Legally Blind, Michelle Jorgensen of Kelowna wins gold at a BJJ competition!!


Michelle Jorgensen of Kelowna has brought back gold hardware in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the wake of overwhelming the competition with her technique.

Jorgensen, age 24, is legitimately visually impaired, however that didn’t prevent her from winning three matches at the first Super Cup Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Kamloops on April 7.

Jorgensen trains with the Alliance Jiu-Jitsu group in Kelowna and attributes a lot of her prosperity to her mentors Sean McHugh, Cody Earp, Kristian Fraser and her colleagues.

Jorgensen joined Alliance Jiu-Jitsu right after she attended a ladies only self-defense workshop a year ago. A short time later, she enthusiastically joined and invested all her free energy at the club learning both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay-Thai Kickboxing.

She was so amped up for her freshly discovered enthusiasm that she quit smoking that week, and has been without smoke for a year now.

“At the self-defense class Michelle was the first to arrive and it just took me about a30 seconds to acknowledge she had a vision issue,” said McHugh.

He clarifies that Jorgensen was conceived with an uncommon eye malady called PFV – Persistent Fetal Vasculature, which touches just two or three individuals in Canada consistently.

“I’m upbeat to do my best to help any individual who needs to learn,” said Mr. McHugh. “Michelle can see sufficiently only to get the strategies of the day and we’ll, obviously, we help with the subtle elements.”

He adds that Jorgensen should be perceived for the diligent work she puts in, as she is a full-time student, volunteers for charitable associations, and still goes to a greater number of practices each week than any other person at the academy.

As indicated by Alliance Jiu-Jitsu, Jorgensen is anticipating competing next in Richmond this June.


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