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Jul 7, 2014

Belizean jujitsu team shines in Mexico

A delegation of young martial artists, led by instructors Leon Guild and Juan Card, was in Chetumal over the weekend where they participated in a jujitsu tournament.  The unarmed fighting technique, unlike karate, is not as popular locally and in an effort to promote the practice the Belize Martial Arts Academy teamed up with another organization north of the border.  The results, according to both coaches, were impressive.

 

Leon Guild, Instructor, Belize Martial Arts Academy

“On Saturday the fifth, we traveled to Chetumal, Mexico to compete in the first official No Gi Jujitsu Tournament held on that side and jujitsu is not yet established in Belize so in an effort to establish that we participated in this event and one of our coaches did very well in that event.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What were some of the disciplines, if I may, or some of the areas of focus in this particular tournament over the weekend?”

 

Leon Guild

Leon Guild

“Well there were two; there were two systems going on, we had the karate tournament in conjunction with the jujitsu tournament.  We did take three other kids to compete: Ian Banks, Brianna Tejada and Diego Mahabir, who also did well.  From the kids in the karate competition all three of them ranked, two gold and a silver and in the jujitsu we ranked second.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What does the exposure mean for this particular martial art form for Belize?”

 

Leon Guild

“Well, as you know by now we are working on a reality TV show, a mixed martial arts TV show called Dragon’s Clash and we had three coaches sanctioned for that and it was our jujitsu coach who was the one who represented Belize in this particular event and won four of his five matches, before he lost a controversial defeat to a guy from Playa del Carmen.  But for us it sets a standard that what we are teaching here in Belize, what we are trying to develop is also recognized outside of Belize because we were able to, with the knowledge that we have, we were able to place ourselves in a very high position outside of the country, internationally.”

 

Juan Card

Juan Card, Jujitsu Coach, Belize Martial Arts Academy

“For me it was good because I competed in the tournament, I came in second place.  I won four fights out of five.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What was the preparation and the training that went into preparing yourself for this match?”

 

Juan Card

“For this match, we didn’t prepare for this match but we trained everyday so it was okay.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“And what are some of the lessons that you learned from this experience in terms of something that you may be able to use in your course, or in terms of something you would keep in mind for the next tournament you participate in?”

 

Juan Card

“Well, what I learned was to just have fun on the mat and enjoy yourself.  That’s it.”

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