Winning the IBJJF European Championship for the first time as a purple belt in 2014, she decided to move to London in 2015 becoming one of the best female grapplers in Europe. Five times European Champion (colored belts & black belt), European and World NOGI champion (brown belt), first British female to ever winning ADCC Trials on the black belt division, Sam now wants to win her fourth Grand Slam, this time in London.
Sam has overcome a lot of mental barriers along her career, learning to be disciplined with her routine, pushing her limits when she was feeling low, making deals with herself not to quit, not to make excuses, got her really good results on the mats but, more than the medals, it gave her the opportunity to get to know herself better and improve on a personal level and not just as an athlete.
“Since our last match at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, I’ve learnt a lot about myself and about my game. I’ve always fought from the heart and not from my head, which sometimes doesn’t put me in the best situations. In the last year I’ve competed so much all around the world that I’ve learnt to never give up the fight until the very end, even when I am winning, I’ve learnt that the hard way! But I also understood the importance of fighting smarter, to set a step back, look into the situation and play a smart game to get the victory the way I want it.”