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Gracie Barra New Mexico Kids Program Heads to Kids Mundials


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Gracie Barra New Mexico will be represented by a strong group of over nine kids at the Kid’s World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships this Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21. The two-day event will be held at Coussoulis Arena at Cal State San Bernardino. Gracie Barra New Mexico coach Wesley King will guide the ship as his group of well-trained and well-prepared youngsters head west.

“This weekend is all business,” Coach King said. “Gracie Barra New Mexico is going to show that we have some tough kids and that we have worked hard. We are going to try our best to represent our school and our state.”

At last year’s World Championships King took a trio of kids and two came back with double gold medals in both the Gi and No-Gi divisions.

“We have two kids going back this year that are Gi and No-Gi champions,” Coach King said proudly. “Last year we only took three. This year we are going with a strong group of 8-10 kids. We got a good little crew going there to represent Gracie Barra New Mexico.”

King has been tasked with coaching and being in charge of the kid’s program at Gracie Barra’s Eastside location. He takes this responsibility seriously and feels it’s his way of repaying the art that has already given him so much.

“I always say, ‘the wheel keeps spinning,’ with my teaching.” He said. “I teach about 18 classes a week and most of those are kid’s classes. I’m constantly teaching and staying focused on giving back to the kids so they can eventually give back as well. It’s awesome to see that we have a bunch of little instructors in our classes. I show them and they show each other. The wheel keeps on spinning.”

Any parent, uncle, aunt, older sibling or relative knows how hard it is to keep a child who is under the age of 12 focused and hold their attention span for more than 30 seconds. Coach King takes a different approach to his coaching style by teaching and treating the kids like his adult classes.

“The kids aren’t coming here to be played with or to learn games,” he explained. “They are coming here to learn jiu jitsu. I treat them as little adults because they are doing adult moves and they are doing an adult martial art. It’s important they learn the importance of what they’re doing, how to be safe to avoid getting hurt and how serious it is.”

Now don’t think that it’s all work and no play for Coach King’s classes.

“We have one day for games in class,” he said. “We still have fun while we are rolling and drilling. The focus is on the jiu jitsu and on the techniques.”

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Written by: Daniel Archuleta

One response to “Gracie Barra New Mexico Kids Program Heads to Kids Mundials”

  1. R A Williams, president, NMBJJCSP says:

    Coach King and the Kids’ Worlds team have received sponsorship from the New Mexico Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competitor Sponsorship program (NMBJJCSP), a registered not-for-profit company in the state of New Mexico dedicated to raising money to sponsor competitive BJJ athletes.

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