A team of athletes from Pacific Top Team Kelowna headed to the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Masters World Championships to test their luck last week.
This Jiu-Jitsu tournament is the largest in the world, having twenty matches running at one time, for five consecutive days for ten hours a day. Athletes prepare for this tournament for months, some even years, the winners and challenges were filtered through as the days go on. Entering the building the nervous energy of the athletes is so thick a person can almost see it. With the large stadium echoing of coaches yelling, whistles, and constant rumble of chatter as thousands of bodies moved through the venue every single day of the tournament.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is like a game of human chess. Where the opponents are seeking to gain the more dominant position, or even a submission. The beautiful yet challenging aspect of the Jiu-Jitsu tournaments is like any other fair tournament, the athletes are on display. Their work ethic, their understanding of the sport, their diet, even to the level of what their mental state is that day. Who is the better athlete that day. This is the athlete that wins.
With strong wins and humble losses, each athlete tests themselves through their weight and age division. If they medal, they have the opportunity to compete a second time in the open weight division. Some athletes will compete up to ten times in one day, with ten matches.
Not for the faint of heart.
Kelowna is very excited to congratulate all of the athletes from Pacific Top Team Martial Arts Kelowna who challenged and tested themselves buy stepping on the world stage this last weekend.
Also, wanted to recognize Sarah Draht who battled her way through her Master 1 Brown Belt division, earning Canada gold. She then had a coffee and headed into the master 1 Open Weight division with all the brown belt medalists. She made her way to the final, losing on points but leaving the tournament with a proud gold and silver.
Kathy Hubble (purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu, and black belt in Judo), also battled her way through her division, winning gold. She then entered the open and won the final as well. Leaving the tournament with two proud goals.
We are so excited to have these athletes not only representing Canada, but coming from our very own Okanagan. Showing the world what we can do, and what we are capable of.
“This is by far mentally the hardest tournament I have competed in. Being at the venue for 10 hours, the waiting in between matches, the breaks in between divisions, and the pure exhaustion that sets in becomes very difficult” Says Sarah Draht “The battle is mentally exhausting just as much as it is physically exhausting. I compete because I believe it is so important to set goals that not only challenge us, but scare us. Because how else can we find out what we are capable of?”
Read more about Sarah’s competition experience at Worlds by CLICKING HERE AND VISITING HER BLOG