NIAGRA FALLS – Over the past weekend (2-3 April 2022), the Next Generation Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament was hosted in the Niagara Falls Convention Centre. Three Kilian Academy athletes competed at the first post-COVID tournament hosted in Ontario. A tournament that saw 828 athletes registering from across Canada and abroad, seeking gold.
Nick Mole from Southampton dominated his division and took gold in his debut competing in no-gi. "Nick’s performance was a surgical demonstration of how to be smart at competing in No-Gi Grappling and that performance was rewarded with gold on his debut," added Abrie Kilian, Program Director at Kilian Academy.
Curran Dixon from Holland Centre continued his strong performance at Gi Jiu-Jitsu and came second in his division. “Losing in a closely contested final on points (5-2), Dixon is seeking to be crowned Canadian Champion later this year.” Stated Kilian. Curran Dixon opened his account by beating his first opponent in less than 39 seconds by Electric Chair. Dixon continued his dominating performance by submitting his second opponent by armbar in just over 60 seconds.
Another debutant from Owen Sound, Mike McGahan, came second at competing in no-gi by losing with 2 points (2-0) in the finals. Kilian stated that Mike is another of the Academy’s smart and tough fighters, preparing to be crowned Canadian Champion later this year.
All Kilian Academy athletes reached the finals over the weekend, losing marginally by points. “With the first of several tournaments for the calendar year behind us, we hope to continue our performance in 2022 and learn from the tournaments we have attended.” Said Kilian. “With two of our athletes crowned Canadian Champions last year, and the Academy ranked 7th in 2021 at the GTA Classics and 19th at the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro in Canada, we hope to continue to produce strong athletes to represent our community in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.