STEVE SCADDAN is aiming to become Dewsbury’s first Sports Jiu Jitsu world champion.
The 37-year-old is hoping that he can mark his own place in history at the Sports Jiu Jitsu World Championships in Florida next summer.
Scaddan is a 2nd degree blackbelt in freestyle jiu jitsu and is the chief instructor at the Revolution Martial Arts Academy.
He works as an engineer and has lived in Dewsbury since 2001.
The Wakefield-born fighter trains six days a week and is a member of the GB sports jiu jitsu team, who routinely train at Revolution Martial Arts Academy at Woodkirk Valley Country Club on Leeds Road.
“I am aiming to become world champion, I train with a two-time world champion and I am looking at that title,” said Scaddan.
“I fight at 75kg, all of Team GB is scattered all over the country and we train at northern, central and southern bases.
“There are about 70 members in the squad, so every month we alternate it and since January all the northern training sessions have been held at Revolution Martial Arts.
“We train for three to four hours at a time, usually from around midday until around 3-4pm and we go as hard as we possibly can, it’s quite difficult.
“We are all training for the national championships which will be held in July and for the world championships that will be in Florida in 2019.”
Sports Jiu Jitsu, according to Scaddan, has a similar style to MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), but with stricter rules and regulations.
The 37-year-old has been training in martial arts techniques since he was eight years old.
His wife Tracy set up the Revolution Academy after their son and his friends took an interest in learning martial arts.
Steve said: “My wife set up the club, she did it from scratch.
“I started teaching my son, my son had some friends that wanted to be taught and eventually the word got out that it was a really good club to train at.
“People just love doing it, the feedback that we get from our members is that the training is second to none.
“That is good for us to know as that means they are enjoying what they are doing.
“I am the chief instructor but I don’t see it as business, it is my passion, if I didn’t want to do it I wouldn’t do it.
“The progression you see from people, fighters who come as a novice and train to become a black belt, it is amazing to see that progress.
“We do freestyle jiu jitsu, which originates from Japan and that incorporates stand up, take downs, grappling on the floor and submissions.
“It is like cage fighting or MMA but there are more rules in place.”
Revolution run various classes from Monday to Saturday and also offer one-to-one private sessions.
There are classes for all ages from six years and older as well as ladies-only classes that run on a Saturday afternoon.
Despite Scaddan being a member of Team GB he is still required to fund his own travel, accommodation and competition costs.
The blackbelt is always on the lookout for sponsorship that will allow him to travel across the world to represent Great Britain in competitions.
Anyone who may be interested in sponsoring Steve should contact him directly on 07833 716477.