Gracie Tampa Judo took 7 students, 3 of them of which competed for the first time; compiled 5 gold medals, 1 Silver, and 1 Bronze; and just barely missed placing 3rd as an overall team in the entire tournament. As a coach, I couldn’t feel any prouder of EVERY single one of my students today. Yes, there were mistakes committed and opportunities lost, but their advancement in the sport was displayed and their hearts were left out on the mats. I want to give special thanks to our assistant coaches Tony Keck and Jeff Fleming for their awesome coaching during and in-between the matches, all the parents for their strong support (Which is so VERY important), and again to the entire GTJ team (Coaches, Parents, Competitors) for an amazing show-out that couldn’t have been done without the entire group effort! Next up, State Championships!