As reported on www.signonsandiego.com:
DEL MAR — Joel Tudor wandered through his Del Mar home in search of a snack. After blending a big smoothie, he settled on a couch beneath gleaming surfboards resting on ceiling racks in the living room.The former longboard world champion had just finished an intense morning jiu-jitsu practice, less than two weeks after placing second in his division at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi World Championships in Carson near Los Angeles.
The inaugural martial arts Mundial tournament took place Dec. 15 at California State University Dominguez Hills for jiu-jitsu competitors who don’t wear the traditional gi, a uniform consisting of pants, jacket and belt. No-gi students practice and compete wearing shorts and T-shirts.
Tudor, 31, celebrated in the surfing community for his graceful longboarding style, was nonchalant about his successful entry into a second competitive sport.
“It’s nice to be able to jump into another sport and get into it, Tudor said. “Although I guess most people tend to choose golf or something. People tend to look at you a little differently when you’re involved in a martial art. It takes a different kind of commitment.