World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship: Rockingham men prepare

Tony Jeanes with his son Kaylen Hill (13). Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d443102
Tony Jeanes with his son Kaylen Hill (13). Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d443102

The 33-year-old father-of-two has a small poster of a training camp, hosted by six-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Rob Drysdale, hanging in his home gym, which he said had been all the motivation he�s needed to work so intensively in preparation for the World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

The championships will be hosted in Las Vegas on September 25 and 26 and Jeanes said the anticipation of attending Drysdale�s training camp a week before competing in Vegas helped him push himself as hard as he could.

Jeanes took up jiu-jitsu just three and a half years ago after becoming bored with his regular gym workout and in that time his involvement in the sport has �snowballed� to the point of competing in his first international tournament.

�It�s been a lot of hard work, dedication and I�ve made a lot of sacrifices to get where I am,� he said.

�I stopped drinking two years ago because I thought it would help me improve and it did; so even something like no alcohol has been a big sacrifice, but I am planning a celebratory drink after the event.�

Jeanes has won state titles and silver medals at the national titles and the 2014 Pan Pacific Championship, and viewed the World Master Championship as a natural progression.

He will travel with fellow local competitors Jamie Morrison (Secret Harbour), Garth Tucker (Waikiki) and Darryl King (Baldivis) and will compete in the Blue Belt Masters 76kg Gi category.

�It�s all about technique and your moves, not your size; I can take down guys taller and heavier than I am all with superior technique.�