CNMI’s Saipan Tribune Write Up by Walter Sutherland

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Frank The Crank Camacho 2010 Mundials

Frank The Crank Camacho 2010 Mundials

Frank “The Crank” Camacho won a gold medal in the Mundials Blue Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships held last June 4 at California State University in Long Beach, California.

The former Universal Reality Combat Championships light heavyweight champion competed in the Medio, or 181-lb. middleweight class with a Gi. Similar to a kimono, a Gi is a uniform worn by a practitioner of martial arts.

“Martial arts helped me to become very goal-oriented. It took months and months of hard training, three times a day, for this one title, but working hard for something and accomplishing it is simply one of the best feelings in the world,” added Camacho.

Camacho outlasted a pool of 83 competitors and endured six matches on his way to being proclaimed a gold medal world champion.

In his first match, Camacho won via submission when he used a Kimura lock to beat his opponent 30 seconds into their match.

He then submitted his second opponent with a back bow and arrow choke. Camacho then cranked out another Kimura to submit his third opponent and advance to the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinals, Camacho came up with a takedown to outwrestle his opponent by a score of 2-0.

“This guy was a super good wrestler that pushed the pace and kept me on my toes,” said Camacho.

Then Camacho faced a Judo student in the semifinals, who he reversed with a sweep to take a 2-0 judge’s decision.

“The Judo player was very strong with almost unbreakable grips, but I stuck to the game plan that Master Lloyd and I were talking about and came away victorious,” added Camacho.

Camacho advanced to the finals where he was pitted against his own teammate, D.J. Jackson. Camacho shined on to win with a 2-0 takedown.

“D.J. Jackson and I always have battles during training sessions-always! He is an amazing wrestler with good Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I was really glad that the two of us closed out the division. I was so stoked I felt like crying afterward and that night our whole team celebrated at Fogo de Chao, a really good Brazilian BBQ.later on, I personally celebrated at IHOP with a super stack of pancakes,” said Camacho.

The 21-year-old rising star has been studying Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for about two and a half years and currently trains in Camp Springs, Maryland under master Lloyd Irvin at Team Lloyd Irvin’s Mixed Martial Arts Academy.

Camacho’s ultimate goal is to someday be a mixed martial arts champion and has expressed intentions of continuously improving all aspects of his game.

“I just want to keep getting better. I will always be a student of the game. I’m naturally enjoying the journey and learning a lot,” said Camacho.

He added that the BJJ World Championship competition really opened his eyes and he plans on continuing his BJJ studies to fine-tune his skill set.

“These competitions will only make me a better fighter, so I am in no rush to jump back in the cage. I have seen a lot of good fighters make that very mistake,” stated Camacho.

With a 13-2 win-loss MMA record, Camacho has some big BJJ competition wins under his belt including Tokyo International BJJ Tournament Gold, New York International BJJ Silver, and his recent Mundials World Championships Gold.

When asked if he were interested in picking up any other fighting disciplines, Camacho responded, “I’m keeping an open minded approach as not to limit myself to any certain discipline.even to the extremes of knife fighting. The footwork and arm control is awesome for MMA. If you can master the footwork of fencing, it will greatly benefit your stand up game. So with that being said, limiting yourself to certain disciplines only holds you back.”

Camacho said his recent success wouldn’t have been possible with help from back home, where he started his career.

Frank The Crank Camacho Hand Raised

Frank The Crank Camacho Hand Raised

“Si Yu’us Ma’ase! Thank you very much to my family, friends and all the people of the Marianas for all your love and support. Thank you to Fokai Industries and Cuki Alvarez from Trench Tech Purebred Saipan for the support I needed to compete. Mom and Dad, none of this would be possible without your support. To everyone back home and kids especially, it’s OK to dream big. Nothing is impossible; make your dreams your goals and don’t let anyone or anything stop you or slow you down. Hard work will always beat talent-when talent refuses to work hard!”

By Walter J. Sutherland Reporter Saipan Tribune.

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