10-year-old Albertan on winning streak in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Canada, US

10-year-old Albertan on winning streak in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Canada, US
10-year-old Isla Diesmos (center) has become an inspiration to the youth by training hard and staying focused as she prepares for next year’s tournaments. Photo by Kris Diesmos

A ten-year-old girl from the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fight Club Calgary is making waves in Canada and in the States.

Isla Diesmos, born in the Las Pinas City, Philippines and raised in Calgary, continued her winning ways by winning the Gi gold medal in the Jiu Jitsu World League last November 18 in Las Vegas to follow up her No Gi gold medal victory in the World Championship on October 28 in Long Beach, California.

Now, she is preparing for the 2018 Pan Kids IBJFF Jiu Jitsu Championship set February 18 in Long Beach and Philippine Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi and No Gi, Kids and Masters Open on March 17 in Manila.

“In this sport, I feel that I can be everything that I want to be. I appreciate my strengths and became confident. I wanted to promote this sport to young people like me because it builds character and a good way of life,” said the young athlete.

Since training under sensei Alex Roque at the age of seven, Diesmos has worked hard and does not mind the training. This type of focus encouraged her parents Jeff and Kristela to support their daughter.

“Isla loves to compete and we work hard to keep her in the sport and to continue competing as long as we can,” said Kristela Diesmos, who runs a Day Care facility.

Isla’s bright future started when she won the gold in Gi Jiu Jitsu in April 2015 organized by the Canadian Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation.

And in 2016, she clinched five gold medals and a silver, kicking off with a Gi gold in the Alberta Provincial Championship in Calgary and gold in the NAGA Pacific Grappling Championship in Honolulu last April, goldds in both Gi and No Gi in the Seattle Grappling Championship in Everette last September, a silver win in the Aloha State Championship last November in Honolulu and golds in Gi and No Gi in the Submission Series last December 10 in Edmonton.

This year’s campaign kicked off in Vancouver with a Gi Jiu Jitsu gold medal win last February 11 at the Carlson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Canada event, Gi and No Gi gold medals in the Alberta Provincial Championship last April 1, Gi gold in the Nextgen BJJ Invitational last August 19 in Calgary, Gi gold in the Fall Classic last September 23 in Blackfalds,and a No Gi gold and a Gi silver in the Rocky Mountain Classic last October 14 in Edmonton.

This young girl deserves the support of all sports-loving Albertans!

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