Two of Grapple Academy's youth BJJ students participated in the US Grappling tournament in Delaware last weekend. Zach and Luke Curtis both participated in multiple divisions in the tournament.
Luke was in a very tough bracket against kids who have been training much longer than he has. He was determined to NOT get submitted. In one of his matches, he was against a submission machine who was tearing through the competition, however, he could not submit Luke. Luke's rear-choke defense prevailed. No-uh.. No way sir.. Not today! Way to go Luke!
Zach had a very challenging bracket going against some kids from Delaware's top school, Delaware Combat Sports and Self Defense Academy, headed by Ronnie Wuest. In NoGi, Zach competed against a really really tough, technical child coached by Tony Wuest. In one of the best matches of the day, Zach lost a very close match and the other boy worked very hard to win gold, however, Zach did not give up. In Gi, Zach faced him again in the finals and won in another close match! It was great to see both boys from each academy (who have older brothers who may or may not pick on them constantly) win and lose, because both winning and losing is a learning process. The boys from both schools were honorable in victory and defeat. Congrats Zach!
Results - Luke, Silver Nogi, Bronze Gi
- Zach, Bronze NoGi, Gold Gi