Story and Photos By Hannah Lawrie – ISN
Victoria (ISN) – It’s the right time to get involved in Vancouver Island’s martial arts scene! Crusher Combat Sports hosted their seventh Championships this past Saturday, June 9 at Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence.
The event showcased athletes of all ages in many different divisions: Pankration, Kick Boxing, Boxing, Gi and No-Gi Submission Wrestling.
With two competition mats in place there was no shortage of fierce fighting action for spectators. The swirling mix of athletic combat and family fun created an endorphin filled room on a sunny day.
The $15 ($8 for kids) price of admission was well spent, especially with partial proceeds donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. Credit is due to the many volunteers that made the event a bustling and productive success. Organized by Keri Scarr and Michael Jorgensen: Medical professionals, judges and referees all contributed to the safe, entertaining environment. Martial Arts athletes from our region deserve this kind of recognition and support. Fifteen years ago, competitions like this one were not present on Vancouver Island.
Crusher Combat Sports brought together athletes such as 8-year old Tyler Baines, and winner of No-Gi submission wrestling and Kickboxing, as well as competitors like Leah Tremain, a Jujitsu athlete from Pure Martial Arts in Campbell River. Tremain says one of her favorite elements of the sport is meeting and competing with athletes at all ages and levels.
In the men’s events Bryan Colwell from Island MMA won the Open Kickboxing division. Spence Shaw, another Pure Martial Arts athlete, won No-GI Submission Wrestling.
A notable female athlete is Susanne Duma from Island MMA and Peterecs. She scored highest in Women’s Open Kickboxing.
Congratulations to all the athletes who competed on Saturday!