TRIUMPHANT: Mohsin Hussain clinched two Bronze and a single Silver medal at the Danish Open earlier this month.
TRIUMPHANT: Mohsin Hussain clinched two Bronze and a single Silver medal at the Danish Open earlier this month.

Ju-Jitsu star continues mission to raise sport’s profile

Another tournament and another podium finish for Bradford’s Mohsin Hussain has helped ensure the local competitor remains a definite ‘one-to-watch’ ahead of the United Nations championships next year.

The 25-year-old returned from Copenhagen earlier this month after clinching three medals in the Danish Open, including one Silver and two Bronze.

It has been a meteoric rise for the martial arts enthusiast who only took up the sport less than four years ago after accompanying a friend to a training session.

Now, training out of the Onna Ju-Jitsu club in Bradford, Mohsin, along with five other representatives from the club, headed to Denmark on 14th November to compete in various disciplines of Ju-Jitsu on an international stage.

A second-place finish was recorded in the pairs demo, whilst bronze were secured in ground-fighting and continuous sparring respectively.

With his reputation, and medal haul, growing all the time, Mohsin says he always gets a ‘proud’ feeling when representing Great Britain.

“When I first started competing it was always my ambition to represent the country,” he said. “Now, I still can’t believe I am competing for Great Britain. When I see all the national flags lined up at tournaments like these, it makes me really proud.

“Denmark was an amazing place and a great tournament. I lost to last year’s gold medallist in one contest as well so I was still really pleased to have been given the chance to come up against the best in the sport.”

Mohsin added that he now has his eyes on the Belgium Open, set to be held next year, as his next international venture before the big United Nations Ju-Jitsu (UNJJ) tournament later on.

Meanwhile, the Yorkshire fighter is still striving to promote the sport he loves in the city of Bradford and hopes to see more people continue to get involved in Ju-Jitsu.

“Word is definitely spreading about the sport and we are definitely pushing forward a lot in Bradford,” he said.

“Ju-Jitsu is not only about physicality. It also teaches respect of each other and self-discipline.

“Recently I’ve been given the opportunity to visit local schools to talk about the sport and the whole experience has been really good for myself and hopefully the children as well.”