Ghana will witness its first national Jiu Jitsu submission championship at the D.G. Hathiramani Hall of the Accra Sports from June 28 to June 29.
The relatively new martial arts discipline is expected to attract over 200 athletes across the country according to the president of the Ghana Jiu Jitsu Federation, Maxwell Borquaye.
“This is the first time real Japanese martial arts is coming to Ghana and a true self-defensive game is being embodied by Ghanaians.” he told the GraphicOnline in an interview in Accra yesterday.
Ahead of the championship a special training will be organised this Saturday at the Media Centre of the Accra Stadium for officials while journalists and observers would be taken through a practical self defence training by Master Borquaye.
“We are looking to getting recognised on the world stage and win a lot of medals because this sport comes with medals.
We have qualified to participate in a championship in Morocco in April but if we are not able to get enough support or sponsorships in time for it, we would have to miss out on that one and focus on our local championship in May, which we would use to select the national team and prepare them for the World championship in November in the USA,” he added.
According to him, the national competition will attract the likes of the sport’s patron Chief Bishop Frederick France of the Faith Evangelical Church and a former deputy governor of the Bank of Ghana.
“ One of our founding fathers, Dr Lawrence Tetteh, would also be present to witness the competition.” he told Graphic Online.