Jiu-Jitsu master wins silver at Pan Pacific Brazilian championships

Leo Bobadilla beat fierce competition to claim silver at the Pan Pacific Brazilian Ju-Jitsu Championship.
Leo Bobadilla beat fierce competition to claim silver at the Pan Pacific Brazilian Ju-Jitsu Championship.

MANDURAH Jiu-Jitsu master Leo Bobadilla has won a silver medal at the Pan Pacific Brazilian Ju-Jitsu Championship held in Melbourne.

Bobadilla started his career 24 years ago in a small Brazilian gym but has been in Mandurah since 2015.

He trains alongside his students at GFT Mandurah as well as with local black belts and mates.

He fought three times during the competition with two wins coming by way of submission and a loss in the final.

Bobadilla has watched Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grow and said this year was a fierce competition.

“It was very tough because it is getting bigger in Australia and worldwide,” he said.

“There were seven competitors in my division, and I got the silver medal, but the level (of competition) was really high, so it was a good achievement.”

Although the Pan Pacific Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships is the biggest competition in Australia, Bobadilla has his sights set on another attempt at the world masters in Las Vegas next year.

“The plan is to go there to Las Vegas fitter and better to compete at the big one,” he said.

He is also very thankful for the support of his students and the Mandurah community.