Six weeks of training and a whole bunch of confidence from the coach has led to the MYBJJ Mudgee team to walk away from a 'fierce' competition with six medals.
On July 6, Chad Bryan, Scott Huish, Steve Brooks, Tim Vasilis and Justin Wood travelled to Sydney to compete in the Grappling Industries Jiu-Jitsu competition which hosted approximately 270 competitors across a variety of categories.
While the trip was to get experience with competing, coach Andrew Lum, says he was confident his clan would do well despite the calibre of competition.
"Competition was very fierce and technical. Only one of the boys had competition experience before the weekend so they were fairly nervous yet excited at the same time," Lum said.
"I was confident that they were going to do well, we had been training for it for about six weeks.
"We were there supporting each other and were all very excited by the results."
While Lum was confident, he says the results were unexpected but goes to show how his side have improved.
"The results were better than expected. I was just trying to get the boys some competition experience but they got that and more bringing home 6 medals," he said.
The results show how much the team has grown and improved in the three and a half years that we've been open. It also allowed the team to gauge their abilities and skill level against other competitors.MYBJJ Mudgee coach, Andrew Lum
- Chad Bryant - gold in 30 plus adult Gi 170lb, gold in 30 plus adult No Gi 170lb
- Steve Brooks - silver in adult Gi absolute, bronze in 30 plus adult Gi 185lb
- Tim Vasilis - gold in adult Gi 170lb
- Justin Wood - silver in adult Gi 170lb
"We're back on the mats working on our mistakes and learning from them now. We plan on competing again soon," Lum said.
"In Jiu-Jitsu, you either win or you learn."