Aron Soto from the University’s Campus Security team recently participated in the English Open BJJ Championships held at the University of East London. Aron came away with a Gold medal, competing in the Purple Belt Masters Division under 70kg. Aron won his first fight in under 30 seconds via a loop choke! The final match was won on points 8-4 against an opponent who had a similar style, which made for great entertainment for the spectators.
Aron competes in a sport called Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which derives from Judo. The aim of the sport is simple, you either win by gaining more points than your opponent within a set time limit or you submit your opponent through various locks and chokes. Aron currently holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which is mid-way through the ranking structure, having started in the sport in 2010. Unlike many other traditional martial arts it takes a long time to gain the coveted black belt. Negotiations are currently taking place for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to feature in the Olympic Games at some point in the future, this will be a great achievement for the sport.
Aron trains and teaches out of a gym called Silverbacks MMA, based in Canterbury. The club are always happy for new members to join (including younger members for their children’s classes). Further information can be found on their website. Aron hopes to win the British, European and World championships in the future and is currently investigating sponsorship opportunities with local companies.