Medals galore for Berwick kid fighters

SBBA Tiago winners TF Fitness

SBBA Tiago winners TF Fitness

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Three children from a Berwick fitness centre won gold and a fourth picked up bronze at one the biggest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions in England.

The quartet, aged between five and 11 years old, competed in front of 1,500 spectators at the Southend Open in Essex.

They all train at the Schubert Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/TF Fitness Centre at the Ramparts industrial estate in Berwick.

Mackenzie Graham (6), Matheos Ferreira (5), Isla Roberts (7) and Abbi Rae (11) were the children selected to compete.

Mackenzie won bronze after three fights in the 21kg category. Matheos won gold in the 20kg final and Isla did likewise in the 26kg category.

But Abbi stole the show with a fantastic performance in the final in the 33kg. Up to the age of 14 the fights are gender mixed, and she was up against a big Russian boy but completely dominated the contest.

In the last 20 seconds she pulled a great arm lock, forcing her opponent to submit and securing another gold for Berwick.

“All my students who want to compete one day know that they have to face and control the emotions at a young age. That is one of the things Brazilian Jiu Jitsu prepares them for,” explained head coach Thiago Ferreira.

The club is now preparing for the English Open Championship in October, and the European championships after that.

Thiago added: “My club have a good number of kids who have been over a year now training with me, but now all of them are training to compete. I like to use the traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu mentality, where it a lifestyle in first place. The students train five days per week over a two-month period until the competition.”

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