Sophia was born in Melbourne, Australia in May of 1979 and has an identical twin sister. Sophia’s love of training all started when she was 4 years old as a Jazz and ballet dancer. At the age of 11, she began gymnastics with her twin sister and both girls thrived, spending almost 10 years training at a national level.
Having to retire from gymnastics due to a serious long term injury Sophia was still keen to pursue something both physically and mentally challenging. In 2002 at the age of 22, she began Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a martial art that focuses primarily on ground technique.
Sophia was the first Australian female to receive a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She is a 4 x State, National, Pan Pacific and Pan American Champion, as well as a 2 x No Gi World Champion and a World Champion.
Her competitive career has taken her throughout Australia, the United States, Japan, Brazil and Europe. In 2007 Sophia moved to the United States to live to continue her competitive career in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Now retired from competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu she focuses on travelling the world and teaching seminars, running lifestyle camps that focus on health, nutrition and empowerment. Sophia also teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes at the UFC women's self defense.
Sophia is now focusing on competing in Ms Figure competitions. She has taken first place at the both shows she has entered and became the Overall Unlimited Champion in the Figure category for the NPC federation for 2015.
Sophia also has had many years of experience as a teacher and coach. She began teaching gymnastics in 1994 at age 14. She has an extensive background as a gymnastics coach. She received her Level 1 Certification in 1996 and has work with students both beginner and elite at different schools and institutions throughout Australia.
In 2001 Sophia received her Personal Training qualification, FIA Fitnation Cert III & IV (Melbourne, Australia) and NASM, CPT (Las Vegas, USA, 2017) and focused on teaching functional strength and conditioning as well as nutrition and women's health.
Collectively Sophia has almost 2 decades of experience as a gymnastics coach, Jiu Jitsu teacher and personal trainer, working with individuals, big groups in studios and corporate centers. Sophia has has experience in occupation health and safety, post rehabilitation and various sporting instututes. She has worked with young and old, beginner and elite, and every different body type and fitness level imaginable.
Sophia is also a writer for multiple reputable health and fitness magazines. Here most current articles can be read here: https://sophiadrysdale.squarespace.com/articles-by-sophia-1/
Sophia's focus is to share her knowledge about health, fitness, training and BJJ with a focus on women's health. She strives to inspire and empower women and encourage them to follow their dreams through her training, personalised sessions, group classes and seminars and lifestyle camps.