How Jiu Jitsu Saved Me From Alcohol Addiction and Relieved My Anger Issues | Shaun's Story

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Name: Shaun
Age: 30
Professor: Pedro Pacheco Fernandes
Short Term Goals: Compete and win more international comps

How long have you been doing jiu-jitsu for?

Nearly 6 years

Where do you train out of?

Tukaha Jiu Jitsu New Zealand | Submission Shark

Tukaha, New Zealand

Do you prefer the gi or no gi?


Have your instructors helped you in other aspects of life other than jiu-jitsu?

Just showing kindness and support. I've developed epilepsy at a young age which affected my ability to process and learn the speed of others...being patient helps

What are some lessons you learned from jiu-jitsu that applies to everyday life?

Life is a struggle ... Like a knee on the belly! Life weighs you down... Be patient and hip escape ;)... You can get away free

How often do you train?

3-6 times a week

What made you want to start training?

I wanted to be fit and learn self-defense to help my health and confidence

Do you plan on training your whole life?


What’s it about jiu-jitsu that makes it so addicting?

You meet people from all walks of life... You all have issues but you come together... You can't bullshit each other. 

What has jiu-jitsu done for your physical health?

I had reoccurring weight issues and ripped my ACL.  The doctor told me I needed to keep being physically active to help my ACL.. plus learning to lose weight

Has jiu-jitsu benefited your mental health?

Absolutely...Jiu-jitsu allows me to restart my life and become confident in myself It helped me overcome the addiction of alcohol and manage my anger issues. I was a party addict with spending so much money on booze. Helped me overcome depression and challenge myself every day.
 Alcohol Addiction and How Jiu jitsu helped me overcome it

If you could restart your jiu-jitsu journey, would you do anything different?

Wouldn't change anything. 

What’s your advice for someone that’s never tried jiu-jitsu before but is interested in trying it?

Want to gain confidence? Be physically fit and enjoy yourself doing it by learning not only a martial art... But learn how to handle life... Jiu-jitsu ...saved my life... Try it.
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Do you have any aspirations in jiu-jitsu?

Black belt, world champ and to set up a gym for underprivileged children and women's self-defense in aid against domestic violence.

What’s your favorite move?

Jiu Jitsu Heelhook | Submission Shark


If you didn’t discover jiu-jitsu, where do you think you’d be now?

I'd hate to think where I was ... If I'd still be here
 Alcohol Addiction and How Jiu Jitsu help me overcome it

Would you like to see the sport become more mainstream?

I like how it is now

Has any of your training partners pushed you to reach your full potential?

Jiu Jitsu Girls | Submission Shark

Professor Pedro at Tukaha New Zealand and my teammates. Professor Yousuf Nabi at Element, UK

When you were first starting, what was the most difficult concept of jiu-jitsu that you had trouble getting?

Learning and retaining information

What makes you want to inspire and motivate others?

To help people 

You post a lot of healthy foods on your Instagram page. What made you want to start eating healthy?

Submission Shark Nutrition | Vegan Jiu Jitsu Shaun 


Being fit for competing and showing people it's easy to transform your weight and I love food haha

Does nutrition play a role in improving your overall performance in jiu jitsu and in life in general?


Mike Dolce | Jiu Jitsu Submission Shark Nutrition

When I went to Vegas in September 2014 and mistaken Mike Dolce for a shop assistant.... Forgetting he is a UFC nutritionist

What would you tell someone that wants to start living a more healthier lifestyle but lacks the motivation and determination to make the change?

Take up a sport you love, enjoy that challenges you .... Take small steps to changing your diet gradually 

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Thanks for being a part of the Submission Shark Community Shaun! It was awesome getting to know you better and I love seeing your training videos and food posts. Keep up the good work and I am happy that jiu jitsu helped you overcome some personal issues with your depression and wild party habits. I believe others can greatly benefit from your story and can be reminded that martial arts and being passionate about a healthy lifestyle can really make a difference in the overall quality of life. You are a perfect example of how anyone can turn their lives around. Very inspiring story, thanks again for sharing!

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