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Aug 28, 2017

Jiu-jitsu Athletes Return with Many Medals from Mexico

A group of Belizeans returned from a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition with a trove of medals over the weekend. Nine competitors travelled to Cancun to participate in the South Eastern Regional No Gi Tournament under the Prevail Combat Club. The Belizeans competed against a number of experienced Jiu-Jitsu athletes, but they returned with eight gold medals, three silver and two bronze medals. Today they spoke with News Five about the sport and the competition.

 

Jameel Smith

Jameel Smith, Gold Medalist

“Jujitsu is like a cross between judo and wrestling with submissions mixed in. So, it’s like you try to get someone on the ground or they try to get you on the ground. There is a point system but mostly you are trying to submit the other person. So, you are trying to choke them out or put them in an arm lock or leg lock so that they quit. So, that is basically the format of it.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Talk to me about the competition out there; what was it like for you personally?”

 

Jameel Smith

“Well, for me personally, I usually go to have fun but we put in a lot of hard work before that. So, it is like hard work paid off and you go for the end treat as it is just to test your skills against the competitors out there.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What does it take to win a medal competing with some of these very experienced jiu-jitsu athletes?”

 

Jameel Smith

“It take a lot of hard work. We have been training for this like two months now. My team and the other coach Alfonso worked with all our team members. So, it is like a team effort and everyone put in a lot of work. We grind really hard and so this success is real team effort for us.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Did you anticipate that your team would come back with so many medals?”

 

Jameel Smith

“Well, we always hope for the best. But it surprised me the rate of success we had out there. But the amount of work we put out there, yeah it was a really good measuring stick for us. So, yeah, we did really well.”

 

Ralph Hulse Jr.

Ralph Hulse Jr., Manager, Prevail Combat Club

“Yes, it was a very big tournament. We had people from Cancun, from America. We came from Belize but a lot of people actually went to the tournament. It was a very huge deal because the Federation from Mexico came down to oversee the tournament and everything.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What does this success mean for your club and the participants?”

 

Ralph Hulse Jr.

“Well, we are trying to put Belize on the map. Because right now not a lot of people are going out to compete in Jiu-Jitsu.  So, it is about putting Belize on the map.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Looking at our guys compared to the competitors; are the competitors perhaps they have been competing for a very long time? How do we measure up against these guys?”

 

Ralph Hulse Jr.

“Well, they are fighting against the Gracies, Tenth Planet and all these guys are very big compared to us. If you go on the internet and see who they are and the level that they are in, it is really big for us to be there competing with them and winning medals from them. So, we are really getting up there.”

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