Champion Fight Team claims 5 samarai swords

Courtesy -- A.J. Alexander, top, fights an opponent during the West Coast Grappling Championship in Las Vegas last Saturday. Kingman’s Champion Fight Team won five awards, two first and three seconds.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Courtesy -- A.J. Alexander, top, fights an opponent during the West Coast Grappling Championship in Las Vegas last Saturday. Kingman’s Champion Fight Team won five awards, two first and three seconds.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

KINGMAN - The Champion Fight Team out of Champion Athletic Club in Kingman sent eight competitors to the West Coast Grappling Championships at The Sport Center of Las Vegas last Saturday and came away with five samurai swords.

Christian Alexander, 5, took first place in the 49.9-pounds-and-under no-gi and gi titles in his first North American Grappling Association event for two of the swords, according to nagafighter.com.

Shyann Parsons, 8, took second place in the 70-79.9 division no-gi competition.

Jessica Hurst, 12, was second in the no-gi 100-114.9 division, and Larry Ayers was second in the Directors Expert Lightweight no-gi category.

"The team attended extra practices up to four nights a week and Saturdays to get ready for this tournament," Champion coach David Alexander said. "Not only did they practice extra-hard, they also brought home top grades from school."

Other members that represented Champion at the event were Myron Storing (9), A.J. Alexander (8), Tim Schneider (16) and Bradly Horn.

"All the competitors deserve very big congratulations," Alexander said. "Submission Grappling/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a very difficult sport, and one that most people would never dream of attempting."

CFT next travels to Mesa for the Desert Quest Championships Oct. 2.

For more information about the Champion Fight Team, go to www.championathleticclub.com.