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Jake Young

Blue Belt
Instagram: @jakeyoungathlete

My jiujitsu journey all started in 2016, when I was suffering from severe bullying. My dad took me to all sorts of martial arts gyms until I stumbled upon this tiny gym in a backstreet corner of a very small town (15,000 people). It was there that my journey began.

For the first 3 years I was learning from a blue belt, I kept training, falling deeply in love with the sport as I felt it was one of the three things that loved me back: my dad, my dog, and jiujitsu.

Finally, it was time to put my skills to the test. I went all the way to the Australian Open and got my butt kicked. Once, twice, three times, and four times. I kept losing, but I kept going to the same competition until I eventually won gold.

My dad and I then started travelling around Australia, going to various competitions and gaining experience. I won 25 gold medals with a submission rate of over 90%, winning various championships such as nationals, oceanic, IBJJF opens, and state titles. Recently, I have started taking my skills to the world stage, competing in grand slam tournaments across the world, putting on a show for spectators, and being regarded as one of the most entertaining fighters from Australia.

My goal as an athlete is to be the most dominant fighter of all time in mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. You can't teach the heart.