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?

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Tukaha , New Zealand

 

 

Do you prefer the gi or nogi?

Nogi
 

 

Has 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 really helps
 

 

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

Life is a struggle ... Like a knee on 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 defence to help my health and confidence
  
 

Do you plan on training your whole life?

Absolutely
 
 

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.  Doctor told me I needed to keep being physically active to help my ACL.. plus learning to loose 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 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 everyday
 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 favourite move?

Jiu Jitsu Heelhook | Submission Shark

Heelhooks
 
 

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?

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Professor Pedro at Tukaha New Zealand and my team mates. Professor Yousuf Nabi at Elements , 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 health...plus I love food haha
 
 

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

Absolutely

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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 

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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