Training out of East Coast Jiu Jitsu Academy (ECJJA) Richard, known as Richy B, is one of many competitors coming out of the famed Irish gym.
Headed by Irish Jiu jitsu legend Darragh O'Conaill, ECJJA has become a competition powerhouse, famously the home of fellow Kingz athlete Ffion Davies, there other black belts such as Progress JJ's Marcus Phelan, Sam McNally and recent Polaris Pro winner brown belt Shane Fishman. Leading the coloured belts however is Richy B, if you compete on the European circuit, you've definitely seen Richy most likely in a final and on the top step of the podium.
Originally from Romania, his family would move to Ireland at the age of 9, Richy would start BJJ at the age of 14, he found a local academy where he would earn his blue belt at 16, it was at this point he would look to move to a more competition orientated academy. ECJJA was such a place, with the head coach Darragh consistently winning IBJJF Opens and placing on Major Podiums, the move was only natural.
Richy would win a European Silver medal in the juvenile division before moving up to the adult divisions. As a blue belt he would dominate the IBJJF national competitions, taking Golds in Madrid, Rome and London while placing third at the IBJJF European open in 2016. He suffered a nasty knee injury keeping him on the sidelines for almost year before returning as a Purple belt winning multiple IBJJF Golds in Dublin, London and Rome, recently taking a bronze at the IBJJF European NoGi Championships.
At only 23 years of age, we can't to see him continue his journey !
Favourite competition - The IBJJF Worlds for sure, nothing compares to competing on the world stage.
Favourite technique - De La Riva w/Pant & Collar grip
Favourite submission - Bow and Arrow Choke
Sporting heroes - Keenan Cornelius, Isaque Bahiense and of course my Coach Darragh !
Gi or NoGi - Gi
Favourite Gi - Kingz Balistico Black Ops.