Visitors to Valley Jiu-Jitsu will be California dreamin’ on The Coldest Night of the Year.

KAMLOOPS - Valley Jiu-Jitsu is opening its doors to the public Feb. 21 to celebrate its grand opening in Kamloops. Pacific Top Team athletes from around B.C. will be on the mats enjoying group training. Some of these athletes are training in preparation to compete at the 2015 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Irvine, California March 12-15. Owner and head coach of Valley Jiu-Jitsu Chris Thring is one of these athletes.

“I’m in the process of turning up my training in preparation for the Pans,” Thring said. “Pacific Top Team is full of high level training partners to help me prepare.”

The Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship is one of the largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments in the world. Athletes travel from around the world to test their skills at this prestigious event. Thring is competing at the Pan Jiu-Jitsu tournament this year for the second time. He last attended in 2012 when he took home gold in his division.

The open house falls on the same day as The Coldest Night of the Year, a Canada-wide charitable event that supports initiatives for the homeless. The New Life Mission In Kamloops is the local organizing body for the event. Valley Jiu-Jitsu will be collecting donations at the open house in support of this important fundraiser.

“The things many of us take for granted in life, like warm food and a safe place to spend the night, are a luxury for many living in poverty within our society,” explained Thring. “The Coldest Night of the Year strives to improve awareness and garner support for those in need.”

People can stop in anytime on Saturday, Feb. 21 between 12- 4 p.m. to check out the new facility, learn more about an amazing sport, and help support initiatives for the homeless in our community.

“I want to share my passion for BJJ with the people of Kamloops,” says Thring. “Group training sessions like this bring athletes from PTT clubs throughout British Columbia together to share techniques. I’m honoured to be part of such a great group of people.”
Anyone who stops in to check out the event can enter a draw to win a one-year membership at Valley Jiu-Jitsu (a $1,200 value). The new facility is located at 201-982 Camosun Crescent (across from the Tournament Capital Centre). Inquiries can be directed to Chris Thring at 778-257-7655.

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