With nine competitors, competing in both Gi and No Gi Divisions, each Lake Area Gracie Jiujitsu student returned with at least one medal, totaling 12 medals. Lake Area Gracie Jiujitsu returned with four Missouri state champions. The LAGJJ competitors ranged from age six to mid-30s, with experience ranging from beginner white belt with just a few months training to a 4-stripe purple belt with several years experience.

Lake Area Gracie Jiujitsu (LAGJJ) traveled to the FUJIBJJ MO State Championships this past weekend, held in St. Charles, Mo. This was the largest FUJIBJJ tournament in Missouri to date, with over 450 competitors.

With nine competitors, competing in both Gi and No Gi Divisions, each Lake Area Gracie Jiujitsu student returned with at least one medal, totaling 12 medals. Lake Area Gracie Jiujitsu returned with four Missouri state champions. The LAGJJ competitors ranged from age six to mid-30s, with experience ranging from beginner white belt with just a few months training to a 4-stripe purple belt with several years experience.

"Another amazing tournament. We are very proud of each and every competitor,” said Traci Williams-Vinson who manages Lake Area Gracie Jiujitsu with her husband and head instructor/coach Dave Vinson. “They all trained very hard to prepare for this tournament. It's just the best to watch how much they develop and grow from tournament to tournament.”

The instructor was pretty pleased with the results as well.

“Days like this are so rewarding, I love seeing people improve themselves and accomplish their goals,” Dave added. “Thank you to everybody who puts their heart and souls into Lake Area Gracie Jiujitsu.

“Marc Diebold and Joey Scanlan for always helping the students figure out the details of their games, Traci Williams-Vinson for playing den mother to all us maniacs, the parents for getting the kids to class, the adults for sacrificing your time and bodies to help us all succeed and Tim McNitt for sponsoring many to make dreams come true. Organized like a team and fight like a family. Great people and great jiujitsu.”

MISSOURI STATE CHAMPIONS - GOLD MEDALS

Chaston Munsterman, both Gi and No Gi Divisions; Finn McNitt, both Gi and two (2) No Gi Divisions; Christian Bohrn, Gi Division; Marc Diebold, Gi Division.

SILVER MEDALS

Joey Scanlan, Gi Division; Zachary Grumbois, Gi Division; Riley Cuddihy, Gi Division; Kaylani Rivas, No Gi Division.

BRONZE MEDALS

Jeremiah Fitzgerald, No Gi Division.

ABOUT LAKE AREA GRACIE JIUJITSU

Lake Area Gracie Jiujitsu was founded by Dave Vinson in 2016. Dave is a Gracie Jiujitsu Brown Belt, training directly under Professor JW Wright with St. Louis Gracie Humaita, Master David Adiv with Gracie Jiujitsu New Jersey and Master Royler Gracie. Dave has actively taught at Lake of the Ozarks since 1994, and also holds black belts in four other martial arts styles. Assistant Instructors and Directors of the MMA program are Joey Scanlan (blue belt) and Marc Diebold (purple belt). Lake Area Gracie Jiujitsu is the premier martial arts studio at the Lake of the Ozarks, with focus on Gracie Jiiujitsu, MMA, Self Defense and youth classes starting at age 6. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/Lake-Area-Gracie-Jiu-Jitsu-1871084229789224/