NEW GLASGOW — Nearly 400 athletes of all ages attended a jiu jitsu martial arts tournament for what organizer Derek Clarke of Pictou termed a success last weekend at New Glasgow Academy.
The event attracted athletes from every province east of Manitoba, including nearly 40 from the local club based in Mount William.
“It’s the biggest jiu jitsu event in Atlantic Canada,” Clarke said.
The next largest tournament hosts less than 250 competitors, he said.
One of the highlights was the belt Clarke presented to Michael Roy of Quebec City for winning a top-flight match against Joel Jacquard of Yarmouth.
“It was a tough fight,” said Roy, who had not competed for four months. “It was tough to get back. My mother passed away (last) October 30. I did it for her.”
Pictou County Titans club coach Jaret MacIntosh said he was pleased with the overall performance of his members.
“We had a lot of good people fight very well,” he said.
Titans club member Matt Rehill won gold medal bouts on both Saturday and Sunday. Rehill did well in the bouts he had at the 2017 Chokes by the Ocean martial arts tournament in Pictou.
Among other members, Kris Hiscott and Hayley MacLeod each garnered gold and silver medals, Nicole MacPherson added a gold medal Twiggy MacLeod added a silver and bronze and Kelly Horbath received two bronze medals.
Titans member Brady MacDonald was unavailable to compete last weekend as he recovers from a back injury that he said is progressing well.
Sara Gillett of Titans MMA and Nicole MacLeod of Pictou County Titans are pictured during a match at the Nova Scotia Open Jiu Jitsu tournament at New Glasgow Academy on Saturday. (Jess photo)