Local athletes represent U.S. Jujitsu Team in world competition
ELMRIA, N.Y. (WENY) - On a previously reported WENY Sports story, two local athletes were given the opportunity to represent the U.S. Jujitsu Team as they took on Canada. A couple of weeks ago Teagan Brown and Kyle Northup headed to Salamanca, N.Y. to compete both nationally and on the world stage.
Both Brown and Northup took home the Grand Champion in Sport Jujitsu title in the national competition.
Head instructor Shawnie Brown said, "You know, I'm just real proud of them honestly just because they work so hard, their integrity is there, and their perseverance is there. They're very coachable and I just am proud of them. I kind of feel like, if they're what the future looks like, we're looking pretty good."
While Kyle was unable to compete in the world competition due to the Canadian team not having an opponent for him, Teagan went on to win her fight by submission.
"I think everyone did really well but I'm really proud of our team and Canada's team for coming through with that", Teagan said. "It felt like a very great accomplishment. Even for someone my age, it's rare for someone who's 19 to be able to be representing the USA. I feel more confident in my abilities. A lot of times when I was younger I didn't really believe that my skills were at my skill level that apparently they are at."
The U.S. team went on to sweep Canada, 9-0.
(Photo courtesy of Shawnie Brown)