Champs success ‘huge boost’ for Karratha jiujitsu club

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VideoThe Renegades jiu-jitsu club won a swag of awards at the recent state championships in Perth

Karratha’s jiujitsu club has come back from State championships with 16 medals to add to its members trophy cabinets.

Renegades Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club had 18 members head down to Perth for the gi competition this month.

Nine adults and nine juniors competed, winning three gold, eight silver and five bronze medals.

Club co-owner Camerin Coles said the result was “huge” for such an isolated club.

“In the whole comp, we ranked sixth out of 22,” he said.

“The only clubs to beat us were the five biggest clubs in Perth.

“It is such a huge boost for us ... to go down there and hold our own.

“In my first fight, I looked up and saw an army of Renegades there cheering for me, which was a huge feeling for me, to realise this is my family, this is where I am from.”

Success in the gi event followed a strong showing in the no gi championships in March, where the club won a gold, two silvers and a bronze.

The club is only three years old but already boasts about 100 juniors and 35 seniors. Coles said fitness, discipline and humility were the biggest lessons in jiujitsu.

“It has a real family atmosphere, it is real humbling,” he said.

“You don’t last long with a headstrong attitude here.”

Coles said the club would look at a big recruitment drive next year after securing a permanent facility in Millars Well.

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