Jiu Jitsu competes in Buffalo

Category:  Sports
Friday, October 18th, 2019 at 11:06 AM

Edinboro’s Jiu Jitsu club sent two members to the Buffalo BJJ GI & NOGI Round Robin Tournament. They competed on Saturday. Freshman and President Elias Buhl and senior Cedrick Chan competed.

Chan placed 5th in the GI/male/adult bracket, going 2-2. He ranked second and won silver in the NO GI/adult/male/beginner/-170 ib bracket, going 3-2. None of Chan’s losses were by submission.

“To keep my energy up, [I used] conditioning from training, outside of jiu jitsu training, lifting and conditioning and that kind of stuff. I think a lot of it was adrenaline too. You forget how tired you are and just go, go, go,” said Chan.

This was Chan’s second competition, as he started training this summer. He appreciated the formatting of the round robin as opposed to single elimination events.

“I think this was a good opportunity for me to grow and get experience. I was happy with the outcome,” said Chan.

Buhl won gold in his bracket — absolute GI/male/white/adult — with two wins by submission.

“Eli’s been a real positive force down here. He brings a lot to just the skill because Eli’s done MMA fights, he’s done competition, and on top of that he’s involved with other activities. He’s been a good president for someone to model [after],” said Dr. Korey Kilburn.

He also placed second in two other brackets, GI adult/male/blue/adult/-170 lbs and NO GI adult/male/intermediate, and fifth in Absolute NO GI/male/adult.

“Eli (Buhl) won gold absolute; you can’t really do much better than that. Cedric brought home a silver, and he didn’t get submitted, he just lost by points. You never know, [with] a different rule set even, he may have come out on top instead. They did great, in my opinion,” said Kilburn.

The club is looking at competing in January and will be hosting Ricardo Pires, a fourth-degree black belt, on Nov. 8.

The Jiu Jitsu club practices in the wrestling room in the basement of McComb Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm.

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