Athlete sues over injuries allegedly sustained in competition, claims he was in wrong weight class.
An amateur jiu-jitsu athlete in British Columbia is suing his former instructor for injuries alleged he claims he acquired during a BJJ tournament. He does this despite having signed two separate forms waiving liability.
Joe Peters says he signed up to compete in the tournament but states he did not know that there is an absolute weight class where competitors of varying weight classes grapple.
Peters, 36, stated that he was to go against a man nearly 40 pounds larger than himself.
Peters alleges that he was forced into grappling from the feet, when he had never done that in his academy.
The lawyers for Marcus Soares (the coach) tried to have the civil case thrown out, pointing out that Peters had signed waivers.
The Supreme Court judge ruled that the waiver signed by Peters before his training did not extend to competition, therefore the case would NOT be thrown out.
Peters is seeking general damages for pain and suffering, lost wages and future capacity to earn wages because of the knee surgery.
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