On Saturday 22nd November Jordan Lucas made history for Team Nemesis by becoming its first (hopefully of many) Australian champions. Jordan fought a perfect fight against an experienced opponent winning by submission in the first round. This win was the result of four years of hard work & established Jordan as Australia’s top bantam weight fighter.
Jordan began training at Team Nemesis four years ago at the age of 16 with no prior martial arts experience. Right from the beginning we recognised that he had a great work ethic, never made excuses, never tried to take short cuts & had a real desire to be the best at what he does. Jordan trained consistently from day one & always followed the advice & instructions of his coaches. Phillip Lai & myself have always been confident in our system of training fighters & Jordan followed our system perfectly from the start. He has been learning & developing his skills in the individual martial arts that we teach at the gym (BJJ, Muay Thai, Boxing & Wrestling) & combining them in our fight specific MMA sessions. Jordan also followed our tried & tested fight specific conditioning routine to ensure that he was always in great shape & injury free for every fight.
Another key aspect of our training system is to ensure that fighters progress at a steady rate & don’t rush into risky fights before they are ready. Jordan patiently worked his way up from Interclub sparring competitions to local level fights & before long he was fighting against the best fighters in Australia. Throughout all his fights he was improving his skills & evolving & improving as a fighter & martial artist.
All the hard work & effort paid off when Jordan won the Brace Bantamweight title. The win & his performance in the fight showed what can be accomplished with hard work, dedication & a proper tried & tested system of training & preparation. This is just the beginning for Jordan who has a big future in the world of international MMA.
By Denis Kelly
Team Nemesis MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt