Tuesday 3 November – The Welsh Institute of Sport (WIS), Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, will host the final Welsh BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) League event on Sunday 8 November, sponsored by Tatami Fightwear.
More than 80 competitors aged between 5 and 17, both boys and girls will compete to win titles in their respective categories. Competitors will travel from across Wales, the south west and the Midlands. The event will see the first ever Welsh youth BJJ champions under 40kg and over 40kg boys and girls accumulative. The event is held annually under the auspices of the UK Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (UKBJJA), the sport’s governing body elect.
The field includes both new competitors and former champions competing to win medals (gold, silver and bronze). Courtesy of Tatami Fightwear each of the category winners will gain free entry to every Welsh junior’s league event in 2016. There will also be a “Chwarae Teg” (Fair play) Award for the competitor judged to have consistently displayed respect to their opponents, referees and staff at the event, to have consistently practiced good jiu Jitsu and fought hard with a smile on their face.
Neil Williams, UKBJJA director and tournament director commented “Winning the Chwarae Teg Award is just as important as winning the competition categories, as these attributes embody the spirit that we expect from all the competitors whatever their competitive ability.”
The UKBJJA (www.ukbjja.org) is a not-for profit organisation which aims to provide a governance structure for the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, that promotes and develops the sport while allowing individual clubs and practitioners the space and freedom to practice the martial art in the way they enjoy. The UKBJJA is currently under assessment to be recognised by Sport England as the governing body for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the UK. m/f
The UKBJJA was formed in 2013, the association’s goal is to foster the development of BJJ at elite, community and grassroots levels, raising the profile of the sport but also providing pathways for development and involvement across communities in the UK. Visit UKBJJA at www.ukbjja.org or follow us on Twitter @ukbjja.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
|CONTACT UKBJJA||CONTACT WELSH BJJ OPEN|
|Name:||Francis Lambert||Name:||Greg CreelNeil Williams|
|Telephone:||07974 161 134||Telephone:||07787299497|
NOTE TO EDITORS
CURRENT STANDINGS: Results to date (9 points for gold, 3 for silver and 1 for bronze so all to play for and November could be the decider.
Boys under 40kg - 1. Roman Creel (Pedro Bessa BJJ) – 46 points; 2. Harvey Innes (Kenny Baker BJJ) – 45 points; 3. Max Smith (Pedro Bessa BJJ) – 42 points; 4. Jayden Grey (CRA) – 41 points; 5. Lucas Biggs (Pedro Bessa BJJ) – 40 points
Girls under 40kg - 1. Eve Evans (CRA) – 57 points; 2. Seren Bridge (Pedro Bessa BJJ) – 51 points; 3. Khia Law (Kenny Baker BJJ) – 30 points; 4. Scarlet Edwards (Pedro Bessa BJJ) – 25 points; 5. Ellise Williams (Pedro Bessa BJJ) – 22 points
Boys over 40kg - 1. George Harding (Pedro Bessa BJJ) – 40 points; 2. Billy Hayes Carlson Gracie London) – 36 points; 3. Dylan O'Brien (Bristol Dojo) – 13 points; 4. Ellis Dolby (CRA) – 12 points; 5. Connor Griffiths (Pedro Bessa BJJ) – 10 points
Girls over 40kg - 1. Dali Hopkins (Combat Academy) – 48 points; 2. Ellie May Griffiths (Pedro Bessa BJJ) – 40 points; 3. Kasey Lyons (Fightworx academy) – 19 points; 4. Ffion Lewis (Pedro Bessa BJJ) – 6 pointsP; 5. Maddison Murphy (Fightworx academy) – 4 points
Julvenile mixed - 1. Ryan Hill (Combat Academy); 2. Jordan Mayhew (Pedro Bessa BJJ); Chwarae teg (Fair play) award