Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Grapplefest at the UMA No Gi Grappling Championships!

Jim Mc Sherry hosted the association's last grappling event of the year, in the guise of no gi grappling, on Saturday December 3rd; this event has always been one of the UMA's busiest and popular of comps and this year was no exception.

Soaking up the atmosphere!
With over 100 competitors toughing it out on the mats for bragging rights, the referee team of Pippa Granger, Jim Mc Sherry, Josh Palmer and my good self were kept very busy througout the day and were rewarded with some high level grappling across all the weight brackets and years experience.

With MMA commentator and UMA ref, Josh Palmer

I only had a few guys compete this year at the event, but the Demolition Man, aka Lee James, remains undefeated both in gi and no gi, winning his weight bracket in commanding style and picking up gold medal number 5.  Parabens!!
The Demolition Man - #1!!
Shouts out to Jim and his band of helpers for running another smooth event and keeping us officials fed and watered throughout the day; to the referee team of Jim, Pippa and Josh for their hard work on the day and to all the teams that came down and entered the event, without you guys there'd be no competitions at all, we can't do it without you guys :)

Ladies with the bling!
Thanks to all the clubs that have supported the UMA events this year, we've had a great year this year and look forward to seeing you all again in 2012.  Have a great break at Christmas and train hard in the New Year!

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