Jiu Jitsu crown
This weekend in Irvine, Calif., the team from North Vancouver, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, won an incredible eight medals at the Pan American Jiu Jitsu championships.
Winning gold in their divisions were North Vancouver residents Alex Boldizar, who won first place in the senior-1 white belt super heavyweight division and Brodie Dabb. A 15-year-old green belt in jiu jitsu, Brodie won a gold medal in the juvenile blue belt division after going up both an age and a belt class to face 16- and 17-year-olds. Incredibly, he submitted all three of his opponents en route to winning first place.
The other gold medalists on the team were Hector Wong and Milo Hilario.
North Vancouver Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach Marc Marins also competed and won a bronze medal in the black belt masters middleweight division, defeating two opponents to make it into the semi-finals. Also winning a bronze were North Vancouver residents Roey Kestelman, who fought in the blue belt senior-2 heavyweight class and Bill Jones, who won bronze in the purple belt, senior-1 lightweight class. Marci Hilario, who runs Apex Martial Arts in Richmond along with her husband Milo, won a bronze medal in the women’s blue belt category.
Known as “the gentle art”, Brazilian jiu jitsu is a sport that utilizes throws and submission holds where the ultimate goal is to win a fight without injuring your opponent and without allowing your opponent to cause injury to you.
Brazilian jiu jitsu black belts Marc Marins and Jeff Meszaros have been teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the North Vancouver area for three years. In that time their club has won medals at the Pan American Championships, U.S. Open, American Nationals, B.C. Championships and the World Cup as well as at many local tournaments.
For more information visit www.NorthVanBJJ.com