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My name is Robin Bohlin and I am 18 years old. I am born and raised in a small town in Sweden. It was was me, my dad and my two siblings growing up. My mom left us when I was 6 years old. Being raised without a mom, did put a lot of stress on my whole family. Financially, we struggled for a long time and it put my dad in a situation where he had to support all four of us on his own. It took an emotional toll too, yet I think the pain and mess she caused made us much closer as a family. We did everything together and when I got a little older we used things like doing Jiu-Jitsu together to bond.
I was 11 years old when I started training Jiu-Jitsu and honestly, I did not like it at all in the beginning. My dad made me do it as a way to get me out of the house because all I wanted to do every minute of every day was play video games. He bribed me with training by telling me if I trained three times a week then in my remaining free time I could play video games as much as I wanted. His plan worked, cause in the end my focus and passion transitioned. Competing was a game changer for me. I’ve always been extremely competitive. It’s not just a hatred of losing, but an insatiable drive to be the best in everything I do. That’s what pushed me in the video games as a kid, and once it reached Jiu-Jitsu, that desire to be the best, to challenge myself and to test my skills, consumed me.
Winning for the first time in Jiu-Jitsu was a different kind of triumph, it inspired me more than I could ever imagine. Using my own body, my own techniques and my own raw willpower awoke something inside me. I knew that if I wanted to win, I had to put in the effort, time and hard work. That’s when my real obsession with Jiu-Jitsu started. I went from training 3 times a week to everyday and I started lifting a lot of weights. I started visualizing myself becoming a world champion and just the feeling of it gave me goosebumps. All I wanted to do was train full time and become a black belt world champion. It was challenging though, because the training in Sweden wasn’t going to take me to the level I needed to achieve my goals, and I really struggled with lack of support from the professors at my academy.
Once I hit 17, I dropped out of school to follow my dreams. My professors and some of my friends definitely did not agree with my choice. They told me I was stupid and that I would never make it. It was hard for me to hear this as a kid, especially from the ones surrounding me, who were supposed to be my support system, but I chose to only let it motivate me. I used the will to prove them wrong, to push me when I started to doubt myself. To add to the training I had in Sweden, I spent hours and hours online studying techniques, old matches and watched other academies like the Art of Jiu-Jitsu.
In 2018, I decided to commit to a 100% and reach my dreams, so I moved to the U.S. and Los Angeles to to begin training at the best academy in the world, the Art of Jiu-Jitsu. Moving to the U.S. was exciting, but also a very difficult process. However, the choice to become a full time athlete under the Mendes brothers was the best decision I have ever made. The coaching, support and training is unparalleled. Making my way in one of the most expensive parts of this country is by no means an easy feat but the amount of progression I have made toward achieving my goals reinforces the decision I made everyday. I have dramatically improved my Jiu-Jitsu, my competition performance and my record. In fact, I recently became the top ranked blue belt in the world. On top of that, I’ve become a better athlete, coach, teammate and a more well rounded person. My life is still evolving but I am certain I am on the right track to becoming a black belt world champion-