Hello Christer, can you please introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Christer Alfheim, and I am a 20 year old brown belt from Norway. I come from a small place in the east called Eidsvoll. I have been training Jiu Jitsu since 2014, at a gym called Kimura Rambukk, under Audun Martinsen (my coach. One year ago I moved to the west country when I was done at school, to achieve my dreams of becoming a professional Jiu Jitsu athlete. Now I’m training with with Tommy Langaker and the rest of the team at Wulfing academy.
Is it your first time participating in Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu Jitsu Championship? Why have you decided to do so?
It is my first time, but I have heard a lot of positive things about World Pro and the AJP organizers and I thought it would be cool to travel to Abu Dhabi for the first time and compete against good people!
How is your training going leading up to the championship?
My training has gone very well! We train extremely hard and have very good preparations here at Wulfing academy. Lots of hard sparring and good routines! We have prepared really well and for a long time, so it’s time for war!
How did the sport of Jiu Jitsu impact you on a personal level? Why do you recommend youth to practice the sport?
Jiu Jitsu has influenced me from an incredible number of perspectives!
I think that self-confidence is a very big factor that has meant a lot for me over the years, mixed with hard training.
I would recommend that young people should practice Jiu Jitsu, because you learn a lot about yourself, others, and how to deal with your ego, and how far you can push your mind.
How do you see Abu Dhabi hosting global Jiu Jitsu championships and giving the chance for athletes to compete against the best in the world?
I think that is great! It is good for people to get the chance to prove themself against the best! I think it will help a lot of great athletes to compete more and get the chance to win money and titles, helping them to keep going at the grind!
Who influenced you the most in developing your BJJ game?
The foundation of my Jiu Jitsu is Audun Martinsen who has always been there for me since I was 13 years old.
Tommy Langaker and Espen Mathiesen have helped me a lot with my Jiu Jitsu since i moved to the west coast, a lot of my Jiu Jitsu comes from them!
I am lucky to have so many great people to help me every day!
Would you like to give any advice to our readers that would help them either on the mat or in their lives?
I will say just keep going strong and show up to class! Make that your priority! You can always find time if you really want. “Discipline equals freedom” 😉
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