11 years running

The third leg of the Hawaii Triple Crown of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the Kauai Open, will take place Saturday, July 25 at the Island School gym in Puhi.

“The Hawaii Triple Crown is the longest-running and the only local (jiu jitsu) event in the state of Hawaii,” said event founder and promoter Romolo Barros on Tuesday. “We’ll probably have about 200 competitors between kids and adults.”

Divisions are determined by belt and weight for adults, and belt, weight and age for children. Those who take part will compete for medals and cumulative points.

Barros, who is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Rickson Gracie, added he’s planning to do something different for next year’s event.

“I’m doing something for Kauai. We’re going to have belts for Kauai,” he said. “The competitors from Kauai would be able to be Hawaii/Kauai champion. I will make belts for the Kauai leg of the Triple Crown.”

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children, and can be purchased at the door the day of the event.

Those who want to enter the competition can register at www.hawaiitriplecrown.com. Deadline to sign up is Wednesday, July 22 at midnight.

Following the Kauai event will be the Maui Open in August and Aloha State Championship in November in Honolulu where this year’s champions will be crowned.

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