Interview With Coach Chris Thompson
What can BJJ offer people who are just starting out in the sport? Although you have a background in martial arts is it for anybody?
Yes it really is for everybody as long as they are prepared to put the time and effort into it... it's like anything in life you get out what you put in, you don't need to have a background in martial arts as it's unlike any other anyway!
What attracted you to BJJ?
When I retired from Pro MMA I still wanted to train and learn. Jiu Jitsu gave me both those elements and a lot more!
What is it like training under Lucio? How is the atmosphere in the gym?
I purposely chose to train with Lucio as I had trained with him in the past and knew how good he was and his reputation speaks for itself. Even now I can ask him details on a move and he will blow my mind with an answer to a technique I've been struggling with. Not many people can be both a World class competitor as well as a World class coach but he manages to do both! The atmosphere in the gym is brilliant everyone works hard and helps each other and there is a great bit of banter flying around as well, really friendly and welcoming to people of all ages and walks of life.
What inspires you?
The obvious answer is Lucio himself you only have to spend a short time with him to see how hard he trains and how dedicated he is to his students. But also I love to see people who walk in the gym at first a bit nervous and maybe over weight and within six months to a year they have changed there whole lives in terms of fitness and confidence and have become a real handful on the mat. I absolutely love that attitude in people and it really inspires me.