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Jim Clifford


Full Name Jim Clifford
Weight 200lbs
Rank Judo Black Belt, BJJ Blue Belt
Height 6’2”
Association Southern Cross Jiu Jitsu Academy Sydney (Nova Uniao)

Q&A Session Between Jim Clifford and Elite Sports

Question: What will you suggest to the newcomers?

Answer: You’ve just got to give it a try. Commit, stick at it for 8-10 weeks, and you’ll be hooked - because otherwise a year from now you’ll be wishing you’d started today!

Question: What does it mean for you to be a fighter?

Answer: For me being a fighter is about pitting your skills and strengths, both mental and physical, against somebody else, pushing both of you to be better.

Question: What are the essential things for the training?

Answer: Our head coach emphasizes that to really make it work you need a goal. That can be a world title or a local comp or even be as simple as to increase your physical and mental wellbeing and to have fun – but work out what you need to do to achieve it and get stuck in.

Question: What separates you from every other fighter in your division?

Answer: Anyone can be a winner on their day, so you need to respect every opponent and try to build your game to be ready to meet what they bring.

Question: What is the meaning of success in your mind?

Answer: I love coaching, and one of the sweetest signs of success for me is when one of my students has listened, learned, practiced and then pulls off a move I’ve shown them. It’s great to see the look of achievement and satisfaction on their face, and even better if they’ve used it against me!

Question: With whom you would like to fight, and why?

Answer: There are a raft of amazing fighters out there, past and present, and I’m sure every one of the ones that spring to my mind – for example in Judo, Inoue and Riner, in BJJ, Robhino and Shaolin - would need to spend very little effort on a fight with me! But what a great learning experience it would be.

Question: Is there any difference b/w your common days’ diet and during competition training diet?

Answer: Listen to your coach, train hard with different training partners and around situations that may come up, and be ready for a big step up.

Question: How does a beginner will prepare for the competition? Any advice for beginners?

Answer: Listen to your coach, train hard with different training partners and around situations that may come up, and be ready for a big step up.

Question: How is it helpful to have the information about your competitor?

Answer: It’s always good to know who you’re up against so you can adjust your game plan to get the best results.

Question: Is the martial arts necessary for a common person? How?

Answer: I think martial arts can definitely have something for everyone – you’ve just got to pick the right club and the right coach.

Question: Which moment is memorable for you in your past competitions?

Answer: Competing at the worlds in Kyoto with my brother.

Question: How do martial arts help to build a leader?

Answer: The structure of many martial arts clubs gives people a chance to teach others, and I think that’s a great step towards leadership in and out of sport.

Question: How much importance has the sports gear in any competition?

Answer: Everyone in grappling has a favourite gi – the one that just fits you and your game the best. So when you find a brand that’s reliable and works well for you it can become an extension of yourself.

Question: To whom do you credit your success in the sport?

Answer: Head Coach at Southern Cross Jiu Jitsu, Nova Uniao black belt Rodney Ellis, who has had an immense amount of patience with an old judo guy like me trying to learn the sport that Rodney excels in! Rod runs a fantastic club with a great group of people and I hope to stay a part of it for the rest of my life in martial arts



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