Harry Grech, PSA Ambassador is an internationally-ranked competitor of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, lover of Restore, Philosophy enthusiast and all-round-nice-guy.
Harry endeavours to live simplistically, as he focuses on his passion; immersing himself completely in the world of Brazilian Jui-jitsu. We recently interviewed Harry on his up-and-coming tournaments, wellness and philosophy on life. Take a read and learn more about this truly inspiring gentleman, and how he has turned his passion into his career – a goal we all can relate and aspire to.
Let’s talk life, nutrition and passion:
If you’re a novice to the world of BJJ:
No-Gi Jiu Jitsu or submission grappling is the modern evolution of BJJ. Designed to better detail and create the feeling for grappling in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts).
Gi Jiu Jitsu is grappling with the use of a traditional Gi, which allows you to grab the clothing of your opponent. No Gi is grappling without the traditional uniform, instead, you wear shorts and a rash guard. In No Gi you cannot grab your opponent’s clothing. If you’re after more information, we recommend reading this article, which explains the distinctions, techniques and strategies used by both practices here.
Harry, we’d love to know, what first drew you toward a BJJ career, and why do you love it so much?
I had previously done Judo for 10 years. I suffered a major foot injury in 2011 and made the switch to Jiujitsu due to groundwork being less stressful on the body. I haven’t looked back since.
What is your 2017 shaping up to look like? From a competitors stance?
Unfortunately I have not obtained my desired results so far, however, there are still plenty of tournaments to come this year, and I always aim at improving myself for them.
Such an important point. Often in our lives we’re faced with results we’re not happy with, it’s up to us to reach for improvement, not perfection.
What is it like being an internationally recognised competitor? i.e. why do you love it/why do you do it, what are the best and worst bits?
I love training, travelling to compete and train and I wouldn’t live life any other way. The best bits include testing myself against high-level competitors from all around the world and always being better than I was the year before. The worst bits, of course, are losses – but even losing has its place in identifying areas that need improvement in my game.
What would you say to people who are looking to follow in your footsteps?
I’d let them know that loss is a big part of being competitive and that dealing with it would be the most important and valuable method of progression.
I live as simple a life as possible. My life is based almost purely on self-improvement. Prolonged stress is a product of the modern life, and I truly believe if people were to train more and de-clutter their minds from things that ultimately don’t matter – they would find peace. – Harry Grech.
What is the greatest thing you’ve learned in your time as a professional competitor?
That life is best lived simply. True happiness comes from self-improvement when you’re always looking at improving yourself, whether physically or mentally. I gain true happiness from setting goals and achieving them.
Wow. Profound words, but so true! We couldn’t have thought of a better way to phrase it. Such an important mantra for life, one I think that gets lost sometimes in the craziness life throws at you.
What is an average ‘day on a plate’ for you?
Oats, fruit, spinach & avocado salads, fish, potatoes, rice.
Sounds delicious and natural! Nothing better than eating natural, raw, delicious foods to fuel your body.
What is your favourite treat?
Ah, the sweet call of chocolate. Definitely, a food that we can all admit to having overindulged.
Which supplements do you use on a daily/weekly basis and why are they so important?
Restore by PSA without a doubt, each and every day. I made the switch from Gatorade/Powerade to Restore and have never looked back. I’m very prone to cramping when the intensity of training picks up, and I don’t like the idea of consuming massive amounts of sugar along with crucial electrolytes. I now choose to have the good stuff and cut the crap.
What’s your favourite PSA product?
Restore is clean, pure and the most refreshing hydrating fluid I’ve ever had. It definitely takes the #1 position for me.
You and me both! Pro tip: Restore Iceblocks, using our Tropical Restore is our favourite hot-day treat when those ice-block cravings hit.
What is your everyday training like?
I rope climb twice a week, heavy lift twice per week at the gym I train at and represent (IgorMMA) and I aim to roll at least 4-5 times per week (which isn’t enough!). I do manage to fit in drilling sessions after most weight sessions with my training partners too.
Competing is highly stressful, how do you manage/relieve stress?
I live as simple a life as possible. My life is based almost purely on self-improvement. Prolonged stress is a product of the modern life, and I truly believe if people were to train more and de-clutter their minds from things that ultimately don’t matter – they would find peace. I keep my mind active through reading and discussing philosophy, primarily the works of Marcus Aurelius, Socrates and Thoreau. I find comfort and motivation knowing my ideals are similar to those of great philosophers of the past who seemed to have found strength through simplicity.
How do you manage to balance your personal life, training/nutrition and work?
Luckily for me, my work is my training. I teach what I do, and do what I teach! I am very lucky to be constantly involved in my sporting life.
Who is your hero?
Kazushi Sakuraba (Japanese Catch-Wrestler, aka the Gracie Hunter)
For those who don’t know, Kazushi Sakuraba is considered to be one of the greatest mixed martial art fighters of all time, with a long list of achievements to his name, and is one of only 2 Japanese champions in UFC history. To say this man is impressive is an understatement, it is well worth your time to read up on him.
What is your favourite mantra/saying?
A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.
What’s up next for Harry?
After winning the grappling industries Melbourne No-GI absolute, Harry is planning to head to the Grappling Industries World Championships to be held in Los Angeles January 2018. If you’re planning a trip to LA around this time, we recommend you check it out!