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Jiu jitsu tournament draws many competitors

Adam Smith, a local practitioner of jiu jitsu (left) vies for the dominant position in a match on Sunday. Smith, who was looking to get a takedown at that moment in the match, was one of many local participants in the Nova Scotia Open Jiu Jitsu Championship, at New Glasgow Academy.
Adam Smith, a local practitioner of jiu jitsu (left) vies for the dominant position in a match on Sunday. Smith, who was looking to get a takedown at that moment in the match, was one of many local participants in the Nova Scotia Open Jiu Jitsu Championship, at New Glasgow Academy. - Sam Macdonald

NEW GLASGOW – Jaret MacIntosh, owner of the Pictou County Titans Jiu Jitsu Academy, is pleased to see the meteoric growth of Brazilian jiu jitsu in the Maritimes.

The latest indication of this growth took place last weekend, at the Nova Scotia Open Jiu Jitsu Championship 2018.
MacIntosh described the Nova Scotia Open as the biggest tournament in the Maritimes. Hosted by Nova Scotia Submission Series Promotions, the event took place at New Glasgow Academy on Saturday and Sunday, bringing out 388 competitors and a large audience, all from across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I., Quebec and Newfoundland.

The sport is growing rapidly, every year – especially in the last five years, said MacIntosh, taking a moment during the busy tournament to speak with The News on Sunday. A few years ago, the tournaments would only have about 50 to 100 people in them, maybe. Now look at it. There are kids enrolling in the programs, parents too.

The tournament featured a series of matches, in which participants played a game of physical and mental chess, strategically working to achieve the dominant position so they can either implement a chokehold or a submission hold.
MacIntosh said Sundays tournament featured many closely contested matches, with participants achieving holds and takedowns that made him very proud of his own students achievements.
Its really good. A lot of the kids in my club have gotten medals. Theyre winning lots of bronze, silver and gold. Everyone is doing great, said MacIntosh. I couldnt ask for a better tournament. We trained a lot for this – about three, four and five days a week.

 

 

Local Standings

Several local jiu jitsu practitioners with the Pictou County Titans Academy placed in the Nova Scotia Open in a number of different divisions. Competitors were ranked in divisions of weight, age, belt level, experience level and whether or not they were wearing a traditional gi (martial arts uniform) or regular attire.

 

Kris Hiscott – gold in mens gi / white belt 191-205

– silver in mens no-gi / beginner: less than one year of experience/ adult: 191-205

 

Kyle Sutherland – bronze in mens no-gi intermediate / 1-3 years experience / adult: 161-175

 

Tyler Allen – silver in mens gi / blue belt / adult: 176-190

 

Matthew Rehill – gold in mens no-gi / intermediate: 1-3 years experience / adult: 191-205

– gold in mens gi/blue belt/adult: 191-205

 

Alex MacDonald – bronze in mens no-gi/intermediate: 1-3 years experience / adult: over 220

 

Kelly Horvath – bronze in womens no-gi/beginner: less than one year experience / adult: under 140

 

Hayley MacLeod – gold in womens gi / blue belt / adult: under 125

– silver in womens gi / absolute, and silver in womens no-gi / advanced: over 4 years experience / adult: under 160

 

Nicole MacLeod – bronze in womens gi / blue belt / adult: under 160

– silver in womens no-gi / intermediate: 1-3 years experience / adult: under 160

 

Nicole MacPherson – gold in womens no-gi / intermediate: 1-3 years experience / adult: under 160

 

Olivia Rorison – gold in kids /gi / 10-12 years / 115+ / white and grey belt

– silver in girls absolute / 7-12 / gi

– silver in kids/ no-gi / 10-12 years / 110-130 / beginners and intermediate / girls

 

Kaden MacDonald – gold in kids / no-gi / 10-12 years / 65-70 / beginner and intermediate

– bronze in boys absolute / 7-12 / gi

– bronze in kids / gi /10-12 years / 60-70 / white and grey belt

 

Brayden Johnston – gold in kids / no-gi / 10-12 years/ 75-85 / intermediate

– bronze in boys absolute / 7-12 / gi

 

Samuel LeBlanc – bronze in kids /gi / 10-12 years / 100-110 / white and grey belt / boys

 

Neil Daley – bronze in kids / gi / 10-12 years / 115+ / white and grey belt

 

Riley Hillier – gold in kids / gi / 10-12 years / 60-70 / white and grey belt

 

Landon MacPherson – gold in kids / gi / 10-12 years / 85-95 / white and grey belt

– silver in kids / no-gi / 10-12 years / 75-85 / intermediate

 

Mason MacIntosh – silver in kids / gi / 10-12 years / 85-95 / white and grey belt

– bronze in kids / no-gi / 10-12 years / 75-85 / intermediate

 

Henry Oakley – gold in kids / gi / 7-9 years / boys 45-55 / white and grey belt

–silver in kids / no-gi / 7-9 years / 40-55 / intermediate

 

Jakob Langille – silver in kids / gi / 7-9 years / boys 45-55 / white and grey belt

– bronze in kids / no-gi / 7-9 years / 40-55 / intermediate

– bronze in kids / no-gi / 7-9 years / 40-55 / intermediate

 

Brody Cock – silver in kids / no-gi / 7-9 years / 60-65 / intermediate

– bronze in kids / gi / 7-9 years / boys 60-75 libs / grey and yellow belt

 

Kaiden Lees-Graham – gold in kids/ no-gi / 7-9 years / 80-95 / intermediate

– silver in kids / gi / 7-9 years / boys 80-95 / white and grey belt

 

Hayley Oakley – gold in kids / gi /7-9 years / girls 60, and gold in kids/ no-gi / 7-9 years / 40-55 /intermediate

 

Petra Moriarty – gold in kids / gi / 7-9 years / girls 65-75

 

Jack Fraser – gold in kids / no-gi / 10-12 years / 110-130 / beginners and intermediate / boys

 

Cayden Kinney – silver in kids / no-gi / 10-12 years / 110-130 / beginners and intermediate / boys

 

Neil Daley – bronze in kids / no-gi / 10-12 years / 110-130 / beginners and intermediate / boys


Owen Wilson – silver in kids / no-gi / 10-12 years / 65-70 / beginner and intermediate

 

Thomas Daley – bronze in kids / no-gi / 7-9 years / 45-60 / beginner

 

Liam MacPherson – bronze in kids / no-gi / 7-9 years / 60-65 / intermediate

 

Aiden Ward – gold in youth / no-gi / 13-15 years / 110-125

– silver in youth / gi / 13-15 years / boys / 110-125

 

Haylie MacLean – silver in youth / gi / 13-15 years / girls / 100-110

– bronze in youth / no-gi / 13-15 years / girls / 100-110

 

 

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