Chris Sales to compete at Brazilian jiu jitsu Asian Open in Japan following Australian National Championships

Brotherly rivalry: Gracie Barra Blacktown head instructor Chris Sales gets his brother and fellow instructor Xavier in an ankle lock. Both will compete at the Australian National Championship. Picture: Andrew McMurtry
Brotherly rivalry: Gracie Barra Blacktown head instructor Chris Sales gets his brother and fellow instructor Xavier in an ankle lock. Both will compete at the Australian National Championship. Picture: Andrew McMurtry

Chris Sales will take on the best of the best in Brazilian jiu jitsu twice in less than a month.

The head instructor at Gracie Barra Blacktown and Rouse Hill will compete at the Australian National Championships on August 12-13 before travelling to Japan for the Asian Open in early September.

It’s a busy time for Sales, 35, and he’s looking to get more out of the experiences than just results.

“Every competition is a chance to challenge myself and see where I’m at,” he said. 

“We love competition here and a lot of the students love the competition and I think it’s good to see their head instructor leading the way. 

“The winning or losing part doesn’t really matter for us, it’s all about learning and growing.”

Chris will lead a strong contingent of five competitors to the Australian nationals but he will  fly the flag by himself at the Asian Open. 

Looking towards the competition in Japan, Sales said it will be a great challenge with people coming from across the world to compete.

“I’m hoping for the best and I’m going to trust my preparation,” he said. 

“I’ve done everything I can to the best of my ability and we can only trust that the preparation is going to do it’s work but whatever the outcome, I’m just happy to be continuing to compete at that level.”

Sales has tasted plenty of success in previous tournaments, winning the Australian title in 2013, World Pro Jiu Jitsu Championship in 2013, Pan Pacific Championship in 2014, NSW state championship in 2015 and Sydney International title in 2016.

It will be the first time he has competed in the Asian Open.

Ahead of this weekend’s Australian National Championships, Sales said the event will be a positive experience for his students.

“They’re all top competitors so we’re hoping for the best but there is never a guarantee in the sport of fighting,” he said. 

“The only thing you can guarantee is that the work you’ve put in towards the day of competition and towards the fight. The experience, the journey – it’s all about our passion and dedication to compete.”