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When:

Sat 12 Apr 2008, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Barfoot & Thompson Stadium, 203 Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama, Auckland, Kohimarama, Auckland

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Jared Abbott

ASB Stadium in Auckland will host the 10th Brazilian Jiu Jitsu National Tournament.

The tournament, which has free admission, features categories broken down into male/female/kids, white/blue/purple/brown belts fighting it out for their respective weight titles.

For inquiries or information on competing contact Douglas on (021) 030 5526.

The ancient art of Jiu Jitsu originated 2500 years ago in India. It was developed by monks as a method of self defense against thieves on long journeys. Five hundred years later Jiu Jitsu started in Sri Lanka, Birmania, Tibet, Siam, China, then eventually Japan.

In 1919 Mituio Maeda, the Japanese Jiu Jitsu champion, introduced the art to a Brazilian family, the Gracies'. Helio Gracie altered and developed the Japanese art into what is knows today as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is rapidly growing in New Zealand. It is a grappling art where most of the techniques are performed on the ground. Techniques are taught on mats where students learn to bring opponents to the ground using holds, arm locks, chokes, leg locks and strikes.

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