MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Many young people head to the beach for sun and surf during the summer months. Not Kaleah Pyles, though. She goes there for gold medals.
The 10 year-old local martial artist visited Myrtle Beach in late July to compete in the North American Grappling Championships, where she won the gold medal in the expert division of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on Saturday, July 29. Ms. Pyles was representing American Martial Arts Academy, Inc. in the tournament. AMAA is owned by her father, Kevin Pyles, who is also the head coach of the academy.
“Kaleah has worked for this since she was 3 years old, often training fives per week and sometimes twice per day,” said Kevin Pyles.
Due to its practical application and proven success in sports such as MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has become one of the fastest growing martial arts in the United States.
“We believe jiu-jitsu is more than just a sport, self-defense system, or fitness program; it’s a lifestyle that improves the whole person,” the elder Pyles states.
American Martial Arts Academy first opened its doors in 1998 as one of the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu training facilities in the state. AMAA is currently affiliated with Lucas Lepri Jiu- Jitsu.
“Being directly affiliated with Lucas Lepri, who is one of the most decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes in the world today, has been an unbelievable experience and gives us access to the most current and relevant techniques available,” says Lonnie Price, General Manager of American Martial Arts Academy.
Kaleah thanked her coaches and her teammates for helping her reach this level.
“To have a female youth athlete represent our Mount Airy Academy at Northern Wellness at such a high level is really rewarding,” said Kevin Pyles.
American Martial Arts Academy offers world class training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Mount Airy and Winston-Salem six days per week and up to three classes per day. For more information on Brazilian-Jitsu in Winston-Salem contact Lonnie Price at 336-765-1950 or visit www.ChooseAMAA.com.