Martial arts royalty hits Hobart

HOBART received a visit from martial arts royalty recently when one of the world’s best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) black belts Craig Jones hit the state to tutor local hopefuls during two training seminars.

Hosted by Hobart Martial Arts Academy (HMAA) in late April, the seminars saw more than 30 students with an interest in BJJ join the 2015 No Gi World Champion as he prepared for upcoming competitions around the world.

Just 25-years-of-age and boasting a martial arts resume that many could only dream about, Mr Jones said he was impressed by the standard of BJJ in Tasmania.

He said he had been excited to work with some of the state’s best practitioners.

“BJJ has gone from strength to strength in Tasmania, with the state producing some stand out competitors thanks to clubs like Hobart Martial Arts Academy,” he said.

HMAA owner, head coach and fellow BJJ black belt Gerry Young said it was a privilege to host such an event for Tasmania.

“Having Craig Jones at the club meant that we were in a privileged position to not only help one of Australia’s best competitors compete internationally, but to be taught by him as well,” he said.

“The two-hour seminars were a resounding success with students having the rare opportunity for one-on-one training with Jones, tapping into his skills and knowledge.”

Mr Jones is an outstanding competitor and tactician, with wins most recently over Nathan Orchard and Darragh O’Connail during his semi final run in the Eddie Bravo International in Los Angeles.

He is now set to compete in the ADCC Worlds and Crest Submission Tournament, both in Finland, and the Submission Underground in Portland.

Caption: Local Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students with 2015 No Gi World Champion Craig Jones (pictured front row, second from right) at a training seminar held in late April.