Date published: February 18, 2022
A local Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu star is hoping to raise £3,000 to compete in a world championship in Florida.
Andrew Perez, 11, trains at Team Sukata in Warrington under Lee Simpson, another black belt and earned his first gold medal of 2022 at the All Stars Winter Edition South in January, winning by submission in the grappling industries division of less than 34 kg in just 23 seconds.
The student of the Holy Family is also well versed in judo and Thai boxing and trains for two or three hours, six days a week.
His training has certainly paid off, as after winning several competitions, Andrew was offered the opportunity to compete in the IBJJF Pan American World Children’s Championships in July 2022.
The event is considered one of the most prestigious Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments in the world and is held annually.
All money donated will be spent on Andrew’s travel, food, accommodation, training and entry costs, with the family receiving over £100 in donations in the first three days.
You can donate to Andrew’s fundraising page here: www.gofundme.com/f/get-andrew-to-the-world-championships