PRESS RELEASE – The 5th Annual BJJ Worlds for Kids and Teens Tournament were held at University of California, San Bernadino on July 21st for Gi and 22nd for No-Gi competitions. The Gracia Barra Guam school sent five competitors to represent Guam between the ages of 8 and 15. Competitors included brother Jordan (8 yrs old) and Skylar Lujan (10) , Darren Cruz (9), and brothers Gavin Whitt (10) and Jonah Whitt (15).
Skylar Lujan took Bronze Medal in the Gi White Belt 10yr old Division, Darren Cruz earned Bronze in the Beginners No-Gi 9yr old Division, and Gavin Whitt took Bronze in the No-Gi 10yr old Division.
Jonah Whitt returned to the tournament and defended his Gold Medal Green Belt Gi Division after winning Gold in last year’s 2011 Orange Belt Division. For the No-Gi division , Jonah also took Gold in the Intermediate 15 year old Division, reflecting his record as 3 time BJJ Kids and Teens World Champion.
All of these competitors are also strong football players with more than 2 years experience. The Whitt Brothers have Judo experience , while Jonah has Wrestling experience.
Darren J. Cruz, of Barrigada, born September 3, 2002. At the age of six, he joined the Gracie Barra Gym and his been a dedicated member since. He is currently a yellow belt with four stripes, awaiting for his promotion by next month. He has competed in four tournaments on Guam and one recently in California, which he proudly took home the bronze in the no gi, 80 lb, nine year old division.
Gavin Whitt, of Ordot, DOB 5/17/02, San Vicente 5th grader, 10 yrs old, Training Jiu Jitsu and Judo since age of 5 yyrs old. Has won Pan Am Kids Tournament in California, Bronze 2009 as well as Various Medals in the local Shoyoroll and Marianas Open. Also a Raiders football player from 2008- 2011. Gavin says that He want to improve and try harder to win.
“It was an exciting and fun experience, all the hard training and strict diet payed off during my competition. Representing Gracie Barra Guam and winning a medal in the Kids World was a proud moment for me.”
Jordan Lujan: Age:8, 3rd grader at Talofofo Elementary School, 11 months with Gracie Barra Guam (white belt), Sports / Activities: Currently playing in the GNYFF LEAGUE ( GATORADE / HP GIANTS), JIU JITSU, VIDEO GAMER and DANCING
Competed in the 2012 KIDS WORLD JIU JITSU TOURNAMENT (8YR / 67lb division) GI / NO GI “The Kids World was fun and a good experience for me. I want to do it again.”
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