Ffion Davies becomes the first Brit to ever make black belt final at IBJJF Worlds

Into the finals tomorrow 🫶
First British/Welsh person to ever make the black belt adult final at worlds 💛
@grapple.culture 📸

Welsh grappler Ffion Davies has made it to the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt World Championship finals, being the first British/Welsh grappler to ever do so.

If you take a look at the previous winners of the black belt divisions at the World Championships, there is one common occurrence – the Brazilian flag. The majority of world champion winners have been Brazilian, which comes as no surprise as that is obviously where the sport originated, so to have a British grappler waving the flag in the finals is a huge achievement for UK BJJ. In addition, to have a woman become the first person to achieve this milestone is an incredible feat for both UK BJJ and womens UK BJJ.

Davies won both the 2018 and 2021 No-Gi black belt world championships, and has consistently proven to be one of the best BJJ competitors out there. After her 2018 No-Gi Worlds win, Davies became the first black belt from the UK to ever win that tournament.

Breaking records one at a time, will the mundials be the next record broken by the Welsh champion? The black belt under Darragh O Conaill will be fighting Janaina Lebre in the lightweight final.

Best of luck Ffion, us fellow Brits are rooting for you!

Lucy Wynne

BJJ Blue Belt from Southampton, England. I'm an avid writer, music lover and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) enthusiast. I began training BJJ when I was at university, and I've trained ever since. #OSS

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