Warnbro’s Tony Jeans is the jiu jitsu national champion
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.