Tommy Langaker: He's always Trying to Kill Me, So I have to Develop my Game'


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Tommy Langaker is one of Europe’s most accomplished jiu-jitsu athletes.  

2018 was certainly breakout year for the young Norwegian, he kicked off his breakout year when he submitted Erberth Santos in the absolute division of the European Championships and never looked back.

His best performance came at the World Championships where he took second place –but something was off, and Tommy discusses in our interview what it felt like to reach the biggest stage of jiu-jitsu so early in his career, and why he is in a better position mentally now. 

He went on to desciber his rivalry with Swedish grappler Max Lindblad as one of the best things that has happened to him as an athlete. 

"Those are the fights I learn the most. Max is always trying to kill me.... HE knows what I do, so that makes it much harder to fight him, he knows how to counter things I do. Thats why I have to stay developing…. Rivalry is so important if you’re going to be an athlete. You need to have a rival… you are always fighting but rising together."