As Patrick Connor secures his opponent Don Whitefield signals four point to scorekeeper

Fearless Jiu-Jitsu on the mats in Campbell River’s first tournament

Campbell River’s first junior Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament was held this weekend

Campbell River’s first junior Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament was held this weekend at Pure Martial Arts and Fitness. Competitors ages 5-13 from Campbell River and Nanaimo took their Jiu-Jitsu game to the mats.

“It was amazing to watch,” said Heather Todd co-owner and parent. “It was fearless Jiu-Jitsu.” Fearless it was; big take-downs, pins, escapes, joint-locks, and chokes were just some of the techniques that were seen at Saturday’s tournament. The competition was a dynamic look into the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a submission grappling or ground sport. It has enjoyed a surge of popularity over the last twelve years as it has become a key component to a winning strategy in mixed martial arts competitions like the UFC.

Jodey Ingalls, Head Instructor of Pure Martial Arts said, “We have been teaching no-gi Jiu-Jitsu to the children for 16 years now [a gi is a martial arts uniform]. We introduced Gi Jiu-Jitsu just this September and it’s been a huge success. The kids love the class – it’s a great way for children to get out and have some fun while learning a fantastic martial art and a self defence system.”

Jiu-Jitsu is for anyone of any size or any age. It founded on the premise that a smaller, weaker opponent can beat a larger stronger assailant by using leverage and good technique.

First place medal winners at the Pure Martial Arts Young Dragon’s Tournament were Shelbey Ingalls of Campbell River, Samadhi Sukadana of Nanaimo and Chris Gray of Campbell River