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Barking & Dagenham College student Sullivan crowned Brazilian Ju Jitsu champion

PUBLISHED: 14:00 08 November 2018

Joe Sullivan was crowned Essex Open champion in Brazilian Ju Jitsu (Pic: BD College)

Joe Sullivan was crowned Essex Open champion in Brazilian Ju Jitsu (Pic: BD College)

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Barking & Dagenham College student Joe Sullivan has been crowned Essex Open champion in Brazilian Ju Jitsu.

The 21-year-old, from Romford, is currently studying for a level three extended diploma in sport at the college.

Sullivan, who has mild autism has studied at the college for several years, working his way up from a level one sport course.

He had a keen passion for boxing, but unfortunately got a back injury which ruled him out from competing in boxing matches, affecting his self-confidence.

So, Joe took up Brazilian Ju Jitsu in 2015 after being recommended to give a go by a member of staff at the College.

He took to the sport really well, rapidly earning four stripes within a year.

Tutor Ikram Chowdhury said: “Joe’s confidence has really increased since taking up the sport and earlier this year, he started to enter competitions.

“He decided to go straight in to a championship tournament in June without any fighting experience and sadly Joe lost his fights in ‘The English Open’.

“Undeterred, Joe trained harder than ever; ensuring his losses didn’t affect his confidence; he decided to enter the Southend Open, once again Joe felt short due to technical decisions and it ended in a ‘no contest’.

“Through dogged persistence, Joe carried on training, focusing on a nutrition and fitness regime recommended by me and became extremely fit.

“Towards the end of last month, Joe entered the Essex Open, more determined and more focused than ever and he won.

“We are really proud of Joe.”

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