SHERMAN, TX -- A Sherman teen is now a world champion after taking home a gold medal in the Kids World No Gi Championship in California last month.
Anthony Tapia, 14,has fought his way to the top. In July he took home not only his first medal in Jiu Jitsu, but a world title in a teen expert division.
"I felt like a proud moment representing Sherman, Texas. Representing my coach, my family," Tapia said.
"It's huge. It's like the super bowl. It's like a big big thing. He's the top kid in the world right now as far as Jiu Jitsu in his weight class," West said.
Owner of Fight Time Fitness Michael West has been coaching Tapia for two years now.
"You know to go out to California, with a world class competition and do so well and beat kids who have been at the top of the game for the past several years and take them to submission. That's just huge," West said.
"I love the sport because of my family, representing my family, my coach. I just love going into the ring and I love fighting. I love Jiu Jitsu," Tapia said.
The mixed martial arts sport focuses on a self-defense system. but it takes more than just strength.
"It's kinetic chess. It's methodical. You got to think it out. What happens next? Feeling, balance and then technique," West said.
"I feel like calm, and just I feel like this is what I'm meant to be, to do," Tapia said.
Tapia says the sport has taught him a lot of life lessons and helped shape who he is.
"Discipline, and like respect and all that. Like I used to be this wanna-be thug and now I'm like getting respect, and my coach has been teaching me a lot of life lessons," Tapia said.
Watch out UFC because Tapia says this is just the beginning of his career.
"I'm headed there, and I'm coming strong and I'm motivated. I'm confident. I feel like I can win," Tapia said.