From left: Colton Zacharias

From left: Colton Zacharias

Jiu-jitsu class needs more students

Scott Stewart's Brazilian jiu-jitsu class is a quality fighting course taught at the high school where new students are always welcome.

Scott Stewart runs Vanderhoof’s only Brazilian jiu-jitsu class and said that he is always looking for “new meat.”

His students, Colton Zacharias and Bryson Lambe, are training for the exhibition bouts in September and anyone is welcome to join in training with them.

Stewart holds a blue belt with four stripes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and has been training for 18 years and teaching it for 14.

The class runs Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. until July 21 and after that starting again in September.

“Not one class is the same,” said Stewart. “I might come in with an idea of one thing and then end up just doing something completely different. We work on boxing, we work on kicking but the bulk of it is all jiu-jitsu grappling and positioning.”

Why Brazilian jiu-jitsu and not some other form of mixed martial art? Stewart said that in most martial arts they fight “until the clench” which means until someone is put into a tight hold or until they are pinned on the ground for however many seconds.

But in jiu-jitsu they fight until someone passes out or taps out. This is where most natural fights occur, with the fighters on the ground and grappling.