James "The Gentleman Brawler" Quigg
James Quigg started wrestling in Rock Falls, Il in 1995 when he was 8 years old. He continued in the sport as he moved to Sterling, Il in 1996 and to Apple Valley, Ca in 2004. He was introduced to Boxing, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu during his Plebe year at West Point in 2006, and competed in a number of NAGA, Army Combatives, and Intramural Wrestling Tournaments. He began training with Team Reality of Combat (R.O.C.) Fayetteville in 2011 when his military career took him to Fort Bragg, NC. He competed in his first amateur MMA fight in 2013 at Bull City Brawls 9 in Durham, NC, winning by Rear Naked Choke in the first round. He went on to win the both the Viriginia Cagefighting Championships and Bull City Brawls Bantamweight Titles, as well as the 2014 All American and 2014 All Armed Forces Combatives Tournaments at 140lbs.
James made his professional debut on Conflict 35 in Augusta, Ga, and won by a Rear Naked Choke in the first round. He is currently 2-0, having finished both of his opponents. He will appear for his third professional MMA fight at Strike Off 9 in Manassas, VA April 8th 2017.
Q&A Session Between James Quigg and Elite Sports
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: Geez, this list is long. I suppose my parents have to top this list. My mother taught me about a deep grinding work ethic. About giving my best at any task regardless of how much or little I liked doing it. My father taught me about pursuing my passions, about striving to be the best you can be within a specific field.
I could point to friends who are pursuing their individual dreams. The cinematographer who dreamed of filming for a career at 16, and is now 28 and a full time freelance cinematographer. The Figure Body Builder who is reaching ever closer to her NPC Pro Card, and has built a successful training and coaching business along the way. My friends who are writing novels; writing every day to build the skills to one day get published. My friends who are pursuing success in BJJ and MMA.
I could point to historical figures. The Buddha Siddhartha Gautama , Jesus Christ, Sun Tzu, Miyamoto Musashi, Founding Fathers like Hamilton and Madison, or BG John Buford, Morihei Uesheba, or Martin Luther King Junior.
I could point to fictional characters like Mr. Miyagi or Uncle Iroh.
Question: What inspires you about BJJ?
Answer: I’m most inspired by way jiu jitsu simultaneously builds confidence and humility in the people who train it. There are, of course, exceptions, but for the most part jiu jitsu engenders both traits. Through jiu jitsu people discover a capability to overcome obstacles they never dreamed, but it also consistently reminds us that there is always someone better than us at what we love to do, or someone who can exploit something in our game.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
I qualified for Team Illinois to compete at the USA Junior Wrestling Nationals in 2003 in Freestyle and Greco-Roman, and in 2004 in Greco-Roman only.
I was the runner up at 140lbs in the Fort Bragg All Armed Forces Combatives Invitation Tournament.
I won the All American Combatives Tournament 140 Title, the Virginia Cagefighting Championships Amateur Bantamweight Title, and the All Armed Forces Combatives Tournament 140lb in 2014.
I won the Bull City Brawls Amateur Bantamweight Title in 2015.
I am undefeated as a Professional with both wins by finish.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: If we count from my first days wrestling I have been training for 21 years. I started training MMA seriously and consistently 6 years ago. I have been fighting for 4 years.
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: This year my goal is to win 4 Professional MMA Fights. Within 3 years my goal is to be fighting on nationally televised promotions. Within 5 years my goal is to be a Contender in Bellator, the UFC, or another International MMA Promotion.
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: I try to be prepared for whatever training opportunities present themselves, so I usually keep a pair of running shoes, socks, flip-flops, workout clothes, a towel, a gi, my BJJ Belt, a mouthguard, a cup, an athletic supporter, 16oz Boxing Gloves, 8oz MMA gloves, sleeve style shin guards, handwraps, and a jump rope.
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: I usually train at least twice a day 5 days a week.
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: At this point I try to follow the guidance of the Dave Camarillo quote, “A submission is the by-product of control.” I maintain constant pressure, whether through strikes, dominant positions, or transitions, and I take whatever finish is available. Whether it’s a knockout, a choke, a joint lock, or a submission to strikes.
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: Hard work; dedication; avoiding injury; constant, consistent, smart training; good marketing; and more than a little luck.