How this Fil-Am family helps their kids achieve athletic success

 Cerritos, CA — For Mercedes Robertson, this has been her life as a mom: watching from the sidelines and cheering on her athletic kids.

“The first season it took me a while to get used to it, by the second season I found myself behind the camera doing video.”

The 15th North American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Tournament served as a fun family outing for the Robertsons — as their soon to be 19-year-old Brianne took home the gold in the featherweight division, defeating two opponents.

“It just feels good to know all my training and all my coaches’ hard work really pays off.”

Mercedes and Hugh Robertson made sure that they’re supportive of the athletic careers of all four of their children — including a pair of groundbreaking hockey players.

“It’s dedication and allowing the kids to fulfill their own dreams,” said Hugh.

While Hugh, a lawyer, worked long hours to finance their children’s athletic needs, Mercedes made sure the kids get to practice regularly. And it wasn’t just driving around the gridlock of LA —  it was also traveling from state to state for competitions.

“I think the only way that kept us sane through the whole thing was keep the eye on the ball and kind of just deal with day to day.”

 Their hard work has certainly paid off — their sons Jason and Nick were both recently drafted by NHL teams and are now working their way through the minor leagues.

They have a tournament next month at the NHL prospects in Michigan, which will bring them one step closer to making it on the active NHL rosters of the Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leaves, respectively.

Brianne, on the other hand, continues to fight her way into the pro ranks.

Whether in the rink or on the mat, the Robertson family proves that winning is a family affair.

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