WARNBRO resident Tony Jeanes knocked out all competition to take home gold at the 2018 Australian Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Melbourne on the weekend.
Father-of-two Jeanes won Gold overall on Saturday (August 11) for the 76 kilogram weight class in G, Silver in the open weight Gi division, Bronze for the 79 kilogram weight class in no Gi and Silver in the open weight no Gi division.
The 36-year-old started Jiu-Jitsu in 2012 and has been pursing his passion for six and a half years.
“I train at the The Arena MMA Rockingham,” he said.
“I’m a purple belt training under six time world champion Robert Drysdale, the head international coach, and Taff Davies my Australian head coach” he said.
During his first year of competing in the first round of the Jiu-Jitsu national competition he dislocated his thumb but managed to make it to the semi-finals and finished fourth that year.
“Two years ago I wanted to compete again but two weeks in to the competition I broke my other thumb,” he said.
“I also had a few injuries in 2017 but finally got a good run, injury-free this year and came home with gold.”
Jeanes said what he enjoyed most about his passion was meeting new people.
“Jiu-Jitsu is a good stress reliever, it keeps you fit and helps you grow as a person,” he said.
Jeanes said he had plans to compete in the Pan Pacific International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) competition in Melbourne on October 18 this year.
He will also work towards competing in the 2019 World Masters in Las Vegas on August 19 where he would compete against people all over the world.
“Even if it take me 10 years to get a World Championship, it’s always a goal,” Jeanes said.