Grappling Mastery’s own, Kai “The Hammer” Staton made Front Page of the Orlando Sentinels Lake County Division for his recent Florida BJJ Federation State Championship win. 13 year old Kai has been at Grappling Mastery for almost 2 years now and has taken to the sport very quickly. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a sport in which there is no striking. It is know as a Grappling Martial Art, which can be used for self defense as well. The sentinel highlighted his achievements. You can find the article here.
MOUNT DORA — Kai “The Hammer” Staton has taken a step toward a future in the Ultimate Fighting Championship events with a win in the jiu-jitsu state championship recently.
The 13-year-old won the 2015 Light Featherweight Florida Federation Brazilian jiu-jitsu event held in Pompano Beach Aug. 8. He had two matches that lasted four minutes each.
“I was pretty excited,” he said of placing first in his age group and weighted class of 90 pounds. “I’m just glad it’s over.”
“He gets nervous,” piped up Brian Ruscio, his instructor.
“Lots of stress,” chimed in Michael Staton, Kai’s father.
Kai has been going to classes three times weekly for the past two years at Grappling Mastery in Mount Dora.
Ruscio said, “He’s very good — one of the smaller kids for his age. He’s amazing. He learns very fast — very creative. He understands the goal and gets there creatively.”
Kai recently earned his green belt, which is the school’s second rank. He demonstrated 74 moves, including chokes and take-downs during testing.
“I like to learn, just learn new things. I find it pretty interesting,” Kai said.
The Eustis Middle School eighth-grader also enjoys competing. He starting boxing several times a week at the age of 6 and began competing every three months by 10. That’s when he got his nickname “The Hammer,” a powerful jab known to wear down an opponent. The last time he competed in the ring was in 2012.
When he quit boxing, Kai said, he wanted to do some “ground techniques” or grappling. Grappling in martial arts is any fighting style that uses techniques relying on grasping and controlling the opponent using body leverage as a way of achieving supremacy.
Half of the garage at the Staton home is a boxing ring, so Kai puts in plenty of hours of practice at home. He also practices kickboxing and plays in the Mount Dora Babe Ruth League. It’s not all about physical training, though. He enjoys playing video games such as Call of Duty.
“I plan on trying out for soccer and baseball next year,” he said.
And when he turns 16, Kai will have the opportunity to test for his blue belt, the third rank in the school.
“My plan is the UFC,” he said of the company that promotes events for some of the best jiu-jitsu competitors in the world.
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