Tallahassee, Fla. (WTXL) – Tallahassee based Zicro Academy Wednesday announced that nine of its 20 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes, who competed in the Atlanta International Open by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, won first, second or third place in the championship held this past weekend in Atlanta, Ga.
Tallahassee locals winning international medals this past weekend were: Danny Vega, Sean O’Connell, Lloyd Hawkins, Evan Whyte, Dylan Whyte, Jim Whyte, Kevin Domen, Jimmy Chiang and Taylor Dove.
Lloyd Hawkins, a local computer programmer who has been training at the Zicro Academy since 2012, said, “I am so excited to have placed in this competition. Just thinking how far I’ve come and how much I have achieved since I first started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an accomplishment.”
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on grappling and ground fighting, while promoting the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant by utilizing proper techniques. Made famous as an integral part of popular cage fighting, such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes taking the fight to the ground and then applying joint-locks and choke-holds to defeat the other person.
Zicro Academy has been active in Tallahassee for seven years, offering classes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Cardio Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts and Functional Training. The academy focuses on providing a holistic program that seeks to improve its students’ self-defense skills, individual health and mental well-being. Its goal is to help students develop their concentration, discipline, self-esteem and self-control.
As students become more advanced, they gain experience and knowledge that lasts forever.