Club lauds suc­cess at State ti­tles

Pilbara News - - Sport - Alicia Per­era

A team of mar­tial artists from Rene­gade Kar­ratha have re­turned from their first Brazil­ian jiu jitsu com­pe­ti­tion with a State win­ner in their midst and some new sil­ver­ware for the club cab­i­net.

Six Rene­gade mem­bers were among about 150 com­peti­tors from across WA who at­tended the Jiu Jitsu Nogi State Cham­pi­onship in Perth last week.

It was the first time most mem­bers of Rene­gade, which spe­cialises in jiu jitsu, had com­peted in any tour­na­ment for the sport.

Mem­ber Sharume Creed won gold in her di­vi­sion to be­come the reign­ing State Fe­male Novice Mas­ter Nogi cham­pion.

Rene­gade co-owner and team coach Camerin Coles said Creed had beaten her op­po­nents through strong tech­nique, show­ing how far she had come since be­gin­ning.

“When she first started with us, a lit­tle over two years ago now ... she didn’t feel com­fort­able get­ting on the mat and having a go,” he said.

“To see her go from that to two years later win­ning the biggest nogi com­pe­ti­tion in WA was in­cred­i­ble.”

Coles won sil­ver in the Male Blue Open Weight Nogi di­vi­sion and claimed a bronze medal in his weight di­vi­sion.

He said he was proud of how well the whole Rene­gade team had han­dled the pres­sures of their first ma­jor jiu jitsu com­pe­ti­tion.

“For most peo­ple to com­pete is a real re­ward in it­self. It’s such a hard thing to try and deal with the ner­vous­ness and anx­i­ety,” he said.

“Most peo­ple don’t even win their first fight, so it was amaz­ing for al­most all the com­peti­tors to walk away with at least one win.

“They took away a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge from the com­pe­ti­tion.”

Rene­gade is plan­ning to take an­other team to the other ma­jor WA jiu jitsu com­pe­ti­tion, the Gi State Cham­pi­onship, later this year.

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