Hamiton Ash (left), Travis Davison (center) and Leah Taylor (right) celebrate after IBJJF World Championships in Long Beach, California this past weekend.
LONG BEACH, CA, JUNE 5, 2016 – Hamilton Ash and Leah Taylor, athletes who train under Black belt coach, Travis Davison at Straight Blast Gym of Montana, competed in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships this past weekend. Ash, who competed in the Brown belt lightweight division, won his first match and lost the second. Leah earned Bronze in the Women’s Black belt medium-heavy division after 3 matches totaling 30 minutes.
Taylor said, “I still have a lot to learn! It was amazing to have a match with a black belt I have watched since I started jiu jitsu. I gained a lot of experience in one day. Thank you to my coaches Travis Davison and Matt Thornton teaching me all I know about BJJ and being in my corner. Thank you to my teammates for helping me train. And thank you to my family and those that supported me from far away”.
Davison added, “It is an honor and privilege to provide assistance for those willing to take risks in life and do the hard work. Hamilton and Leah showed both grit and heart this weekend as they faced the best in the World. They did their best and gave 100% but their opponents were just better this time. We will make adjustments and be back next year to risk it all again!”
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Hamilton won one and lost one in the men’s brown belt light division.
Leah earned Bronze in the women’s black belt medium heavy division and had 3 matches totaling 30 minutes.