Leslie Williams and Dale Cram from Gladstone Martial Arts Academy both won medals in their first attempts at the Australian Champions Cup for Jiu Jitsu.
Leslie Williams and Dale Cram from Gladstone Martial Arts Academy both won medals in their first attempts at the Australian Champions Cup for Jiu Jitsu. Jake Jones

Fast climb to the top with gold at nationals

RELATIVE newcomers to Brazilian jiu jitsu, Leslie Williams and Dale Cram surprised themselves and the Gladstone Martial Arts Academy by returning from their first Australian Champions Cup with medals.

Both started the sport two years ago and quickly joined the elite performers in the country.

Neither of the martial artists expected such a rapid rise or such success from their first national level competition, but now have a positive experience to build upon.

"I just wanted to learn something. I wanted to pick up something and meet a few people," Cram said.

"I will keep competing now."

Cram's Champions Cup gold medals for over 97kg novice male and the same division with no gi added to a medal from his only other competition.

"I went to the Queensland Championships three months ago and got a silver," he said.

Williams is also on the up after bringing home three medals from the Champions Cup, one of which was gold for the male novice adult 91kg no gi.

"This was my first time at a national competition and I have only been serious this year," Williams said.

"I pretty much just hoped to get about eighth place.

"I am hopefully going to get my blue belt soon and keep competing. I have an MMA fight coming up at the end of the year too."



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