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By three-times world jiu-jitsu champion Braulio Estima The resilience that you learn in jiu-jitsu is a very useful lesson for the rest of your life.I’ve been fortunate enough to have a fair bit of success on the mats, but on the other side I’ve not been without my fair share of injuries, the worst of which was terrifying. I fell on my head during a training session, causing a compression to my spine which left me on the floor unable to move. There was no pain, which was the most frightening part. and I had no idea whether I’d be...

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So I did it, I managed to complete my 1000-metre charity swim in open water. Actually it was 1100m, as we veered a little bit off course. I couldn’t have done it without my amazing coach Ben Wadham, plus a few expert tips from none other than Olympic medal-winner Sharron Davies.     Swimming that far with just one arm was no small task. Particularly when I think back to the first time I got in a pool after my injuries, which really didn’t go so well.     Along with my 5k run, we have now managed to raise...

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I have had my own jiu-jitsu academy for 20 years now and it is a great privilege to see the positive effect that training has on people’s mental as well as physical health. I have seen this in my students, but also in myself as well. Because it is a martial art, a lot of people assume that jiu-jitsu excludes people with certain physical limitations, but this is absolutely not the case. We have students from all different backgrounds, with all different physical abilities. I have a student who is blind, one who is an amputee and another who is...

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Former SBS soldier Dean Stott: ‘Dad said I’d never last five minutes in the Army' Parents are supposed to encourage their kids and my Dad certainly did that, but maybe not in the way he intended. I was born into a military family, but when I started getting myself into a bit of trouble as a kid, Dad clearly didn’t think I was heading in the right direction. When I said that I was thinking of joining up, he said: “The Army? You’ll never last five minutes.” Being told I couldn’t do something was the best motivation for me and...

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Leaving the military is a tough transition for a lot of people. I was in the Royal Marines for 12 years and when I left it was a shock. As a physical training instructor, when I walked through the camp everyone knew my name and there was always that level of respect.  When you leave it is like everything you’ve built up has been taken away. Nobody knows who you are and you have to establish your reputation from scratch. I found that hard, and I know being away from the comradery of the corps hits a lot of the...

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