Canada is easy to mock: politeness, beavers, that one kid who was a cannibal but is now free. Now we can add another one: being thick as fuck and banning BJJ tournaments.
Our friends at CBC News report that the authorities in Montreal have shut down a BJJ tournament. Seriously. The cops cite the Canadian Criminal Code, which apparently was written in 19 aught 7, which states:
Article 83 of the Canadian Criminal Code states that only contests of combat sports that are “on the programme of the International Olympic Committee or the International Paralympic Committee” can be held.
BJJ is not an Olympic sport, much to the surprise of no one. Judo is, though, and BJJ is basically Judo but the event organizers didn’t want to chance being arrested for put on a glorified wrestling tournament. What’s that, you say?, Montreal is a city that has held numerous UFC events? And is the home to one of the greatest cage fighters of all time? Why, yes it is!
Isn’t that kind of inconsistent because – last we checked – beating up men inside of a cage is also not an Olympic sport? It is!
CBC News wrote:
Vu wonders if when they sought a legal opinion, the SPVM confused Japanese jiu-jitsu with Brazillian jiu-jitsu. Japanese jiu jitsu involves punching and kicking where its Brazilian cousin does not. Organizers say they tried to inform police of the difference between the two disciplines. “We tried every avenue possible until there was no other alternative,” said the Facebook statement.
This is why it’s important to have laws be well written, because when there’s any chance of some moron applying it in a moron-like manner, it WILL happen. The event has been rescheduled to March 5 and the folks in charge are hoping they can find a near by city that isn’t the home to really stupid people.
Canada: you’re officially dumb as shit.