Tallahassee Jiu-Jitsu athletes to compete in international championship
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Nine young athletes with Positive Balance Jiu Jitsu MMA Fitness test their skills internationally.
The fighters will face the world’s best at the IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Pan Kids Championship in Kissimmee, Fla. On July 24-25.
Tim Fitzgerald, 15, said they prepared by training at least three times a week and facing fighters above their weight class.
Coach Dylan Whyte said Fitzgerald and the rest of the athletes were ready to show off their hard work and talent.
“He (Tim) is probably the toughest kid I’ve ever had in the gym. He’s type 1 diabetic. He’s got his own struggles, but he’s one of the toughest kids I’ve trained with, stronger than some adults, ”said Coach Whyte.
Fitzgerald said that after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 10, he thought he would no longer be able to play sports.
He said the competitive and family atmosphere at the gym has helped him overcome his challenges and become a more confident athlete.
8-year-old Hadley Prato is excited about the event because, after battling guys in national competitions, she will finally have the chance to compete against girls of her age and weight class.
Coach Dylan said if an athlete wins this weekend they will go down a belt size.
You can watch the live broadcast of the competition on the Pan Kids IBJJF website.
Here is the list of athletes:
- GRAY / Mighty-Mite 3 / Male / Feather Sawyer Glen Earl
- GRAY / Mighty-Mite 3 / Male / Medium Charles Meade Cooper
- GRAY / Pee-Wee 1 / Male / Light-Feather Jackson Esker Jay Farris
- GRAY / Pee-Wee 2 / Bitch / Feather Hadley Grace Prado
- GRAY / Pee-Wee 3 / Female / Light feather Isabella Renee Farris
- GRAY / Junior 2 / Male / Clear Harrison Levi Matthew Stone
- GRAY / Teen 2 / Female / Super-Heavy Annaliese Joy Brannon
- YELLOW / Teen 3 / Male / Medium-heavy Timothy Thomas Fitzgerald
- GREEN, ORANGE / Teen 3 / Female / Midfielder Molly Anna Rogers
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