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Seth slays opposition

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August 24, 2017

Seth Blade won gold at the Australian BJJ 2017 National Championships

SIX YOUNG martial artists from Wickham’s Martial Arts Centre were in Melbourne for the Australian Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (ABJJ) 2017 National Championships.

This year’s championships saw a record number of teams entered (67) with the highest level of black belt categories in the event’s history (18).

Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre hosted the event on August 12-13 and all six Echuca-Moama competitors performed for good results.

Seth Blade saw the most success, fighting in the 12-year-old 42kg Gi division and recording a convincing win by submission to take out the gold medal and the Australian title.

Mitchell Wickham fought in the 17-year-old blue belt division and was bumped above his age and weight category to fight against a much stronger opponent in the 61-64kg Gi.

It was a tough match from which Wickham walked away with a silver medal, unable to get the win.

He was entered in the 16-year-old No Gi 71kg division, but his opponent pulled out of the fight at the last minute to award Wickham the gold.

Mason Golding fought in the 12-year-old 34kg Gi and unfortunately lost his battle, giving him a silver medal.

Jayda Golding fought in the mixed nine-year-old 28kg Gi and despite competing bravely lost to a strong opponent.

Daniel Irving fought in the 12-year-old 38kg Gi and also lost his battle but came home with silver after a great contest.

Tyrone Irving fought in the 10-year-old 31kg Gi, fighting twice and putting up two fantastic fights.

His efforts saw him walk away with the bronze.

They represented the Echuca-Moama area well at the Australian titles and will continue to build on their training ahead of the next tournament.

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