Okanagan teen has Brazilian jiu-jitsu world in a chokehold: 'She’s the person to beat' - Vernon News

Lillian Marchand, a 16-year-old Indigenous youth from the Okanagan Indian Band, has actually ended up being an increasing star in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) with a remarkable list of achievements. Marchand began in the sport at the age of 5 after experiencing bullying in school. She started training at the North Okanagan-Shuswap (NOS) Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts club for self-defence lessons. Despite at first losing her very first competitors, she rapidly required to the sport and began winning competitions. Marchand has actually considering that ended up being a two-time World Jiu-Jitsu Champion, a two-time Pan Jiu-Jitsu Champion, a Brasileiro de Jiu-Jitsu Champion, and a European Jiu-Jitsu Champion. As a self-defence martial art and battle sport, BJJ relies more on ability than strength or size.

Marchand’s remarkable accomplishments consist of winning the IBJJF Grand Slam, making her the very first individual in Canada to do so. Her success has actually gathered acknowledgment, and she has actually been referred to as a black belt without the real belt yet. Currently, Marchand receives contending in the adult department of BJJ as she approaches 17 years of ages. Her coach at the NOS Jiu-Jitsu club has actually applauded her focus, decision, and work principles, explaining her as a precious good example for others at the club.

In addition to her training, Marchand likewise teaches BJJ to others at her house club. She recognizes individuals surrounding her, from coaches to household and school instructors, as an important part of her success. Fundraisers and raffle draws have actually assisted support her journeys and living costs, as Marchand finished her research studies online while away from her neighborhood. Marchand has actually satisfied her youth imagine ending up being a world champ and an instructor of the sport. However, her goals now encompass ending up being a black belt champ. Her coach thinks that Marchand has the possible to own her own club and make an occupation out of BJJ.

Looking forward, Marchand is concentrated on her purple belt years and is happy to teach her trainee, Taylor Vanderwal, who she sees a great deal of herself in. Ultimately, Marchand intends to leave a tradition as an excellent individual and a considerate rival. She wishes to be kept in mind for her joy, positivity, and compassion.


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