Chance Norman is a 26-year-old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt, training under Andy Yount at Gracie Humaitá Houston. He started Jiu-Jitsu in 2010 in Beaumont, Texas training under Patrick Head at Gracie Barra before moving to Texas Punishment Crew where he trained under Jason and Randall Ebarb. After moving to Houston, Chance trained under Shawn Key at Iron Mantis which is now Gracie Humaitá Houston. Chance is an avid competitor who has placed in several IBJJF tournaments and competed in multiple Jiu-jitsu super fights. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and works full time with the Texas Department of Transportation while training five to six times a week.
Q&A Session Between Chance Norman and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ?
Answer: Jiu-jitsu serves as more than just a workout. It can be used as a form of self-expression, as a release from life, a way to train the body and mind, a great way to find community in like-minded individuals, a confidence booster, and a tool to help deal with everyday issues in life. The fact that something as simple as a form of fighting can be used in so many ways is what inspires me the most.
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: Jiu-jitsu serves as more than just a workout. It can be used as a form of self-expression, as a release from life, a way to train the body and mind, and a tool to help deal with everyday issues in life. The fact that something as simple as a form of fighting can be used in so many ways is what inspires me the most.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
In my seven years of training, I have placed in several IBJJF tournaments at every belt I have held, and competed in multiple super fights.
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: For this year, my goal is to win worlds and compete in MMA. Next three I would like to compete as much as possible against higher competition, and further not only my techniques but my teaching capabilities as well. Next five I aim to be closing in on my black belt.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: Seven years.
Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in your gym bag before hitting the gym? Do you have different items for specific days?
Answer: I will typically have a gi, no-gi gear, mouthpiece, tape, nail clippers, water, and a protein bar. We do Muay Thai three days a week so on those days it’s everything already listed plus shin pads, boxing gloves, and MMA gloves.
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: 5-6 days a week.
Question: What would be your dream fight?
Answer: Title fight in Pro MMA.
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: Over hook armbar from guard.
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: Discipline. Anyone can be a champion; they just must be willing to put the work in.