Māori BJJ fighters to compete in Pan Pacific Championship

By Tamati Tiananga

A team of 10 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters from Oliver MMA Gym will fly to Melbourne tomorrow morning to compete in the Pan Pacific Jiu-Jitsu Championship.  The team of female and male fighters features some of NZ's top athletes.

A world champion, a NZ Māori national champion and some of NZ's most committed are among the team representatives from Oliver MMA.
Current world champion Hannah Oliver (Ngāti Porou) is looking to improve her international status in Australia.

Other members of the team include 16-year-old blue belt Ethan Roots, and 17-year-old blue belt Jay Jay Wilson.

Financial support to fight for NZ has been self-funded with individuals having to raise $1500 each.

Other members in the contingent include black belt Lance Campbell and blue belt Sonny Te Wao.