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Local jiu jitsu students bring home awards
Pictured Saturday at the North American Grappling Association tournament in Franklin are, from left, Tylan Lusk, Robin Clark, Aaron Roadh, Kalan Lusk and Cody Cates.
Students from McMinnville Jiu Jitsu Academy went toe-to-toe with other martial arts competitors Saturday during the North American Grappling Association tournament in Franklin.After the dust settled at the all-day event, two of the six students from McMinnville captured first-place awards, while the others brought home a “slew of medals,” according to instructor Robin Clark.Kalan Lusk and Aaron Roach were the two students who won first in their divisions. The trophy for first place was a samurai sword.“I teach self-defense and I’m not really focused on tournament or sport jiu jitsu,” said Clark, who owns and operates McMinnville Jiu-Jitsu Academy on Spring Street. “Even though the kids never trained that way and fought kids who do nothing but train for tournaments, they did really well.