By: Rodney Pienaar
Namibian representatives at the Africa Continental Pro Jiu Jitsu Championships that recently ended, showed a great display of kick boxing skills in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
The United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation was the official host of the Championships and is part of the world ranking and Abu Dhabi World Professional Championships in the Jiu-Jitsu qualifying series, president of Namibia Kickboxing Federation, Anita de Klerk said.
“The championships were professionally and well organised. The athlete standards were very high, and the international contingent consisted of 9 countries in attendance.”
“Delano Muller, Giano Alcock and Lesley Hoaeb competed last year in the UAEJJF Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championships that were held in Johannesburg. Giana and Delano achieved gold and Lesley a 5th place,” de Klerk said.
Muller and Alcock both scooped gold metals while Hoaeb and Rentzke ended both on the fourth spots.
Ankia Rentzke, being the first woman to participate internationally in Jiu-Jitsu, performed excellently, and good experiences were obtained, de Klerk said.
Gideon Gurirab, vice-president of NKF said, “The Africa Continental Jiujitsu Championships were very professionally presented, good disciplined spirit, competitive in character, venue conducive for competition. And a great international contingent of teams competing.”
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is founded on the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent. This is done by using technique, leverage, and most notably taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments and in self-defense situations.