TULSA – A group of Cherokee Nation citizens from Tulsa recently took part in a jiu-jitsu tournament hosted by the American Grappling Federation.
The competitors, representing Christian Karate and Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Tulsa, were Daniel Rainey, Noah Hoch, Jonathan Kidwell and Joseph Kidwell. They competed at the Union High School gymnasium.
The youngest winners are brothers, Jonathan and Joseph Kidwell.
“It’s fun for them,” their father, John Kidwell, said. “They really like it and they’re getting pretty darn good at it.”
Jonathan, 7, earned gold medals in two divisions for children up to 65 pounds. Joseph, 5, earned a gold medal in his division.
Rainey competed in two 175-190 pound divisions, earning silver and bronze medals. Hoch took gold medals in two up-to-135 pound divisions.