my name is Dr. Ana G. Yagües Molina and I was born in Madrid on 7th September 1979. I am a Spanish BJJ fighter though I live, train and teach in Hamburg,Germany. I am blackbelt since January 2016 where I was graduated at the podium by my professor Ezekiel Zayas after winning both, my weight class and open class, in the brownbelt master division of the European IBJJF Championship.
I am co-owner of the Nexus Figher Academy, founded in 2015 in Hamburg, where I am also one of the main BJJ instructors.
I have a phD in Physics and worked as scientist until August 2016 where I decided to jump in at the deep end and try to make a living out of my big passion: Brazilia Jiu Jitsu.
And last and most important thing in my life. I am a mum. A mum of three georgeous little girls: Gisele (8), Anais (5) and Carla (<1).
So I am a BJJ blackbelt, mum of three, who dropped her career at physics to open a BJJ academy. Crazy, isnt’t it? Well, I am living my dream and I am happy. That is all that counts.
About me as a fighter:
I started BJJ in March 2007. Back then I did kickboxing when a friend of mine convinced me to try Brazilian Jiu jitsu and as Julius Caesar would have said: vini, vidi, vinci…Well, I actually did go and watch, but i didn’t quite conquer. I was choked and joint-locked in thousand different ways – which all work without requiring serious effort from my opponent or causing me pain. Not even women smaller than me left me any chance of fighting back. I was fascinated, and since that day I have been training jiu jitsu 5-6 days at week.
Since I started this sport, I have attended many BJJ, Grappling and Wrestling seminars and workshops. You never stop learning in this sport, and i think it is very important to meet different styles, learn new details, get out of your comfort zone.
I attended seminars with many good fighters and teachers such as Aldo „Caveirinha“ Januario, Igor Araujo, Rodrigo Freitas, Carlos „Chalita“ Eduardo, Rafael Haubert, Pedro Bessa, Pedro Duarte, Zé Marcelo, João Crus, Ana Maria India, Dean Lister, David Mendelsohn Ezekiel Zayas und Michelle Nicolini.
I am also an official IBJJF and NAGA referee, having accumulated a lot of experience in refereeing. For instance, I have worked as referee in every single NAGA event that has been hold in Europe since 2014.
Since I started this sport I have competed in many championships (link), including 7 European Championships and two World Championships. In many of them I got to the highest of the podium, in others not. But winning or not, the adrenaline rush of fighting is the best feeling in the world. So yes, I am a BJJ junkie 🙂
Yasmin Sewgobind – Our special collaborator
Hi, I am Yasmin and started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) in 2004 with Carlos Eduardo Francis (Cadu). Since then I have competed, travelled a lot and spent many hours on the mat.
Besides training with Cadu I trained with legends such as Ricardo De La Riva, muay thai & MMA trainer Artur Mariano, Marcos Barbosa, Murilo Santana, Augusto Ferrari, Boca Vagner; Fernando Yamasaki and last but not least Helder Medeiros. I also had the pleasure to train with topnotch female champs like Michelle Nicolini, Luanna Alzuguir, Nyjah Easton, Michelle Mata among many others. In the Netherlands, my homecountry, i worked on my skills with Mathieu Peters (JJF) and Remco van Baardewijk (AGUA). I have been abroad in total for about 1,5 years to practise Jiu Jitsu and mma in Brazil and the USA (9 months in Brazil /11 months USA).
I have competed since 2005 five times in the IBJJF World championships. In 2007 I became European and world champion BJJ in the blue belt division and world champion No Gi in the blue/purple belt division. A special moment was to compete in Jordan where it was for the first time that women were allowed to do so! History had been made that day, athletes were getting paid and they really made it a true spectacle. In 2009 I won double bronze in the purple belt division in the Worlds. My last victory was achieved in 2013 in the black belt division where I became European Champion. Besides victories, BJJ has given me so much more. It introduced me to new cultures, great people and I happily taught at different academies such as Dutch Judoschool Kenamju, Special Sports and Team Agua. I’m proud to have organized since 2010 one of the leading female bjj camps BJJ Ladies Summercamps in Europe.
End of 2012 I received my black belt from Cadu & Mathieu. In 2015 I made the decision to move to Abu Dhabi to empower Emirati girls with BJJ. One year later I met my husband, got married and we became proud parents of our healthy baby girl. So now I am a BJJ mum!
Being a mom is like being fighter. We protect, defend, commit, have discipline and we are unlimited times challenged. We go beyond our limits. Being a mother and a BJJ fighter both nurture your mental capacities. We need to think a few steps ahead, we need to have an accurrate timing, we need to be sharp 24-7 period. You learn, you make mistakes, you adapt, you evolve. It is demanding but rewarding. And of course, lots of fun and hugging time between momma bear and her little warrior princess!