Grappling for gold

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A Mount Maunganui martial arts club is holding its title by winning several gold medals at the Coast to Coast Brazilian Jiu jitsu competition.

Mount Maunganui Jiu Jitsu is a small, friendly Brazilian jiu jitsu club led by title-winning jiu jitsu black belt trainer Felipe Santos.

“We had 11 competitors and seven placings with five first places and two silver medals,” says parent Fred Harawira.

He says many of the boys are also competing against children a lot older than them, due to their skill level and weight.

“One of my sons is only 12 and he couldn’t make weight to get him into the junior division, so because he’s 62 kilos he had to go up into the senior division with 14 and 15-year-olds that were seven kilos heavier than him and he won.”