Penticton’s Goes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team brought home two gold and three silver medals from the B.C. Provincial Championships in Langley on the weekend.
Greg Nield of Summerland won gold in the blue belt heavyweight division.
Nield also took silver in the absolute division. This division is open to medal winners of any weight.
Nield won all matches in the heavyweight division via submission without a single point being scored against him.
Nield’s run for gold in the absolute division was stopped short in the final match by returning champion and 2012 Pan Jiu-Jitsu silver medalist Chad Shaule of Gracie Barra Vancouver.
Wes Govan, 17, of Summerland, won gold in the white belt juvenile middle weight division.
Govan also took silver in the juvenile middle weight no gi grappling division.
Brian Booth of Penticton, won silver in the white belt master’s ultra-heavyweight division.
The first annual B.C. Provincial Championships were put on by the Canadian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, which is the Canadian affiliate of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling based martial that became popular after the one sided victories of Royce Gracie in the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Matches are scored based on points for takedowns and positional superiority.
The Goes Jiu-Jitsu competition team trains and fights out of the Goes Jiu-Jitsu gym in Penticton.
In addition to the competition team, a recreational adult class is offered. Children’s classes are scheduled to begin in June.