Monday, March 12, 2012

World Pro Jiu Jitsu Championship Trials 2012, Malaysia

The past weekend marked the first time a major BJJ competition was held in Malaysia. The World Pro Jiu Jitsu Championship Trials 2012 was held at the Publika Shopping Gallery in Mont Kiara on 10th March 2012.

Players from many different countries including Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, UK, USA, and many more from ranks of white to purple belt came to compete.

PJ Jiujitsu Club were represented by two of our guys, Aizat and Yawei. This was the first time they have competed in a BJJ competition. Both guys had tough matches, but fought hard and valiantly.

With Aizat and Yawei
Yawei, who has trained with us at PJ Jiujitsu Club for less than 8 months, competed at the white belt under 92 division, did well to submit his first round opponent (from Checkmat) with an ezekial choke in under 3 minutes. He then faced another competitor (Checkmat Penang) in the quarterfinals and lost narrowly by points 7-4 in the final minute of the match (note: due to a glaring error by the ref, Yawei was not awarded 3 points for a guard pass early on. Otherwise the match would have been tied at 7-7).

Yawei on his way to a submission win
Aizat competed in the under 65kg blue belt division, which saw many skilful and experienced players in the bracket. Aizat faced a guy from Evolve Singapore in the first round, and the match was about even in the first few minutes. However as the match wore on, the much more physically conditioned player from Singapore won by points.

Aizat surviving a furious onslaught 
Overall we are quite proud of the performances from both our members. With more training and now having the experience of competing here, they will certainly fare better in the next competition.

Conclusion from observing the matches and also coaching our club members: To do well in these kind of competitions, one has to have a sound grasp of fundamental techniques, and physical conditioning has to be top notch. These, I believe, are the keys to success.

With team member Roy and ATT Black Belt and competition referee (and ONE FC fighter) Adam  Kayoom
With BJJ Malaysia's purple belt Rizan and black belt coach Sam Wee

Blue belt under 83kg finals

Purple belts in action

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