UK-based jiu-jitsu athlete Ffion Davies revealed yesterday that she had earned her black belt from Darragh O Conaill after a successful brown belt career.
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Couldn’t be happier to have received my black belt from @darraghoconaill. Darragh is not only an incredible coach but inspires me to be a better person, too. I can’t thank him enough for all he has done for me, along with all my teammates at @ecjja ❤️ I can’t wait to represent at black belt. After winning worlds this year at brown I didn’t feel like I’d be ready for black belt, especially in terms of mentality. It’s not all about competition results, and the last few months have taught me that. I want to be the best teammate, student and teacher that I can be. Thanks also to everyone back in Wales at @cf24jiujitsu who’ve been a huge part of my development. Thanks also to my sponsors @kingzeurope and @thelabgym for your support 🥋🧀
Although Davies’ time as a brown belt was relatively short, spanning just under a year and a half, she’s established herself as one of the rising stars in elite women’s jiu-jitsu. She was one of the athletes selected to compete in EBI’s first ever female bracket in July 2017, then followed up with multiple successful performances at Polaris.
While she ended up being the first opponent Bia Mesquita defeated on her way to the top of the podium at ADCC, Davies became the first Welsh competitor to grapple at the tournament when she won the European Trials. Then, in 2018, she earned gold in the open weight division at No-Gi Euros, then silver at the UAEJJF World Pro before finally earning the coveted title of World Champion in June.
Given how much Davies can accomplish in under two years (and over the rest of her earlier jiu-jitsu career), it’s a safe assumption that we’ll only be seeing more great things from her as a black belt.