Sometimes we begin
somewhere and end up at a completely different and new place. That's
exactly what happened to our very own Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt,
Tom Knox. Originally a black belt in Judo, one of his training partners
began to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and asked if he was interested. After
some time, Knox was hooked and did BJJ full-time. On top of being a
black belt, he's also a professional skater. For him, skating and BJJ
balance him out by keeping his life at a variety instead of doing the
same things all the time.
He was so passionate
about spreading the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the correct way that
he opened up his own academy in Visalia, California, called Elite Team
Jiu-Jitsu, an affiliate of Cleber Lucian. They possess a strong
competition team in his gym and they offer both BJJ and Muay Thai.
Everyone is more than welcome to check them out! Their IG is
@elite_team_visalia and contact is firstname.lastname@example.org
Knox did a lot of high-level tournaments. He went to Europe twice for
the IBJJF Europeans and European Masters. He earned silver in the Master
4 middle weight division for the Europeans and gold in the same
division for European Masters. He also won gold for the second year in a
row at the IBJJF Pan Americans, gold at the IBJJF Nationals and Asian
Open in Tokyo, Japan; and won bronze at the IBJJF World Masters, all in
the MAster 4 middle weight division. Don't expect Knox to stop any time
soon. He will continue making a big appearance in the competition scene!