Saskatoon Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters win silver, bronze in Las Vegas
Jane Bryson and Shar Cairns placed in the top 3 of their weight class
It took four years of training for two Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters from Saskatoon to make the podium on an international scale.
Jane Bryson and Shar Cairns, coaches from Momentum Martial Arts in Saskatoon, returned last week from competing in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation 2017 World Championships held in Las Vegas.
"I was hoping to medal but I wasn't really sure how we would stack up against the girls," Bryson told CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning. "When Shar and I signed up for the same weight class, we were like, 'OK, let's try and dominate the weight class.'"
There's nothing quite like choking each other out and then slapping hands afterwards.- Jane Bryson
The two women placed in the top three of their weight class: Bryson was awarded silver while Cairns took home bronze. Cairns also won gold in an open class competition.
"It felt pretty good," said Cairns. "Up until Wednesday when I realized I have to do a whole bunch more training."
For women who are nervous about trying jiu-jitsu, Cairns said there are many experienced women at their training facility who would be more than happy to show them the ropes.
"We are all friends kind of, on and off the mat, so we have really great training partners that push us and, you know, if they get better, we get better," Bryson added.
"There's nothing quite like choking each other out and then slapping hands afterwards."
With files from CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning