This weekend, 50 fighters faced off at the Brickhouse Gym in Winnipeg. Proceeds from the event were donated to The Dream Factory, which helps sick children in Manitoba. Thanks to the donations, Eli Ducak, a child with a hereditary disease causing hyperflexibility of the joints, will be able to fulfill his dream of going to the PortAventura World amusement park in Spain.
Fight for the good cause
Michael Santarsieri, organizer and manager of the Brickhouse Gym, where the event was taking place, recalled the charitable purpose of the competition. The profits from the 400 entrance tickets and the food sold on site were donated to the organization The Dream Factory.
Before each fight, the athletes warm up with quick movements. It’s also a time to focus on the fight ahead.
Game of looks
Usually, jiu-jitsu fights take place on a specific type of mattress, called tatami, on the ground. To add to the spectacle, the organizers have installed a boxing ring in the center of the Brickhouse Gym. Each fighter enters the scene on a music of his choice. Before the start of the fights, everyone goes to a corner of the ring. A staring game then begins to destabilize the opponent.
With each fall, the tremor of the ring makes the whole public react. The 400 spectators were able to watch 21 fights during the evening. As the gestures can be executed very quickly, it is impossible to take your eyes off the athletes at the risk of missing key moments.
Chokes, arm and leg locks and sweat. Each 6-minute fight can end if one of the fighters is forced to give up. At the end of regulation time, the referee chooses a winner.
Watched by the referee
The referee can intervene if the fighters get too close to ringside. The fight is stopped, and the two adversaries are replaced, in the same position, in the center of the fighting surface.
The rest of the warrior
The event lasted more than 4 hours. Some participants were present long before the doors opened to prepare for the fighting and help organize the activities.