The students of Bill Fraser Martial Arts hit the road to take part in the Be First Championships at the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence in Victoria.
This is their second showing at this tournament that highlights several martial arts including kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu (Gi and no Gi), pankration and boxing. The tournament emphasizes skills development and gives the students of various martial arts schools the chance to show what they have learned. Over 100 participants from children to adults took part, including a team from Alberta.
The day got off to a great start with Patrick Bluemke winning gold in Gi Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ). This is Patrick’s second gold in a tournament. Coming from a judo background, Patrick is enjoying BJJ and has recently started taking thai boxing classes as well.
Brendan Abrau fought hard and finished just outside of the medals in his first tournament in BJJ. Brendan competed in the no Gi division and is now in Brazil with another teammate Mike Pighin taking part in a training camp. His teammates look forward to seeing what they have learned while they were gone and hearing all about the experience.
Dave Webb competed in both Gi and no Gi BJJ finishing outside of the medals in Gi but winning bronze in no Gi by submission using the North/South Choke. Dave has put many hours into his training and it showed.
Men’s and women’s kickboxing were both tough, with all participants bringing their A game. Both Alma Ballington and Trevor Wood lost in close decisions for their respective divisions. The best part of these tournaments is that they will leave with lessons learned, train hard and go ready to win next time.
The fighters who took part have put in hours of training and whether they win or not they finished as true sportsmen/women. As always, there are teammates and family members who travelled to the tournament to cheer them on and their support is greatly appreciated.
All of the BFMA competitors want to thank their coach Bill Fraser for his tireless efforts in the gym and at the tournament. Having someone of his calibre and experience in your corner is always valued.
Anyone interested in learning muay thai, BJJ or MMA is welcome to come and take part in the toughest workout you will ever love. Whether it’s for self-defence, fitness or the love of the sport, all are welcome. Contact Bill Fraser Martial Arts through its Facebook page or by contacting Comox Valley Fitness at 250-703-0352.
– Bill Fraser Martial Arts