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Team Evolution Petawawa youth teams compete at Martial Artist Open

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Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2016


The 8th Annual Martial Artist Open was held at Carleton University, Ottawa on 14-15 May. The first day of the event fielded teams from across Ontario and Quebec competing in a wide range of grappling divisions ranging from youth under six years of age to adults. Day two played host to the stand-up sparring and kata/forms championships.

Spectators were treated to two days filled with outstanding martial arts action showcasing some of the regions up-and-coming champions of tomorrow.

Team Evolution Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Petawawa fielded its first Youth Team a mere three years ago. After only a few months of training, the inaugural team captured an impressive haul of podium finishes.
This would continue at the 2015 tournament and culminate with this year’s championships that featured many of the students winning multiple divisions, both gi (traditional uniform) and Nogi (submission grappling without the gi).

It was a fantastic showing for the entire team that continues to grow both in size and experience. The team’s Chief Instructor, Professor Steve Burgess, established the first and only IBJJF Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Academy in the Ottawa Valley in 2012. Professor Burgess is a direct student of Mestre (8th Degree) Marcus Soares, Chief Instructor of the world-famous Carlson Gracie Team and the “Father of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” in Canada.

“It is my goal to make black belts and help to spread the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Canada,” said Professor Burgess, IBJJF-certified Black Belt. “I believe that our youth are the key to the art’s survival and perpetuation. As such, we must take the time to invest in them and to prepare them for the challenges ahead. They are an amazing group of youth who train hard, are dedicated and possess the warrior spirit. The future of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Ottawa Valley is very bright.”

Team Evolution Petawawa is headquartered at Garrison Petawawa. BJJ classes for both Adult and Youth are conducted daily. In addition to the academy’s jiu-jitsu classes, they offer formal instruction in Muay Thai (Kickboxing) and are a WKF-certified Muay Thai Academy. For more information, please contact: evolutionbjjpetawawa@hotmail.com.