Eric attempted other martial arts styles during his twenties. He decided to return to martial arts in his forties for fitness and wellbeing. He was also searching for a suitable martial arts style for his daughters which would develop their resilience and self-defence skills.

After investigating martial arts styles on offer in Hervey Bay he decided to join BJJ under Professor Chep Krummel.

Eric was awarded his Blue Belt in 2016, after 13 months of training. Eric found that once he had started BJJ it was very rewarding, and the sport assisted in developing confidence, resilience and wellbeing not just for his daughters, but also for himself. Eric has become fully involved in all aspects of BJJ from participating in training through to supporting others and coaching. Part of the enjoyment in participating within the BJJ family is the close bonds and relationships which exist within the club.