By Mari Erin Roth
A team of Jiu-Jitsu athletes from Quincy will be traveling to compete at the Reno Convention Center on Dec. 17 in the Fuji Jiu Jitsu Tournament held at Circus Circus. The group will travel again in January to Reno for a big event at the Reno Convention Center. A 10-member team from the Quincy Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy also traveled to the convention center Oct. 15 to compete in the Grappling Industries Jiu Jitsu Tournament. The team was accompanied by their coaches, Camron Maynor and Cody Clayton.
“This is a favorite annual event for the team,” said Julie Tanaka who has been training in the discipline four years. Many medals were taken home from the October event by Quincy’s three adult and seven youth-member team. The youth members who competed were Brooke Blesse, Zia Ararate, Bobby Mendoza, Rylynn Mendoza, Addison Winters, Nora Winters, Siah Elliot and Lorie Doan. Adult members were Joseph Siciliani, Julie Tanaka and Amber Elliot. Several hundred individual athletes participated in the competition including members of international teams. “Quincy Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is open to new students of all ages as hobbyists and competitors,” said Tanaka. “The QBJJ program focuses on positive attitudes, confidence, and a love of the sport.”
Training for the competitions is both physical and mental according to Tanaka. “The youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is taught with a safe, fun, and dynamic method, for learning self-defense to training for sport jiu jitsu competitions,” said Tanaka. “Quincy BJJ instructors have a passion for teaching the younger generation, through movement, games, group exercises, techniques, and live training. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can help prepare students for life’s challenges on and off the mat by, gaining confidence, friendships, discipline, work ethic, and community.”