Bandera local Jamie Graham placed first in the female master level purple belt division at the 2020 International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship, which was held Dec. 20 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Florida.
Graham said she is ranked sixth in the world for her division, and her goal for 2021 is to be ranked first.
In 2015, Graham’s husband introduced her to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a modern martial arts discipline with ancient roots. Jiu-Jitsu is a predominantly ground-based martial art, using the principles of leverage, angles, pressure and timing, as well as knowledge of the human anato my, in order to achieve a non-violent submission of one’s opponent.
Graham “became obsessed.” Initially, she trained 20 hours a week and could not get enough.
She began competing as a white belt and “has yet to lose once.”
She has had to slow down her training regime due to the addition of her two sons, but she has not lost her dedication to the martial art. Currently she makes time to train by waking up at 4:30 a.m. and carving out six to seven hours a week.
Graham, who claims she has never been athletic, took to the sport like a fish to water and now is literally knocking her competition off their feet.
Graham moved to the Texas Hill Country back in 2011 and instantly was in love. For the past four years, she has been the Property Manager at Ghost Creek Properties, committed to helping buyers and sellers meet their goals.
She is also a real estate photographer capturing the beauty of the homes in Bandera and San Antonio.
Graham’s personal life is just as full as her professional. She is a devoted wife and mother to two boys aged two and three.
Graham has been training out in the Boerne/Fair Oaks Ranch area at the Rodrigo Pinheiro Brazilian Jui-Jitsu studio located off of I-10.
Graham’s Coach is fellow female jiu-jitsu practitioner Nathiely De Jesus, who is ranked second in the female adult black belt division of the IBJJF.
Graham believes the training is worth the drive and is committed to growing her skills and achievements.
Mike Arguelles, who got to know Jamie on a professional level, was blown away by her professionalism and charisma. He believes her to be “incredibly humble and a remarkable young lady.”
In the meantime, Graham joins “quite a large group” of local Bandera jiu-jitsu practitioners who enjoy sparring in their free time.
Although Graham is currently the only female in the group, she is optimistic that the joy of the martial art will continue to spread.