News & Articles - 2006 Archives


March 17, 2006

Click EVENTS for TOURNEY RESULTS from the 2006 Hawaiian Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (1st in Triple Crown series).

Once again we'd like to thank all the academies, athletes, instructors, students and staff from throughout the State that participated and assisted with this event, the first leg of our inaugural Triple Crown series of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. With nearly 200 competitors from around the State, we had some heated matches, great competition, and most importantly, camaraderie and sportsmanship second to none! Special thanks to Mike & Chris Onzuka, Ronn Shiraki, Kula & Tammy Gaughen, Alan Saldanha, Kendall Goo, Lionel Wright, Dylan Clay, Shane Agena, Ahmed Diallo, the Kamoe Family, and Kylie Akamine for your assistance and support throughout the day. Much mahalo's also goes-out to our sponsors for their continued support of Jiu-JItsu in the islands, Mr. Todd Los Banos, Saint Louis School AD, and Mr. Monty White and his staff from the American Institute of Massage Therapy. As in past events, we sincerely hope this was a competitive, enjoyable and positive experience for all of you; and again, most especially for our outer island competitors and their families that had to incur the added travel expense and effort to join us on Oahu. Lastly, we could not have done it without our dedicated students and staff from Brazilian Freestyle  FreestyleJitsu, many






Laura Franco (Brazilian Freestyle Jiu-Jitsu) vs. Tamalyn Wasai (Central Oahu Jiu-Jitsu)

Jiu-Jitsu, many of whom not only competed throughout the day, but assisted with set-up from 8AM, operations throughout the day, and breakdown at 8PM. Thanks again to everyone, and hope to see you all at our 2nd event in the Triple Crown series scheduled for July 2006. If you have any feedback, please write, cause we'd love to hear from you.


April 11, 2006

It is with deepest regret and sorrow that I inform everyone that Rory Flores succumbed to complications arising from lung cancer on April 7, 2006. Rory was a dedicated father, a loving husband and son, a talented musician, an accomplished performer (Stomp), a martial artist, surfer, and free-diver. Rory lived life to its' fullest and touched many lives with his enthusiasm and gusto -- and he will be missed by many. The following is an e-mail received from Rory's mother. If you would like to pass-on your condolences, please do so to, and we will be happy to forward on your behalf. Please continue to keep the Flores and Rodriguez family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sent: Saturday, April 08, 2006 7:44 PM
Subject: Rory Flores

Thank you so much for your love, support & kind words of encouragement, however I'm sorry to inform you that Rory Flores passed away April 7, 2006 in Lisbon Portugal. On behalf of his Mother, I want to thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts for the prayers, support you showed him while he was alive.

God Bless You All,
 Xavier & Norma Rodriguez

March 21, 2006

Aloha Rory (Flores): Portugal may be a ways away, but you and your family are very much in our daily thoughts and prayers back home.  We would like to wish you God speed and God Bless on your  daily battles that will surely lead to nothing less than a "choke-out submission" on a  cowardly disease. We all look





forward to seeing you back on the mats, back on the waves, back in the oceans depths, and back doing what you do best -- groovin' and giving us joy with your musical talents. You INSPIRE us all with your relentless courage, determination and unwavering warrior spirit -- for as with all true warriors, surrender is not an option; for even while your body says stop, your spirit screams NEVER! Keep fighting Bro!!!

From: The Students & Staff of Brazilian Freestyle Jiu-Jitsu.


February 23, 2006

We are ON for our 2006 HAWAIIAN CHAMPIONSHIP OF BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU -- 8th Annual, scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2006, 10:00am start, at the Saint Louis School Gymnasium. This year we're expecting some Pan American caliber medals, great T-shirts as usual, and awards also going-out for 3rd place finishers. The Hawaii Institute of Massage Therapy will be back to provide all athletes with complementary massages, and we hope to see you all back as well. WEIGH-IN & REGISTRATION for Oahu Residents is Friday, March 10th at: Site A) UH Athletic Complex Studio #4 / Noon-1pm, and again at 7:30-8:30pm; or Site B) HKF Martial Arts Center (Waipahu) @ 94-295 Pupuole St., 2nd Fl., 7:30-8:30pm (NOTE: All Oahu residents expecting to weigh-in on Saturday could be turned away or assessed a $10 late fee). Registration for Outer-Island Residents is Saturday, March 11th at Tournament Site between 7:30-9am. Hope to see you back for an action-packed and fun-filled day of competition and camaraderie.

Medals to be presented (front & back):

Click EVENTS for details and application.