Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners test skills at Kauai Spring Open

LIHUE — The Kauai Spring Open took place Saturday at the Kauai High School gymnasium.

“I think that everybody that came out was really stoked,” said Romolo Barros, event coordinator. “I had this one kid. … He said that the event was the friendliest and (had) the most aloha. Something like that.”

About 150 adult and children Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners put their skills to the test in the competition, which is part of a statewide tour hosted by the Hawaii Triple Crown of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

“It was good. A lot of people came to support and to watch. At one point, we had a packed house in there,” Barros said.

The Kauai Spring Open was held in memory of Eric Cannon, a practitioner and instructor who lived in Kapaa and previously competed in the Hawaii Triple Crown. Cannon died in February from an epileptic seizure. He was 26 years old.

Cannon was named Best Competitor of 2016 in the Hawaii Jiu-Jitsu Tour.

The next event is the State of Hawaii Championship 2017 set for June 10-11 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu.

The Kauai Open Championship is set for September at Kauai High School. The date is to be determined.

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