Hello Naiomi, can you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi! I’m Naiomi Matthews, Jiu Jitsu black belt from Spain, and I train in Riders Fight Club, an academy near Bilbao in the Basque Country.
Is it your first time participating in Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu Jitsu Championship?
Yes, I always wanted to participate, but I never had the opportunity, so I’m really excited to compete this year.
How is your training going leading up to the ADWPJJC?
I always train the same: from Monday to Friday, 1 session of physical conditioning and 1 or 2 Jiu Jitsu trainings. Of course, I adapt the training to the kind of competition that it is, but I always try to enjoy every bit of it.
How did the sport of Jiu Jitsu impact you on a personal level? Why do you recommend youth to practice the sport?
Thanks to it, I have grown as a person. I recommend the practice of this sport because it makes very mentally strong people, as you learn to fight under pressure, keeping your mind calm even in bad situations.
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 the ADWPJJC is one of the most important competitions of the year. In Abu Dhabi, Jiu Jitsu is a very serious sport, so it’s great that they celebrate such an important event. As the sport has such a prestigious place in the country for any athlete who has the chance to compete is a must-go.
Who influenced you the most in developing your BJJ game?
My professor, Rodrigo Pires. He always wants his students to make the most of their game, so he encourages me to have a game that fits my interests and skills.
Would you like to give any advice to our readers that would help them either on the mat or in their lives?
Enjoy every training! And appreciate every training partner. In truth, BJJ is a team sport, it is thanks to your partners that you will develop your game.
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