BJJ beasts of bling

Craig Evans, Dom Bognai and youngsters Cooper Heart , 12, and Kaiden Hoad, 7, with their medals won the weekend.
Craig Evans, Dom Bognai and youngsters Cooper Heart , 12, and Kaiden Hoad, 7, with their medals won the weekend. Mike Richards GLA161016MARTS

IT WAS A memorable first-ever competition for Beast Academy Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu youngster Kaiden Hoad in Rockhampton.

The seven-year-old won two silver medals in the Gi and No-Gi categories under-nine age-group.

"I won the silver because I beat my opponent on points," an excited Kaiden said.

"The round goes under three minutes."

It has been a fast progression for Kaiden who was promoted to 35kg weight division and he said his dad, instructor Jason Hoad, has taught him well.

"My dad teaches me my chokes, arm bars and rear naked chokes," Kaiden said.

Fellow young fighter Cooper Hart, 12, had a golden time in his first competition.

He won top-billing in the Gi category and said it was beyond what he had aimed for.

"It was awesome and it exceeded my expectations," Cooper said.

What made his effort more meritorious was that he made it the quickest of submissions in just 5.5 seconds.

Cooper also won a silver medal in No-Gi.

"It was really hard because he kept me into chokes, but he never tapped me out," Cooper added.

"It went the whole four minutes."

Senior fighters Craig Evans and Dom Bognai won silver and gold in Gi and No-Gi respectively.

"There were only three in my division and it was a good challenge because the second guy I rolled was a big boy," Evans said.

He is aiming to fight in more competitions next year and is planning to drop his weight down in order to do so.

For Bognai, it was from previous experiences that stood him in good stead toward success.

"It was from experience by circumstance and I implemented that into the fight," he explained.

"I won by submission against a Mackay fighter."

Bognai added that reviewing fights on video is beneficial.

"We always tape our fights to see where we went wrong or not," he said.

Alex van Velzen, who is currently overseas, competed in four divisions where he won three medals - gold in the No-Gi, silver in the Open Weight and bronze in Gi-Weight.

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