Cooper Burnham

Cooper Burnham

Which sport(s) do you compete in?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

What is your belt rank?

Blue Belt level 2.

When and how did you start BJJ/MMA?

I started BJJ after doing a term of Renshinkan karate. My coach mentioned BJJ classes and I decided to give it a go. I have now been doing it for over 4 years now.

How would you describe your style?

My style is top game speed and pressure. I believe my strength is passing.

Who are your BJJ/MMA heroes and why?

My BJJ hero is probably Marcus Buchecha, because he has won so many world championships and I believe it’s amazing that after a year off competing due to injury, he still came back and won double gold at worlds.

What is your most memorable BJJ/MMA moment?

I believe my most memorable moment was winning Pan Pacs No Gi open class this year. It felt so good winning against all those people and it gave me so much more faith in my ability and self.

What are your goals and motivation to compete?

My biggest goal is to win world championships. The satisfaction of testing itself against others, finding out weaknesses in my game and the medals are awesome.

What does your weekly training schedule look like (including S&C)?

My training schedule is

Monday – S&C 4-5, No Gi grappling 5:30–7, BJJ 8-9

Wednesday – S&C 6-7, BJJ 8-9

Tuesday and Thursday – BJJ 5:20 – 6:20, Cardio 7:30–8:30

Saturday – S&C 12-1

In your opinion, what do you think most BJJ/MMA practitioners lack in their training?

I believe a lot of BJJ practitioners lack proper strength and conditioning to further enhance their performance. Also a class like yoga would help them with flexibility and stabilising muscles.

What are your highest values in your BJJ/MMA and training life?

Humbleness, gratitude and family.

What do you do for fun or to relax outside of your training/competition schedule?

I enjoy hanging out at home in general, eating junk food, playing video games on my Xbox and meeting up with friends.

How has Strength & Conditioning impacted your BJJ/MMA?

It has made me much stronger for my sport and I compete better because people find it harder to defend my takedowns. Also when I am passing, people find it harder to recover, as my strength and pressure stops them.