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SENI 05 report

    Wed, 2005-05-18 22:42 — Carl Fisher

    It's hard to believe that a year has passed since the highly successful SENI 04 weekend and that once again the UK's martial arts movers and shakers would be displaying their wares to martial artists and general public alike.

    It's hard to believe that a year has passed since the highly successful SENI 04 weekend and that once again the UK's martial arts movers and shakers would be displaying their wares to martial artists and general public alike. Moving on from last year's event, the Gracie Invitational was held inside the main exhibition arena and more to the point, tucked away in a corner, somewhat like an afterthought. The event the year before had its own massive hangar sized arena, resplendent with bleachers either side of the mats and made for a great day's spectating - not so this year. Being tucked in to a corner, over 350 entrants had to jockey for seating arrangements with spectators, friends and family alike on only two sides that were at best a joke and had the added hassle of having insufficient storage space for training bags and an ever present menace of jumped up officialdom on permanent bag watching and confiscating duties, hardly the best prep for any fighter.

    When asked about this situation, the GI organisers informed me that their hands were tied and that the SENI organisers had made drastic changes to space allocation, resulting in the above and to give the guys credit, four mat areas were in action throughout the day in a bid to get through all the fights. Referees included Marc Walder, Braulio Estima, Escorrega, Felipe Jerry, Andy Roberts and Eddie Kone (apologies if I missed anyone out!) who worked flat out all day without so much as a break.

    As ever the white belts were first out onto the green and yellow mats and there was action on every mat, submissions coming thick and fast; GB Bradford Sacha King stood out from the crowd in his weight division picking up the gold medal with a nice display of technique and finishing skills. The GBUK team were out in force as were the Carlson Gracie Team which included a tough contingent of fighters from their Budapest camp, who walked away with five gold medals and one silver. This haul may have been larger had a larger number of scheduled fighters not dropped out of the event through injuries and personal commitments, which paved the way for the Roger Gracie Academy to take the first place in the team medals.

    Newly formed GB Bristol academy had a good day with one gold, two silver and one bronze and Chris ‘The Squid' Brown from Oldham Martial Arts Centre gave the crowd a shock, choking out his opponent cold with a wicked collar choke en route to silver in his division. Chris did not feel the guy go out and he didn't tap to the technique so Brown carried on with the choke and by the time the ref stepped in, his opponent was flat out. The St John's ambulance guys were over in a flash and after a bit of flapping by a number of concerned onlookers, his opponent was back awake and walked off the mats unaided. Once again, the mighty Chris Crossan was on form and walked away with the gold medal in the blue belt division - someone promote the guy and give the blue belts a break next year!

    Unfortunately, by the time the purple belts were on the mats, I was on my way back to Manchester, due to cadging a lift down to the event and missed the best fights of the day - maybe in future events, the purples can start first, as their numbers aren't as large as the whites and blues.

    Being in the main room gave me a chance to have a look around and it was nice to meet Ian Freeman and Rob Hewitt for a quick chat and photo, as they were promoting their new MMA magazine Fighters Only, as was Malcolm Martin and co who were busy promoting the new look Fighters magazine. Andy Smith of Evolution Fightwear was hard at it, flogging his wares all day and highlight of the day was the announcement of a world record attempt of one fingered push ups……on a coconut. People beware; this had to be seen to be believed.

    As ever, there were the usual iffy reffing decisions and accusations of sandbagging were bandied about the internet post event, but the competition drew in the biggest list of competitors ever for a UK event and it looks like the venue will be changing to accommodate next year's anticipated deluge of fighters, which I, for one am pleased about, after suffering first hand from the bag watching militia and their cohorts' continual haranguing, as I was trying to get through to matside to take some shots. You will not be missed.

    To everyone who fought on the day, you guys are the stars of the day; like the old cliché says, everyone's a winner for having the guts to step up and fight and the public were given another fine display of sportsmanship and quality BJJ and that's all one can ask for.

    See you on the mats!

    Team Results, using 3 for gold, 2 for silver, 1 for bronze

    RGA = 1st
    GB Birmingham = 2nd
    Master = 3rd

    adult feather white
    gold - paul janew - GB Birmingham
    silver - Barry Wilson - St Helens BJJ
    bronze - nathan - GB Birmingham

    adult heavy white
    gold - tony passos - btt
    silver - david long - gb bristol
    bronze - richard quinn - GB Essex

    adult light white
    gold - cedric akapovi - GB Birmingham
    silver - dean pearson - RGA
    bronze - Yousuf Nabi - Gordo

    adult m heavy white
    gold - daniel Thomas - master
    silver - yohan les cure - master
    bronze lukas szymanski - liverpool BJJ

    adult middle white
    gold - petar pecija - carlson gracie budapest
    silver - Kassan Hipkiss - pkmy
    Bronze - Scott Pickering - Wolfslair

    adult super feather white
    Gold - sacha king - GB Bradford
    silver -vishal patel - GB Milton Keynes
    bronze - stuart wilkinson - wolfslair

    adult super heavy white
    gold - john law - RGA
    silver - david allinson - De Souza
    Bronze - Mark Long GB Bristol/Ozan Anmet RGA

    adult super super heavy white
    gold - theo theodoulou - master
    silver - mark bottom - GB Sheffield
    Bronze -

    master feather white
    gold - james smart - GB Bristol
    silver - Fasal Rahman BTT
    Bronze - Dominic Szikora Master

    master heavy white
    gold - steve gilbertson - master sunderland
    silver - robert beck - carlson gracie budapest
    bronze - brian paul - RGDA

    master light white
    gold - Magek - Carlson Gracie London
    silver - Scott McKail - GB Edinburgh
    bronze - Phillip Paisley - GB Swansea

    master m heavy white
    gold simon phillips SDCS Exeter
    Silver - Ian Ball bolton bjj
    Bronze - Sean Ryan GB Channel Islands

    master middle white
    Gold Chris Shakira GB Birmingham
    Silver - Gary King GB Bristol
    Bronze - George Newall GB Milton Keynes

    master super heavy blue
    gold - james o'gorman
    silver - peter mcfadden

    master super super heavy blue
    gold - vic scott - sbg
    silver - steve foster - tony bebbington JJ
    bronze - aldo di giorgi - GB Newcastle

    adult feather blue
    gold - neil croston Bolton BJJ
    silver - alan edmondson - master
    bronze - kevin capel RGA

    adult heavy blue
    gold - Cory Smith - GB Birmingham
    silver - Bulent Bingol - De Souza
    Bronze - Nicholas Jones - GB Swansea

    adult m heavy blue
    gold - kevin webb - GB Birmingham
    silver - Dod Granville - University of Yrk
    Bronze - Ricky Turner - GB Essex

    adult middle blue
    gold - Ste Dwason RGA
    Silver - Robby du Toit RGA
    bronze - mathew sellars GB Bristol

    adult rooster blue
    gold - ian malone GB Newcastle
    Silver - Spencer Hewitt GB Essex

    adult blue super feather
    gold - Chris RGA
    Silver - Leo Aguilar RGA
    Bronze - Perry Deiley

    adult super heavy blue
    gold - gabor fodor Carlson Gracie Budapest
    Silver - dave fowler GB Essex
    Bronze - Michael Quanlivan RGDA

    adult super super heavy blue
    gold - Chris Crossan - GB Stockton
    silver - Stephen Williams BTT
    bronze - Marc Goddard - GB birmingham

    master feather blue
    Gold - nick brooks RGA
    Silver - Chris Brown TMAA
    Bronze - Javed Uddin RGA/Ebe Ghansah GB MK

    master heavy blue
    gold - Istan Vasas Carlson Gracie Budapest
    silver - russell Callaghan
    bronze - Sam Howey Master Sunderland

    master light blue
    gold - Chiu Kwong GB Birmingham
    silver - Stephen Keen BTT
    bronze - Tony Devine GB Bradford

    master m heavy blue
    gold - steve finan RGA
    silver - rob stevens GB Birmingham
    bronze - Steve Brand GB Essex

    master middle blue
    gold - leszek Chybowski Carlson London
    silver - Brian Hurley RGA
    bronze - Paul Rowland Rga

    master super heavy blue
    gold - alan McCune - GB Edinburgh
    silver - Chris Watts - GB Milton Keynes
    bronze - Rashid Mekhalfia - RGA

    purple over 76kg
    Gold - Henrique Santana Carlson London
    Silver - Helio Pereira RGA
    Bronze - Dickie Martin

    purple under 76kg
    Gold - Felipe Almeida Master
    Silver - Varqa Abyaneh SBG
    Bronze - james duncalf BTT

    adult female blue open
    gold - caoimhe mcgill gb belfast
    silver - carol fan SBG

    adult female white open
    Gold - Anna Mayne SBG
    silver - Beaua Ali RGA
    bronze - Hannah Clarke Mo Teague

    juveniles
    Rooster
    gold - tyrone elliott GB Newcastle
    Silver - Dean Searle - De Souza

    Feather
    gold - Mikel Ghansah - GB Milton Keynes
    Silver - Morton Hopkinson - Mansfield Constrictors
    Bronze - Lawson Tennant - Mansfield Constrictors

    Above 70kg
    gold - luke young - SBG
    silver - anthony griffin - Tony Bebbington JJ

    Team Results, using 3 for gold, 2 for silver, 1 for bronze

    RGA = 1st
    GB Birmingham = 2nd
    Master = 3rd

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