ET Fight Academy shines at weekend jiu-jitsu competition in Houston
LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - A jiu-jitsu gym put Lufkin on the map by winning big in a competition in Houston, going up against 55 other schools.
The students at ET Fight Academy left winning third place over all as a team in the kids division and first place over all in the adults division.
One of the owners, Anthony Vidal, said the competition is set up as a bracket-style tournament. The point system that goes into the overalls for each team is nine points for first place, three points for second and one point for third.
Vidal said the reason they were able to win was that almost everyone of their competitors took first place.
“I believe we had a kid who had eight matches, so he had to win all eight matches to take first. And the way it works is based off of age group and weight,” Vidal said.
The other owner of the gym, Regina Moore, said the way their teams placed is big accomplishment for their gym.
“A big name jiu-jitsu school will have multiple schools around the Houston area, and they come together as one and they have all their students go out and all of their students perform and each of those students creates points for their team. So, they have six, sometimes seven schools in one and we just have our little ol’ Lufkin school here,” Moore said.
Moore said at their last competition, one school that placed had 100 kids competing.
“So, with our kids that came out, I think we had six or seven kids come out and for those six or seven to do so well that they got our team at third place, it was wonderful for us,” Regina said.
Vidal said ET Fight Academy has been open for a little over a year.
“Our very first tournament as a gym was this same tournament last year when we opened. We were open for about three months when we did the tournament. So, this year we had a goal to take first, we’ve been training for about two months now to get ready for this competition and for us to achieve that goal, it was really nice,” Vidal said.
ET Fight Academy competes in their next competition, October 23 in Dallas.
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