Kaiser Gym Hosts Fi­nals In Jiu-Jitsu

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - FRONT PAGE - By RASA FOURNIER

“The Fi­nal Con­flict” in the an­nual Hawaii Triple Crown of Brazil­ian Jiu-Jitsu comes to Kaiser High School gym Nov. 27 where com­peti­tors of all ages and skill lev­els will vie for Aloha State Cham­pion ti­tles, prize money and free en­try for next year’s se­ries.

The tour­ney con­cludes the 2010 se­ries put on by Sen­sei Ro­molo Bar­ros of the Brazil­ian Freestyle Jiu-Jitsu schools. The cham­pi­onships are an ef­fort to strengthen tra­di­tional jiu-jitsu roots on the is­land, par­tic­u­larly in light of the in­creas­ing blood-sport pop­u­lar­ity of mixed mar­tial arts.

“Some peo­ple are not so keen about MMA be­cause they think it’s too bru­tal, too ag­gres­sive,” said Bar­ros. “Peo­ple to­day still put Brazil­ian jiu-jitsu with MMA be­cause MMA came from Brazil­ian jiu-jitsu. But our event is based on lever­age and tech­nique; there’s no strik­ing.”

Fee is $70 for adults and $50 for youths. A late fee of $10 is added from Nov. 21-24, or $20 more at the door. Also planned are two black belt su­per fights, with big-name com­peti­tors yet to be re­leased. Ad­mis­sion is $10 for adults, $5 for chil­dren. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit hawai­itriple­crown.com.

“We have moth­ers and fa­thers, pro­fes­sional ath­letes and amateurs,” added Bar­ros. It’s a fam­ily event.”

Main­land and neigh­bor is­lands mar­tial artists also par­tic­i­pate, but it’s the lo­cal crowd that gets Bar­ros ex­cited, and fam­ily and com­mu­nity are key themes. His own teenage son has com­peted and helps keep score.

“If there’s a chance of get­ting hurt, we stop the match right there,” he added, not­ing that what you learn in jiu-jitsu goes far be­yond win­ning a medal. Com­pet­ing is “just ic­ing on the cake.”

Watch­ing jiu-jitsu is con­ta­gious, too: “When peo­ple come to watch, they want to learn the art — and it can make you a bet­ter per­son … It gives you pride, and when you feel good about your­self, the first thing you do is smile and treat peo­ple with re­spect.”

Car­los Kiko, last year’s black belt su­per fight cham­pion, takes down his op­po­nent at a Hawaii Triple Crown of Brazil­ian Jiu-Jitsu match ear­lier this year. The Aloha State Cham­pi­onship will be held on Nov. 27 in the Kaiser High School gym. Photo cour­tesy of Michael Vil­lo­ria/808pics.com.

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