Battle in the Peace is ready to rumble at the Encana Saturday

The Mile Zero Judo club is hosting its third annual Battle in the Peace tournament at the Encana Events Centre this Saturday.

Sensei Isabelle Gelinas says they expect just over 100 competitors this year.

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About 40 competitors will be coming by bus from Prince George, while Grande Prairie is bringing a few kids.

And of course a lot participating from here in Dawson.

“That’s pretty good,” she says. “All of the kids loved it last year at the Encana.”

This is the event’s second year at the Encana Events Centre, which also works well as competitors are getting swim passes — sponsored by the City — for the pool in the same building.

There’s all ages participating, with the youngest of the bunch four to five years old.

“They don’t really fight, they do little demonstrations and they get a participation medal, it’s just competition is really stressful for the kids, and getting out there on the mat and just having a ref there, doing the bowing and all the stuff is good learning, then they just show their throws and their pins, and that’s it, it’s really fun,” says Gelinas.

And on the other end of the spectrum, there should be a few adults participating.

The club will be setting up Friday night for a 9 am start on Saturday. Gelinas expects to be wrapping up around 3. 

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