Grantham martial artist aims for the Olympics


The Grantham Journal featured a young student at Grantham School called Armandas Jursys at the start of lockdown in April 2020.

Armandas approached Grantham-based BGB Engineering for sponsorship to help him develop into an elite athlete and become the next rising star in judo and jiu-jitsu.

GB decided to sponsor Armandas to help pay for his training to achieve his goal of becoming the next big thing in MMA (mixed martial arts) or to achieve his secondary goal of competing in future Judo Olympics.

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At the time, Armandas was 15 and full of enthusiasm for his sport. A year later, and upon completing his studies, Armandas approached BGB to join their apprenticeship program.

Showing the same positivity and enthusiasm when interviewing for an apprenticeship position in finance, the firm quickly realized his potential and tremendous drive to succeed in a new career within the business.

Now working at BGB and studying at the same time, Armandas still finds the motivation and time to pursue his endeavors in specialist MMA gyms to achieve his ultimate goal.

Since joining BGB, Armandas has climbed the UK and European rankings in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo and achieved some very impressive victories and European rankings.

His most notable results include first place at the All-Stars BJJ Europeans Gi, first at the All-Stars BJJ Europeans No-Gi, second at the BJJ No-Gi British Open (2021) and second at the Kent International Judo Tournament.

The recent BJJ British Open, held in Coventry at the end of December, was the event of the year. Top BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) athletes and top weight competitors traveled from all over Britain to compete in this high profile event.

Armandas, now 17, suffered an ankle injury in the competition and competed in the under 83kg weight class where he ranked number two in the UK – a fantastic achievement and he is now recognized as one of the best in the country in Gi and No. -Gi Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

Armandas said: “As a top athlete I have to train daily which requires a heavy reliance on travel to and from professional gyms and high caliber events.

“Travel expenses are the heaviest financial burden, and I mainly rely on the sponsorship and goodwill of my friends and family.

“I am very grateful to BGB, not only do they continue to help me with sponsorship, but they also understand my training regimen and have helped me further my career.”

BGB continues to sponsor Armandas and looks forward to one day seeing him in the Octagon as a world famous MMA star like his hero, Mixed Martial Artist Khabib Nurmagomedov.

As any top athlete knows, finding the time and especially the finances to train at the highest level takes a lot of kind gestures and sponsorship.

Armandas is constantly on the lookout for more sponsors and has set up his own GoFundMe page to help raise much needed funds for the overseas tournaments he hopes to attend in order to further his goal of becoming the best.

If you would like to help sponsor Armandas, contact us by email at [email protected]


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