Martial Arts grappler takes silver in Hawaiian competition



HONOLULU, HI -  Marcos Andrew Navarro of God’s Gladiators martial arts team took home a silver medal at the Pacific Championships at James Campbell High School in Honolulu this past weekend, hosted by North American Grappling Association.

A native of Imperial, Navarro took on opponents throughout the region as well as the east and west coast of the States.

”It was a dream come true competing in Hawaii,” said Navarro. “It was the last state I needed in the United States of America to finally say I competed from sea to shining sea, amen.”

The grappler has competed with success in New York, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Las Vegas, Nevada, Atlanta, Arizona, several European countries, and now officially, Hawaii in submission wrestling and the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

”Hawaii was my favorite competition up to date,” said Navarro. “While overseas, I kept this scripture with me,  ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ I give all to credit to the one and only Yeshua Hamashiach. I have been blessed to have the knowledge to be a winner and not only appreciate it, but acknowledge that it all comes from the Lord.”

Navarro said he hopes to turn his jiu-jitsu medal win and vast cross-continental competitions to opening a successful Martial Arts self-defense school for locals in both ground fighting and stand up fighting for all ages.

”I believe martial arts builds character in both kids and adults,” said Navarro.

Navarro also holds a certified World Taekwondo Federation black belt in Taekwondo as which is the Official Black Belt needed to compete in the Olympic games in Taekwondo.