Ac­tion guar­an­teed at jiu jitsu night

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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.

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