This has been a very busy couple of weeks for every one in our association! In the Northwest our affiliates were preparing for the Oregon Open, one of the biggest and oldest tournaments in the Pacific Northwest. At home, we were preparing for American Nationals as well a getting Manny Diaz ready for his big match at Copa Podio in Brazil.
Today the results showed that with hard work and sacrifice good things happen. At the Oregon Open just about every one won a match and a lot of people took home hardware. At American Nationals we had 14 athletes who took home a total of 12 medals! With me in Cancun doing the Brasa camp, the team was led by Samir Chantre and Queixinho. For Samir , who closed out the division with Queixinho it was the fourth year in a row he won his division! It is hard to teach, compete and train but these guys unselfishly make it happen. Congrats to every one who competed and thanks to every one who helped train and support these guys. There is a saying, a house is only as strong as it’s foundation, for CTA that foundation is our team.
Next up no gi tomorrow for the guys and Copa Podio for Manny!