FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After the success of its first invitational in March, the Northern Combat Club is gearing up its second Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition on June 18th.

The event will be held at the NCC’s affiliate gym in Dawson Creek, DCMMA, and will feature both no Gi and Gi matches.

For those unfamiliar, a Gi is the uniform practitioners wear while training. In Gi matches, competitors can grab the uniform, while it is not allowed in no Gi matches.

Local BJJ professor and black belt Clint Parker says one of the biggest reasons he wants to start holding multiple events a year is to save aspiring practitioners some money.

“As a person who has spent roughly $30,000 travelling around competing and training, I wanted to give the grapplers I train a place to show their skills without spending huge money to travel and hotels,” said Parker.

“Now, we have a cool, fun comp that is right in our back yard two to three times a year. And I want it to be known as a fun [environment], with good prizes and nice people.”

No Gi matches will be eight-minute rounds with a three-minute overtime if needed. The referee will decide the winner if no submission is made.

Gi matches will go for ten minutes and will be decided a draw if there is no one taps.

The competition will be split into three weight classes: lightweight, middleweight, and open weight. Each competitor will have at least two matches.

Trophies and medals will be handed out to the top three competitors in each weight class.

Parker also had three championship belts made that will be on display. The June 11th invitational will set up an event in the fall where the belts will be on the line.

There will also be a kids competition kicking off the event at 7:30 a.m.

The adult matches will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The cost to enter the event as a competitor is $85 for kids and adults. Anyone looking to watch the matches in Dawson Creek will only have to pay $5 at the door.

Tre Lopushinsky is the News Director at Energeticcity.ca, and a NAIT broadcasting graduate. His love for local journalism started in Lloydminster, where he realized the importance of covering issues/topics for smaller municipalities. He is also the co-host of Before The Peace, highlighting Indigenous voices in the North Peace. In his off time, Tre is yelling at his tv while watching pro wrestling, MMA, and basketball.