Action guaranteed at jiu jitsu night
Porirua will host New Zealand’s best Brazilian jiu jitsu fighters at Te Rauparaha Arena on Saturday.
The Artaxias Brazilian jiu jitsu invitational will involve 30 fighters from New Zealand and Australia competing in a submission only wins tournament.
‘‘ The fighters competing in Artaxias have been invited because they are the best in New Zealand,’’ Elemental Events director and event coorganiser Anaru Para said.
‘‘Artaxias will run a unique format. There will be no points system, so the only way to win is by submission or by tap out.’’
There will be 15 matches with fighters competing from black, purple, brown and blue belts in both gi and no gi categories.
‘‘A submission only wins tournament is the first of its kind in New Zealand and provides a great opportunity for competitors to put their skills and experience to the test,’’ Combat Room jiu jitsu head instructor and co- organiser Vanderson Pires said.
Former Wellingtonian and now Sydney- based black belt Alex Scott will take on Jose Gomes from Queenstown, Wellington black belt Patrick Te Tau will fight Marcelo Lopes from Nelson and Wellington blue belt Jared O’Gorman will battle former the Pan Pacific champion from Melbourne, Adam Watson.
‘‘We’ve got fighters travelling from Sydney and Melbourne, as well as others coming from Auckland, Tauranga, Whakatane, Christchurch and Queenstown,’’ Anaru said.
Brazilian jiu jitsu is the groundwork component of mixed martial arts. It stems from the Japanese martial art judo, but was modified by the Gracie family in Brazil.