MMA cubs proven lions

The boys recently travelled to Brisbane for a special tournament.

Sean Fox

Four young Central Queensland men have won gold medals during a massive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament held in Brisbane recently.

Going up against some of the best our state has to offer, the local talents nailed the challenges ahead of them during the Grappling Industries Brisbane Championship on Sunday, 11 April.

Jackson and George Crews, James and Jasper Boicos from Rhino Mixed Martial Arts in Rockhampton and Yeppoon joined their head coach Nathan ‘Chubbz’ O’Connor for the exciting trip which proved a success.

Each having a minimum of four matches to compete in to make their way to the finals, the boys went up against competitors from some of the largest clubs in the state.

Mr O’Connor spoke proudly of the young lads who were all thrilled with their result after the team had poured between six to 12 months of their time training for the event.

“The atmosphere was electric with so many of the states’ best all competing in one place,” he said.

Together they concentrated on relaxing themselves before each match, allowing them each not to let their nerves get the better of them.

Hailing from a small club in regional Queensland with a limited number of participants, the other clubs originally doubted the group’s potential.

But they surely proved them wrong.

“We now call the four boys the Rhino Lion Killers (competing with large clubs from Brisbane), but we came, we saw and we conquered; and all politely with honour and respect,” he said.

Now as the team looks to the future, they have plans to compete in locations across Queensland.