The journey of an aspiring fighter: A new chapter #6

Published On August 24, 2015 | By Helen Harper | Blog

A canceled training session has made way for me to write a quick blog post – every cloud and all that!

My last post covered the DSD weekend in Bournemouth, so it’s only right that this blog should cover the Surrey Open which was my last gi comp before my upcoming fight.

The Surrey Open is great for many reasons. Firstly, it is only 20 minutes away from my front door, so instead of waking up at the crack of dawn to drive 3 hours to a comp we actually got a decent nights sleep. This is a MASSIVE bonus in my eyes because along with food, sleep is my favourite thing.

Secondly, the competition is run by our very own black belt, Andy Roberts. It therefore becomes a sort of extension of the gym with everyone who wasn’t competing, either scoring or organising tables. For any of us competing it was great too because there was always a friendly face on the side of the mat.

Last but not least, as the competition was so close, it enabled out family and friends to drop by and watch. My mum and a friend of mine kindly came down for a few hours and even recorded some of my matches.

My weight category had two girls as well as myself, both of whom I have met before and competed against. First up I was against the girl I competed against last year at the Surrey Open. Although she is ridiculously strong, I managed to come away with a very narrow victory.

She then had to compete against the other girl in our category, who I had faced previously at the Chelmsford Open. She won that fight and so it was her and I again to compete for gold!

I felt a lot better going into the second match with her and came out with a better victory, although still on points.


goldsurreySurrey Open: Gold -58.5kg

No more BJJ comps for me this summer, it’s time to focus 100% on my MMA fight in September.

The fight card has now been released, and I am very excited to say we will be the co-main event to Dean Amasinger (who I met in Thailand a few years back). MMA really is a small world!


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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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