Nottingham's Estima scoops world title in Long Beach
NOTTINGHAM-based Victor Estima, 26, has been crowned world champion at the No Gi BJJ World championships, in California.
Estima, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Professor of Gracie Barra Nottingham and Gracie Barra Midlands, is the younger brother of the world-famous BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) supremo Braulio Estima.
Estima battled through four rounds of eliminations in Long Beach, submitting three opponents with foot locks, including the current Pan American Absolute Champion.
A few weeks earlier he had been helping his brother to prepare for his super fight at the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Cup) at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham.
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Victor said: "I knew that it was my time with all of the sacrifice, preparation and training with two of the world's best BJJ competitors, Braulio Estima, Roger Gracie and more.
"There is a saying "Iron sharpens Iron" and I felt sharp and in the best shape ever!
"I had been so close to winning the title many times before, defeating many champions both past and present but always just falling short of the gold."
Now Victor has broken through the world championship barrier, he aims to continue his reign as the world's No1 middleweight BJJ competitor.
Owen king (world kickboxing champion and founder of Nottingham school of Blackbelts) used to travel to Mansfield to train BJJ under Victor.
"It was very time consuming but I wanted to learn from the best," said King.
"Being at the top of my sport for over a decade, I wanted to train with someone who would bring out the best in me in a style that was out of my element.
"With Victor's knowledge and teaching style I considered it to be a great honour to have him set up a new school here in Nottingham."
Victor decided to start teaching in Nottingham after travelling from Mansfield to do private lessons for King and members of Team Rough House, who compete in the UFC and BAMMA.
Victor now teaches Brazilian Jiu jitsu at Gracie Barra, based at the Nottingham School of Blackbelts, in Hockley.
Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 6pm to 7pm.
The first BJJ class is free and you also get a one-week free trial for kickboxing and boxing classes at the Nottingham School of Blackbelts. Call 01159502343 or 07866565745.