Warn­bro’s Tony Jeans is the jiu jitsu na­tional cham­pion

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WARN­BRO res­i­dent Tony Jeanes knocked out all com­pe­ti­tion to take home gold at the 2018 Aus­tralian Jiu-Jitsu Cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne last week­end.

Fa­ther-of-two Jeanes won gold over­all on Satur­day for the 76kg weight class in gi, sil­ver in the open weight gi divi­sion, bronze for the 79kg weight class in no gi and sil­ver in the open weight no gi divi­sion.

The 36-year-old started jiu-jitsu in 2012 and has been pur­su­ing his pas­sion for six-and-a-half years.

“I train at the The Arena MMA Rock­ing­ham,” he said.

“I’m a pur­ple belt train­ing un­der six-time world cham­pion Robert Drys­dale, the head in­ter­na­tional coach, and Taff Davies, my Aus­tralian head coach,” he said.

Dur­ing his first year of com­pet­ing in the first round of the jiu-jitsu na­tional com­pe­ti­tion he dis­lo­cated his thumb but man­aged to make it to the semi­fi­nals and fin­ished fourth that year.

“Two years ago I wanted to com­pete again but two weeks into the com­pe­ti­tion I broke my other thumb,” he said.

“I also had a few in­juries in 2017 but fi­nally got a good run, in­jury-free this year and came home with gold.”

Jeanes said what he en­joyed most was meet­ing new peo­ple.

“Jiu-jitsu is a good stress re­liever; it keeps you fit and helps you grow as a per­son,” he said.

Jeanes said he had plans to com­pete in the Pan Pa­cific In­ter­na­tional Brazil­ian Jiu-Jitsu Fed­er­a­tion (IBJJF) com­pe­ti­tion in Mel­bourne on Oc­to­ber 18.

He will also work to­wards com­pet­ing in the 2019 World Masters in Las Ve­gas on Au­gust 19.

“Even if it takes me 10 years to get a world cham­pi­onship, it’s al­ways a goal,” Jeanes said.

Tony Jeanes with his Aus­tralian Jiu-Jitsu Cham­pi­onship medals.

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