Just four weeks after having a team member crowned at the IBJJF World Championships – Masters/Seniors, Peoria Athletic Club had another Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team member crowned World Champion at the IBJFF World No Gi Championships!
Ken Bailey dominated the Blue Belt Senior 1 division to represent Team McVicker on the top spot of the podium; repeatedly taking his first opponent to the ground to win by points, and submitting his second opponent with a nasty ankle lock to win the title.
When asked about his preparation for the Worlds, Bailey said, “My instructors and teammates ensured that I was technically and physically prepared for the competition – I can’t thank them enough. The real fight was with mental preparedness. I’ve had many battles, wars and fights. We are all familiar with the bumps and bruises that come along with competing. I’ve bruised ribs, twisted my knee, been choked out, and had my arms popped a few times while training. However, the greatest fight I have ever had was not against an opponent; it was me against my mind. Mental warfare if you will. Every time I walk into competition the battle begins. Do I give 100% or do I settle for less? Am I ready? Am I prepared? Is this a hobby or lifestyle? Do I belong here? Sounds strange to say, but all true competitors have been there and will hopefully have the opportunity to be there again. They understand. All I can say is Roll with Purpose, Roll with Courage. Roll while you’re young, Roll while you’re old. Roll with your heart, Roll with your soul. Roll to Perdition!”
Bailey was accompanied by several other competitors from Team McVicker who also had dominant performances: Team leader, Jack McVicker, worked through a highly-talented black belt division to secure a bronze medal. Champaign-based team member Mark Huls secured a World title in his division and a silver medal in the open class. And, Terre Haute-based Chris Howe dominated his division and the open class to win double gold and the World title at a brown belt level. An incredible display of talent for a team that is no stranger to the most prestigious titles in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition circuit.
The success over the weekend did not end at the No Gi World Championships, however. PAC sent three members to the NAGA Midwest Championship in Chicagoland. This group included Ed”jitsu” Ehrat, Anthony Anzaldua and Ray Meister.
Ed dropped down an age group to test himself against the toughest purples belts in the tournament, submitting both opponents to secure gold; and, also competed in his own age group where he secured a sliver. Anthony, in his very firs competition, submitted both opponents by arm bar to win gold. And, after handily defeating his first opponent, Ray lost a close finals match to refs decision to take silver the silver medal.
This was an incredibly successful weekend for Peoria Athletic Club and Team McVicker. We are quite proud of all who represented the team at both competitions, and look forward to continuing the winning trend!
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