Sunday, 18 December 2011

2011 BJJ Competition Team Medal Haul!

The last Brazilian Jiu Jitsu event of 2011 was held in Birmingham last weekend and with it brought an end to a year of jiu jitsu competition for my competition team; comprising of students from my clubs in Bolton, Runcorn and Heywood, we have been busy competing all year, nine months in total and at all the main events that we could possibly manage, hopefully competing in the ones we missed in 2012.

Competitions entered:-

Hereford Open (all colours)
North West Open - St Helens (Gi)
British Open (Gi)
Ground Control (Gi)
UMA ( BJJ and No Gi)
NW Open Cleveleys (Gi)
Glasgow Open (Brown belt Gi Superfight, the first ever brown belt match in Scotland)
Grab and Pull Birmingham (Gi)

It's been a very busy year and all the lads have given it 100% in all their matches and we have medalled in every event entered; special credit to the juveniles aged between 14 and 17 who have entered Adult brackets all year without complaint and gave them a good fight and have learned so much by doing so. 

Bolton and Heywood crew
It gives me great pleasure to announce that our total medal haul for 2011 is fourteen gold, twenty five silver and fourteen bronze, a grand total of fifty three medals; a fantastic achievement that has truly surpassed anything I could have envisgaed for this year as a coach.  It has taken me a long time to get the students to see the benefits of competition, but once all the lads had all met together and got to know each other better this year, the real team spirit and bonding has grown and gone from strength to strength.

Runcorn crew
It has been an absolute pleasure to coach every one this year and that includes the guys that haven't competed yet, but have been there in training sessions to help the guys competing sharpen themselves up and I know in 2012, these guys will have been training long enough to start stepping up themselves, so looking forward to the new influx of competitors.

So once again, a huge well done to you all, you should all be very proud of your achievements, you are all a credit to Combat Base UK; so rest up, eat and drink well until the New Year and then get back onto the mats and start training hard for the year ahead!

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