If you happened upon a group of jiu-jitsu masters going toe-to-toe earlier this month and wondered if you, too, were soon to be high-kicking your way to safety, fear not: it was the first ever Fuji BJJ National Championship Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament held in Ventura.

On Jan. 11, 350 competitors gathered at Buena High School to compete in the annual tournament pitting California Central Coast jiu-jitsu teams against each other in a fight to determine the best of the best.

Local academy Paragon Brazilian Jiu Jitsu took top honors via Black Belt Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller, who took first place in the team division. In second, Ventura-based 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, and third, Morumbi Jiu Jitsu & Fitness Academy, which has locations in Ventura and Thousand Oaks.