Andrew Humphrey cops a flying arm bar from one of his students.
Andrew Humphrey cops a flying arm bar from one of his students.

Tough at Jiu Jitsus Bargara base

ANDREW Humphrey is already reaping the rewards of his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) sea change.

He has picked up six new students and an intrigued gallery of spectators to his Sunday morning sessions, anticipating it will only grow from there.

The beach sessions are part of a new program for the qualified Bundaberg instructor since relocating his “office” from Vipers gym to Bargara State School.

The well-versed mixed martial artist has already seen a boost in numbers, just through word of mouth, and hopes to build his coastal base by targeting families seeking a new sport.

Humphrey is one of few in Australia who teaches the traditional BJJ, as created by Henzo Gracie.

The multiple Australian Jiu Jitsu and Tae Kwon-do champion has a fourth dan black belt in Tae Kwon-do, black belt in modern Arnis (stick fighting), a purple belt in Jiu Jitsu, 10 years of boxing experience and 10 years practising Mauy Thai.

The combination would serve him well in a UFC competition and his love of that particular domain is hard to miss. But BJJ, he says, is the ultimate test of a person’s physical and mental strength.

“It’s the toughest, no doubt,” he said.

“It tests your ego and everything about you.”

A big difference between BJJ and other martial arts is the ability to develop an individual style.

“You aren’t a robot to the art, you can create your own game,” Humphrey said.

He didn’t hide from the fact that it can get rough, but stressed that his kids’ classes were designed to play it safe by introducing a hybrid set of techniques.

“It can be done safely, but at the same time if you want the real deal we can do it that way too,” he said.

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