Bronze start to couple's Jiu Jitsu journey
COUPLE Jaidyn Rampton and Samuel Jenkins have begun their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey in the best possible way.
The pair won bronze medals in the recent Brisbane BJJ Championships despite being beginners in the ancient form of the sport.
"This was my first-ever competition and Jaidyn's second," Jenkins said.
"There were a lot of nerves, but Jaidyn was there to help me."
To finish third in a competition which had full fight divisions is an outstanding achievement for the couple who train at the Gladstone Martial Arts Academy under the guidance of head coach and owner Rob McIntyre.
"Jaidyn loved it and she started in July and I started in November and she tagged me along," Jenkins said.
"When she started, I could see the passion and sparkle in her eyes and so that's when I decided to give it a go. "It's fun because we practice together, but we don't hurt each other."
Jenkins described McIntyre as an outstanding mentor.
"On top of their great results in competition; they were also tested for the next BJJ levels in front of Jiu Jitsu master Daniel Lima last Sunday at GMAA," McIntyre said.
"BJJ is the world's fastest growing martial arts and for Gladstone locals it is proving a positive addiction with many benefits.
"Jiu Jitsu is unique in martial arts because it focuses entirely on grappling for self defence with most of its training and competition taking place on the ground."