Both the parents and participants were nervous, waiting with bated breath before their turn on the mats. There were cheers, tears of joy and frustration, all in the name of the gentle art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
The youngest participants of the group eagerly showed off their skills, smiling with each technique executed successfully. They demonstrated their coordination and ability to listen to instruction, much to the delight of their parents and head instructor, BJJ Mundials World Championship Silver Medalist in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Almiro Barros.
With the most number of weight classes, this division proved to be one of the most exciting. Children ages 8-10 were required to grapple in 3-minute matches and submissions were allowed. The participants truly showed what they learned from class – from takedowns, to guard passing, holding positions and submissions.
In this division, boys and girls ages 11-14 wowed the audience with their talent, showing maturity and finesse in their BJJ skills. Many of the matches went back and forth, drawing gasps and cheers from the audience.
The talent in this division was exceptional. The participants pulled off a variety of sweeps and submissions, featuring their advanced open guard games.
There’s no doubt that all the participants showed great heart and talent. It is a true test of mental and physical strength and an experience they will never forget for the rest of their martial arts journey. Win or lose, it is a valuable learning experience that will help them evolve into the best versions of themselves possible – and that, is the beauty of competition.