Henrys BJJ journey started in 2012 when he was introduced to the sport at age 5, he took a period off but returned in 2014 when Infinity Martial Arts was well established in Springfield, Queensland under the guidance of Coach Tyronne Coppedge and Jay Jay TeHuia. Since returning Henry has achieved many accolades but most enjoys helping teach the younger and less experienced of the club. During 2016 Henry sustained a broken collarbone just 2 months out from the IBJFF Pan Pacific competition whilst playing his other love of junior rugby league. Henry still managed to compete and placed second. Henry is training at least 5-7hrs a week in Bjj and 3hrs a week in rugby league with extras done at home. A humble and respectful young man, he hopes to one day open his own BJJ school with his brothers and continue the lessons that have been taught to him. Currently Henry is an orange white belt with two stripes.
Q&A Session Between Henry “Kong” and Elite Sports
Question: What will you suggest to the newcomers?
Answer: Try your hardest but have fun doing it, it’s an awesome sport that makes you think and control your opponent against their will.
Question: What does it mean for you to be a fighter?
Answer: Don’t know really.
Question: What are the essential things for the training?
To have fun and make friends.
Question: What separates you from every other fighter in your division?
Answer: Humility and my legs!.
Question: What is the meaning of success in your mind?
Answer: Achieving your goals.
Question: With whom you would like to fight, and why?
Answer: One of the blue belts at my gym.
Question: Is there any difference b/w your common days’ diet and during competition training diet?
Answer: No, I eat pretty healthy all the time.
Question: How does a beginner will prepare for the competition? Any advice for beginners?
Answer: Try your hardest, and learn from your losses and your wins.
Question: How is it helpful to have the information about your competitor?
Answer: So that you can plan and attack their weak areas.
Question: Is the martial arts necessary for a common person? How?
Answer: Yes. Because some day you will have to defend and use what you have learned.
Question: Which moment is memorable for you in your past competitions?
Answer: All of them, but escaping an arm bar against the current champ for my level has to be up there.
Question: How do martial arts help to build a leader?
Answer: By training your mind to control yourself and your emotions.
Question: What would be your dream fight?
Answer: Me vs Conner McGregor in MMA.
Question: How is the road plan necessary for any competition?
Answer: I prefer to flow than have a set plan.
Question: Do you have any advice for your competitors?
Answer: watch out.
Question: How much importance has the sports gear in any competition?
Answer: Comfort is important one less thing to worry about. Jiu Jitsu Elite GIs.
Question: What should we learn from the legends /or from the seniors? Who is your inspiration?
Answer: my coaches and Dad.
Question: To whom you would like to compliment for your success?
Answer: Dad, for always supporting me through my losses and wins, and coaches Jay Jay.
Question: Who is your favourite legendary fighter? Why?
Answer: Magid Hage. I did a seminar with him and was really approachable and told me of stories when he was a kid vs the adults.