grandad birthday

The journey of an aspiring fighter #50

Published On February 17, 2014 | By Helen Harper | Blog

#50!!!! Wow. I still don’t know if I am heading in the right direction, but when I look at how far I have come since I started this blog it’s insane.

Unfortunately the only reason I have time to write a blog today is because I am too sick to do anything else, but luckily my brain still seems to be working more or less so I am going to make the most of it (cuddled up in bed with a Lemsip).

So I expect the actual reason I am ill is because I am been pushing my body too far, not giving myself a break, blah blah I get told this a lot. The problem is, there are always so many things to do! I don’t understand the people who say they are bored and there is never anything to do, just look around you – it’s an amazing world we live in.

So obviously I’ve been training and working hard, but also trying to catch up with as many people as possible before I return to Phuket. It’s strange, Phuket seems like a lifetime ago, and I have only been away 7 weeks. Another 2 1/2 weeks and I will be back again and England will probably seem like a distant memory…..
Having said that, I don’t think I could forget the gym in a hurry, those guys are among the best I’ve ever met. I know I go on about it but they really are a great bunch. All very down to earth, a few seriously good fighters and all very keen to help each other become better. I feel very lucky to have found them and even luckier that they have accepted me into the Andy Roberts BJJ family.

Last weekend a group of us went down to Southampton to compete in Grapplers Showdown which although it was smaller than expected turned out to be a very successful day. Dan drove myself, Rich and Ben down and both Rich and Dan picked up a gold in their categories. Ben was a fantastic coach to us all for which we were extremely grateful.

GrapplersShowdownl-r: Rich, Dan, myself and Ben

nogigoldArmbar for gold!


My opponent for the no-gi gold/silver match, Nina. Awesome girl!

If I am honest with myself, being in England has made me realise just how much my family mean to me. I mean, we’ve all been through ups and downs but what really makes the difference is that they are always there for me. They might not agree with what I am doing with my life, or understand why I love fighting so much, but they will always be there to support the good times and the bad.

Yesterday we had a family meal for my Grandad who turns 89 tomorrow. Yet another family occasion perfectly organised by Auntie Christine (well known in the family for putting on the best food EVER) which I am so very glad to have still been in the UK for.

grandad birthdayI’m going to miss this when I go back to Phuket!

I have been very lucky over the past two years, and this hasn’t stopped. I have been asked to write a supplement to my blog on which is extremely exciting! You can read said blog post here, and I will try and keep them pretty different to what I post on here although I am sure there will be a bit of overlapping from time to time.

I think that’s quite enough randomness for one day, please can everyone cross their fingers that I am better tomorrow so you don’t have to read any more of my babbling. Thank you kindly!!

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English Mixed Martial Artist fighting out of Andy Roberts BJJ and Legacy BJJ with a pro record of 4-1.

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