BARRIE—Islanders Anya Wright and Given Cortes brought home bronze and silver, respectively, in Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the 2014 Ontario Provincial Jiu-Jitsu Championships held recently in Barrie.
“I placed third in my division,” said Ms. Wright of the championships. “I have been part of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu club Troop BJJ Manitoulin since July but I have been doing Judo for several years as well as Karate at the Manitoulin School of Martial Arts.”
Ms. Wright moved to Manitoulin four years ago with her husband whose family is from Gore Bay. She recently got into jiu-jitsu after friends encouraged her to “check it out.”
“The championships were a lot of fun and I would like to attend another in the near future,” concluded Ms. Wright.
“Tournaments are always good experience,” added Mr. Cortes, who in addition to being a member of Troop BJJ, is also a member of the Manitoulin School of Martial Arts and holds black belts in karate, judo and kendo. “You either win or you learn.”
In this case both Islanders did both, not only winning but gaining valuable experience in the art of jiu-jitsu.
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