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.