“It was amazing,” he said. “I didn't think any other sport would give the same feeling as boxing but I think actually it made me feel even better.”
What about the back injury that had stopped him from boxing?
“It's still really tough and it does sometimes hurt, but it's something I can work around. If I'm hurting in training than we could just work on different things, which is great. We can work on a range of movements and do different things. For me it’s completely different from boxing, it is almost like a meditation.”
You would think a former Royal Marine knew almost all there was to know about remaining calm under pressure, but Juniour found new levels with jiu-jitsu.
“When someone's on top of you and got you around the neck, it's really uncomfortable and it's not natural,” Juniour said. “Sam would tell me to relax and I'd be like: ‘I don't want to relax someone's sitting on my chest and I can’t breathe.’ But even though it’s hard, that’s what is great about jiu-jitsu, it pushes you out of your comfort zone.”
You can hear the full interview on the Healthy Beast podcast.