After a little delay, we have finally had the time to get a write up for the Fuji tournament in Deforest, WI. What a stellar performance we had Adults and Kids alike. We are always proud of anyone who chooses to test themselves in the competition arena. While competitions is only a small part of what we do here and not the main focus of our program, we always like seeing our competitors be successful. this day would show us that we had a brand new crop of potential champions who took the mats for the first time in competition. They all looked prepared and the resulting Gold Medals were too numerous to count. We once again proved why we have the best BJJ program in the Madison area.
The day started with the Kid’s divisions and we got to work right away. We had 11 Kids compete at this tournament and everyone left with multiple medals. It was great to see these kid’s come together as a team to not only show case their skills, but to support one another in their competitions. Soon after the kids arrive at the venue, The more experienced immediately took a leadership role and began talking to the newer students about getting focused and talking to them about what to expect on the mats., They also lead the other Kids through warm ups and helped them with any last minute questions. It is always amazing to see our young talent take such great leadership roles.
The Kid’s got to work right away, taking their skills to the mat in phenomenal fashion. From Their wrestling and Judo to their Guard passing,m sweeps, and submission skills, no stone was left unturned. They dug deep into all of their training and unleashed some great Jiu-jitsu. One by one they began to rack up the gold medals, many of them having to face their team mates in the finals, which is never an easy thing to do. They showed great sportsmanship and whether they won or they learned, they smiled and performed their best. We are so proud of these young competitors and the example they set.
Next up was the Adults. Starting with the white belts, it was clear that we were going to continue having a stellar day of competition. The team showcased many of the techniques we have been working on in the academy, many finishing with submission victories on their way to the podium. Everyone who competed put in a lot of work in and out of the academy to be prepared. While not everyone can always be a champion, taking the time and effort to set forth a goal, push your self to your limits, test your self against other opponents, and learning how to both win and lose with humility are the reasons we love to compete. To say we were happy with the results would be an understatement. Between kids and adults we had close to forty competitors and not a one left the venue empty handed. There are more Medals than we can count, but inthe end, the memories of competing along side the team is always the best reward. We are so proud of everyone on the team, whether you compete, help other’s train to compete, provided a ride to the gym for someone, show up to train with a smile on your face every day, or just come out to support and cheer them on, you are all the reason we are the most successful BJJ team in the Madison area.