FIGHTERS: Lara Wilson-Kuschert and Annika Drewe both claimed medals in their first competition jiu jitsu fights. Picture: Geoff JonesThere were a few butterflies in their stomachs, but the members of Gracie Barra Hawkesbury passed their first competition fights with flying colours.
Five students from the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school competed at the New South Wales Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Summer Cup at the weekend, and four came back with medals.
Jake Knight,Lara Wilson-Kuschert,Annika Drewe andKye Parsonson all received medals, while Peter Jenson fought admirably.
It was the first time all of them had stepped into the ring against someone who was not a sparring opponent, and their instructor, David Jenkinson, could not have been prouder.
“It was their first fight so I think they did very well for their first competition experience,” he said.
“the hardest thing is just getting out there and doing it. Thisis a one on one sport so you can’t hide behind people if things don’t go well.
“They didn’t really say anything afterwards, they were a bit emotional but also quite happy afterwards.
“I think they will improve and get better everytime they do it.They just need to gain confidence and they will get that from competing more often.”
Eleven-year-old Lara Wilson-Kuschert said she could not wait for her next fight.
“I was a bit nervous at first but once I was fighting I was calm and I was sad I could only do one fight,” she said.
“I had a bit of adrenaline and I was keen to keep.
“The next one is some time next year soI am going to train hard a few days a week and just try my hardest.”
Lara said she had been training at Gracie Barra for six months and loved it.
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