FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Building off of the success of last year’s tournament, Fivestar MMA held their second annual North Peace Martial Arts Championship last Saturday at the Fort St. John Legion. Competitors from many local gyms were on hand, and Fivestar athletes came away with a total of 49 medals in 26 divisions.
Based on the success of the tournaments Fivestar owner Justin Donally intends to hold two events every year from now on.
“I’m toying around with somehow mixing this in with an actual kickboxing card maybe in the fall. No matter what happens I’d like to see this tournament go twice a year, fall/early spring. It just gives the kids that extra opportunity to compete,” he said.
The competition grew to well over 200 athletes taking part with many being able to take something home to showcase their accomplishments.
“Last year we were at about 160-170 competitors and this year closer to 250. The success was great. Everybody really had a great time. I got nothing but complements on the refereeing and the judging. Every club that came in got medals in some division or another,” he said.
Next for Fivestar will be their “Relentless” fight card on April 22. Tickets will be on sale in early March for the event.