Andy Jun Scores Silver in White Belt Debut at NABJJF All Americas

Posted on January 28, 2019 in Academy News, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Competition

When Andy Jun signed up for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes at 5 Star Martial Arts / Renzo Gracie Los Angeles, he knew he wanted to compete in BJJ tournaments once he gained enough experience and training in the gentle art. Since graduating from college, he had settled into a demanding, but fulfilling career and life in Los Angeles, but still had the itch to be active and grapple, which he did as a competitive varsity wrestler while in high school. Luckily, he found 5 Star Martial Arts which is located a short distance from his Koreatown neighborhood home.

Since he started training during the Spring of 2018, Andy has diligently attended training sessions during our 7 AM weekday classes, as well as evening, and weekend classes with Head Coach Shawn Williams, Armand Rivers, Nick Haider, and Marshall Richey. Andy’s background and foundation in wrestling helped him get acclimated to training and he was a regular in both gi and nogi classes at the academy. During classes, Andy has been a  great training partner and sought advice and information from his team of coaches and training partners during and after class.

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Silver Medalist Andy Jun and training partner Julio Soto-Kim at the NABJJF All Americas Tournament.

 

Andy took the big leap to compete in the Adult Featherweight White Belt Division at the 2019 NABJJF All Americas Tournament at Cerritos College on January 26th and 27th. In the gi competition, Andy won a hard fought match in his first BJJ debut against another competitor who was also named Andy, before falling to the eventual winner of the tournament in his second match.

In the nogi competition on Sunday, Andy used his wrestling background to take his first two opponents to the ground and advance position. He won his first match with a rear naked choke and followed up with a convincing 10-0 semifinal victory. Andy lost by submission in the finals, and concluded a successful first dip into BJJ competition with a 3-2 record and a Silver medal. Congratulations to Andy on a fun and exciting debut.

 

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Jessica Arabi (far left) and Miah Carbajal (center) medaled for Team Renzo Gracie Los Angeles at the 2019 NABJJF All Americas Tournament.

 

In addition to Andy’s run, Miah Carbajal won medals in both her gi and nogi competitions and Jessica Arabi also secured a Gold medal. If you are interested in competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, please speak with your coaches. Most of the members of our competition team work full-time or are full-time students. Many also have families and other interests in addition to BJJ and find the discipline and time to train for competitions.

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