Congratulations to Mount Madonna sophomore Carlo LeGan, whose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills earned him first place gold in a 10-0 shut-out final match at the recent Rising Sun National Tournament in Daly City. This August 25 event marked Carlo’s fourth consecutive shut-out tournament (no points scored against him).
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport and self-defense practice focusing on grappling and ground fighting, and promotes the concept that a smaller individuals can successfully defend against a bigger opponents by employing leverage and proper technique.
“When I first started learning Jiu-Jitsu, I discovered that I had a natural ability to know what to do,” explains Carlo. “It was just instinct. I love it because it is like chess; it is about timing, and planning out what you are going to do three moves from now.”
Carlo’s next competition is on October 27 at the Kids International Grappling Championships in San Ramon.
My ultimate goal is to go with my brother Rosino (who hopes to compete as a boxer) to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I want to compete at the 2016, 2020, and 2024 Olympics; if Jiu-Jitsu becomes an Olympic event. The hope is that it becomes an exhibition event in 2016. If it doesn’t, then there are multiple world-level tournaments that I will focus on.”