Alessandro Imamura has clinched a gold at the prestigious Jiu-Jitsu World Pro in Abu Dhabi, while Kio Taccori won gold at the Australian national Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) championships.
Alessandro is a year 3 student (nine years old) at Byron Bay Public School.
‘Despite a gruelling 14-hour journey (to get to Abu Dhabi), Alessandro’s unwavering determination stood out in a field of global competitors, united by shared aspirations,’ Alessandro’s father Fernando Toshio said.
‘The catalyst for this success was Ale’s rigorous training regimen, practising six times a week at The Academy Byron Bay under the guidance of coach Thalison Soares, an eight-time world champion.
‘This triumph emphasises the need for investment in younger athletes, aged 7-12. It presents an opportunity to cultivate determination and shape future representatives for Australia, fostering a brighter world,’ Fernando said.
Alessandro’s journey to Abu Dhabi was made possible by the overwhelming support from a GoFundMe campaign, funded by family, parents’ coworkers, friends, and the local jiu-jitsu community.
‘This young champion continues to inspire, showcasing the power of determination, hard work, and community support,’ Fernando said.
Mullumbimby’s homegrown talent, Kio Taccori, (seven years old), soared to national BJJ glory in Melbourne in September, with a performance that earned him a national championship gold medal.
Jio trains under Rhys Dykes at Point Break BJJ academy.