Jan „Młody Animek” Szczudrawa
Młody anim (Young Animek) teaches primarily no-gi classes at Akademia Fenix.
He is a first degree black belt in BJJ.
You have been training BJJ since …
– Approximately 2002.
Why did you start learning brazilian jiu-jitsu?
– At first I have just wanted to do what my older brother was doing. Later one I became fascinated by the sheer number of techniques and that each competitor fights in a different way. I like to be able to create my own approach in sports.
What do you pay special attention to as a coach?
– Safety and quality of the classes: BJJ doesn’t stop evolving and as coach you must keep learning all time. I try to show as many details as I can to my students and also their consequences.
What gives you the most satisfaction as an instructor?
– An individual approach to techniques for each person, depending on their body type and physical parameters. I also like to help competitors create ‚their game’ as weel as helping out the beginners. BJJ is a complex activity. And of course let’s not forget about creating a good vibe on the mat!
If you could mention 3 people that influenced you way of fighting the most, who would it be?
– My brother Maciej Szczudrawa, my professor Vagner „Boca” Guimaraes and recently competitors from the Danaher Death Squad (I love watching their fights).
What’s your approach to fighting in BJJ?
– I believe the key factor is trying to outwit the opponent. The more techniques I know, the easier it is to fight against a bigger amount of opponents. For instance, when rolling witha Brazilian, I use techniques mostly from the Americans and vice versa.
What do you think about competing in BJJ?
– I believe it’s good to compete at least once or twice in your life. It’s a good, character building experience. However, competition in not for everyone and it’s just one part of jiu-jitsu. I respect people training for fun, for competitions, for self-defense or just for personal development.
If you could give one tip to a beginner, it would be…
– The faster you learn not to struggle and use too much force the better. World champions do not move that way for a reason.
Favourite position: half guard and ashi garami variations.
Favourite choke: The Japanese necktie.
Favourite submission: The Electric chair.
Favourite quote: “We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.” Carl Sagan.
Favourite movie: Interstellar. Blade runner. Babylon 5.
Favourite book: „Cosmos”, Carla Sagana and the Night Lords trilogy by Aaron Dembski Bowden.
Favourite game: Mass Effect, The Last of Us.
Favourite food: japanese cuisine (Hana Sushi!)
Favourite drink: homemade lemonade.
Hobby (besides bjj):
– wargaming (Corvus Belli: Infinity), astronomy, watching anime, science-fiction and fantasy.