Jiu jitsu students make the grade at Berwick

Jiu Jitsu students and their coaches from TF Fitness in Berwick had a busy weekend recently.

Monday, 5th August 2019, 11:26 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th August 2019, 6:40 pm
TF Fitness students at their grading ceremony.

Holding the summer grading on the Friday night, they were joined by Thiago Ferreira’s professor and friend Marco Canha, who took a three-hour seminar before the grading. The team benefited from a technical wizard teaching them new moves that they have continued to work with.

The grading started with the kids. Receiving a stripe were Kaden Stubley, Aaron Tennent, Maisie Tennent, Jayden Zhu, Nathan Sword, Hayden Ainslie, Cody Leighton and Tia Gibson.

Adults who received a stripe were Jack Tennent, Alastair Watson, Elliot Keenan, Zenon Stawarz, Mark Crawford, Diane Leighton, Ben Gregory, Kirstie Brewis, Kev McCulloch and Rolandes Janavicius.

Promotions to new belts were Eddie Schmid, who went from white to blue belt, and Seb Cooper, who went from white belt to grey/white.

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Two of the team then went onto compete at The King of the North East competition the next day.

First up in the gi division was Hayden Ainslie, who won his first fight via armbar and lost the final via an Americana.

Then it was the turn of Cody Leighton, who lost via an armbar in the final of his gi division.

After lunch it was nogi, where Hayden lost in the final via a mounted triangle against a lad who specialises in nogi/grappling events.

Then it was Cody’s turn, back on against the same opponent as in his gi division, losing the final via an armbar.

Jiu jitsu is now one of the most popular sports in Berwick, with classes held at the TF Fitness centre (off Hide Hill – access via Woolmarket) on a daily basis.

Many of the students, adults and juniors train for competitions throughout the country, and in some cases Europe and the world.

Others, however, simply use it as a base to keep fit.

Coach Thiago Ferreira says: “Learning jiu jitsu is a great way to keep fit, but it also teaches students discipline and principles that they can use in other aspects of life.

“Competitions are great and winning medals the ultimate prize, but it’s not everything. Jiu jitsu is so much more than that.”