byÂ Marcos Navarro
Last month, Brandon Emmett, of God’s Gladiators Martial Arts team, took home a gold medal at the California Championships at Serra High School in San Diego, hosted by North American Grappling Association. Three locals worked together as a team enabling the gold medal finish. Brandon Emmett took on opponents throughout the region with the help of his teammate Jake Cordero, his training partner, who because of an injury, served as a assistant coach under head instructor Marcos Andrew Navarro.
”I really wanted to compete at this event,” said Cordero. “I learned a lot being an assistant coach for Brandon, I learned my weaknesses I have in the sport as well. I’m very proud of how Brandon competed, he did it with lots heart. I pray to become a better student as well as a great coach someday.”
Brandon hoped his gold medal win would inspire the youth as well as adults to never give up on there dreams, according to lead coach Navarro.
”I am very proud of Brandon of how he handled himself. Â I can see a big difference in his attitude and it will get him far in the sport of Grappling,”Â Â Navarro said.
Brandon’s dream is to become a professional athlete in the sport of MMA and hopes his win in grappling will get him closer to that reality. He has been working hard along with with team-mate Cordero, who shares the same goals.
Cordero will head toÂ Hawaii to compete this weekend. ”Its my dream to compete in Hawaii, I know coaching Brandon, along with Marcos Andrew, will give me the edge, God willing.”