Two more Ontario champions!
Updated: May 10
WHITBY – Over the past weekend (7-8 May 2022), the 2022 Ontario Open International Jiu-Jitsu Championship was hosted in Whitby, Ontario. The open is Canada’s largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament, with 1400 athletes competing for gold, of which 7 represented Kilian Academy and Grey-Bruce County.
Nick Mole from Southampton once again took gold, with a dominant performance in the Lightweight Division and was crowned 2022 Ontario Champion. "Nick Mole is both an exciting and smart BJJ-athlete, cutting through his division with absolute ease with no opponent scoring any points against him. In fact, no athlete has been able to score against Mole in 2022 thus far,” added Abrie Kilian, Program Director at Kilian Academy.
Ethan Guichelaar, a 14-year-old freshman at St Mary’s High School, took gold with a stellar performance in his debut. Guichelaar won both his fights without giving any points away, in a peerless presentation at competitive BJJ and was crowned Ontario Champion. “At 14-years-of age, Ethan has everything at his disposal to become a noteworthy Canadian athlete at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is an exciting prospect to follow, with a promising future ahead of himself.” Added Kilian.
Nick Foster, Brad Robertson and Sean Wildeboer each secured a bronze medal at the Open adding to the Academy’s medal tally this year.
With seven athletes competing over the weekend, 5 were able to bring home medals in Canada’s toughest BJJ tournament on its annual circuit. In its first year of competing, the success of The Academy and its athletes has marked the Academy as one of the exciting young BJJ-training centres in Ontario. “With the second of several tournaments for the calendar year behind us, we hope to continue our performance in 2022,” stated Kilian. “We hope to provide quality training to our athletes and our community and have the confidence to represent Grey-Bruce County with pride.”
With the growth of BJJ in Grey-Bruce County, Kilian Academy recently relocated to Shallow Lake to provide an expanded training environment to accommodate more athletes. The Academy was established in Canada in early 2019 and has grown into one of the largest martial arts training facilities in Grey-Bruce County.