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So much for the
professional era 19
Jiu-jitsu trip is just the ticket
Golden ticket: Alex Scott, in white, is off to Abu Dhabi to compete in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, hopefully with his coach,
Photo: EMMA BEER
By EMMA BEER
Greetings to you, from the Sheikh
of Abu Dhabi.
Four Wellingtonians are among
the lucky recipients of tickets to
the 2012 world professional jiu-
Alex Scott, Sam Anderson,
Dustin Bouzaid and Maren
Frerichs are four of a small group
of New Zealanders chosen to rep-
resent their country in Abu Dhabi
The world championship is
sponsored by the Sheikh of Abu
Dhabi, who is a black belt in jiu-
The Wellington competitors are
all members at the Combat Room,
run by Vanderson Pires, also a
Pires said he was extremely
happy to see so many of his
fighters get the chance to com-
It's about representing New
Zealand and the club and Welling-
ton as a city.
We are the most successful
team [in New Zealand], not just at
Black belt Alex Scott received a
ticket after winning his open
weight division and gaining silver
in the under-74 kilograms section
at the qualifiers in Auckland last
It's the combo of seven and a
half years of training. We com-
peted at a few trials before this,
but it's been a long, hard process.
I was quietly confident [in
Auckland]. It was hard because
it's an open weight category. [It's
me fighting] at 75 kilograms ver-
sus people who are over 100
kilograms, but the training I had
from Vanderson made a huge dif-
Sam Anderson, who won the
blue belt open weight division,
said jiu-jitsu was more about men-
tal than physical strength.
The physical stuff, in a way, is
the easy stuff. You just show up
and do the exercises, get a sweat
up and get fit.
But the ability to deal with the
pressure when you're competing
and to control your emotions in a
competition is the hardest part.''
Anderson went to the world
qualifiers last year and made it to
He said the experience was
hugely helpful when competing
again this year because he knew
what to expect.
Anderson's final bout in Auck-
land was against another member
of his club, Glenn Coombridge,
and it couldn't have been any
closer, Pires said.
They ended the fight with the
same points. Two guys from the
same club, finishing with the
same number of points, and the
decision was by the referee.''
With the competitors' airfares
and accommodation sorted, the
team members were now focusing
on raising enough money to take
Pires with them, Anderson said.
We'd love to bring Vanderson
with us and have a coach in our
corner,'' he said. It's so important
having someone who can be call-
ing out instructions and has that
third person perspective.''
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