Bob Kranstz - Athlete (Jiu-Jitsu) - Class of 2018

Bob Kranstz' first taste of martial arts came in Judo, but he transitioned to Jiu-Jitsu in the 1960s - drawn to the more all-encompassing style of combat. 

Bob's commitment to the sport evolved over his 45 plus years of competition.

His competition has taken him around the world and has yielded many tournament championships. Between 1986 and 1992 Bob was at the height of his career winning 3 world championships and one second place finish in the Men's Masters Individual Sport Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

Gold - 1992 Mar del Plata, Argentina

Silver - 1990 Winston, Salem, North Carolina, USA

Gold - 1988 Brisbane, Australia

Gold - 1986 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

An 8th-degree black belt, Bob has also been instrumental in developing the sport. He opened Milton's first Jiu-Jitsu dojo and organized some of Canada's first Jiu-Jitsu competitions years ago.

He has also served as an international referee and continues to host two tournaments each year out of the Milton dojo.

Whether at the regional, provincial, national or international level, Bob's awards are numerous - including a 2014 induction into the Canadian Blackbelt Hall of Fame.