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Throwing Down In Sandgate

Story: Alex Garin | Photo: Ben McShea
May 28, 2019
THROWING DOWN  IN SANDGATE
Jujitsu students and senseis from around the region are set to strike, throw and grapple their way to victory at the Sandgate PCYC.

Over 120 members of the Kyushin Ryu School of Jujitsu will vie for first prize in their respective divisions at the school’s 18th annual competition on Sunday 16 June, at the Sandgate PCYC.

Competitors across 20 divisions, ranging from “bambinos”, weighing under 20 kilograms, to the “sumo men”, weighing over 100 kilograms, will compete in three main areas: grappling, standing, and sparring.

Grappling involves performing a variety of different “locks” and holding techniques done from the ground, while the standing and sparring events require contestants to perform holding techniques and strikes from standing positions. 

Competitors will battle for several titles, including Most Outstanding Competitor, Black Belt Champion, Sportsmanship Awards and Training Skill Awards alongside championships for each respective division. Most of them have been training hard in anticipation of this tournament.

“I’ve got to get back and get fit again, so I can stay out of the 90-kilo division,” said Greg, who is training specifically for the upcoming tournament. “They’re starting to get into the big boys. If I could stay under 90 kilos I’ll be sweet.”

He will be competing amongst some of the most skilled jujitsu practitioners in Australia.

The Kyushin Ryu School of Jiujitsu was founded by Jiujitsu Hall of Fame inductee, Jim Stackpoole, and numerous Kyushin Ryu students have gone on to represent Australia in the World Council of Jujitsu Organizations’ bi-yearly international tournament.

The public is welcome to witness the amazing jujitsu feats at Kyushin Ryu’s competition and will be able to participate in a raffle, with proceeds going to the Sandgate PCYC. Participation in the contest itself will be limited to members of the Kyushin Ryu School of Jujitsu.

“To get involved [in the club] is a simple matter of contacting the Police Citizen’s Youth Club in Zillmere, Sandgate or Pine Rivers,” explained Sensei Jim Stackpoole. “All of our classes are conducted at the three PCYC’s.”

The Sandgate PCYC can be reached by calling ph. 3909 9555, or e-mail admin@pcyc.org.au.

The Kyushin Ryu Jujitsu competition will be held on Sunday 16 June, 8.30am to 6pm.
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