Ronald Mann establishes, wins para jiu-jitsu tournament in Los Angeles

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Ronald Mann, who lost the bottom half of his left leg in a motorcycle accident 22 years ago, won the gold medal in para jiu-jitsu and split bouts against able-bodied opponents during the Sept. 23-24 UAEJJF Grand Slam at The Los Angeles Convention Center.

Mann, 45, organized the para jiu-jitsu portion of the competition with the UAEJJF (United Arab Emirates Jiu Jitsu Federation), training out of the Rockville-based Yamasaki Academy belonging to instructor Fernando Yamasaki.

Competing at 85 kilograms (approximately 188 pounds), Mann submitted Chad Vandelgoot of St. Paul, Minn., in 75 seconds with a “mounted cross-collar choke” in para jiu-jitsu and overcame his able-bodied rival, Khalid Aldamaki of the UAE, 6-4, despite suffering a dislocated jaw.

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