A remarkable season of sporting achievement for little old Aylesbury continued when Brazilian jiu jitsu star Yasmine Wilson was crowned world champion in America at the weekend.
Yasmine won the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation World Championships at brown belt featherweight in Los Angeles.
As if that wasn’t enough, the tournament win also made the 32 year old the UK’s best ever female in the history of the sport.
Yasmine’s achievement is the highest of any UK female competitor to date after she won all her fights inside the distance via submissions putting on a dominant display throughout.
The brilliant technician destroyed Brazilian Samantha Faulhaber inside 90 seconds in the final and finished with a choke hold before collapsing in tears of joy.
The Southcourt woman trains under partner and head coach Kev Capel at the Roger Gracie Academy Bucks, which is based in Aylesbury.
She also spends some time training under Brazilian jiu jitsu legend Gracie himself at the RGA HQ in London.
Yasmine’s world title win comes during a purple patch for Aylesbury sport and follows hot on the heels of FA Cup wins for Emmerson Boyce and Ellen White and Aylesbury United’s promotion and first cup win for 13 years.
The success has certainly not gone to Yasmine’s head, though, as straight after the final the humble star took to Facebook to thank supporters for helping her to become world champion.
Partner Kev, who has trained alongside some of the best fighters in the world, described watching her claim gold as ‘simply amazing’.
“It was incredible, she dominated and has just gone from strength-to-strength,” he said.
“And it’s no joke out there, they go to LA for a reason, it’s serious stuff.
“We’re all very overwhelmed by it. I sent her out there with the belief that she had the potential to be one of the best in the world.
“But to actually achieve it is something else!
“Watching her take the gold was simply amazing, it was one hell of a feeling,” he added.
Yasmine, who is sponsored by Tatami Fightwear and Luta Clothing was due back in the UK on Tuesday night, after this paper went to press.