Chris Thompson

World and 2x European Brown Belt Champion

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.



Chris Thompson Highlights

How hard it was to become world champion at Brown belt and how you did it?

I sacrificed a lot, I had lost in the final of the gi and the no-gi Worlds at Purple belt and decided it wasn't going to happen again at Brown belt. I train 6 days a week every week and add in strength and conditioning sessions as well. It's easy to look at podium pictures or matches on you tube but not many understand just what it takes to get there. When you get out of bed in the morning and can hardly walk as you are that sore and aching from the day before but have to go and train takes dedication and mental focus.

What do love and hate about BJJ?

I love it all, there is honestly nothing I hate about it... it can be very frustrating not getting a technique right the first time but to me the challenge is half the fun!

Apart from winning the worlds, what is your favourite moment so far in your BJJ career / lifetime?

Winning the Worlds was a big moment for me and I will never forget it. However seeing my wife get her Blue Belt was pretty awesome, she trains really hard and is fast becoming a machine on the mats. Having her and my son do Jiu Jitsu and all train together is pretty cool.

What is it like teaching down at Southport?

Yeah I love teaching I run 4 sessions a week there and they are all busy. Teaching really makes you think about your game and have to break down how you do things and explain them step by step so I actually think it's improved my Jiu Jitsu as well. Also seeing people use moves and techniques I've taught them is really satisfying. It's got to the stage where people are now hunting me on the mat with my own moves haha.



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