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This was a bitter sweet year for OSS athletes at the 2019 IBJJF worlds. For Kaniela Kahuanui and Ryan Walsh this was their last worlds at the lower belt level. Having been by their side for over 6+ years it was amazing to see their growth in Jiu Jitsu and as a people. In the end Kaniela and Ryan didn't get the results they wanted but they've been training and competing long enough to know that with each loss we only learn and grow better.

For Taylor Kettler every thing pointed to it being his year. Excited about the opportunity to chase double gold, he trained hard, was locked in and ready to go.

There's a saying never leave it in the hands of the judges but in truth, that's much easier said then done. After pushing the pace the whole match, in the end Taylor lost his first match by a referee decision. His dream will have to wait another year.

Laith fell short after winning his first match to the eventual champion. As a juvenile, Laith will have many more years to learn and grow as his game continues to develop.

OSS newcomers Domenico Novello and Matheus Valle they both fought well but fell short. After 5 tough matches, Ermeson Rogerio was crowned the 2019 IBJJF Blue belt Champion! 

In the end whether we win or lose, it's experiences like these that shape who we are. Congrats to all athletes that competed, keep chasing your dreams, winning or losing doesn't define who we are, always strive to be a champion in life!
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