be­com­ing the world’s num­ber one com­bat sport, con­tact Tanya Stevens at I Do Fit­ness on 4098 2354.

Pic­ture: JESSIE TOL­SON

WIN­NER: Skye Stevens with her Brazil­ian Ju Jitsu medal

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