Kia ora Auckland!
Last weekend, our club bought a total twelve competitors to the Auckland Regional No-Gi Championships… Bringing a large team with plenty of support is always a pleasure! Interestingly, this was the first time the New Zealand Grappler organisers implemented the new ‘Smoothcomp’ format, a great addition to an already well-organised competition.
Smoothcomp at the Auckland Regional No-Gis!
The new concept allowed more space for our competitors to warm up without spectators obstructing, brackets were generated in advance and results were being fed live to the website and our phones following each match. Smoothcomp also keeps a digital record of fight statistics on your personal profile and it’s nice to see BJJ technology advancing.
I had the pleasure of refereeing on the day and I witnessed some very engaging matches! I want to personally take the opportunity to congratulate Steve, Krissy and the team on their top performances!
Little Warriors back at it again
Results… The ‘Little Warriors’ squad had a fantastic outing! It was truly an amazing effort to watch.
Special mentions go to Cail, who, in her first competition, won both of her matches to take gold! Her little brother Tayt also won gold after 3 matches! Alicia also took the gold via armbar submission in her second NoGi Competition.
The last special mention from the little warriors was Tyler. Tyler had completed three competitions prior to this one however he had never won a match, or even scored one point in competition. Well, this weekend all of his hard work clicked because he won three matches by submission to take silver! Perseverance breeds results and I am confident this will be the first of many medals for him.
As always with Jiu Jitsu, you either win or you learn, so congrats to all of our juniors involved!
Our adults also bought home some top results
Onto the adults, there was some tough matches and exciting attacking BJJ from all of the team… Also, an outstanding performance from Codie! On the back of his first comp and taking silver in the Gi, this was his first No-Gi competition. Dominating his performances at lightweight, Codie took the gold.
Assistant instructor Ryan (17) who’s currently a blue belt, stepped up to the purple belt adult division. Losing to the eventual winner of the division, Ryan secured an armbar to take the bronze medal.
A memorable day and some brilliant performances from Andrew, Charlie, Jeremy and Kev! Well done to all of you, you should be proud.
7th place out of 46 teams!
Out of the 46 teams present, Bucklands Beach BJJ’s 12 competitors took seventh place at the Auckland Regional No-Gi Championship! Thank you to all of the training partners and families that also came along to support.
As the sun begins to show itself properly, keep an eye out for our team heading down to the beach for post-training swims; they really are the BEST way to finish a session this summer! 😉