We have come to the end of another term at Nelson Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with the Mini Champs and Juniors classes. We are seeing the club going from strength to strength which is clearly reflected in the growth in numbers and retention of our foundation members. Special thanks must go out to our Junior coaches and the support of parents who regularly bring the children to training. We finished the term with a games evening and some pot luck dinner. We look forward to seeing you all back on the 24th July, rested and ready for Term 3.
Two weeks ago, four Senior club members which included Simon, Bobby, Luke “Rambo” Smith and Dave went and represented the club at the NZ Grappler Gi Regionals on the Kapiti Coast. These four men represented the club sensationally well, bringing home two golds and one silver. All four members demonstrated the principles and values that our at the forefront of the club especially showing humility, in both loss and victory.
A special mention goes out to Luke in only his first year of BJJ, picking up a gold medal in his weight division. He won all three of his fights by points, this is a reflection of his hard work and consistent attendance. Also, to one of our newer members Dave Gordon who entered in the purple belt division and went 2-0 on the day. In the final he won by arm bar amassing a huge amount of points before submitting his opponent. This was great preparation for the upcoming Nationals on the 11th August in Auckland.
Finally, we recently said Sayonara to Brodie who went back to Japan for further study and adventure. Brodie is going be dearly missed as he has brought so much to the club since he has been back. His regular training slot on a Thursday was both well planned and definitely added to the technical growth of the club. He also built the current website, organised events and enriched the culture within the club. We wish him well on his journey and look forward to seeing him back one day in the future.