At the recent British Brazilian Jiu-jitsu 2019 championships three young West Lakes Academy fighters came away with medals.
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defence system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Here competitors can use throws, take-downs, chokes, locks and holds to score points and force their opponent to submit to win.
Promising fighter Aidan Henderson, 16, made his debut in the tournament coming up against some very experienced grapplers. After dominating using his wrestling skills early on, Aidan lost the bout that would have given him the chance for gold on points but ended up taking away a bronze medal in the gi division.
Following on from this, Aidan fought again in the no-gi category and was winning the semi-final on points before losing to some difficult referee decisions. Aidan never give up, taking away the bronze medal once again.
Last year’s silver medallist Katey Quayle, 13, fought superbly in the final of the no-gi competition showing her strength and impressive fighting skills. She came away with a silver medal in her division.
Finally, Sophie Price, 13, making her debut within Brazilian Jiu-jitsu competitions came away with a gold medal in the gi category to become the British Champion. She fought against the current European champion, Sara Demir, a fighter from Sweden, and won on points after an intensely close fight. The following day Sophie also competed in the no-gi category and won the final by arm bar after almost four minutes of fighting against a very tough opponent. This meant that she has become the double British Champion in the gi and no-gi competitions.
All fighters train at Tapout Knockout in Workington under the guidance and expertise of head Sensei Trevor Cunningham and his lead instructors Senseis; Pat Carr, Paul Cunningham and Iain Rollason.