More gold for Tahj Smith as Geraldton jiujitsu fighters impress at State championships

Derek Goforth Geraldton Guardian
Tahj Smith won his third gold medal for the month at the Brazilian jiu-jitsu State titles.
Camera IconTahj Smith won his third gold medal for the month at the Brazilian jiu-jitsu State titles. Credit: Supplied

Geraldton Brazilian Jiu Jitsu left its mark at the AFBJJ State Championships in Perth last weekend with a series of remarkable achievements.

A strong quartet was sent down to compete for the titles with Tahj Smith bringing home a third gold medal in July.

After bringing home two golds at the Submission Grappling Tournament earlier this month, Smith backed it up with another gold in the State championships, with coach Israel Riberio praising his dedication.

“Your hard work, talent, and perseverance have paid off, and you have made us all incredibly proud. We can’t wait to witness the many more victories that lie ahead for you,” he said.

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Smith wasn’t the only one to stand on the podium with Bailey Kempton taking on three tough fights to secure the silver medal in his division.

“This is just the beginning of a promising journey,” Riberio said. “Bailey showed tremendous skill, determination, and heart throughout the competition, making everyone at Geraldton BJJ incredibly proud.”

Jesse Mouritz and Jorge El-Khouri also travelled to the championships and while they did not come away with a medal Riberio said both fighters should still be proud of their performances.

“It’s all about the journey of growth and learning, and we know that this experience will only fuel their motivation to improve further,” he said.

El-Khouri was also singled out for his willingness to compete in the younger division despite being a master competitor.

“He’s an example for us all to strive for greatness in our own jiujitsu journeys and proves a great reminder that age is just a number when it comes to pursuing your passion,” Riberio said.

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