Abbotsford’s Jason Gagnon excels in Europe

Local Brazilian jiu-jitsu athlete earns trio of podium finishes across the pond

Abbotsford’s Jason Gagnon hits the mat in Europe.

A successful trip overseas has an Abbotsford martial artist eyeing a spot in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation world championships in 2017.

Jason Gagnon from Abbotsford’s Genesis Martial Arts wrapped up a three-week competition tour in Europe and produced some impressive results.

Gagnon finished first at the Madrid International Open on Nov. 20, second at the Paris International Open on Nov. 27 and first at the Berlin International Open on Dec. 3. He competed in the adult black belt featherweight division at all three events.

He also taught jiu-jitsu seminars to athletes in Paris and Berlin while in Europe.

The purpose of the trip for Gagnon was to earn enough points to represent Canada at the world championships in June in California.

After the three results, Gagnon has the qualifications to fight at the world championships, becoming one of only three Canadians eligible to compete at that event.

The trip to Europe wraps up a strong 2016 for Gagnon, who also placed third at a world masters event in August.

For more on Gagnon, visit genesismartialarts.ca.