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ADCC Competitor Profile: Tom Barlow FeaturedWritten by Monta Wiley
A tournament that comes around every two years, the ADCC Submission Grappling tournament is a event that features some of the best grapplers around, all fighting for one prize of being recognized as the best grappler in the world. With an all star roster already lined up to compete this year, the event promises to be one to remember. Amongst the group of competitors is an individual that will be making his debut in the under 65k featherweight division.
Hailing from Plymouth in the South West part of Britain is overseas sensation Tom Barlow who is a brown belt under Braulio Estima. Barlow began his BJJ journey in 2006. He was inspired to pursue the art after seeing the Legendary Royce Gracie dominate his opponents back in the early UFC days. <~Read more~>
Once he was finally able to train with Braulio, Tom’s life would changed and after a few sessions with Braulio he decided to switch to Gi based Jiu Jitsu hoping to expanded his love of Jiu Jitsu and submission wrestling.
Although his name is not well recognized here in the states Barlow has already reached many achievements in his five years in the game. Some of his accomplishments include becoming the British Open Gi & No Champion. National Grappling Champion (2007 & 2008),and the Fila World Grappling Games (2007 & 2008).
For Barlow, competing has been one of the best learning experiences that has helped him grow tremendously in the sport. It has taught him to deal with pressure and overcome obstacles standing in the way of achieving success. In addition, it has given him the great opportunity to travel and meet new people. All his accomplishments and accolades would soon be recognized, as he would be given the opportunity of being eligible to compete on his home turf at this year ADCC event.
“I am so excited to be competing in the ADCC, particularly as it is in Nottingham. I have narrowly missed out on qualifying a few times. I still can’t believe I’m in it. When I found out I ran around my gym did some 'yes' cartwheels and then phoned Braulio to check it was actually happening. I began training for it at the start of July, and training is going well, I'm starting to feel stronger, and my technique is getting sharper. If training continues to go well, I will be in great shape and ready to compete with anyone." Barlow said.
Ultimately his future goals in the sport are: To get his black belt, continue competing at the highest level, make his school as successful as possible, and share what he has learned in martial arts with as many people as he can.
When looking back at his martial arts journey Barlow is grateful for what it has done in his life.
“Training in Martial Arts has given me so much. I’ve learned a lot about myself, both mentally and spiritually. I’ve travelled the world and met so many interesting people. I’ve started a business, and helped a whole bunch of people reach their goals.”