Anthony Wright is a 34 year old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple belt, training under Greg Thompson in Fayetteville, NC as part of Team Roc Fayetteville a Royce Gracie Affiliate. He started training in 2010 in Gulfport, MS. He is a Pro MMA fighter with a record of 2-0 with a total of 4 submission victories over his fight career. Anthony has graduate degree in Corporate Finance and trains Jiu-Jitsu five days a week, while coaching and training MMA.
Q&A Session Between Anthony Wright and Elite Sports
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: This year my goals are to improve my technique in training, gain valuable competition experience in some major tournaments. In the next 3 years, I plan to be a well-developed brown belt having won some major tournaments in GI and No-GI. In the next 5 years, I plan to be a well-established coach, helping others reach and exceed their goals. While working on earning my Black Belt.
Question: What inspires you about BJJ?
Answer: The growth that can be seen on a daily basis by getting quality mat time, and most importantly the relationships and bonds that are built.
Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in your gym bag before hitting the gym? Do you have different items for specific days?
Answer: Since he train multiple disciplines he keep different gear for dependent on the day. Mon-wed-fri He coach and train in striking & MMA. This means Boxing, Muay Thai, No-gi jiu-jitsu, amd Wrestling. So he has boxing and mma gloves, resistance bands, wrestling shoes, and jump ropes. On Tues & Thurs its GI jiu-jitsu and he pack a GI and maybe a jump rope and mma gloves (for ground and pound practice).
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: I train in Fayetteville, NC which is home to Ft. Bragg Army Base. So I have the honor to train with some of the best and bravest USA has daily. In the seven years I’ve trained I’ve had the honor of being belted by Royce Gracie who was a huge inspiration in me pursuing fighting.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
Answer: 4 out 5 of my wins are by submission ending in less than three minutes via 1st round. He has recieved both his blue and purple belt from Royce Gracie.
Question: How is it helpful to have the information about your competitor?
Answer: In a war when you face your enemy you try to exploit there weakness, so if you have knowledge about the weakness of your competitors then it will be easier for you to dominate him in competition.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: 7 years.
Question: What are the essential things for the training?
Answer: Focus and mindset which allow you to train beyond your limits.
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: I do not have a set finishing move in Jiu-Jitsu, I tend to take most efficient and effective possible. However, in MMA I tend to get a lot of guillotine chokes because opponents tend to leave their necks out.
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: Determination, Drive, and a team that pushes you to the next level. But, first you have to have a champion mindset. Competing in MMA and Jiu-Jitsu the mindset doesn’t change. However the focus will. In Jiu-Jitsu I don’t train for a person or an opponent I train situationally. Training on to control or defend based on what my opponent does or allows to be done. However, training for an MMA fight I train for an opponent. Regardless, I must have a champion mindset, a never quick, never stop, always improving mentality that I put into action.