pan ams kids 2018 Podium picture cody averett

My Jiu-Jitsu Career | A 13 Year Old Explains How He Started Jiu-Jitsu

In about a week I am leaving for the second biggest tournament I have ever been to, Kids’ International. At the time I am writing this article, I am going to be in a five-man bracket. I will be rolling lightweight in the teen 2 (Male) division. However, before I get into too much detail about this tournament, let me talk about how I got here!

How I Started Jiu-Jitsu

Attic Jiu Jitsu

April 14th, 2016, Jiu-Jitsu in an attic (picture taken with a potato)

I first started jiu-jitsu a little over two years ago (as of 8/13/18) when my wrestling coach started teaching me and a couple of other kids in his attic. After training there for a little bit, my coach got a new house and we continued training in his basement.


The basement tended to be a lot cooler than the attic and was a bit bigger too. I trained in that basement with my family and a couple of other people for a while and went to many Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. My skills slowly improved and I stopped losing as much.

After the basement, we moved to train in our church and eventually moved to the place we are in now:

Illinois Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Acadamy

Illinois Brazillion Jiu-Jitsu Academy

The new academy – October 29th, 2017

The new academy was looking stylish, and I was ready to start training! On November 1st, 2017 we had our first class at the new school, and it only got better from there. After a lot more training and going to a handful of tournaments, it was time for my first big tournament. One of the biggest tournaments in the world for kids run by one of the leading tournament providers, it was time for me to go to Pan Kids, by IBJJF.


On February 20th, 2018 I competed at the world’s biggest kids’ competition. After three of the toughest matches, I had ever had, I was able to take home a gold medal. One of the matches I was losing and caught the guy in an armbar in the last minute, so that was cool.

Kids’ Pan Ams 2018

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Kids Pan Ams 2018 podium picture – February 20th, 2018

Back to the present:

Today is August 13th, 2018 and I am leaving for the second biggest tournament of my life in a little over a week. The Kids’ Internationals by IBJJF is coming up fast, so I have to be ready. This tournament will be a bit different than the last one. I will be fighting one belt higher and one weight division higher than previously. My opponents will only get tougher, which means I have to fight harder.

As I mentioned earlier, the armbar has saved my rear-end in BJJ matches before, so I’m wondering: Whats your favorite Jiu-Jitsu move and why?

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