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9-year-old New England girl among world’s top Jiu-Jitsu fighters


US TO ONE NEW ENGLANDER COMPETING IN AN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. >> PUT THIS FOOT ON THE LEG, DROP DOWN. >> SUFINA GRAJO PRACTICES TAKEDOWNS FOR HER NEXT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU TOURNAMENT. AT 64 POUNDS, SHE MAY NOT OKLO TOO INTIMIDATING, BUT WHEN YOU WATCH HER FIGH–T YOU CAN SEE W HOSHE IS RANKED AMONG THE BEST IN THE WORLD. >> I’M DOING PRETTY GOOD. I’M NUMBER 15, 18 YEARS AND UNDER IN THE WHOLE WORLD >> SUFINA STARTED LEARNING BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU TWO YESAR AGO AND QUICKLY RACKED UP WIN AFTER WIN AFTER WIN AGAINST GIRLS AND BOYS. >> SHE REALLY DOES REALLY WELL. IN HER LAST TOURNAMENT, SHE WON ALL OF HER MATCHES >> NOW NE, SINUFINA, WHO IS FROM CUMBERLAND, RHODE ISLAND AND PRACTICES AT BRAZILIAN TOP TMEA IN TAUNTON, HAS HESIR GHTS SET ON AN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION IN FLORIDA THIS JULY. >> I’M REALLY EXCITED FOR THAT BECAUSE I GOT THIRD PLACE, SECOND PLACE, AND NOW IM GOING TO GO FOR GO. >> SHE’S VERY ATHLETIC. YOU TEACH A POSITION, SHE REALLY WANTS TO LEARN. >> SO YOU GO DOWN. >> SHE GOT INTO THIS SPORT SO SHE COULD DEFEND HERSELF AGAINST BULLIES AS SHEET GS OLDER. NOW SHE WANTS TO BE NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD. >> I LEARNED THAT I N CABE REALLY STRONG AND SKILLFUL. I JUST FEEL SO GOOD DOING IT. >> IN TAUNTON, JENNIFER EAGAN, WCVB NEWSCENTER 5.

9-year-old New England girl among world’s top Jiu-Jitsu fighters

At just 64 pounds, 9-year-old Sufina Grajo from Cumberland, Rhode Island may not look intimidating, but when you watch her fight, you can see how she is ranked among the best in the world. “I’m doing pretty good,” Grajo said. “I’m number 15, 18 years and under, in the whole world.”Grajo started learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu two years ago and quickly racked up win after win against girls and boys.”She does really well,” Jair Morselli, the owner of Taunton’s Brazilian Top Team said. “I think in the last tournament she won our matches.The Rhode Island girl practices at the Brazilian Top Team in Taunton, and has her sights set on international competition in Florida this July.”I’m really excited for that, because last time I got third place, then the last time I got second place, now I’m trying to go for gold,” Grajo said. “She’s very athletic,” Morselli said. “You teach a position and she really wants to learn.”Grajo said she got into the sport so she could defend herself against bullies as she gets older. Now, she wants to be number one in the world.”I learned that I can be really strong and skillful and I just feel really good doing it,” Grajo said.

At just 64 pounds, 9-year-old Sufina Grajo from Cumberland, Rhode Island may not look intimidating, but when you watch her fight, you can see how she is ranked among the best in the world.

“I’m doing pretty good,” Grajo said. “I’m number 15, 18 years and under, in the whole world.”

Grajo started learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu two years ago and quickly racked up win after win against girls and boys.

“She does really well,” Jair Morselli, the owner of Taunton’s Brazilian Top Team said. “I think in the last tournament she won our matches.

The Rhode Island girl practices at the Brazilian Top Team in Taunton, and has her sights set on international competition in Florida this July.

“I’m really excited for that, because last time I got third place, then the last time I got second place, now I’m trying to go for gold,” Grajo said.

“She’s very athletic,” Morselli said. “You teach a position and she really wants to learn.”

Grajo said she got into the sport so she could defend herself against bullies as she gets older.

Now, she wants to be number one in the world.

“I learned that I can be really strong and skillful and I just feel really good doing it,” Grajo said.

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