Six Tucson kids win medals at Jiu-Jitsu Con in Las Vegas

Romero Romero won the gold medal in the 8-year-old age group at Jiu-Jitsu Con in Las Vegas (photo Romero)

Taz Almazan and Romeo Romerowho both train at the Eyrie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Tucson, won gold medals at Jiu-Jitsu Con held this past weekend at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Both Almazon and Romero are gray belts. Alamazan is 11 years old and Romero 8.

Four other Eyrie athletes have won medals – Xitlali Stadler (grey belt who is 8 years old) and Annabelle Evans (blue belt who is 16) each won a silver medal and Xitlali Verduzco (grey belt who is 12 years old) and Joceline Rodriguez (blue belt who is 16) each won a bronze medal.

Eyrie athletes are youth up to 16 years old and Daimyo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy athletes are adults. Both academies have adults and youth. Coincidentally, Eyrie didn’t send any adults this year and Daimyo didn’t send any youngsters to Las Vegas. The Daimyo athlete results are below.

Xitlali Verduzco won bronze aged 12 at Jiu-Jitsu Con (photo Verduzco)

Eyrie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Athletes

Taz Almazan

  • 11 years old
  • Gray belt
  • Gold medal

Romeo Romero

  • 8 years
  • Gray belt
  • Gold medal

Xitlali Verduzco

  • 12 years
  • Gray belt
  • Bronze medal

Annabelle Levins

  • 16 years old
  • Blue belt
  • Silver medal

Xitlali Stadler

  • 8 years
  • Gray belt
  • Silver medal

Joceline Rodriguez

  • 16 years old
  • Blue belt
  • Bronze medal
Taz Almazan won the 11-year-old gold medal at Jiu-Jitsu Con in Las Vegas (photo Almazan)

Daimyo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Athletes

  • Rebecca Straton
  • Ashley Humphrey
  • Lisa Copeland
  • Gold white belts
  • Kenny Kempton
  • Money in the division
  • absolute gold
  • Robert Clark
  • Bronze in division

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Javier Morales, publisher, writer and editor of ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com, is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star Beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News, and Baseball America, among many other publications. He is also the author of the book “The Highest Life Form”, which is available on Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is currently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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