Kayla Harrison Starts Jiu-Jitsu

After Kayla Harrison won her second women’s 78kg gold medal in the Rio Olympics this summer, many people speculated on a potential move to mixed-martial arts. While Harrison says she has no interested in cage-fighting she is going to transition into a new martial art.

The 26-year-old judoka announced that she is going to start training jiu-jitsu.

Harrison said that the 2016 Olympics would be her last one, as she has won-back-to-back golds for the U.S. in judo. She still plans to be heavily involved in the judo world, though, and hopes to find passion in jiu-jitsu as well.

“I’m still going to continue to have some form of athletic pursuit in my life, I can’t just walk away from it,” Harrison told BJJStyle. “I’m going to continue to workout, start to help with the next generation of judo athletes and I’m actually going to start jiu jitsu. I think jiu jitsu looks like it will be a fun sport to learn and won’t be as hard on my body as judo is. I don’t mean it in a disrespectful way at all, but I think the mind-set for jiu jitsu is possibly just a little more relaxed and not so intense and crazy as judo can be.”

Harrison finished all of her judo matches at the Olympic Games by ippon and was head-and-shoulders above her competition. She could become successful in jiu-jitsu relatively quickly considering her experience.

“Judo is my thing, it’s my sport and it’s what I’m known for, but I think jiu jitsu will give a chance to still workout, but not at such a crazy, intense level as I have had with my judo,” she said. “At the end of the day it’s always good to learn something new and have some fun with it.”

Original Story: http://bjjstyle.com/kayla-harrison-im-going-to-start-jiu-jitsu/

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