Jiu Jitsu team shines in Boise
Last weekend at the Northwest Submission Challenge, the children of the Park City Jiu Jitsu competition team made a huge statement, with every member reaching the podium.
But it was the oldest team member who stole the show. Nick Howlett, the only adult competing for Park City Jiu Jitsu, won the Purple Belt Absolute Division. With the victory, Howlett earns an invitation to compete in the largest Jiu Jitsu event in the world — the Mundials. Included in his winnings are the Mundials registration fees, airfare and hotel accommodations.
The Northwest Submission Challenge in Boise, Idaho, is one of the largest Jiu Jitsu tournaments in the West, with participants from California, Idaho, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. A loud and rowdy crowd of several hundred were on hand to watch.
Professor Mike Diaz of Park City Jiu Jitsu said, "Our competitions give us a platform to work our techniques in real-life scenarios with a competitor that is going 100 percent."
Howlett started out his tournament by breezing through his purple belt weight division bracket to gold. Next came the Absolute Purple Belt Division, the money division, that was made up of all purple belt weight classes. The 30-year-old, 180-pound Howlett would face much larger competitors in the absolute purple belt division. He defeated his first two opponents on points with excellent technique and efficiency. In the championship match, he rolled against a much larger opponent that had aggressively bulled his way into the championship match. Howlett maintained his composure and sound technique, and took advantage of his opponent’s aggressiveness. At the three-minute mark of the six-minute match, Nick passed and his competitor slightly turned away. Howlett immediately took advantage of this fatal flaw by taking his back. In a blink of an eye, Howlett applied a vicious bow and arrow submission resulting in a tap-out. The championship was his.
After last year’s dominating performance at this tournament by the Park City Jiu Jitsu children, Professor Diaz moved several members up from their assigned division brackets to ensure quality fights and to help his students progress. Division brackets are created based on age, weight class and belt/skill level. Children belts (lowest to highest) are white, yellow, orange and green.
Beka Hardman, a 13-year-old yellow belt, moved up belt and weight divisions. In Gi, she jumped up an entire belt division to compete with orange belts, made up of boys over 20 pounds heavier than her. In this extremely competitive bracket, she fought her way to the podium to earn bronze. In her No-Gi bracket she also moved up to the orange belt division, this time with girls that were older and heavier. Beka podiumed with silver.
Isaiah Lewis, a 13-year-old white belt who has been practicing Jiu Jitsu for less than a year, earned bronze in his Gi division. He fought his way to the podium with a clean cross-choke submission in his second fight and a 2-2 advantage win in his third fight to secure the bronze medal.
Caden Gennerman, an 11-year-old yellow belt, competed in the higher orange belt division in Gi and No-Gi. He took bronze in Gi and silver in No-Gi.
Kort Turner, a 9-year-old yellow belt, completed in a Gi and took bronze. Kort suffered an elbow injury, but still made it to the podium and was able to proudly hold up his bronze medal.
Taylor Doleac, an 8-year-old white belt, competed in his first competition outside of Park City. This focused and determined athlete stood on the podium twice, earning silver in Gi and bronze in No-Gi.
Ethan Alejo, a 7-year-old yellow belt, moved up two age divisions to compete with 9-year-old yellow belts in Gi and No-Gi. This special athlete found his way to the podium, taking gold in Gi and silver in No-Gi.
Timmy, a 7-year-old yellow belt, took silver in Gi and gold in No-Gi.
Ethan Cunningham, a 7-year-old yellow belt and one of Park City Jiu Jitsu’s best "gamers," found the podium with a silver for Gi and gold for No-Gi.
Boston Doleac, a 6-year-old white belt, competed in his first tournament. Doleac had some of the toughest matches of the entire team, yet still reached the podium. During his fights he suffered a bloody nose and smashed eye, but continued to finish every fight. In Gi, Boston used excellent defensive skills to fight larger, more experienced opponents on his way to a bronze medal.
Blake Howlett, a 5-year-old white belt and the son of champion Nick Howlett, is the newest Park City Jiu Jitsu competitive team member. In his first tournament, Blake jumped right in by climbing to the podium twice with bronze in Gi and silver in No-Gi.
Park City Jiu-Jitsu teaches Gracie Jiu Jitsu, which is a martial art and sport that teaches a smaller person how to defend himself against a larger adversary by using leverage and proper technique. Park City Jiu Jitsu’s children’s program teaches core values that are used throughout life and skills to protect personal safety. Children learn how to not be bullied and how to not be a bully. Words are given and reasoning is taught to handle situations, in addition to self-defensive techniques that involve no striking. Once Professor Diaz feels a child is prepared, they can participate in sport competitions such as the Northwest Submission Challenge.
Professor Diaz has been studying Jiu Jitsu for 20 years and earned his black belt in 2006. Park City Jiu Jitsu has been in business for over six years. Park City Jiu Jitsu is located at 1792 Bonanza Dr. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 801-638-5950 or visit http://www.ParkCityBJJ.com for more information.
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