Oliver heads to World Championships


Focused: Oliver Silvestro (in black gi) at a Jiu Jitsu Competition.

Oliver Silvestro’s fighting spirit and skills have earned him a place at the 2015 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships.

The Year 2 student at St Ambrose Catholic Primary Concord West will compete at the event, held in Los Angeles, on August 8. Oliver, 7, placed first in his age and weight category at State, National, and Pan Pacific Championships to gain a place in the international tournament in the 32 kilogram division.

He has learnt Jiu Jitsu for close to four years, attending classes at Sinosic Peroush Martial Arts in Concord, where his father also practices the martial art.

“I wanted to do a fighting sport and I started there and I liked it a lot,” he said.

His teachers have given him some sound advice ahead of the event.

“You just have to do your best, you’ve got to play your game, and you have to try to get them in your dominant position,” he said.

“You win on points.”

Oliver trains nine times a week in the sport and likes to skateboard in his spare time, a hobby he says helps him when practicing Judo, a Jiu Jitsu style. He said he is looking forward to the competition.

“I want to go there and have fun,” he said.  “You can’t always win, but you have to at least try.”

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