Brothers in arms at grappling event
Jevon and Cody Leighton from the TF Fitness BJJ team recently travelled to Wolverhampton to compete in the North American Grappling Association event at Walsall University Campus.
For Cody, it was a first in this style of competition. He was first up in the nogi in a division of five. Having a bye in the first round, he won his first match on points, putting him into the final where he lost via a rear naked choke. He won silver and learned a lot from the experience.
Between his semi and the final, his brother, who had been put up both a weight and age division to get a match, had to fight his nogi matches.
Having been presented with his nogi medal, Cody was immediately called for his gi match and was about to be disqualified, so he ran to it while putting on his gi.
Not ideal preparation, but he gave it his all, losing his first fight on points and, in his next match, he submitted to his opponent when his hand was twisted.
Jevon, meantime, won his first nogi fight on points against a lad much bigger than him, he then went onto lose via points in his next but brought home the bronze medal for nogi.
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He only had one opponent in his gi match and was submitted but won the silver.
Jevon has been building his reputation as a reliable and knowledgeable corner, having learnt this role from his coach, Thiago Ferreira, and this became very apparent when he was asked by a few fighters to corner them on the day.
He saw his friend Jay Sharp from Glasgow through all his gi and nogi fights, helping him win the nogi championship belt and in the process cornering against one of his BJJ heros Daniel Strauss – an ADCC, Polaris and EBI Champion.
Jevon fought three matches himself, but he also helped Cody and Jay in eight other matches.
The team are currently training for the forthcoming British Open at the NEC in Birmingham.