Shaun Steven Harrison
I wanted to learn some self-defence so I originally started boxing around 2011 and moved to Muay Thai at Chikara Martial Arts. The club also offered Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and I gave it a go and was blown away by how a blue belt could control and submit me with ease. I immediately fell in love with it and wanted to be as good as a blue belt. I started BJJ and MMA at Infinity in 2013. I still never felt truly confident at defeating a larger opponent until I found Gracie University Combatives course which is 100% street self-defence jiu-jitsu.
I started training it during open mats, although I do love sports jiu-jitsu it’s second in my priority, and the reason I started martial arts was self-defence and to be confident in defeating a larger opponent. I have atttended some great seminars along the way such as Sean Sherk, Bas Rutten, Nate Diaz, Royce Gracie, Rener Gracie and Rickson Gracie. I also began teaching adults and kids classes at Infinity Martial Arts, whilst training at Infinity and working my way through the Master Cycle curriculum. As the master cycle was far more complex and advanced, I was progressing too slow and decided to open a Gracie garage to train at home more regularly.
I have since completed 3 Stripe courses in the Master Cycle and plan on completing stripe 4 in 2018. I also plan to do a live purple belt test to earn an official Gracie purple belt, then I plan on working towards the Gracie instructor certification course to start an official Gracie Academy of my own.
_ 2014 – 3rd in QBJJC White Belt Division
_ 2015 - Earned Blue Belt at Infinity Martial Arts
_ 2015 - Passed Gracie Combatives Beginner’s Program
_ 2015 – Adult and Kids Classes Instructor Course under head instructor Neil Owen
_ 2015 - Member of the Year at Infinity Martial Arts
_ 2016 - Earned Purple Belt at Infinity Martial Arts
_ 2017 – Passed Gracie Master Cycle Blue Belt Stripe One
_ 2017 – Passed Gracie Master Cycle Blue Belt Stripe Two
_ 2017 – Passed Gracie Master Cycle Blue Belt Stripe Three
Q&A Session Between Shaun Steven Harrison and Elite Sports
Question: What will you suggest to the newcomers?
Answer: A black belt is just a white belt that never gave up, Enjoy the journey not the destination.
Question: What does it mean for you to be a fighter?
Answer: Learn to fight so you never have to, perfection is the goal not a destination
Question: What are the essential things for the training?
Answer: Keeping it real, considering punches and kicks from all positions
Question: What separates you from every other fighter in your division?
Answer: Distance management for punch protection
Question: What is the meaning of success in your mind?
Answer: Being content with every aspect of your life. “Money is numbers and numbers never end so if it takes money to be happy your search for happiness will never end” – Bob Marley
Question: With whom you would like to fight, and why?
Answer: A pure striking based martial artist with no rules, like the old school Gracie challenge matches, to prove jiu-jitsu is a superior martial art for self defense
Question: Is there any difference b/w your common days’ diet and during competition training diet?
Answer: Eat as much fruit, vegetables, nuts and grains and minimize meat, dairy and processed foods all day every day. Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready
Question: How does a beginner will prepare for the competition? Any advice for beginners?
Answer: Out work your own doubt
Question: How is it helpful to have the information about your competitor?
Answer: Work until your idols become your rivals
Question: Is the martial arts necessary for a common person? How?
Answer: Jiu-jitsu is for everyone as it doesn’t rely on physical attributes to be successful. We don’t defeat our opponent we let them defeat themselves
Question: Which moment is memorable for you in your past competitions?
Answer: Having an adrenalin dump in my first competition never felt so fatigued after 5 minutes
Question: How do martial arts help to build a leader?
Answer: Martial arts provide a lot of bi products and gaining self-esteem and confidence are a big one
Question: What would be your dream fight?
Answer: Floyd Mayweather under old school UFC rules. It would be the ultimate striker vs grappler fight, if you could manage to close the distance and get the fight to the ground against him, you can do it against any striker
Question: How is the road plan necessary for any competition?
Answer: Plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.
Question: Do you have any advice for your competitors?
Answer: Don’t forget the reason why you started martial arts in the first place. Show up and train even on the days you don’t feel like it.
Question: How much importance has the sports gear in any competition?
Answer: If you look good you feel good, if you feel good you fight good
Question: What should we learn from the legends /or from the seniors? Who is your inspiration?
Answer: You can learn something from everyone. Ryron and Rener Gracie are my inspiration, they are the best teachers of jiu jitsu
Question: To whom you would like to compliment for your success?
Answer: The Gracie family. Never felt truly confident in defeating a bigger stronger opponent until I learnt the Gracie curriculum
Question: Who is your favorite legendary fighter? Why?
Answer: Royce Gracie showed the world that technique defeats size and strength, and proved to the world that jiu-jitsu is the best self defense