All Robstown K-9 officer Filiberto Tagle III wanted was to do his best when he went to the Texas Police Games June 12 at Brownsville.
"Some of the guys from the police department had wished me good luck when I left," Tagle said. "I received a lot of support from them as well as my family and friends."
Not only did Tagle perform his best, he came home with a silver and bronze medal in submission wrestling.
"I was really nervous," Tagle said. "There were officers from all across Texas, so I just hoped to compete well."
Tagle was curious about participating at the event after his brother received a newsletter back in March.
Tagle had been involved with the fighting styles of Japanese and Brazilian jiu jitsu on and off for seven years.
"When I got to the games, I saw that every police officer that was there already knew what they were doing," Tagle said.
Tagle participated in traditional gi style fighting, which is fighting in traditional uniform and no gi, which is more street-oriented.
After losing the gold medal to Austin police officer Travis Joyner, Tagle was not surprised.
"He was a Brazilian jiu jitsu purple belt," Tagle said. "I'm sure he knew what he was doing against me in the final match."
Now that he has been exposed to the competition, Tagle expects gold next year as the games head to Conroe in 2009.
He thanked most of his sponsors, which included Pizza Hut, Beefy Burger, RJ Painting and Best Western.
He also thanked his wife and kids, Ty and T.J.