Hardwork pays. This cannot be reiterated enough. You have to put in the work for success like Shane Hill-Taylor did.
We have things we are passionate about and for Shane, it is the martial art form Jiu Jitsu.
A senior at Howard University senior, Shane was crowned the fifth International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World Champion.
His victory is the culmination of overall decade of working on his technique, over a decade of honing his craft to the best of his ability. And it all came together on June 4th when he placed his opponent, former IBJJF World Champion Leonardo Saggioro, into a hold that he could not escape from.
“To be the 2018 Brazil Jiu-Jitsu Champion at the Black Belt level and to be the first African-American to achieve that title is pretty crazy honestly, I have been working for this for 14 years; it’s the reflection of a lot of hard work and a lot of struggles,” says Hill-Taylor.
With this victory, Hill-Taylor becomes the firdt African-American to hold the title. Even at that, he has no plans to rest on his laurels. The soon to-be graduate is already training ajead of now battles, competitions and a chance to pit his skills against the best in the art.
He hopes to make the martial art form common in his community, hoping other kids who grow an interest in the martial art form that has brought him recognition and joy.
“Hard work will always beat talent when talent refuses to work hard.” That is the mantra he lives by as he prepares for the SPYDER Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship quarterfinals in Korea next month. He will complete his last semester at Howard in the fall and graduate in December 2018.
Congratulations, Shane and Godspeed.