Grappling champ claims state victory

By Charlotte Wooldridge | posted on November 21, 2020

ALBANY man Jesse Wynne has taken out gold in his first state grappling competition.

Mr Wynne has been at SBG Training since February 2019 after hanging up his footy boots to try his hand at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

“[What I like is that] there’s so much to learn and it’s a lot more challenging than I found football, it’s just something you’ve got to chip away at,” he said.

“The crew at the gym are always there with a helping hand. Especially when you compete, it’s a bit more individual, but you’ve still got the team, and I think it was that aspect that really drew me in.”

Competing for the first time as a blue belt at the Submission Grappling Tournament State Champs saw Mr Wynne defeat his opponents and achieve gold.

“The boys were definitely tougher and bigger, but it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it heaps,” he said.

As a proud Menang man and graphic designer, SBG Training asked Mr Wynne to design their rash guard for the club which has since been sent all over the world for grapplers to wear at their own clubs.

“The main inspiration behind this rash guard design is the ‘meeting place’ symbol; it’s a significant site where aboriginal men and women would gather around sitting in circles,” he said.

Mr Wynne said he will be entering more competitions and continuing his practice of the sport.