A JUNIOR Brazilian jiu-jitsu athlete from Lockridge is aiming to continue his unbroken run of 11 gold medals as he competes in 12 meets this year.
Eden Hill Primary School student Torez Carro, who is only nine, started Brazilian jiu-jitsu when he was three and already has an orange belt – a level usually only attained by kids between 10 and 15.
Torez was unbeaten last year, winning 11 gold medals from major tournaments including the Australian Federation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu State Titles for Gi and no-Gi and the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Pan Pacific Championships.
Torez, who trains at the Academy of Mixed Martial Arts in Balcatta, has won 15 gold medals in the last four years. “I like trying to choke people out, trying to win and make more friends,” he said.
“I want to keep on going to the world junior championships in America.”
Torez’s father Troy said he hoped his son followed his footsteps in competing at senior level.
“I have been wrestling for almost 10 years and probably done more competitions than Torez but I have only got one gold medal,” he said.
“Torez is very, very determined to want to win and his physical strength for a young kid is really high.
“He does struggle because of weight and strength does matter but he still overpowers older and bigger opponents and is technical enough to be able to get out of trouble.”