So­phie’s on top of world in Las Ve­gas

Rossendale Free Press - - Sport -

JUDO TWO-TIME judo Olympian So­phie Cox was in im­pe­ri­ous form when win­ning an IBJJF (In­ter­na­tional Brazil­ian Jiu Jitsu Fed­er­a­tion) World Masters ti­tle in Las Ve­gas.

Com­pet­ing at Masters Level 2 Pur­ple Belt Feather­weight, So­phie (BJJ Fac­tory Stock­port) dom­i­nated her three op­po­nents to win her sec­ond world ti­tle of the year, hav­ing pre­vi­ously claimed the UAEJJF World Pro crown in Abu Dhabi in the light­weight blue belt cat­e­gory.

“It was fan­tas­tic to win in the glit­ter­ing iconic city of Las Ve­gas,” said So­phie af­ter­wards. “There are no easy fights at elite level and I had the added pres­sure of my first com­pe­ti­tion at pur­ple belt.

“I’ve been giv­ing nu­mer­ous sem­i­nars on judo take-downs for BJJ and it’s re­ward­ing do­ing it suc­cess­fully in prac­tice.

“It might seem a sim­ple score, two points, but psy­cho­log­i­cally such an ad­van­tage can have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact in gain­ing an early dom­i­nant po­si­tion.

“My quar­ter fi­nal op­po­nent Adelita McGrath, Carl­son Gra­cie Team, pro­vided a stern open­ing test.

“Win­ning by eight points and sub­mis­sion take down with knee pin, mount and arm­bar was a real con­fi­dence booster.”

A bruis­ing semi fi­nal against Abi­gail Kate Pacine, Tac Team, was set­tled with a two point take down and a three point ad­van­tage.

The ag­ile, tech­ni­cally gifted Ha Bui from Zenith BJJ pre­sented a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge in the fi­nal. Two points for a drop shoul­der take down and three more for an arm­bar saw So­phie clinch the world ti­tle.

“As usual I had great sup­port from my fam­ily and club mat­side,” said So­phie. “My coach Adam Ad­shead (BJJ Fac­tory) was an in­spi­ra­tion. I was con­scious of the many fam­ily, friends ●● So­phie Cox and son Leo in Las Ve­gas and sup­port­ers who were up in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing fol­low­ing the live streaming from FloGrap­plng.

“So great big thanks to my spon­sors Fuji and all my ded­i­cated fol­low­ers.

“Shar­ing a photo of my gold medal with my two-year-old son Leo re­minded me that none of my medals are my own th­ese days. In fact, they never have been. They are made up of the many peo­ple who are part of my life and have helped me along the way.

“I was tempted to re­lax after my weight group win, but felt phys­i­cally and men­tally con­fi­dent to en­ter the Ab­so­lute, Open Weight bracket. My first fight was won with a bread cut­ter choke, my sec­ond with a three points to two score. After a tense strug­gle I lost the fi­nal five points to two against Laura Ann Martins (GF BJJ team), the mid­dleweight gold win­ner, so had to set­tle for sil­ver.”

So­phie now con­tin­ues her ex­cit­ing America ad­ven­ture with coach­ing com­mit­ments in Los An­ge­les and San Diego.

“I have am­bi­tions to win my third world ti­tle of the year when I com­pete in the World Judo Masters in Sar­dinia n Oc­to­ber,” she said. “It is hec­tic jug­gling fam­ily, coach­ing and com­pe­ti­tion, but I’m re­al­is­ing true chal­lenge and am look­ing for­ward to con­tin­ued suc­cess at el­e­vate level in both BJJ and com­pet­i­tive judo.”

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