My name is Maximus MacDougall and I am 10 years old. I am a Gracie Humaita Yellow Belt and have been training BJJ for 6 years. I have had a busy year competing and traveling with BJJ. My sister Claire and I have covered over 11000 kilometers so far this year and have had some amazing adventures. I will continue to compete in Canada and the US with the hopes of making it to more Eastern Canadian and Eastern US tournaments rather than my usual Central, Western Canada, and Mid-Western US. I have been invited to do some pay per views and super fights in the near future so I am looking forward to those opportunities.
I have had the pleasure of training under some of my favorite fighters. I trained and learned from Claudia Gadelha at her club Claudia Gadelha BJJ and MMA Academy. I also trained at Renzo Gracie NYC. There I learned and trained from many of my BJJ idols that helped advance my game greatly.
Furthermore, I have had the chance to do some training in San Diego over the last year. While there I made some wonderful friends and value greatly the time they invested in me. I trained at Gracie Humaita South Bay under IBJJF Hall of Famer Professor Leticia Ribeiro. I also trained under so many of my BJJ idols while there such as one of my favorite BJJ fighters of all time Professor Eduardo Telles, as well as other BJJ favorites such as Rodrigo Munduruca, Jenna and Tyler Bishop Rita Lynne Gribbon and of course the rest of the many amazing fighters at Gracie Humaita South Bay. I want to continue training and traveling to compete and help grow the sport in my community and beyond. My Dad is an Officer in the Air Force and he sacrifices so much for our family. Education is super important to me and I am a straight A student and a positive contributor to my community. I am proud to be a Team Elite member!
Q&A Session Between Maximus MacDougall and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ?
Answer: It pushes me to be better physically and mentally. I enjoy the challenges that it presents me and the way it prepares me for other challenges in life such as school and wrestling.
Question: Who inspires most in life?
Answer: Leticia Ribeiro is one of my biggest inspirations. Not only because she was a pioneer in women’s BJJ and a multiple time world champion, but continues to champion women in the sport. I am very lucky to get to train under her guidance when I am in San Diego. Some other inspirations are Gordon Ryan, Eduardo Telles, my Professors, and my training partner Logan MacDonald, without them, I just wouldn’t be at the level I am now.
Question: Major accomplishment you have achieved?
Answer: Titles and Championships:
- 2017 Kids Pans Silver Medalist
- Manitoba Open (Provincial Championships) 4x Gi Champion (Gold)
- Manitoba Open (Provincial Championships) 5x NoGi Champion (Gold)
- Submission Challenge North Dakota 2x Gi Champion (Gold)
- Submission Challenge North Dakota 2x NoGi Champion (Gold)
- Submission Challenge Minnesota Champion Gi (Gold)
- Submission Challenge Minnesota Champion NoGi (Gold)
- Central Canada Submission Classic Gi Champion (Gold)
Question: What are your goals for 3 years, 5 years?
Answer: This year is my goal is to win the Kids Pans, last year I got silver. 3 years is to win the Pans and the Canadian National Championship and 5 years would be to win a trip to Abu Dhabi at the pro trials.
Question: Go to Move?
Answer: Belly Down Arm Bar
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: 6 Years
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: We train 5-6 days per week
Question: Do you have any advice for your competitors?
Answer: Keep focus and train hard.
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion?
Answer: Commitment to Training, mental fortitude, and natural athletic ability than the next person
Question: What sort of gear do you keep in your gym bag?
Answer: I like to keep a first aid kit that includes scissors and tape for my fingers and also foam wrap if needed. I also keep nail clippers. All of this plus an Elite Sports Gi and No-Gi set.