Man receives purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu after being paralysed
AFTER being paralysed from the waist down, Danny Borg promised himself he would walk again.
Four months later, he walked down the aisle to marry his wife Roz.
He credits Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in helping change his life.
Now he is using the sport to help improve the lives of others.
After six years of training Mr Borg is a purple belt, and he shared his story about his journey.
"It started about seven years ago when I was an unlucky victim of a spinal cord infarction, which is basically a blood clot or stroke in my spinal cord," he said.
Mr Borg was left completely paralysed from the waist down as a result of his diagnosis from this rare condition.
"Doctors told me that I would recover to some extent. The best most people get is walking with assistance from a walking frame," he said.
"I made a promise to myself that would not be my fate."
Mr Borg started working with a physio to be able to start walking.
"After four months I managed to be able to walk down the aisle to marry my beautiful wife Roz," he said.
"However, I still had weakness and pain in my legs. The weight was piling on and I was depressed."
Mr Borg was then convinced to try BJJ, finding Fight Club Jiu Jitsu Mackay.
"I became instantly hooked, I weighed 105kg and my journey began. After four months my weight was down to 85kg," he said.
"My legs were getting stronger and stronger and doctors said it was amazing, a miracle."
Mr Borg said he was thankful to his family and everyone he has met through BJJ for their support.
"I could not have done this without the support of my wife," he said.
"Every night I am at home from work she cooks dinner and deals with our children so that I can go and train."
Mr Borg is the owner and operator of Fight Club Jiu-Jitsu Moranbah, after opening the gym in August last year.
"I work out at the mines near Moranbah so this was a way for me to keep training," he said.
"I currently have 20 children and 12 adults that train with me."
Mr Borg's team of competitors have achieved great results at competitions recently, motivating him to work harder.
"It is rewarding when you see your students using what you teach and doing well," he said.
"In a recent competition in Townsville one of my students showcased this.
"His name is Brodie McGuire and he won all his fights by submission except one."
Mr Borg said he is grateful for the dedication all of his students show.
"It's inspiring when you see your team willing to travel two-three hours just to do a grading," he said.
"Moranbah being a country town they don't have the same access to top level teachers like people do in cities."
Mr Borg plans to continue to lead by example.
"Being on the mats with them hopefully gives them motivation to keep going," he said.