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Coromandel Ju Jitsu team off to Las Vegas

By Pam Ferla

Excitement is building up at Coromandel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club as seven members fly to Las Vegas to compete at the World Championships, held from December 3 – 13.

The club’s coach, Black Belt, Jeremy Janny, qualified for the world championships and enabled other club members to support him and also compete. They include Dylan Curtin, David Kohout and Gareth Beatson from Tairua, plus Aaron Wills and Narado Bury from Whangamata. Cambridge man Dave Donovan will also be going as part of the team.

Dylan Curtin is Tairua’s police constable and holds Jiu Jitsu classes for children at Tairua School.

David got involved in the sport five years ago in Queenstown and joined the Coromandel Jiu Jitsu Club four years ago. He followed Shaolin Kung-Fu when in his birth country of Hungary.

He says he enjoys the family atmosphere, playfulness, the movement and the fitness benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and finds he is forever learning. He likes that a small town like Whangamata has such an amazing a club.

“I think it’s incredible that a small coastal town club can make it to the world championships and get the chance to compete against the heroes that we watch daily on Youtube. Brazilian jiu jitsu has become exponentially more popular in recent years and championships stadiums are usually full.”

Brazilian jiu jitsu evolved from judo in Japan after disciples of judo masters travelled from Japan and brought knowledge to the North Americas and Brazil. Like judo, the aim is to take the opponent to the ground and progress to a position where the opponent is pinned to the ground. This progresses to where the opponent submits.

The team is self-funded and appreciates any financial support that will enable them to focus on training and to represent and inspire the local community. For more information please contact kohoutd@gmail.com.

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By Pam Ferla

Excitement is building up at Coromandel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club as seven members fly to Las Vegas to compete at the World Championships, held from December 3 – 13.

The club’s coach, Black Belt, Jeremy Janny, qualified for the world championships and enabled other club members to support him and also compete. They include Dylan Curtin, David Kohout and Gareth Beatson from Tairua, plus Aaron Wills and Narado Bury from Whangamata. Cambridge man Dave Donovan will also be going as part of the team.

Dylan Curtin is Tairua’s police constable and holds Jiu Jitsu classes for children at Tairua School.

David got involved in the sport five years ago in Queenstown and joined the Coromandel Jiu Jitsu Club four years ago. He followed Shaolin Kung-Fu when in his birth country of Hungary.

He says he enjoys the family atmosphere, playfulness, the movement and the fitness benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and finds he is forever learning. He likes that a small town like Whangamata has such an amazing a club.

“I think it’s incredible that a small coastal town club can make it to the world championships and get the chance to compete against the heroes that we watch daily on Youtube. Brazilian jiu jitsu has become exponentially more popular in recent years and championships stadiums are usually full.”

Brazilian jiu jitsu evolved from judo in Japan after disciples of judo masters travelled from Japan and brought knowledge to the North Americas and Brazil. Like judo, the aim is to take the opponent to the ground and progress to a position where the opponent is pinned to the ground. This progresses to where the opponent submits.

The team is self-funded and appreciates any financial support that will enable them to focus on training and to represent and inspire the local community. For more information please contact kohoutd@gmail.com.