Brian Germain from the Fabio Novaes BBJ school in Lakeland took a pair of gold medals at the World Masters /Senior BJJ Championships held at Cal State University, Long Beach Saturday, Oct. 5.
Germain took first in the Senior 3 (46-50 years), purple belt, under 222 pound division as well as the Absolute (Open) division.
“I had a good day even though I had to move down an age group,” remarked Germain, 54. “There wasn’t anyone entered in my weight division in my normal age group of Senior 4. There just aren’t a lot of guys at 50-plus that do this sport, let alone competitively, so sometimes you have to go down an age group to get competition. That’s OK though. I didn’t go all the way to California just to collect a medal. I went there to fight.”
Germain put together a 4-0 performance that included three submissions by arm bar.
“My coach Fabio has been really good working with me and pushing me to get ready for this event. I like to joke that ‘Old Guys Rule’ but that is only true if you have the right coach to work with, and the right group of tough teammates to push you, and I’m fortunate that I have both.”
Germain is also the head coach of Summerlin Judo at Summerlin Academy in Bartow.
“I try to show my students that their old sensei can still walk his talk.
It is not getting any easier to compete as I get older but if I’m going to expect my athletes to step up and challenge themselves I like to be able to lead by example. Life should not become a spectator sport just because one gets older”.
Mark Bond also took a pair of medals at the event. Bond took second in Senior 3, blue belt, under 168 pounds and third in Senior 3 Absolute. Bond put together a 4-2 record on the day to capture his awards.
“Mark has been nursing a sore neck but he still goes out and fights tough,” remarked Novaes. “He did a great job.”
John Ebanks, Allan Ribeiro, and Enrique Marroquin rounded out the Novaes team, fought well, but did not place.