July 19, 2013

NWJJA's Max McCrackin Takes Gold at the Revolution

Smile Max... you just took gold! 
Well readers you asked for more tutorials so I present to you an excellent video of our very own Max McCrackin fighting at last weekends Revolution Tournament.  Max is a student at NW Jiu Jitsu Academy in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Coach Mike Leary, and with me in my stand up combatives class.  A diligent student and hard worker, this was Max's first competition ever and he showed up with style taking a submission and the gold medal!

Mike Leary is the head instructor of NWJJA's youth classes which meet at 4:30 every Tuesday and Thursday, and then Saturday mornings at 9am at 942 N. 95th here in Seattle, WA.  Mike is a loyal and dedicated brown belt under Brian Johnson, and he not only teaches techniques, but conveys those principles and qualities in everything he does as a father, coach, friend, and husband.  Here is what coach Leary posted about Max:

"Max McCrackin gets the gold at his first BJJ tournament in Seattle Wa. He has been a dedicated student training 3 days a week for about 2 years at the Northwest Jiu Jitsu Academy. When he first started Jiu Jitsu he was very shy and at times the target of bullies at school. His parents Steven and Maria felt that he needed to learn an effective form of self defense. So they brought him to the Northwest Jiu Jitsu Academy owned and operated by 2nd degree Machado Black Belt Brian Johnson. Brians youth instructor and Brown Belt Mike Leary has been working with and coaching several seattle youths for the last 2 years."

One of the best things about this video clip is that Coach Mike added subtitles explaining what you are watching.  An excellent breakdown of BJJ!

Enjoy, and congrats Max!  Proud of you! 

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