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Chance to pit skills at Jiu-jitsu tournament

Shepparton's Real MMA and GV Jiu-Jitsu gym will celebrate its first anniversary with a free open competition day tomorrow.

MATTHEW GALEA December 6, 2013 4:05am

Mixed Martial Arts is experiencing a massive boom in popularity and Shepparton has not been immune.

Tomorrow, the Real MMA and GV Jiu-Jitsu fight gym will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a free open competition day at the club’s base at Goulburn Valley Martial Arts, with co-founder Jason Farren hoping to showcase the sport to an even larger district audience.

‘‘There are lots of people in the area who are training, so if they want to give it a shot in a competitive environment, they can on Saturday,’’ Farren said.

‘‘People can come down and have a look as well, it’s all free, I just wanted to get the word out and running a tournament was the best way to do that.’’

The fight gym originally started as GV jiu-jitsu, before also adding a MMA element to it with Real MMA, and Farren said he had seen encouraging growth not only in numbers, but in quality of fighters being produced.

‘‘We’ve grown from three people in a shed to 10 to 20 people in a proper gym,’’ Farren said.

‘‘Matthew Watters was the other co-founder, but he’s since moved but tries to stay as involved as he can.

‘‘Now we have two purple belts, which is pretty massive, which means we have ranked teachers and fighters.’’

The introduction of a MMA element to the gym with striking coach Rob Pride coming on board has also been successful with two fighters fighting in pro MMA fights this year.

James Londrigan’s MMA debut in September was particularly impressive, posting a 50sec win.

Tomorrow’s tournament will be completely jiu-jitsu based, with submission the only method of victory.

Competitors will be broken up into weight divisions and the tournament will be held in a round-robin fashion.

The tournament is open to all, although Farren admitted he would prefer to only see those with some training enter, due to the competitive nature of the tournament.

Jiu-jitsu is a grapple-based martial art, which aims to force the opponent to give up via joint manipulation or choke.

Competitors are required to arrive at GV Martial Arts by 10am on Broomfield St, Shepparton, for weigh-in with the tournament expected to start between 10.30am and 11am.

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