First guest in the “Fitness who’s who”, Amelia Lui is nothing less than a world champion in Brazilian jiu-jitsu . She’s won this title as a blue belt and before that as a white belt. Whatever the color is, the list of titles under her belt is long and impressive: IBJJF Absolute World Champion 2016, twice World Pro Champion, European Champion…
Recently promoted purple belt, no doubt she’ll enlarge her medals collection very soon!
Who/what inspired you to start your competition journey?
I have always been into sports and fitness since a young age at school, but in terms of BJJ, it was my teammates who inspired me to do my first competition. A few months after I started BJJ, I would see a lot of them going and competing in various competitions. I remember thinking to myself that I can’t wait until I get to do this and experience it too. My teammates and coach at the time encouraged me to register for my first competition which I managed to win and since that day I knew I was hooked and wanted to carry on competing!
I continuously meet people on this journey inspiring me and supporting me anyway, like my Professor Rodrigo Caporal, my sponsor Albino & Preto or my opponents in various events.
What is your training regimen?
Normally I will always do BJJ twice a day at lunchtime and in the evening, and then in the mornings I will do something different – whether it’s an hour of drilling/weights/cardio depending on how my body feels. I will always have at least one rest day a week to allow my body to recover
How do you get ready to face a challenge that you know will be hard to overcome?
In terms of BJJ and competing, I always feel like there are two contributing factors – the physical and psychological elements.
In terms of the physical side, I have my training schedule and I know how hard to push myself in order to achieve my goal. In terms of the psychological side, I try and do a lot of visualization. It helps me a lot, leading up to the competition, to get my mind in the right place
What advice would you give to someone to stay motivated?
Find something you are truly passionate about. Find people who inspire you and that you can look up to.
Also, setting yourself short and long term goals can really help you stay on track and see how far you have come!
What would you say to the 10 years younger you?
Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams and don’t worry so much about what other people think.
I think a lot of people worry a lot about other people’s opinion that they don’t listen to their own gut feelings or don’t have the courage to pursue their own dreams.
What’s your favorite cheat meal?
Haha! Well… I have so many! But I’ve probably got to say Shake Shack*… It’s soooo good… Thank God they don’t have one in Hong Kong so I can only have it a couple of times a year when I go abroad!
*Shake Shack is an American fast food chain based in New York City
A hobby that has nothing to do with fitness?
It definitely is travelling, my favourite thing to do is to explore new places and experience different cultures. Travelling to new places gives me a sense of adventure and freedom so every year I try to go to at least one new place I’ve never been before!
A quote you live by
One of my favorite quotes comes from a book called The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: “When you want something, all the Universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
I really believe that if you want something badly enough and if you put time and energy into making it happen, then it will manifest in reality.
Where can you meet Amelia?
If you want to try BJJ, training with Amelia, you’ll find her every day at Espada.
You can follow Amelia on Instagram: @amelialui_bjj