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Watertown youth a grappling champ

Posted by Sarah Thomas  October 25, 2010 08:54 AM

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Watertown teenager and jiu-jitsu prodigy Thiago Castro led the pack at the North American Grappling Championship's northeast championship last week.

Castro, age 15, took home the championship belt in the adult men's category. In total, 9 out of 10 fighters from Watertown's Kimura Brazilian jiu-jitsu team medaled at the competition, which took place in Lincoln, RI on October 16 - 17.

"I am so proud of our guys for representing Kimura BJJ at the Northeast Championship," said Kimura founder Jean Kleber in a news release. Kleber also serves as the team's head instructor. "They demonstrated the effectiveness of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and our team unity and spirit.”

In addition to Castro, others who took home medals for Kimura BJJ included Rafael Vieira (Gold), Vagner Moura (Gold), Joao Paulo Albuquerque (Gold and Silver), Cormec Bride (Bronze), Lenny Guerrerobaez (Silver), and Yovan Sanabria (Kids Silver and Bronze).

Next up for Kimura BJJ will be the N.A.G.A North American Championship on November
20th in New Jersey. Kimura BJJ will be sending about 75 competitors to compete in the
Men’s, Women’s, Teens, and Kids divisions.

“Our success is always the result of the dedication of all of our instructors and the
hard work and dedicated training of all of our students," Kleber said.

For more information, visit Kimura BJJ's website.

Sarah Thomas can be reached at sarah.m.thomas@gmail.com.

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