Mandurah Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters bring home gold


UFC Veteren and Next Generation Perth coach Steven Kennedy, Michael Letizia with his gold medal, Next Generation Mandurah head coach Marcus McKeever and BJJ world champ and MMA Coach Jimmy Harbison.
UFC Veteren and Next Generation Perth coach Steven Kennedy, Michael Letizia with his gold medal, Next Generation Mandurah head coach Marcus McKeever and BJJ world champ and MMA Coach Jimmy Harbison.

Coodanup youngster Michael Letizia (16) slayed the competition at yesterday’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ 4 Life competition in Perth.

The up and comer started his training at Next Generation MMA Mandurah last year.

Letizia faced three opponents in the teen section and won each fight by submission.

Head coach Marcus McKeever said Letizia has been training for more than a year and shone from the outset.

In January, Letizia jetted off to the UK for training, which was described as an invaluable experience by McKeever.

Letizia is expected to make his amateur MMA debut this year.

Corey McNamara, Kylie Ingham, Bryan Lundstrom and Jed McArthur-Bolton added to the medal tally by taking home gold.

All 15 students who travelled to Perth faced competition for the first time on Sunday.

They also took home two silvers and four bronze.

Former world champion BJJ fighter Jimmy Harbison cornered for the Next Generation competitors on Sunday.

Harbison has been running clinics at the Mandurah gym to help the fighters fine tune their BJJ skills.

This is Harbison’s second trip to the region thanks to his friendship with McKeever.

McKeever also brought Ultimate Fighting Championship legend Chris Brennan to Mandurah last year to run similar sessions.

New Jersey native Harbison met McKeever in the UK and otherwise would never have a reason to come to WA.

“WA is totally different to eastern Australia,” Harbison said.

“People here are tough; they’re closer to nature – more from the earth.

“I’ve seen some of the kids in training and they can excel.”