Silver medal for Abbi
Abbi Rae from Berwick took part in her first competition as a blue belt, and also of 2019, at the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park,London .
This was not going to be an easy one as she had entered the most prestigious Jiu Jitsu competition of the year, the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam.
This event attracts all the big stars in jiu jitsu from all over the world, as cash prizes are handed out to everyone over age 18 that gains a place on the podium .
Abbi was in a category with two girls from the United Arab Emirates , but she took it all in her stride.
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The competition is the first Abbi has attended where she has not been allowed any coaches or parents through with her to the changing & warm up area, so this was all new , but Abbi just got on with it.
Abbi stepped onto the mats and quickly won her first fight, so then it was a waiting game waiting for the final , Abbi once again stepped out in this huge arena in front of a huge crowd and entered the final. Abbi had Mauricio Gomes mat side shouting and willing her on. The fight was a tough one against a very good opponent and ended with Abbi’s opponent winning on points . This left Abbi a much sought after place on the podium, taking the sliver medal.
Abbi as always would like to thank everyone at Rick Young’s Black Belt Academy, Edinburgh & Tweed Crossfit Spittal , for helping her trainand also everyone that follows her and constantly is supporting her jiu jitsu journey.