In this post, we’ll give you a brief insight into Chelsea Leah, her history, and her career in the BJJ world.
Chelsea Leah’s Jiu Jitsu journey is a truly remarkable one. It has spanned the globe, and she has forged a reputation for being an incredibly technical BJJ player.
Chelsea started Jiu Jitsu at the tender age of 12 years old. However, unlike today where most academies have dedicated kids programmes, Chelsea had to go straight into the adult’s classes. Despite these obstacles and her much larger training partners continually trying to sit on her head, she quickly advanced through the belts. At 16 years old, Chelsea earned her Blue Belt, and shortly after that, went on to win the adult division of the Pan Ams.
Fast forward to 2014, after many years, traveling the globe, teaching, and training with some of the worlds best BJJ players, Chelsea won the IBJJF World Championships as a Brown Belt. What makes this achievement more incredible is that she submitted all her opponents on route to the gold. After this fantastic performance, Chelsea received her Black Belt on the podium from Andre Galvao.
Shortly after receiving her Black Belt, Chelsea moved to Newport Beach to train with the Mendes Brothers, and learn their style of Jiu Jitsu. The Bros quickly realised her skill as both a competitor and an instructor and asked her to teach at their academy, the Art of Jiu Jitsu. Chelsea gladly accepted their offer and taught at AOJ for the next three years.
As an athlete, Chelsea is considered one of the best female competitors on the planet. She has medalled at just about every major competition out there and has fought on professional Jiu Jitsu events such as Metamoris and the 5 Super League.
On top of being a high-level BJJ competitor, Chelsea regularly teaches seminars around the U.S. and Europe. She is highly regarded for her technical knowledge and easy to follow teaching style.
Chelsea and Tom have taught a number of tandem seminars, and attendees regularly comment on the quality of instruction and depth of insight received during their seminars. This type of quality instruction has been built into the Escapology BJJ curriculum from the beginning.
Tom and Chelsea got married in California in October 2017, and moved to the UK shortly afterwards. Jiu Jitsu takes up a huge amount of their time, but when they are not training or teaching, they travel and have adventures with their dog, Kimura.
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