Last summer, we started J in a mixed martial arts class. We did it for discipline. We did it for exercise. We did it for strength training.
What we didn't know at the time was J would take to it much like a duck to water (so to speak). He loves it. And he's good at it. So when he was invited to train at a Combat Athlete level, and J wanted to do it... So of course, Mr. M & I agreed. He has worked so hard, between going to school full days, plus before & after school most days - then training for an hour 3 nights a week. On top of that, he likes to work out at home.
Our always lean boy, as become very strong.
All that hard work paid off in full on May 3rd.
J was invited by his coach to compete at the North American Grappling Association NAGA competition on May 3rd.
At his coach's recommendation, we signed him up for both informal no-GI and formal GI competitions.
And a medal.
And a patch.
Needless to say, he's pretty proud.
The whole Extreme Martial Arts team did awesome.
I am honored to have been there to support him & his fellow teammates that day.
ps - you can find J on page 3 pic 19 & page 7 pic 23 for the formal Championship pictures.