Information on some of our past events
2022 CJJU Fall Training Camp
Sunshine Valley, Hope, BC
November 5-6, 2022
The Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Union held its fall training camp in Sunshine Valley (Hope) British Columbia. The training camp took place at the Sunshine Valley RV Resort. Past training camps have been held here with great success. The training camp was attended by approximately 35 instructors and students from Alberta and British Columbia. The camp also coincided with the 30 anniversary of Hiscoe Jiu-Jitsu.
Friday afternoon participants began to arrive and settle in. This was an opportunity to meet new friends and reacquaint with old ones. There is always a bit of excitement happening. This year was the wind storm that rolled through the valley. By approximately 11pm the power had gone out.
Saturday morning the power was still out in the morning so everyone made their was to the main building, which was on generator, and worked together to make breakfast. Training started at 10 am with session taught be Kevin Davey, Dan Phillips, Ari Knazan, Michael Seamark and Steve Hiscoe. Each bringing a different jiu-jitsu style to the mat.
Training concluded with some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gradings being conducted by Ari Knazan (2nd degree black belt). Alisa Dearborn received her 3rd stripe on her white belt. Logan Morneault and Graeson Lecomte received their green belts with a great demonstration of their drills. Logan and Graeson are both 15 years old. Soke Steve Hiscoe demonstrated his required elements and was promoted to purple belt.
Saturday night concluded with a delicious buffet dinner.
Sunday morning everything was back to normal and another day of great training was on the go. The same instructors taught. Again a mix of traditional, modern and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was presented.
The training was intimate with a lot of opportunity for questions and instructor interactions.
2022 CJJU Spring Training Camp
March 8-20, 2022
The Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Union Spring Training Camp was held at the Aylmer Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing Club in Aylmer, Quebec. This was the first training camp hosted post COVID-19 pandemic and the first hosted in central Canada. The camp was attended by members and students from British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. We were also fortunate to have a guest instructor from New Egypt, New Jersey make the trip to across the border. Kyoshi Damien Wright, owner and chief instructor of Wright Fight Concept, was a welcome addition to the instructor cadre.
Friday night was a on-the-mat meet and greet. All students were welcome to participate in session where every black belt in attendance was invited to teach a basic technique. The was a an opportunity to welcome and meet new and old friends.
Saturday training included 45 minute sessions presented by Renshi Stephane Quirion, Sensei Cris Anderson, Sensei Wassim Khalil, Shihan Perry Kelly, Shihan Andy Dobie and Soke Steve Hiscoe. The sessions included weapons defense, historical military combatives, comparison between boxing/wrestling/jiu-jitsu, open-hand striking concepts, throwing techniques and close quarter takedowns.
The day concluded with 4th degree black belt presentations to Sensei Cris Anderson and Sensei Wassim Khalil. Both gentlemen had previously written a research paper which culminated with a physical seminar outlining their topics. In addition, a couple of awards to the title of Shihan were presented to Shihan Perry Kelly and Shihan Andy Dobie. Both of these individuals have worked tireless to promote the Art of Jiu-Jitsu.
Sunday training was more of the same with additional instructors presenting in the morning. Shihan Kelly Duval, Sensei Ian Clark, Kyoshi Damien Wright, Shihan Perry Kelly, Shihan Andy Dobie and Soke Steven Hiscoe. Sessions included doorman techniques, hold escapes, arm drag concepts, multi-opponent concepts, counters to throws and close quarter hold escapes and after throw techniques.
The goal of CJJU training camps is to provide with developmental opportunities to improve their presentation skills. The instructor cadre typically consists of junior and senior instructors.
The next CJJU training camp is planned for November 4-6, 2022 in British Columbia. This training camp will also coincide with the 30th anniversary of Soke Hiscoe dojo.