The medal winners at the competition in Valencia. SUR
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club picks up medals in national competition

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club picks up medals in national competition

The Torrox Costa club won a gold, two silvers and two bronzes in the FIJJD European Cup in Valencia, their first competition



Friday, 12 November 2021, 11:41


A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club located in Torrox Costa came back with five medals from the FIJJD European Cup in Valencia last month.

The club's first ever competition resulted in a gold medal won by Louis Donnelly, 14, two silvers earned by Lucy Birchall, 8, and Max Birchall, 12, and two bronzes achieved by Aaron Jones, 12, and Pablo Forrester, 14.

The club's instructor, Chris Birchall, moved to Frigiliana from Manchester in August 2020 to set up a BJJ academy, Progress Academia.

For the first few months, classes were held in his garage, but in spring 2021 they relocated to their own gym space located close to Peñoncillo beach in Torrox Costa.

Chris said, "This was an amazing achievement for the kids and for the club. The hardest battle of all for the children leading up to their fights was dealing with the nerves. But we all supported each other and they represented themselves and the academy brilliantly."

The next challenge for the club awaits at the Spanish Cup in Madrid at the beginning of December, for which everybody is "preparing hard".

On offer at the academy are classes for children and adults, beginners and advanced.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that revolves around the concept that a smaller, less strong participant can successfully defend themselves against a bigger opponent by using leverage and weight distribution.

"The academy is always looking to find new members. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a really fun sport but also a really effective form of self-defence," explained Chris.

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