Golden girl Abbi wins four
Berwick's Abbi Rae was in competition at the National Junior Jiu Jitsu Championships and she returned with four gold medals, being crowned national champion for the fourth successive year.
In the No-Gi competition, Abbi had two different categories to compete in, one was her own weight category, the other a heavier division.
She went on to win all her fights in both categories by submission, taking home two gold medals and giving her two BJJ No-Gi Junior National Championship titles.
Sunday was Gi day and Abbi had some tough fights but came out on top, winning all her bouts for a second successive day, again all by submission.
At the end of each day, the competitors who have been lucky enough to madam can enter an absolute round, where they fight someone of the same belt as themselves, but they can be any weight.
Abbi entered this on both days, unfortunately no one else entered on the Saturday in No-Gi, but on the Sunday she got to fight against a girl weighing over 20kg heavier than herself. This was always going to be difficult with the huge weight difference, but Abbi was lucky enough to have the one and only godfather of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mastre Mauricio Gomes (the man who brought Jiu Jitsu to the UK) helping her from the mat side. However, Abbi, as always, stepped on the mat focused on the job ahead.
She worked her magic and quickly had the girl tapping for submission, winning the absolute category too.
Abbi would like to thank everyone at Rick Young’s Black Belt Academy for all the training and support she receives constantly, and everyone that supports her throughout her Jiu Jitsu journey.