TUFF Grappling Challenge – Bradley Hill Interview

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  • December 3, 2014
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With only 4 days to go until the first TUFF Grappling Challenge, we have a full interview given to us by the guys with competitor and Braulio Estima purple belt Bradley Hill. Interview by Jon Jarvis.

TUFF GC:
Hey Brad, thanks for taking time out for the interview. You seem to be pretty busy at the moment with alot of submission only events! What do you like most about this style of event?
Bradley Hill
Yeah I have potentially three events coming up. The thing I like the most is it shows who really is the best grappler. With points, some athletes choose to win by their strategy as appose to being the better fighter. The submission only event allows me to show all aspects of my game until the submission is achieved
TUFF GC:
You have just come back from a trip to the USA. Can you give us a quick round up of your tournament success out there?
Bradley Hill
The first competition was in New York at the IBJJF NoGi Pans, I got second place after four matches. The week after I competing in the IBJJF NoGi Worlds. I lost in the first round against the same competitor I fought in the finals of the Pans and lost by 2 points. The next weekend I competed in Gracie Barra’s Copa Carlos Gracie. I fought in the Pro Division, I won three matches all by submission & got prize money to go with it. The last competition of the trip was the IBJJF Long Beach Open I took first place and got to avenge a loss from last year.
TUFF GC:
So quite a successful trip securing yourself as one of the best in the world in your division, so well done! From your Facebook posts you seemed to of trained with alot of different people at different gyms. Was there anybody who stuck out to you that was particularly great to train with?
Bradley Hill
I trained with a who’s who of jiu jitsu competitors/instructors. Marcelo Garcia’s academy was great with a very friendly atmosphere and amazing jiu jitsu. But the majority of my time was spent training with Otavio Sousa & Philipe Dela Monica of Gracie Barra. It was great to be able to roll with two world class black belts
TUFF GC:
A question I have asked all of our interviewees so far has been.. What do you prefer? Sparring or Drilling? And what do you find yourself doing more of?
Bradley Hill
Sparring for sure! I enjoy drilling but I prefer to spar. I find that once you understand the technique and you can do it with speed, the only thing left to improve is your timing. Which is done through sparring especially in specific positions
TUFF GC:
Being a high level competitor, alot of time must go into all aspects, including watching other competitors. Is there anybody in particular you look up to and try to base your game on?
Bradley Hill
There are way too many competitors that I watch whether it be instructionals or competition footage. I enjoy watching Buchecha, Leandro Lo, Victor & Braulio of course. But I base my game around people like Otavio & Cobrinha.
TUFF GC:
I am going to restrict you to one person on this one… If you could have a 1 hour private with one person, who would it be?
Bradley Hill
I have access to some of the greatest within Gracie Barra so I’d branch out and ask for a lesson on guillotines with Marcelo Garcia
TUFF GC:
Good choice! So what brought you to BJJ and specifically, to competing?
Bradley Hill
I originally started training Jeet Kune Do at a local martial arts academy. We learnt the basics of Jiu Jitsu and it was my favourite part. Then Victor Estima began teaching at the academy. I trained with him for two years, competed in the British open in 2009 as a junior, I won gold and got the bug!
TUFF GC:
A lot more golds since then too! Even though you have had alot of success Bradley, in jiu jitsu there are sometimes some hard times. What has been your hardest moment in you BJJ journey so far and what did you do to pull through it?
Bradley Hill
The hardest moment so far was losing at this years world championships. I felt great in my training, I trained super hard, we had the camp leading up to the competition. Everything was perfect, but I still couldn’t get the job done. The thing that pulls me through it is the support of my family, especially my mom. I just keep telling myself that I will win, I just have to keep trying.
TUFF GC:
So, what is your favourite activity beside jiu jitsu?
Bradley Hill
This is a tough one, I don’t do much other than jiu jitsu. I think it’s gotta be going to the cinemas or playing in the arcade.

You can watch Bradly in action this Saturday (6th December 2014) and ticket information and PPV purchases can be made here and check out our preview.