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MILDURA Martial Arts fighter Augustas McCallum is on top of the world after he was crowned champion at the recent Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Titles in America.

Fighting at his first world event, the 15-year-old took out the Juvenile Over 80kg Ultra Heavyweight Gi Division title following a comprehensive first-round victory.

Competing against an older opponent, the Year 10 Merbein P10 College student was forced to overcome an initial setback, before claiming victory via a rear-naked choke hold.

“I went in there ready, and I was throwing them (punches and kicks) around,” Augustus said. “Then I am not sure what happened, but I sort of blanked out, and he dropped to his knees and threw me to the ground.

“I managed to recover and get into a good position, and then I tried a Kimura submission and that wasn’t working, so I pushed him away and managed to get on top.

“I got on his back and tried a rear-naked choke hold, I got that, and then he eventually tapped out.”

Attending the prestigious event “just to have fun”, the talented 108kg athlete said it still hasn’t sunk in that he’s a world champion.

“It feels really good, but it hasn’t hit yet,” he said. “I was going there to have fun, but I still had confidence in myself.

“It was good to have it happen, and I feel like there’s a bit of weight off my shoulders.”

A three-time Australian champion, Augustas didn’t leave any stone unturned in his preparation for the world titles.

“Some weeks I was doing 14 hours of training, and I was also doing a lot of work outside the dojo,” he said. “Last year I found I struggled with my strength, so this year I did a lot of strength training.

“I also did a lot of technique training and cardio.”

Augustus said his world title achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the support from his family, sponsors and Mildura Martial Arts.