On the winner’s podium at the Mokomoko martial arts tournament in Campbell, Oliver Litchfield takes first place in grappling and Jackson Brenzovich takes second on March 16. Photos submitted

Local martial arts students find success at tournament

August Polzak from the Dojo takes first in grappling.

The Dojo martial arts academy sent six competitors to a tournament in Campbell on March 16. This tournament, known as the Mokomoko, features competition in areas of stick fighting, knife fighting, sumo, karate point fighting, jujitsu kata and mixed martial arts grappling.

Overall the tournament drew more than 250 competitors. The Dojo had some students competing in both sumo and grappling sections, while others only competed in grappling.

The Dojo walked away with eight medals, including four first-place finishes, four second-place finishes, and a fourth-place finish.The dojo instructors are extremely proud of the students and their achievements.

In one case, a student agreed to challenge a weight division well above her weight — she did an amazing job and took fourth place.

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The participating students are Oliver Litchfield of Greenville, first place in grappling, second place in sumo; Jackson Brenzovich of Quincy, second place on both sumo and grappling; Jesse McLain of Greenville, first place in grappling, second place in sumo; August Polzak of Quincy, first place in grappling; Darrell Thompson of Oroville, first place in grappling; Amory Thompson of Oroville, fourth place in grappling.

The Dojo offers adult and children’s judo and jiu jitsu classes in Plumas, Lassen and Butte counties. Class times are Monday in Westwood, 5:30-7 p.m.; Tuesday in Greenville, 5:30-7 p.m.; and Wednesday in Quincy, 5:30-7 p.m.

For more information, contact Sensei Harry Burleson at 624-2428 or by email at [email protected]

The next event will be a tournament at the Indian Valley Community Center in Greenville this Saturday, April 6, beginning 10 a.m.