Jansen Gomes the future of BJJ
To be 16 years old and already a two-time world champion, what successes must the future hold? Checkmat Purple belt Jansen Gomes takes it all in stride, and he has a lot of momentum going right now. He recently won double gold at the Pans No Gi in New York, making waves with a victory over Rayron Gracie. Training with Leo Vieira at Checkmat HQ, Gomes has all the tools he needs to reach the elusive goal of black belt world champion.
Name: Jansen Gomes
Age: 17 years
BJJ Tees: Where are you from and where do you currently train?
Jansen: I'm from Rio De Janeiro, Cantagalo and currently I train in Long Beach at Checkmat HQ.
How long have you been training?
How did you get involved in Jiu-Jitsu?
My brother took me every day to watch. Days later I started, and I never stopped.
How much do you train every week?
I train 10 times a week.
What is your daily schedule like?
I wake up in the morning to go to the gym, go back home to rest, go to the kids' class, and then train at night.
What are some of the challenges you faced throughout your journey as a competitor?
Once, when I was young, I was tired of everything and wanted to stop training. But I thought again and decided to continue, and to this day I'm on this walk.
What motivates you?
My brother, my father, and my family.
Who are your inspirations in Jiu-Jitsu?
My brother, my father, Ricardo Vieira and Leo Vieira.
What are some of your goals for the future?
My biggest goal is to be world champion in the black belt.
Do you have any hobbies outside of Jiu-Jitsu?
Yes, I like to go to the beach and play basketball.
What are some of your favorite foods to eat?
I really like eating grapes and peaches.
What is some advice you would give to other guys or girls who want to try Jiu-Jitsu?
If they have a dream, to never give it up.
You can follow Jansen on Instagram @jansen_gomes15 .
By Nikki Sullivan