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Southern Open Tournament Report

    Sat, 2007-10-06 08:27 — Jude Samuel

    Urban Gorillaz Southern Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament Report
    (European Fight Network Ltd)

    With the long summer over and with everyone back training, the Southern Open was the first major tournament of the Autumn in the UK. Competitors had been eager to show their stuff after the long layoff and it showed. The super fight between Claudio 'Mineiro' Henrique from Brasa and Gracie Invitational brown belt winner, Nicolas Gregoriades from Roger Gracie Academy was fought at such a pace, even the crowd fell silent for a while with what apparently felt like shock. Claudio who makes his MMA debut in November came out with all guns blazing, taking Nic down twice in a matter of minutes, then almost getting his back a few times, going to the mount and placing on an ‘Americana’ only to be reversed and having to escape a choke and then escaping an arm bar himself. He eventually finished Nic with a choke in the final few seconds of the fight.

    In the other super fight MMA fighter and Ze Marcello (BTT) Brown belt Danny batten, beat Gracie Barra’s Paul Bridges on points in a hard fought and very technical fight.

    Fresh off his win in the Juvenile division at the Mundials, Braulio Estimas student Stephen Martin from Gracie Barra decided to enter the Adult division at the Blue belt Feather weight division and showed why he is one to look out for in the future. Sweeping aside strong opposition in Oliver Geddes and Sam Rice-Edwards from Roger Gracie Academy to win his division.

    Another stand out from the tournament was Medium Heavy weight competitor in the white belt division, Delroy Mcdowell from BTT Ze Marcello. With a commanding performance and a large variety of take-downs, he won his division in what one competitor said “……. in style”.

    Croation born MMA fighter and Roger Gracie blue belt Goran Reljic again repeated his dominating performance by winning the blue belt Super Heavy weight and the blue belt absolute division. Roger then awarded him his Purple Belt at the end of the competition.

    The aim however by The European Fight Network for this tournament was the growth and future of BJJ in the UK. For the second time this year EFN held a Kids, Teen and Juniors division. With over 40 kids from the southern area of the United Kingdom, it was a chance to encourage the kids to make sure after we are gone, our beloved sport survives and are in safe hands.

    (picture: Steve Haydock, Jude Samuel, Rodrigo Cabral, Felipe Souza, Roger Gracie and Thiago "Monstro" Borges)

    Gracie Barra Derby gained 7 golds, 5 silvers and 2 bronzes to win the overall in the junior division.

    A big thanks for all those that supported the event and helped run a very successful day.
    Felipe Souza, Jon Shotter, Andy Roberts, Rui Abrantes, Max Lima, Daniel Strauss, Dickie Martin, Nic Brooks, Rob Stevens, Neil Owen, Paul Bridges, Oliver Geddes, Pippa Granger, Mike Taylor, Greg Sulznan, Alex Ashby.

    All the Coaches: Ze Marcelo, Roger Gracie, Felipe Souza, Pedro Bessa, Tiago Bordes, Steve Haydock, Rob Stevens, Luiz (Brasa), Eduardo Carriello, Dickie Martin, Dave Broughton, Eduardo Ferreira and anyone that we have forgot to mention.

    All pictures taken by James Oluoch-Olunya from Tsavo Photographic.

    Northern Open will be in November!
    Date: Sunday November 25th 2007

    Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre
    and Golf Course
    Alcester Road South
    Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 6ER

    Registration begin will begin next week.

    Junior Teams 1st 2nd 3rd Total

    Gracie Barra Derby 7 5 2 80
    Team Brasa Wales 2 2 4 28
    Roger Gracie Academy 1 2 5 20
    Applied Fighting Systems 1 1 10
    Brasa 0 1 0 3

    Adult Tam Results 1st 2nd 3rd Total

    Roger Gracie Academy 5 7 4 70
    BTT Ze Marcello 3 3 0 36
    Gracie Barra Derby 3 1 2 32
    Brasa Wales @ Akins academy 2 2 1 25
    Carlson Gracie Bjj Revolution Team 2 2 1 25
    Ricardo Da Silva jiu jitsu 2 0 1 19
    Nova Forca 1 1 1 13
    Brasa 1 1 0 12
    Carlson Gracie London 1 1 0 12
    Pedro Bessa Jiu Jitsu 1 1 0 12
    Applied Fighting Systems 1 0 2 11
    Nova Uniao 1 0 0 9
    Gracie Barra Birmingham 1 0 0 9
    Pedro Bessa Exeter 1 0 0 9
    Torbay BJJ Team Pedro Bessa 0 2 0 6
    Brixton MMA 0 1 1 4
    Brazilian Top Team Slough 0 1 0 3
    Gracie Barra Hastings 0 1 0 3
    Reading Reapers 0 1 0 3
    Shen-ti Academies 0 1 0 3
    Gracie Barra Lagarto 0 0 2 2
    Carriello Jiu-Jitsu 0 0 1 1
    Lagarto Doncaster 0 0 1 1
    Next Generation 0 0 1 1
    Sweatbox 0 0 1 1

    Individual results

    Age: 8 - 9
    Weight: 32 - 35 kgs

    Kaelum Lane Team Brasa Wales
    Lewis Reed Gracie Barra Derby
    Jessica Winter Team Brasa Wales
    Haitsm Ajban Roger Gracie Academy

    Age: 10 - 11
    Weight: 38 - 40 kgs

    Johan Osborn Gracie Barra Derby
    Sohaib Ajban Roger Gracie Academy
    Allan Hacatoroglu Roger Gracie Academy

    Age: 9 - 10
    Weight: 42 - 44 kgs

    Ben Cooper Gracie Barra Derby
    Charlie Davies Team Brasa Wales @ Akins Academy

    Age: 9 - 10
    Weight: 27 - 31 kgs

    Ayoub Hadria Roger Gracie Academy
    Jay Herridge Roger Gracie Academy
    Gareth Harris Team Brasa Wales @ Akins Academy
    Hassan Ahmed Roger Gracie Academy

    Age: 13 - 14
    Weight: 39 - 41 kgs

    The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. James Beardsmore Gracie Barra Derby
    Josh Potts Gracie Barra Derby
    Kasper§ Roger Gracie Academy

    Age: 13 - 14
    Weight: 44 - 46kgs

    Sean McDonagh Gracie Barra Derby
    Louis East Team Brasa Wales @ Akins Academy
    Shani Testro Gracie Barra Derby
    Gary Harkin Roger Gracie Academy

    Age: 13 - 14
    Weight: 57 - 60kgs

    Callum McPhee Team Brasa Wales @ Akins Academy
    Mike Lazzer Team Brasa Wales @ Akins Academy
    Rhian Irwin Team Brasa Wales @ Akins Academy

    Age: 13 - 14
    Weight: S.feather 53.50kg

    Knight St Clair Gracie Barra Derby
    Ben Docherty Gracie Barra Derby
    Taylor Martin
    Callem Jones

    Age: 14 - 15
    Weight: Light 58.00kg

    Luke Jennings Gracie Barra Derby
    Lauren Reed Gracie Barra Derby

    Age: 16
    Weight: Heavy 79.00kg

    Lawrence Searle applied fighting systems
    Jack Cronin Brasa
    James Anderson applied fighting systems

    Age: 14-15
    Weight: Light 64.00kg

    Layton Melladay Gracie Barra Derby
    Kane Davis Gracie Barra Derby
    Kimberley Osbiston Gracie Barra Derby

    White Belt Division

    Rooster 57.50kg
    Christine McDonagh Gracie Barra Derby
    Richard Clover Nova Forca
    Adam Ticehurst Brasa Wales @ Akins academy

    Super feather 64.00kg
    Mark Stephenson Nova Força
    James Normanshaw Gracie Barra Derby
    Conor Macleod Lagarto Doncaster

    Feather 70.00kg
    Luiz Claudio finocchio Nova Uniao
    Noel Bartley Brixton MMA
    David Hulland Gracie Barra Derby

    Light 76.00kg
    Colin Penn Ricardo Da Silva jiu jitsu
    Sean Maghami Carlson Gracie London
    Sandip Sekhon Nova Força

    Middle 82.30kg
    James Fletcher Gracie Barra Birmingham
    Daniel Birks Roger Gracie Academy
    Stuart Barclay Sweatbox

    Medium Heavy 88.30kg
    Delroy Mcdowell BTT Ze Marcello
    Laurie Neil Pedro Bessa Jiu Jitsu
    GRZEGORZ NOWAK Roger Gracie Academy

    Heavy 94.30kg
    Laurie Dodson Carlson Gracie Bjj Revolution Team
    Keith Taylor Brazilian Top Team Slough
    Paul Shelton Gracie Barra Derby

    Super Heavy -100.50kg
    Tamas Istvan Carlson Gracie Bjj Revolution Team
    Stefan Cook Roger Gracie Academy

    Super Super Heavy Over 100.50kg
    Janos Feher Carlson Gracie Bjj Revolution Team
    Adrian Symons Brasa Wales @ Akins academy
    Alister Fulton

    Luke Costello Pedro Bessa Exeter
    Scott Taylor Reading Reapers
    Colin Penn Ricardo Da Silva jiu jitsu
    Fernando Veldi Gracie Barra Lagarto

    Blue Belt Division

    Rooster 57.50kg
    Greg Dummer Brasa Wales @ Akins academy
    Ralph bennett Torbay BJJ Team Pedro Bessa

    Feather 70.00kg
    Stephen Martin Gracie Barra Derby
    Sam Rice- Edwards Roger Gracie Academy
    Oliver Geddes Roger Gracie Academy

    Light 76.00kg
    David Broughton Carlson Gracie Bjj Revolution Team
    Gareth Dummer Brasa Wales @ Akins academy
    Alex Ashby Roger Gracie Academy

    Middle 82.30kg
    Daniel Ballinger Ricardo Da Silva
    Gavin Loh Roger Gracie Academy
    Marcin Tobera Carriello Jiu-Jitsu

    Medium Heavy 88.30kg
    Jamil Sorouji Applied Fighting Systems
    Dominik Debrec Roger Gracie Academy
    Dave Pawan Applied Fighting Systems

    Heavy 94.30kg
    Harry Purcell Roger Gracie Academy
    Tom Wilson Shen-ti Academies
    Michael Bailey Carlson Gracie Bjj Revolution Team

    Super Heavy -100.50kg
    Goran Reljic Roger Gracie Academy
    Ian East Akins Academy

    Goran Reljic Roger Gracie Academy
    Oliver Geddes Roger Gracie Academy
    Dave Pawan Applied Fighting Systems

    Purple Belt Division

    Super Feather 64.00kg
    Kevin Capel Roger Gracie Academy
    Chanaca Weerasinghe BTT Ze Marcello
    Simon McGovern Gracie Barra Lagarto

    Light 76.00kg
    Michael Russell
    David Lee BTT Ze Marcello
    Austin Gardener Brixton mma

    Middle 82.30kg
    Tim Radcliffe Nova Forca
    Glyn Powditch StraigtBlastGym - Manchester
    Gareth Neale Gracie Barra Lagarto

    Michael Russell
    Darren Yeoman Torbay BJJ Team Pedro Bessa

    Brown Belt Divisions

    Feather 70.00kg
    Danny Batten BTT Ze Marcello
    Paul Bridges Gracie Barra Hastings

    Medium Heavy 88.30kg
    Claudio 'Mineiro' Henrique Brasa
    Nicolas Gregoriades Roger Gracie Academy

    Womans Belt Divisions

    Light Weight White
    Christina Mcoraga Gracie Barra Derby
    Paula Carolina Brasa

    Heavy Weight White
    Sasha Hook Pedro Bessa
    Berenice Gold Carlson Gracie Revolution Team
    Hannah Radford Next Generation

    Light Weight Blue
    Pippa Granger Roger Gracie Academy
    Katie Rodd

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