Jiu-Jitsu club squashes competition in Calgary

The Kootenai Jiu-Jitsu Academy from Castlegar competed in the second annual Alberta Open Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Calgary last weekend

Jake Rudkowski of the Kootenai Jiu-Jitsu Academy puts the choke on his opponent on his way to gold in Calgary.

Jake Rudkowski of the Kootenai Jiu-Jitsu Academy puts the choke on his opponent on his way to gold in Calgary.

The Kootenai Jiu-Jitsu Academy from Castlegar competed in the second annual Alberta Open Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Calgary this weekend. Nine athletes attended the competition and brought back a total of ten medals.

“This was our first time competing in this tournament and found that is was well put together with a ton of talent,” said coach Ben Jolicoeur. “It was one of our student’s (Jordan Bolinski) first tournament ever and at the end of the day he walked away with a silver and bronze. Two of our students performed over and above – winning double gold medals.”

Dominating their opponents were Josh Goldsburry (teen, 110 pound) and Jake Rudkowski (adult, 205 pounds) who both won gold in Gi and No-Gi divisions.

Also picking up medals were Caleb Jolicoeur, silver; Daniel Gagneir, bronze; and Jordan Knippleberg, bronze and silver.

The next match for the club is Nov. 5 at Pride Gym in Trail.

Anyone interested in joining the club or has questions about Jiu-Jitsu can call Ben at 250-365-5100.