A Ju-Jitsu star from Bradford continued in his winning ways last weekend as he clinched a podium finish at the Wakarishin International Ju-Jitsu Championship.
24-year-old Mohsin Hussain, who trains with the city’s Onna Ju-Jitsu Club, picked up a bronze medal at the prestigious tournament, held in Southend-on-sea, where competitors from all over the world took part.
The West Yorkshire representative was competing in the ‘Men’s under 70kg’ category and overcame opponents from both Germany and Great Britain before losing out to a Danish competitor in the semi-finals.
With 20 athletes in the category, Mohsin came away with third place and described the whole tournament as an ‘amazing’ experience.
“It was a fantastic feeling to compete on the international stage,” he said. “There were six of us who travelled down from Bradford and we said beforehand that if we came away with any medals, that would be a huge achievement.
“Between us, we ended up coming away with nine in total and of course we were more than happy with that.
“My fight was near the end and when I won I was just over the moon, there are no words to describe it. I had even injured my neck before the competition but managed to overcome it and get the Bronze medal.”
Mohsin, and his fellow teammates from the Bradford Ju-Jitsu club, only had one month to train for the tournament, having just competed in the British Championships in April.
This latest competition signalled a further step up, to the international stage, and the Martial Arts ace spoke of the pride he had when representing the country last weekend.
“To wear the Great Britain tracksuit before the event and compete as a representative of the country, is a real honour,” he said.
“On an international level I am also beginning to get recognised for what I do. Even the head of the British Ju-Jitsu Championships came up to me and congratulated me after my podium finish, which made me incredibly proud.”
He added: “Of course I was also a representative for Bradford.
“Since the coverage in the papers, young kids have started coming up to me – that is the main thing I wanted to achieve.
“Getting children involved in the sport and helping them train is something I hope to do for a long time.
Ju-Jitsu is not only teaching them self-defence but improves their confidence massively.”
Mohsin hopes to compete in a couple of regional and national championships in upcoming months with an international tournament, held in Denmark in November.
To keep up to date with Mohsin’s progress in upcoming tournaments follow him on Twitter at @deejay_adeeb