Jiu Jitsu Foundation participated this past weekend in the first tournament of the year at the Abu Dhabi Trials in San Diego. People from out of state gathered anxiously at Miramar College Gymnasium as they tested their skills and luck for the chance to win a free ticket to compete in the city of Abu Dhabi.
However, this swarm of high level competitors did not intimidate the Jiu Jitsu Foundation competition team from participating in this high level tournament.
On the first day of the competition, Enrique Silva was the first to represent the Jiu Jitsu Foundation Competition Team. Coming off a slow start, Enrique Silva managed to secure a place on the podium by making it to the semi finals and gave the team a bronze medal. A couple hours after, Jesus Galvan started the tournament strong. His pass attempts were quick and sharp as he dominated his first opponent and advanced into the semifinals. Despite his persistent attacks, Jesus made an error which cost him the match and ended in having to settle for a bronze medal.
These two athletes made their instructor proud by displaying honor and perseverance on and off the mat. Moreover, the next tournament they will be at the top of the podium.
The following day the, kids competition team had a chance to shine. Noah Baker participated in his first tournament and was brave enough to fight off the nerves and show his determination. His flexible guard gave the his opponents a very hard time as they tried to pass and left the tournament with a third place and a great experience. In the younger divisions, the competitors from other schools had to face Jiu Jitsu Foundations’ Espino brothers. Dominic Espino fought with heart and gained valuable experience about the competition aspect of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu taking home a silver medal. Christian Espino fought tremendously well which resulted in earning his place at the top of the podium. Our kids competition team is very young but has a very high potential.
They are the future of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in La Mesa.