HEALY DAYAN POKED
Academy: Absolute MMA StKilda
Started BJJ: March 2018
Rank: Blue Belt
What year did you start BJJ? I started training in the Gi in March 2018, I was 17 years old. A couple of months prior I participated in a few No-gi + Wrestling classes when I was in Thailand, but I was mainly focusing on Muay Thai at the time.
Who or what got you introduced to BJJ? Our gym had BJJ classes on after the MuayThai/boxing classes, which i’d train in. I’d stay and do some extra conditioning on the side whilst also watching the JiuJitsu classes, I was intrigued by the ground element and it looked so fun. I’d already met my first BJJ coaches, Ian Ludgero and Jefferson Kawamoto, both incredible coaches and people! After the no-gi classes in Thailand, I was hooked, and the encouragement from Ian and Jef to come and try it out made it even easier.
What was your training/martial arts experience before you started BJJ? Prior to any grappling I had been training Muay Thai and Boxing for almost 3 years. I started taking both classes simultaneously and I fell in love with the training, the discipline, the challenges and the growth that came with it.
Have you had any major setbacks or injuries on your BJJ Journey ? A major set back this past year has been my shoulder. I dislocated it skating in September 2020, and returned to training of a high intensity way too early without caring to strengthen it, resulting in it sub-laxing on multiple occasions since then whilst rolling. I reached out to JT about 3/4 months post injury.
How has Bulletproof for BJJ helped you? Bulletproof has given me what feels like life changing tools and knowledge which I now apply daily in my training routines. The structure of the program takes the guess work out of training and since starting the strength + mobility programs my flexibility, stability, control and strength have increased. Incorporating these programs into my routine have also helped me establish full range of motion in my shoulder again and helped make it significantly stronger. I can’t thank JT and Joey enough for what they’ve created and everything that they share! I’m without a doubt a better athlete thanks to Bulletproof for BJJ.