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Outstanding Performances at the Canadian Nationals in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Updated: Jun 28, 2023



Outstanding Performances at the Canadian Nationals in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


The Canadian Nationals in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) showcased some remarkable talent, with athletes from various cities in Ontario putting on exceptional performances. Among the standout competitors were Shaylen Lawrie, Riley Layman from Pickering, Marko Jakovljevic from Oshawa, Diego Ribeiro from Whitby, Blake Moorecroft from Whitby, Cody Tiaga from Whitby and Charlize Moore. Their extraordinary skills and determination allowed them to shine on the mats and bring home gold medals in their respective divisions. Let's delve into their impressive achievements at this prestigious tournament and their future prospects in the world of martial arts.


  1. Diego Ribeiro: A Rising Star Diego Ribeiro, hailing from Whitby, was an inspiring presence at the Canadian Nationals. Despite competing in a higher weight class, Diego delivered an extraordinary performance, capturing the gold medal by winning both his matches. His success at the tournament earned him a well-deserved opportunity to represent Canada at the upcoming JJIF World Championships in Kazakhstan. Diego's dedication and tenacity in facing tougher opponents exemplify the true spirit of martial arts.

  2. Shaylynn Lawrie: A Young Phenom At just six years old, Shaylynn Lawrie proved age is no barrier when it comes to BJJ excellence. Competing in her first Ontario Jiu Jitsu Association (OJA) competition, Shaylynn displayed remarkable skills and dominated both of her matches. Her dominant performances earned her the gold medal, marking the beginning of what promises to be a promising journey in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Shaylynn's victory is a testament to the importance of starting martial arts training at a young age and the incredible potential it can unlock.

  3. Riley Layman: An Impeccable Record Riley Layman, a talented athlete from Pickering, showcased his exceptional skills and solid technique at the Canadian Nationals. Competing in the advanced colour belt division, Riley emerged victorious in both of his matches, not conceding a single point throughout the tournament. His remarkable display of skill and composure allowed him to claim the gold medal and solidify his reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the world of BJJ. Riley's outstanding performance reflects the years of dedication and hard work he has invested in his training.

  4. Marko Jakovljevic: A Flawless Debut Making his first appearance at the OJA competition, Marko Jakovljevic from Oshawa delivered a series of impressive performances. Engaging in three grueling matches, Marko demonstrated remarkable resilience and skill, emerging victorious in each one. His tenacity and flawless execution allowed him to secure the gold medal without conceding a single point. Marko's success in his debut competition is a testament to his dedication to the sport and serves as an exciting start to his competitive BJJ journey.

  5. Blake Moorecroft had an excellent showing winning 2 of his 3 matches getting him a well earned bronze medal. He has been improving a lot each time he gets out there, a result of his consistent training and efforts.

  6. Cody Tiaga had a tough bracket and finished with the Bronze medal.

  7. Charlize Moore had 2 hardf ought matches for the Bronze medal, she showed a lot of resilience and grit in her first OJA competition.


The Canadian Nationals in BJJ witnessed outstanding performances from athletes across various divisions. Diego Ribeiro's triumph in a higher weight class, Shaylynn Lawrie's dominant victories at a tender age, Riley Layman's flawless record, and Marko Jakovljevic's impressive debut, Cody's valiant effort, Blake's excellent showing, Charlize's grit exemplify the talent and determination of these athletes. Their exceptional achievements not only bring pride to their respective cities of Whitby, Oshawa, and Pickering but also highlight the significance of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a martial art and self-defense system. As they prepare for future competitions, including the JJIF World Championships in Kazakhstan, these athletes serve as role models for aspiring practitioners and demonstrate the rewards that come from dedication, perseverance, and a love for the art of BJJ.

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Riz Khan
Riz Khan
Jun 26, 2023

Great job by coaches and great job by students. Discipline, dedication, desire, hard work and consistency equals success 💪. Keep up the great work Everyone.

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