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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu comes to SOEC

The Western Canadian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships are being held at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Saturday, June 28.

The CBJJF is a professional tournament and organization dedicated to a safe and high quality experience for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors and spectators. From two tournaments in 2012 to five in 2014, the CBJJF is growing fast.

The last tournament reached over 350 entrants and the tournament scheduled on June 28 is expected to exceed 400 entries.

This number reflects competitors only; spectators, coaches and vendors will increase this number to at least 600 people from all over Canada and several Pacific Northwest states. Dozens of academies will be in attendance with athletes putting everything on the line.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, also known as ‘The Gentle Art’, is a martial art, combat sport and self-defence art, which primarily focuses on grappling and submission. This sport became prominent in the early 1990s when Royce Gracie brought BJJ to the Ultimate Fighter Championships, or more well known today as UFC. 

This tournament is of extreme importance for the BJJ community in Canada. Plus, this will be the first time Kurt Osiander has hosted The Kurt Osiander Finisher Series, a submission only tournament, north of the US border. Kurt is a “Cult hero in the world of BJJ” and is an advocate for the true meaning behind Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. "The CBJJF considers it an honour to have such a legend attend this event," they said in a press release.

Trevor Tougas, a fire fighter in New Westminster, was raised in Penticton but is coming in from Vancouver to compete. He said there will be a gi tournament and a no-gi tournament. The gi is the outfit worn by these martial artists.

Tougas has been practicing BJJ for about 18 months and he is confident, he said - particularly in the gi tournament. 

"As long as I don't run into a real strong wrestler, since I'm at the bottom of my weight class I'll be giving up about 10 pounds," he said.

Being in both tournaments guarantees him at least two matches. "It's a single elimination tournament. So, if you win it could be three or four [matches] depending on how many people are in my weight class."

This will be his first competition.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Canada is a fast growing sport. The CBJJF is dedicated 100% to growing this sport in a safe and respectable manner where everyone is welcome to compete.

Doors to the Western Canadian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships at the SOEC open at 8:00 a.m. with matches scheduled throughout the day from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Tickets are only available at the door and are $10 for adults. Children (12 and under) and seniors are free.

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