Moose Jaw Fighters Win Gold At Provincials

Dominic Myers captured a pair of Silver Medals. Here he is working an arm bar on Tysen Holowatuk.    Photo Credit:  Jode Kivol Photography

Dominic Myers captured a pair of Silver Medals. Here he is working an arm bar on Tysen Holowatuk.

Photo Credit: Jode Kivol Photography

Nick Murray

Moose Jaw hosted the SaskBJJ Provincial Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships and the results are in: it was a success. 

The event, which was held at Yara Centre on Saturday November the 10th, had over 200 fights, with competitors from all around the province, and kids from as young as 5 took part. 

"Yara Centre was a great place to host it" said one guest, "usually these tournaments take place in High School gyms. Here there is so much space and lots of seating. Plus there is a lot of space for the kids to run around when they aren't competing." 

Donald Booth, one of the coaches from Control Jiu Jitsu here in Moose Jaw felt the city proved to be a great place for events such as this. "We’ve demonstrated that by hosting the largest provincial tournament that Saskatchewan Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has seen."

Not only was the venue a success. So were the Control Jiu Jitsu competitors. They took home a combined 14 Gold, 18 Silver and 34 Bronze medals: a club record. 

Nathan Bernard dominated every ounce of competition he faced. Winning two gold medals in the adult blue belt heavyweight division, of his 4 fights only once lasted longer than one minute. He also won Gold in the Absolute Men's tournament, submitting Wes Hutchison in 1:02 in the gold medal match. 

"Nathan Bernard is a wizard" said Coach Booth, "we are very fortunate to have Nate as a coach and training partner at the gym." 

Apparently it wasn't easy getting an action shot of Nathan Bernard (bottom), on account of he ended his matches too quickly. Here he is looking for a submission against Wes Hutchison. Bernard was the tournaments biggest winner, taking home three Gold Medals.  Photo:  Jode Kivol Photography

Apparently it wasn't easy getting an action shot of Nathan Bernard (bottom), on account of he ended his matches too quickly. Here he is looking for a submission against Wes Hutchison. Bernard was the tournaments biggest winner, taking home three Gold Medals.

Photo: Jode Kivol Photography

Shane Kivol was also impressive. He fought 6 gruelling fights, each at seven minutes in length, against Tyson King from Estevan Combat, for Purple Belt supremacy. Each man won three matches a piece. Kivol earning Gold while wearing a Gi but settling for Silver in the No-gi competition

"Shane Kivol is a great competitor who is always in a tough bracket. He’s consistently pulled off gold at every tournament we’ve been to together" said Booth. 

During one of their six gruelling battles, Shane Kivol managed to lift Tyson King high above his head and slam him down to the mat   Photo: Jode Kivol Photography

During one of their six gruelling battles, Shane Kivol managed to lift Tyson King high above his head and slam him down to the mat

Photo: Jode Kivol Photography

In the kids divisions, Roque Spaan-Murray ratcheted his winning streak up to 12 straight, going 6-0 on the day and earning two Golds in the 7-8 Lightweight division. But not without having to defeat his teammate Dominic Myers in the finals of both the Gi and No-Gi competitions. Spaan-Murray has now won four Golds in his last four tournaments. 

"He’s a beast out there" said Coach Booth. "With the improvements in his listening and ability to be coached, I see huge things for his future."

Roque Spaan-Murray accepting one of his two Gold Medals. Here he is, on the podium, flanked by two of his teammates, Dominic Myers on the left and Phoenix Kivol on the right. In the white Gi is Oliver Moellenbeck from Diekema Martial Arts in Saskatoon

Roque Spaan-Murray accepting one of his two Gold Medals. Here he is, on the podium, flanked by two of his teammates, Dominic Myers on the left and Phoenix Kivol on the right. In the white Gi is Oliver Moellenbeck from Diekema Martial Arts in Saskatoon

Other Gold Medallists were Sophia Page, who won two in the the Girls 5-6 Lightweight Division. 

Melanie Pasolli, who pulled out a pair of quick submissions to win the Women's No-Gi Lightweight division. 

Taylor Enns won Gold in the Men's Ultra-Heavyweight division. 

Tyler Kabanuk won Gold in the Men's Middleweight division. 

Seylor Giroux made the transition from Krav Maga to Jiu Jitsu, winning a pair of Golds in the Men's Roosterweight division. 

Wyatt Johnson won Gold in the Boys 9-10 Featherweight division. 

Young Sophia Page was all smiles capturing two Gold medals. Here she is battling teammate Bellemy Clayson

Young Sophia Page was all smiles capturing two Gold medals. Here she is battling teammate Bellemy Clayson

"There was a tremendous amount of work involved in pulling this off" admitted Coach Booth. "Months of planning and countless volunteer hours getting everything setup and ready. This event would not be possible if it weren’t for our fantastic community of volunteers. We also have generous sponsors to thank for making this event a reality for us." 

Those sponsors include the Moose Jaw Police Association, The Moose Jaw and District EMS, Wrapture Spa, Ultimate Fan Zone, Home Building Centre and Control Jiu Jitsu. 

"Control Jiu Jitsu is going to bring high level grappling events to Moose Jaw again in the near future" Booth added. "We have already started planning our next venture which will be a No Gi, submission only event. We have exciting changes to the format of the tournament and what is at stake. Moose Jaw will quickly become a Jiu Jitsu town." 

Other Medallists include:

Silver:

Dominic Myers x2

Georgia Liagridonis x2

Bellemy Clayson x2

Jaxon Scheitel x2

Kenzie Woods 

Taylor Enns

Cody Enns 

Derek Snow

Daniel Bjorge

Vander Woods 

Rowynn Anderson 

Carter Beliveau

Ruari Liagridonis

Bronze:

Nora Anderson x2

Alexander Schalk x2

Jacob Gasper x2

Asher Booth x2

Chloe Beliveau x2

Teagan Goslin x2

Joseph Emmanuelle x2

John Precepa x2

Robbie Parker x2

Melanie Pasolli x2

Seylor Giroux

Derek Snow 

Dillan Beattie

Cody Enns

Daniel Bjorge 

Ruari Liagridonis

Carter Beliveau 

Wyatt Johnson

Phoenix Kivol

Zack Wilgosh 

Vander Woods

Colton Bevan

Harvey Fabellon