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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).

Darren Cruz, Jordan Lujan, Jonah Whitt, Skylar Lujan and Gavin Whitt represented Gracie Barra Guam at the BJJ Worlds for Kids and Teens Tournament. (courtesy photo)

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.

http://iconnectasia.com/iconnectguam/Jonah Whitt, of Ordot ,  DOB 5/16/96, 15yrs old,  11th grader at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic H.S. Training Jiu Jitsu and Judo since age of 4 yrs old. Has Won internationally Pan Ams Kids Bronze (’09) and Pan Am Kids Gold (’11),  BJJ World Kids and Teens Tournament Gold in Gi (’11 and ‘12) and No Gi (’12).  Numerous local Gold Medals from Marianas open and Shoyoroll Tournaments (’07-’10) .  IAAG 1st place Guam All Island 106lb Wresting 2011-12 school year,  Far East 2012 Wrestling Tournament 3rd place , 108 lb.  He is also a President’s and Principal’s Scholars List recipient from St Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School.  Jonah shares that “it was a good experience for everyonethat went, and it was an honor to be Team Captain since I was defending my title and being a role model”.  
 
Skyler Lujan: Age:10, 5th grader at Talofofo Elemtary School, 11 months with Gracie Barra Guam (white belt), Sports / Activities: Currently playing in the GNYFF LEAGUE ( GATORADE / HP GIANTS), JIU JITSU, RUNNING and SWIMMING, Competed in the 2012 KIDS WORLD JIU JITSU TOURNAMENT (10YR / 67lb division) GI / NO GI.  Skyler secured a bronze medal for his belt class / weight divsion (GI) and fought in the bronze medal match for NO GI.

“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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