Lance Blagg of Clinton won the gold medal in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, purple belt division, at the Pan American Championship in Irvine, Calif., on March 21, 2013.

The Pan American Championships are held annually and it is one of the largest events in the world sponsored by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation.

Blagg is rated 15th in the world in the purple belt division. He trains in Los Angeles at Cobrinha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Fitness, which is owned by eight time world champion Rubens Cobrinha Charles.

Blagg is the son of Ralph and Lori Blagg and the grandson of Joe T. Rodgers and Faye Rodgers of Clinton.