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Four of Mill Bay's finest in jiu jitsu on a roll in Vegas international competition

South Island Brazilian Jiu Jitsu group from Mill Bay engaged in some serious international competition. - submitted
South Island Brazilian Jiu Jitsu group from Mill Bay engaged in some serious international competition.
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It's always a gamble going to Las Vegas, but it paid of nicely for four students from South Island Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Mill Bay.

All four entering international competition in the Grapplers Quest at the UFC Expo received medals in their respective divisions, led by club instructor Henry Panek's two silver medals in the black belt division. Mike Jorgenson won a bronze in the purple belt division, Dan Jacques earned two silvers in the blue belt division and Greg Walters claimed silver in blue belt competition.

"This is a great trip for team growth, not to mention the competitors you get to know from all over the world,'' explained Panek. "It would be nice if more of the older guys would shake the cobwebs off and get out and compete.

"As an instructor, I think it's integral that either you and/or your students get out and compete and represent your club. You need to know what you are teaching is relevant in international competition. It keeps you on the cutting edge. Those clubs that don't are just fooling themselves and their students. They are also missing out on a whole lot of fun.''

A total of 32 countries were represented at the tournament, Panek added.

"There are a lot of talented guys on the Island and it's great to see some of them out on the circuit. We strive to inspire guys to do it on an annual basis.''

Panek indicated most of the fight videos are posted on You Tube Channel sibjj if anyone is interested in viewing.

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