Peoria Athletic Club member, Chris Malone, traveled to Long Beach, CA last week to compete with many of the World’s best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors in the 2012 IBJJF World Championships – Masters/Seniors. After two hard fought matches, Chris claimed the Senior 1 Blue Belt World title, and had no points or advantages scored against him in the process.
Chris began training with Peoria Athletic Club just over three years ago, and had no previous grappling background or athletic experience. As he describes, “I was easily the least talented guy on the mats on any given night. In fact, the reason I chose to begin training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was because it was designed to allow the weaker, less athletic fighter to utilize technique to overcome the larger, stronger opponent.”
When asked about his experience at the World Championships, Chris commented, “It is something that I would have never imagined that I could have accomplished when I started training. The only reason that I have been fortunate enough to enjoy success is because of all of the great coaches and teammates around me. Brad Peplow and Jack McVicker have been incredible instructors and mentors, and I have a long list of training partners that have been incredibly generous in sharing their knowledge and investing their time to help me get better. The only thing I did was work hard. They really deserve all the credit. Candidly, there are many other guys on this team that are much more deserving of carrying a World title – they simply were not able to make it to Long Beach to compete. It really is an honor to share the mats with these guys, and I am just glad that I was able to represent them well.”
Other team members also delivered an incredible performance at the World Championships. World-class black belt, and our team leader, Jack McVicker, clearly demonstrated again why he is one of the most respected competitors in the game today after defeating game opponents to claim the bronze medal. Chris Howe also claimed the silver in his division, and then went on to win gold in the brown belt absolute – the man is a machine.
Congrats to all who competed. We are quite proud of your accomplishments!