Fuelled Athletes

We are proud to support UK based athletes through our fuelled athletes program. We currently support a number of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA athletes as well as one Obstacle Course Race athlete.

BJJ ATHLETES

Vanessa English

  • Where do you train?

    Gracie Barra Nottingham

  • How long have you been training?

    Since 2009.

  • What division do you compete in?

    Super feather or feather.

  • What are your top 3 competition highlights?

    I guess winning the worlds at purple belt is always going to be a highlight of events. Just the whole experience was phenomenal. Then the British Nogi at blue belt where I bagged double gold and got the opportunity to compete against a now UFC fighter. These two competitions are when I’ve managed to be the most focused, I wish every competition could be the same, but that complete focus and ‘in the zone’ feeling is so difficult to attain consistently. No other competition really sticks out to be honest, I love them all! Although a memorable time is now recovering from an ACL reconstruction, it’s been a long road, but I think I’ve grown a lot as a person and fighter from it. It’s been an interesting and actually quite fun year too.

  • What are your goals for 2017?

    2017 is all about making my debut at black belt and securing some titles.

  • Who or what inspires you?

    The people I meet everyday who achieve, accomplish, and foremost, overcome all kinds of obstacles.

  • Favorite Jiu Jitsu related quote:

    “I constantly remind myself that resting takes confidence. Anyone can train like a madman, but to embrace rest and allow all the hard training to come out takes mental strength”Ryan Hall (the marathon runner, not the jiu jitsu practitioner, however I think this quote is very relevant throughout all sports).

  • What do you like about Sulston’s Kitchen?

    I had seen a number of posts on social media with pictures of various, delicious looking meals created by Sulston’s Kitchen and I couldn’t wait to try their food. I really enjoy food (making, and eating even more so!) and quickly noticed and became both interested and inspired by the taste combinations Sulston’s Kitchen put together. I finally tried one of their meals at the first University Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition, held in Nottingham, and I was not disappointed. Healthy, creative and delicious food ready and prepared to fuel fighters! Great idea and great business for the growth and development of the Jiu Jitsu community. I hope to visit their health food takeaway store too.

Yousuf Nabi

  • Where do you train?

    Elements Martial Arts Brighton

  • How long have you been training?

    Since 2004.

  • What division do you compete in?

    Black belt, light / Middle Masters 1

  • What are your top 3 competition highlights?

    3 times British open gold medallist
    Ranked #2 UKBJJA Masters Black Belt Competitor 2015
    Silver medalist in IBJJF Euros in Gi and No gi

  • What are your goals for 2017?

    Gold at European level is my main goal.

    Also to hit top 5 at UAEJJF and IBJJF rankings for my belt,age and weight

  • Who or what inspires you?

    My students and team members.

  • Favorite Jiu Jitsu related quote:

    IF YOU THINK, YOU ARE LATE.
    IF YOU ARE LATE, YOU USE MUSCLE.
    IF YOU USE MUSCLE, YOU TIRE.
    IF YOU GET TIRED, YOU DIE.
    Saulo Ribiero

  • What do you like about Sulston’s Kitchen?

    Sultston’s Kitchen is totally unique. It’s a brilliant concept that could only work with the right people. Ben and Kirsty are those people. All the recipes are carefully thought out and always taste delicious.

Samantha Cook

  • Where do you train?

    Fightzone London. Checkmat

  • How long have you been training?

    Since 2008.

  • What division do you compete in?

    Adult Black belt Middle weight.

  • What are your top 3 competition highlights?

    Worlds No gi Champion 2015 Brown Belt
    4 x European Champion (2014/15/16/17)
    Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Champion 2016 Brown/black division.

  • What are your goals for 2017?

    – Win ADCC trials in Poland to compete in the finals later this year.
    – Gold medal at World championships.
    – Be sponsored by the best meal prep company in the UK.
    – Lead a happy and balanced life.
    – Inspire more women to train with Wominars!

  • Who or what inspires you?

    I recently attended a Cyborg seminar in London and I have never felt so inspired to be the best I can be in this life time! To follow my heart and take risks! Thank you Cyborg for sharing your wisdom with us that day.

  • Favorite Jiu Jitsu related quote:

    Favourite quote… I don’t really have a jiu Jitsu quote but I love Harry Potter and 50/50 guard- so I have renamed the guard ‘Expecto Pregada’ …. which translates to ‘very stuck’

  • What do you like about Sulston’s Kitchen?

    I was initially attracted to Sulstons kitchen from the old school paper packaging. (Yes I am a magpie) then I realised how delicious the clean and healthy meals were and thought this to be some kind of sorcery! When I researched the meals I was excited to find organic, locally sourced produce freshly prepared by Mr Sulston himself! … sold!!

Jamie Hughes

  • Where do you train?

    I train at Celtic Pride Martial Arts in Abertillery, South Wales under Greg Creel.

  • How long have you been training?

    Since 2009.

  • What division do you compete in?

    I usually compete in either Heavyweight or Super Heavyweight divisions although I have been known to venture up to Ultra Heavy.

  • What are your top 3 competition highlights?

    In no particular order:

    Taking Bronze at this years Europeans at Brown Heavy Adult, it was my fourth attempt after falling at the Quarter Finals at Blue and Purple. Was also my first major IBJJF medal, and showed i can battle it out with the very best in the world.

    Winning the 2015 IBJJF London Open and getting promoted to brown belt on the podium. I had been out competition for 8 months prior due to a major knee injury, my first tournament back and i submitted all of my opponents in a total of 2 mins.

    Winning the 2015 British Open NoGi Elite Division, I managed to submit everyone.

  • What are your goals for 2017?

    Compete as regularly as I can.

    Keep working to become a better athlete in all areas.

    Continue the work with our Kids programme at Celtic Pride Martial Arts.

  • Who or what inspires you?

    The people who really inspire me are my coaches Greg Creel, Pedro Bessa and Eduardo Telles, seasoned blackbelts who live and breathe the art and have given me more than I can ever repay. They motivate me everyday.

  • Favorite Jiu Jitsu related quote:

    “Jiu Jitsu’s easy, you just gotta do it right” – Roger Gracie

  • What do you like about Sulston’s Kitchen?

    What I like about Sulston’s Kitchen is their commitment to making great tasting food and snacks but also making sure they are made with only best and most healthy ingredients which are perfect for fuelling fighters, from weekend warriors to elite level athletes.

JP

  • Where do you train?

    Elements BJJ in Brighton.

  • How long have you been training?

    Since 2010.

  • What division do you compete in?

    Masters middleweight.

  • What are your top 3 competition highlights?

    – Bronze at the IBJJF Europeans 2015 (purple master 3)
    – Gold at the British Open (blue master 2)
    – Bronze at the English Open (purple seniors)

  • What are your goals for 2017?

    To win something. Anything.

  • Who or what inspires you?

    – The people I train with. I love all aspects of training from sparring through to learning and sharing techniques.
    – My kids. I want them to be proud of me, and I want to be a good example to them. Why is why I work hard and try to progress.
    – My wife. I’m getting old and I want her to still fancy me
    – Focusing on competing etc means that I lead (compared to most 45 year olds) a pretty healthy life style. Plus I feel like I am constantly improving my fitness, strength etc.

  • Favorite Jiu Jitsu related quote:

    “Jiu Jitsu is the ultimate douche bag filter” – Eddie Bravo

  • What do you like about Sulston’s Kitchen?

    What’s not to like? Decent people doing something they love with honesty and integrity. It’s what everybody should be striving for.

Stuart Pyne

  • Where do you train?

    Carlson Gracie Kent.

  • How long have you been training?

    Since 2012.

  • What division do you compete in?

    I compete in Purple Masters 1 medium heavy.

  • What are your top 3 competition highlights?

    My top 3 highlights to date are:

    – Winning the European championships this year (Jan 2016), I went out to Lisbon with high hopes and had trained hard on the lead up. My preparation was great and I was hitting form at the right time and I knew that I had what it took to win but it would all depend on if it was my day on the day. As it turned out it was, I just took each of my 5 fights one by one only focusing on the fight in hand, never looking passed the guy in front of me. And before I knew it I had reached the final. I managed to win the final on a points decision! I’m still over the moon about it.

    – Winning the English Open in 2015. For this competition my preparation wasn’t great, work was tough and I wasn’t able to manage my weight properly. It was fluctuating from 86 kg to 90 kg, so I decided not to worry about my weight so I could focus on work and stepped up to the heavy weight decision. I was so confident I would be comfortably in that weight category I didn’t check my self on the scales until the day of the comp. I was 86.6 kg in the gi. After the initial shock that I would be giving 8kg away to some guys, I decided I’d just go in and fight hard and see what happened. I managed to win the comp after 3 hard energy sapping fights. I could feel the weight difference. And this made this feel such an achievement to me.

    – Winning the English championships as a white belt in 2013. Looking back at this comp, I was very fresh to the sport, despite my competition experience in MMA semi professionally. Nothing prepared me for it. After 5 fights I took gold. But the highlight for me was the support I had from fellow team mates and coaches, I can remember our head coach Wilson putting me in side control after winning the final and telling me what I had done wrong (this felt worse than any of the fights I had just had). It was a great day and set me on my path in the sport.

  • Who or what inspires you?

    I’m inspired by my coaches and team mates, I look to my coaches and want emulate their success and reach the standards that they are at. My team mates always make me want to train hard and do them proud and I love seeing them achieve their goals. But my main inspiration are my children, I want to do well for them, I want to show them that with hard work you can be successful, on the nights I feel like I have no energy to train that’s what gets me to the gym.

  • Favorite Jiu Jitsu related quote:

    “Sometimes, you don’t have to win. You cannot win. But this has nothing to do with losing.”

  • What do you like about Sulston’s Kitchen?

    The thing I like most about Sulston’s Kitchen is the way the food is catered for people and athletes that are on the go. It takes all the hassle and stress out of having the right fuel in your body for work training and competing. It is one less thing to think about, it’s there and good to go, all you have to do is put it in your body.

CrossFit ATHLETES

Alex Clarke

  • Where do you train?

  • How long have you been training?

    I have been training since I can remember. I specilised in CrossFit in 2010 and have recently come back to competitive CrossFit after a 3 year break.

  • What division do you compete in?

    International. I have qualified for and competed in 3 CrossFit Games Regionals.

  • What are your top 3 competition highlights?

    1: Even though we came 3rd overall, winning the final event of the European Inferno pairs comptition with Dellus West was my favorite highlight. We were also the only team to win more than 1 event over the weekend.
    2: Placing as the highest UK athlete in the 2012 CrossFit Games and 11th in Europe.
    3: Starting CrossFit after watching Mikko Salo win the 2009 CrossFit Games and going on to compete against him 3 years later.
  • What are your goals for 2017?

    To qualify for and compete at a major competition after taking a career break.
  • Who or what inspires you?

    In CrossFit Mikko Salo inspired me for his sheer determination.

  • Favorite motivational quote:

    “Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth” Mike Tyson.

  • What do you like about Sulston’s Kitchen?

    Ben has completly changed my diet for the better. I do the full meal package 5 days per week which allows me to concentrate on the other aspects without worrying about nutrtion. Also having a set meal plan that I enjoy stops me ‘going off the rails’ and adding/changing meals to non suitable options for my training.

OCR ATHLETES

Zoe Pereira

  • How do you train for your events?

    I find that it’s really important to ensure that the whole body is being trained on a regular basis, so I aim to do a number of full body workouts, circuits, bouldering and trail running. I like to also include some HIIT sessions as that high intensity where you are upping your heart rate considerably helps mimic having to tackle obstacles straight off a long run.

  • How long have you been competing in OCRs?

    I started obstacle course racing for fun back in 2014. At my first event I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. I was running with a group from work, and didn’t even consider running for a time; my aim was just to complete the course! It was only last year when by chance I qualified for the UK OCR Championships that I decided to start taking it more seriously. I say by chance, as prior to finding out I had qualified, I had no idea that the Championships even existed! November 2016 will mark one year of competing rather than running for fun.

  • What is your current ranking?

    This is hard to say, as there are a number of races throughout the year, which is split into two leagues, a summer league and a winter league. People compete in different races to each other meaning throughout the course of the season it is hard to tell exactly where you sit – with places chopping and changing on a weekly basis until the end of the season. I’m always aiming for top 10 in gender and have been securing myself in the top 5 – 10 in age group in the majority of races I do. In the UK Mudstacle OCR League, I am currently sitting 4th for under 40s, and 6th out of all female competitors across all age groups. If I can stay within the top 10 overall females until the end of the summer race season, it would earn me qualification for the World Championships in 2017!

  • What are your top 3 race highlights?

    My highlight’s for 2016 has to be qualifying for the UK, European and World Championships all in one year, I’m not sure anything can top that! Other than meeting my other half through OCR of course and being given the opportunity to race as part of the KitBrix OCR team.

  • What are your goals for 2017?

    My goals for 2017 are to continue to improve upon my running so that it is strong as my obstacle techniques and to aim for further podium finishes.

  • Who or what inspires you?

    I have recently been in awe of the athletes at the Paralympics, seeing just how far they push themselves and seeing what the body really is capable of achieving. There is also my other half who is always supporting me at races and helping me to achieve things even I don’t believe I can, but in all honesty is a pretty handy racer himself!

  • Favorite motivational quote?

    “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin

  • What do you like about Sulston’s Kitchen?

    I’m lucky enough to have Sulston’s Kitchen virtually on my door step. It’s great to have the option to purchase tasty healthy food on the go, which is something that you don’t often see these days! The variety of food, snacks and drinks available means it’s really easy to find something from Sulston’s Kitchen for vegetarian s like myself.

MMA ATHLETES

Kingsley Crawford

  • Where do you train?

    Revolution Martial Arts

  • How long have you been training?

    Since 2103.

  • What division do you fight in?

    Competed at Bantamweight (2015) and Featherweight (2016-Current).

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  • What is you current record?

    7-2

  • Do you hold any titles?

    Current Fusion FC FW Champ

  • What is your career highlight so far?

    Winning the Fusion Title and ranking in top 10 amateurs in UK

  • What are your goals for 2017?

    Build my way up in Professional rankings.

Jawany Scott

  • Where do you train?

    Revolution Martial Arts

  • How long have you been training?

    Since 2014.

  • What division do you fight in?

    I fight in the bantamweight division and currently ranked 3 in the U.K. At semi-pro level however, I believe I am number 1.

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  • What is you current record?

    My current record stands at 5-0.

  • What is your career highlight so far?

    My best highlight so far is winning my bantamweight belt at Shock ‘n’ Awe against a very tough opponent.

  • What are your goals for 2017?

    I am improving and widening my skill set everyday in training and will continue to win all my future fights and make my way through to the professional rankings.

John Mcfadyen

  • Where do you train?

    Revolution Martial Arts

  • How long have you been training?

    Since 2014.

  • What division do you fight in?

    Featherweight.

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  • What is you current record?

    2-1.

  • What is your career highlight so far?

    Hitting a flying triangle on Steve O’keefe! And beating Lucas Cox at Rise of Champions. A tough opponent on a great show.

  • What are your goals for 2017?

    Obliterate the featherweight division.

Callum Haughain

  • Where do you train?

    Carlson Gracie Tonbridge

  • How long have you been training?

    Since 2015.

  • What division do you fight in?

    Featherweight.

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  • What is you current record?

    1-0.

  • What is your career highlight so far?

    Winning my debut MMA fight by rear naked choke.

  • Favorite motivational quote?

    Train hard, fight easy.

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