NIOC Georgia Sailors Represent the United States at the Olympic World Games

Story Number: NNS140923-16Release Date: 9/23/2014 2:49:00 PM
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By Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Sonie Lasker, Navy Information Operations Command Georgia Public Affairs

FORT GRODON, Ga. (NNS) -- Sailors representing Navy Information Operations Command Georgia (NIOC GA) competed in the World Martial Arts Games, Sept. 2-8, in Vancouver, Canada, at the Olympic Oval, bringing back an impressive 14 medals.

More than 30 countries were represented at this event that showcased different forms of martial arts, from traditional Okinawan forms to Grapple Strike, which is a MMA event.

NIOC GA's own Joint Service Martial Arts Academy (JSMAA) fielded four Sailors for the US Martial Arts Team. They included the founder of JSMAA and U.S. National Team Combatives Coach Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 2nd Class Sonie Lasker, Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 1st Class James Collins, Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 1st Class Ashley Stone and Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 2nd Class Rebekah Crider.

"Our team did very well. We won gold medals in our submission grappling and grapple strike events," said Lasker, the team's coach. "With that being said, our academy is an eclectic style of martial arts called defensive tactical combatives and we specialize in being versatile from standing to ground fighting. "

For the Sailors involved, this was a life changing experience according to Collins.

"Seeing the level of dedication of the competitors at the games made it one of the most inspirational events in my life." said Collins.

NIOC Sailors competed in several divisions. Grapple Strike, Submission Grappling, Sparring, Forms and Weapons. The results are as follows:

CTI2 Sonie Lasker:
Black Belts Grapple Strike - Gold
Black Belts Japanese Forms - Silver
Black Belts Japanese Weapons - Bronze

CTI1 James Collins:
Under Belts Grapple Strike - Gold
Under Belts Kickboxing - Bronze
Under Belts Submission Grappling - Bronze

CTI1 Ashley Stone:
Under Belts Grapple Strike - Gold
Under Belts Submission Grappling - Silver
Under Belts Sparring - Bronze
Under Belts Kickboxing - Bronze
Under Belts Forms - Bronze

CTI2 Rebekah Crider
Under Belts Submission Grappling - Gold
Under Belts Sparring - Silver
Under Belts Forms - Bronze

"I am very proud of my team," said Lasker. "They got out there took care of business, represented the United States with honor and brought home the gold. I couldn't be happier. The truth is that our chain of command is very supportive of us. Without that we would not have been able to compete and we are all very grateful."

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