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Jiu jitsu champ to visit Midland

ROYCE Gracie whose family where the founders of a martial art called Brazilian jiu jitsu, which is the prominent martial arts in all major mixed martial arts competitions, is visiting Midland next week.

Gareth Best from ATI Martial Arts Midland said Gracie has won world championships several times in various different competitions including the UFC.

“Gracie currently trains various law enforcing groups around the world including US Military, FBI, and police departments,’’ Best said.

“This will be his second trip to Perth and the first time our area has ever had someone of this calibre come to teach a class.’’

Best said Brazilian jiu jitsu was a non-aggressive type of martial art, with no punching and kicking or striking.

“We teach it to our kids as a way of stopping someone trying to hurt them without the need to resort to violence.

“Which several of our students have used successfully when attacked by bullies at school.’’

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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