United States of America, Brazil and Japan

Kids Did It - The Good Fight

July 1, 2003

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Name: Michael Trasso

Age: 12

Hometown: Lyndhurst, New Jersey

Why Hes Cool: Michael is the youngest person in the United States to receive an Adult Black Belt in Freestyle Jiu Jitsu, a martial art that started in Japan. It involves striking, throwing, kicking and ground-fighting down on the mat.

Stuff You Should Know: Michael, who is also a world champion in his weight class, recently was awarded a samurai sword. It honors him as the top jujitsu fighter in the United States in his weight class.

Quote: "Some adults think its weird when my trainer asks me to show them techniques because Im a kid. But then they see that I know what Im doing, and they respect me as a black belt."

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