Four members of Londonderry’s Woo Kickboxing Academy traveled 103 miles to Portland, Maine a couple of weeks ago to compete in the 2019 Maine Championship.
Alyssa Marini took first in the Blue Belt Gi Middleweight Division after she forced her opponent to submit with an armbar. The win continues a solid stretch for Marini, who also took a first at The Good Fights competition in Rhode Island last month and another first the The Good Fights in Boston in June.
Also for Team Woo in Maine, Benjamin Simon took home two seconds in both the Blue Belt Gi and No-Gi Welterweight Division (30-39 years old), and Amber Famisan took a second in the Gi Light-Heavyweight Division and a third in the No-Gi.
Lastly, 46-year-old Ed Tapia, competing against fighters half his age, took two seconds in both the Blue Belt Gi and No-Gi Light-Heavyweight Division. In fact, his first opponent was an aggressive 18-year-old who dominated the first eight minutes of the match. But Tapia was able to choke out his opponent in overtime to secure a win.
“It was a very tough division,” said Tapia.
Woo Kickboxing Academy of Londonderry is an official Brazilian Top Team affiliate that specializes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing and Teen’s MMA and is led by Professor Joe Kvetkosky.