...Talk about being in a zone, 10-year-old WorldBlackBelt Member Michael Trasso from Lyndhurst, New Jersey has now won six straight grappling tournament titles going into the upcoming North American Grappling Association's "Battle at the Beach2".
has already landed a corporate sponsor that is building him his
own personal dojo to train in at his
home and he's
just getting started.
10th birthday, Michael
Black Belt in Free Style Jui Jitsu from Master Jerry Jones who recently opened the Jerry Jones Ultimate Martial Arts School
in Nutley, New Jersey."I've known Michael
for about a foot of his
life and through his
very hard work, travels, bumps and bruises, he
has developed into the character of a young beloved King who possesses a wise and understanding heart beyond his
years, yet still happily retains the innocence, playfulness and curiosity of a lion cub."
Michael's father Ray enrolled his
son when he
was just 5-years-old."I felt that introducing Michael
to Martial Arts would be an exciting experience and a test to see if he
truly liked it.Neither of us are disappointed!"Today Michael is a Junior Instructor and helps teach classes at his
is a true leader in every aspect, and I have no doubt that he
can accomplish anything he
wishes," said Jones. Michael
continues to advance in his
Martial Arts, training three days a week in Brazilian Jui Jitsu, Kickboxing, Sambo, Karate, as well as in grappling.Master Jones estimates that Michael
has learned roughly four hundred techniques, including takedowns, choke holds and joint locks."Plato once said that all learning has an emotional base, and Michael's great love of the Martial Arts has enabled me to push and guide him beyond all of our expectations."
The discipline Michael
has learned through the Martial Arts is now also being applied outside of the dojo.Somehow he
found the time to start his
own community newsletter called "Zine", where he
writes articles about safety issues in the Martial Arts and his
other passion skateboarding.Michael
also enjoys baseball, wrestling, basketball and he
has been studying piano for three years."Michael
works harder than anyone I know, it just amazes me," boasts his
also loves watching Martial Arts movies, his
favorite being "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", and his
Martial Arts hero is action film star Jet Li.
Being ranked number one in the United States by the N.A.G.A.
(North American Grappling Association) for his
weight and age attracted the attention of "Thumann's -THE DELI BEST", a major deli meat manufacturer located in Carlstadt, New Jersey.Thumann's has agreed to sponsor Michael
by covering all of his
tournament costs, uniforms, training and equipment.After winning the County Junior Wrestling district title on February 25th, Michael
then advanced to the Regionals on March 4th, 2001 where he
won the bronze medal."I am so proud of Michael, it seems like every week he is winning another tournament", says WorldBlackBelt's Graphic Designer and Web Master Gail Trasso.
Way to go.Keep up the good work!!
If you would like to contact Michael
you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.