Courtesy the Madrid family

Joseph Madrid of Taos stands atop the podium after winning two national grappling competitions recently in Denver, Colorado.

On Sept. 25, little fists and feet flew at the Colorado Grappling Competition where Joseph Madrid of Taos won two gold medals--one in the Children No-Gi Intermediate (8-9 years old) bracket and the other in the Children Gi Intermediate (8-9 years old) categories.

Note: "Gi" and "No-Gi" refers to the two different types of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. There are numerous differences, but in essence, "Gi" means the competitors wear the traditional uniforms of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and opponents are allowed to grab clothing. "No-Gi" means competitors grapple in shorts and clothing grabbing is not allowed.

Joseph, who trains at Jesse Jacquez Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Santa Fe but hails from Taos, was awarded his first Jiu-Jitsu competition sword, a symbol of victory and a great honor in the sport.

The event was hosted by the North American Grappling Association.

Boomers vs Gen-Z

Boomers vs. Generation Z. That's the game on tap for Saturday, Oct. 16 at 1 pm on the Taos High School baseball field where the Taos High School Tigers baseball team will square off for their first game of the season, an exhibition against the Taos Men's Baseball Team.

What is the Taos Men's Baseball Team? It's a group of mostly retirees, who love to get together, talk ball and play some too. They typically meet every Wednesday at the THS field to play (there are varying levels of competition, but the group brags that you can be a beginner or a Hall-of-Famer to get in on the action.)

The two teams will face off in a friendly competition with all proceeds going to the Taos High School baseball team to help the THS squad get gear and team equipment.

So get ready for some creaking knees and high fly balls; all for a good cause, of course.

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