Byron Bay local, Thalison Soares, won a gold medal at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu European Championship 2024 held in Paris, France, earlier this year.
The prestigious European Championship is one of four major events held annually by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF).
The best women and men of Jiu Jitsu attend this event annually, to fight for the European crown.
At just 24 years of age, the head instructor of The Academy Byron Bay claimed his seventh European title with his most recent win.
Fighting in the black belt, bantamweight division Thalison defeated Jonas Andrade 5–0 on points.
Thalison is a multiple world champion and keeps building his legacy with huge international wins, and by building the next generation of champions in Byron Bay.
The next major international event is the Pan American Championship in Florida, USA in March, where Thalison and his local team will be aiming to win more titles for Australian jiu jitsu.