Pride fighters tops at tournament

The Pride competitive team took home 16 medals including eight gold.

Pride apparently does not go before a fall, just ask the Pride Gym fighters who cleaned up at the 2013 Tiger Balm International tournament in North Vancouver on the weekend.

The Pride competitive team comprised of nine young fighters took home 16 medals including eight gold, with two members qualifying for the Canadian National team..

The disciplines included San Shou sparring, a Chinese form of kickboxing with takedowns using boxing gloves, Lei Tai sport fighting, another form of Chinese kickboxing using MMA gloves, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts.

Double-gold medal winners Tyler Harry and Nahum Colwell made the Canadian National Team and have been invited to the World Martial Arts Games in Dublin, Ireland. Harry qualified twice and could represent Canada in two different divisions.

“We had put in a lot of time coaching,” said Pride’s Glen Kalesniko. “But the kids responded so well to what we have been showing them.”

Results: Nahum Colwell captured gold in San Shou, gold in Lei Tai and silver in MMA, while Tyler Harry won gold in San Shou and gold in MMA. Caleb Nekrasoff took silver in Lei Tai and silver in San Shou while Callum Baxter won bronze in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Jacob Buskey picked up silver in BJJ and silver in Lei Tai, as Mary Colwell fought her way to a gold medal in Lei Tai and bronze in BJJ. Tucker Lysek won gold in Lei Tai and bronze in San Shou, Isaiah Colwell took gold in Lei Tai, and Benjamin Minns also captured gold in Lei Tai.

The coaches and competitors would also like to thank Chinook Scaffolding for supporting and believing in the kids and the sport. Their generous donation helped pay for all almost all the entry fees.