Blind Grappler

BRAUS Fight is honored to share Clinton Davies story in this months Blog.  What a man. His achievements speak for themselves, he is a true mentor for both BJJ and life…

“The Fight Never Ends.”

We challenge you to read his story and not be inspired!  Details on how you can join us in supporting Clintons journey can be found at the end of the blog.  Check it out for your chance to win a brand new BRAUS Fight Gi and support a great man and cause! Enjoy the read and thanks for Clinton Davies! We can tell you will go far, you deserve it. OSS

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do”. -Derek Jeter

My name is Clinton Davies. I am a 33 year old athlete and I compete in wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I am a grappler. I am also 95{cf85d6e77c29d4f46f06b9997a0fa4f5fbcf4b5bda0ea38bf9698d986e79160e} blind.

When I was two years old, I was treated for infected chicken pox with penicillin. Unfortunately, I had an allergic reaction to this life saving treatment which left me with Stevens Johnson Syndrome. It permanently damaged my lung tissue, blistered my body and left my sight with 1 metre visibility, although I can only perceive shapes and changes in light.

I have always believed there’s nothing I can’t do that other sighted athletes can. Although I am qualified to compete in the Paralympics, I choose to test myself against sighted athletes. Why wouldn’t I?

People often ask me about my supposed disadvantages and limitations. In all honesty, I’ve been without sight for so long, it’s become all I have known. You learn to adapt. I simply refuse to accept my situation as a barrier to what I wish to accomplish and show. I don’t really think of myself as inspiring, just lucky I have something that I love to do.

Although, let me assure you, my martial arts journey has certainly been no cake walk! It’s not like that for ANYONE, despite what Hollywood would like you to believe. When I first began learning to wrestle at 17 years old, I was absolutely smashed and bashed for a few years. It takes a while to learn things, like how to move, where to be, what not to do, how a technique should feel. I was very lucky to have a compassionate, patient and caring mentor to guide me and give me the time of day. I will never forget him. Getting beaten up can suck, but I am pretty grateful to say that no fully sighted athlete I’ve trained or competed with has ever taken it easy on me, who learns that way?

I am currently a ten time national champion in wrestling, as well as the New Zealand champion in my weight division (75kg) for Greco-Roman wrestling. I was the first blinds Kiwi wrestler to compete at the World Champions in 2013.

I started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu less than a year ago. I have so far managed to medal in every competition I have competed in the past year. I competed in my first international tournament, the Pan-Pacific Championships in October 2015. I chose to enter the open weight division, as well as my own.

It was in the open weight division, I fought an athlete who was 55kg heavier than myself. I went on to win this match despite dislocating a rib and tearing my intercostal muscles, the win was an incredible experience for me. In that tournament, I won two golds and one bronze medal.

This year marks another mountain for me. A new journey. I will go to the Jiu Jitsu World Championship tournament as well as the Oceania Wrestling Championship tournament to test myself against the very best, once again. I would appreciate any help in recognizing my dream.

Clinton Davies

Join BRAUS Fight in supporting Clinton on his journey to make his dreams come true and win a brand new BRAUS Gi of your choice in the process! Simply:

  • Make a donation to Clinton at his registered donation site https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/blindgrappler/#
  • Include your name and BRAUS Fight in the “leave a comment” section
  • You will receive one entry for every $10.00 you donate
  • On the 31st of January 2016 all donation entrants will be placed in a drawer and the winner will be announced! Color, Style and Size are winners choice! (stock pending)

This is a great cause guys, get involved!

 

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