Area teen dedicates world championship to his grandmother

Reid Jones became a world champion in jiu jitsu two days after his grandmother's death.

Posted: Dec 13, 2018 5:18 PM
Updated: Dec 14, 2018 9:00 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Reid Jones will never forget the events of last week.

Jones, a 13-year-old student at South Pontotoc, won world championships in two divisions of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu last Saturday in Dallas, Texas.

"(He's) the first student that UFM's ever had to win a NAGA world championship, so it's a really special occasion for the gym," said Grady Sue Hurley, Reid's coach at Tupelo UFM.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a sport that focuses more on taking an opponent to the ground, not on striking. Reid has been training under Hurley for only a year. Reid trains six days a week, and he also works out with Derek Nelson of Small Town Fitness.

However, just two days before the NAGA world championships, Reid's grandmother passed away. Reid decided to compete in honor of her memory.

"I just knew that if my grandmother was still alive and could talk to me, she would say, 'I didn't want you to miss out on something that big just because something happened to me," he said.

Reid returned from Dallas on Sunday to attend his grandmother's funeral.

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