United States of America, Brazil and Japan

Ranked - Americas National Ranking System

August 19, 2004

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Number One

Below are listed the number one ranked submission competitors nationally. But more important than just being a number, being ranked means something emotional and tangible to those who achieve any kind of recognition - be it number one or number 50. Heres what some of the top-ranked competitors have to say about making the list.

Michael "Smoothie" Trasso

"I loved grappling since my dad enrolled me in jiu-jitsu at five years old. Ive been training for 7-1/2 years and each minute is more enjoyable. Grappling/jiu-jitsu is great for me because I can defend myself and enter tournaments throughout the year. My instructor Jerry Jones makes learning fun. They call me "Smoothie" because I move so fluid. Grappling is a great way to put your skills to the test and keeps your body in good condition. It is a great feeling to be ranked #1. I have trained and worked very hard and its pretty cool to be recognized for my achievements. I guess the saying "practice makes perfect" is true. My dad always tells me "perfect practice makes perfect". Either way is true. Being ranked #1 also boosts my confidence. I know I can defend myself anytime I need to. I have my own dojo for training in my backyard! I hope to be an instructor some day with my own school and compete in Pride or UFC."

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