Skye’s got no limit
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.
WINNER: Skye Stevens with her Brazilian Ju Jitsu medal