Hafthor Bjornsson and Martins Licis train jiu-jitsu with world champion Gordon Ryan.
World Strongest Man champions Hafthor Bjornsson and Martins Licis do jiu-jitsu training with multiple time world champion Gordon Ryan. The two strongman veterans were pushed to to new limits as they experienced the thrill and the agony of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Not all athletes are not created equal. A strongman will find it difficult to excel at Jiu-Jitsu in the beginning. The same is true for a jiu-jitsu player looking to compete in a strongman competition; chances are they’re not going to fair all that well. It takes time, dedication, patience, and consistency in order to excel at just about anything.
Before they got to the point of battling against each other, Licis and Björnsson got some tips from the man himself, Ryan Gordon. He first taught them about side control and advised them on switching positions in order to take control.
“People this big and strong shouldn’t be allowed to learn Jiu Jitsu. It’s like cheating,” stated Gordon, amazed by the size of Licis & Björnsson.
Martins Licis then decided to try and roll with Ryan Gordon, which he ultimately ended up surrendering after Gordon got him into an arm lock. After some rest, Licis and Gordon started another duel, which Martins surrendered once again, but this time due to a rear naked choke.
Then came the time for Martins Licis to take on Hafthor Björnsson. Although the match was pretty even, Licis was clearly much more gassed by the end of it, probably because Hafthor has built his endurance through boxing. Finally, they all wrapped their arms around each other in a friendly way and Martins Licis wrapped up his video.
“I’m gonna take a long nap. Thor and I got humbled today… but now I am inspired to get through some more Jiu-Jitsu.”
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Martins Licis recently captained Team USA at the 2022 World’s Strongest Nation contest, but unluckily for him, they lost to Team UK. However, he has had a very productive year, having placed second at the 2022 WSM, as well as winning the 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic. However, judging by the lineup for the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic, Martins will not be coming back to defend his title.
Hafthor Björnsson, on the other hand, has retired from boxing and has had his powerlifting comeback. Björnsson also further improved his old Weight Over Bar World Record, which could be just the start of his full Strongman comeback.
Both Licis and Björnsson looked really interested in Jiu-Jitsu, with Martins even thinking about starting to train seriously for at least a year or two. So, if that is the case, Licis could take a path similar to Hafthor’s, and become an expert in one martial art.