On January 28th, Cody Woods of Southern Impact Martial Arts travelled to compete in the East Texas Open Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament in Tyler, Texas. Woods represented both Southern Impact and Mena very well by winning a gold medal in the no-gi, 156-167 pound weight class of the blue belt division.
His experience and aptitude in catch wrestling proved too strong for his opponents as he won his semi-final match in less than a minute and a half and his championship match in a resounding 12 seconds, both via straight ankle lock. Despite his dominant performances to win gold, Woods’ most gratifying moment of the day was getting to watch his son enjoy the sensation of competitive grappling. Seven year old Auden Woods (trains out of Ouachita Mountain Martial Arts) took silver in the gi, 57-67 pound weight class of the grey belt division, where he won his first match by a 14-2 point margin. He lost the championship match via a choke hold, but despite losing, gained a trove of experience.
“I believe our success as a team in multiple disciplines, point systems, and rule sets speaks volumes for the fundamentals we teach. We don’t train specifics for different rules but focus on overall control. Grappling is an individual sport, but also has a team component, and still teaches teamwork and the importance of working together. That’s something I believe is important to teach our kids at a young age,” said Woods.