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Grappling for points at Newquay BJJ Open

By Tom Howe 6th September 2017

Grappling for points at Newquay BJJ Open
GRAPPLE FOR GLORY: Expect competition to be fierce as the Newquay BJJ Open returns to the Sports Centre this Saturday

THE UK's top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) artists are to descend upon Newquay this weekend, grappling for glory and points to improve their all important end of season rankings.

Four hundred and fifty entrants from all over the UK are to compete in Saturday's Newquay BJJ Open, in gi (with uniform) and no-gi (without uniform) bouts, hoping to achieve vital points and earn prizes towards their rankings. Rewards include a highly coveted ticket to the 2018 European Championships and top of the range medallions.

This latest version of the competition will be the first since it received two star status from the UK Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (UKBJJA), sealing its place alongside the most prestigious BJJ events in the country.

To achieve this honour, a competition must run every year for at least two years, and needs to display a high level of enthusiasm, set-up, have few delays as well as achieving a high level of refereeing and competition.

Organiser Raphael Dos Santos, a multiple World, European and British champion, said: "It is a good thing for Cornwall to host one of the biggest BJJ competitions in the sporting calendar. We just received a two-star ranking which we are super happy about. This happened because we have been running so well. There have been minimum mistakes and we come back better every time.

“It is something Cornwall should be proud of. Cornwall gets a bit forgotten with people tending to go to London or somewhere else. It is good for the Cornish people to have something here that is big as well. We are not doing it for money, we are doing it because we love it."

Dos Santos revealed the event proved so popular that the entry portal had to be closed early, saying: "This is one of the last competitions of the year so it is very important. It could make a massive difference to the rankings. There are going to be some brilliant and really talented athletes on show. We are bringing in the best referees and judges from across the country, all highly qualified within the national federation.

“We are improving every year but we couldn't have any more entries, we don’t have any room! We had to close the portal a couple of days early because we reached our maximum. Everyone that takes part brings their own people so we are trying to maintain the security inside the hall. We could have 1,000 people there!"

Third degree black belt Dos Santos will be on hand to guide his Gracie Barra Cornwall team into battle at Newquay's Sports Centre, alongside a star-studded guest list that includes Lucio "Lagarto" Rodrigues, another third degree black belt, who will be bringing a squad down from London.

Dos Santos concluded: "Thank you to Valor Fightwear, Gartista, Phoenix Signs and everybody who works so hard behind the scenes to make the Newquay BJJ Open such a success."

The action gets underway at 10am and runs throughout the day. The competition returns to Newquay on Saturday February 10, 2017. For more information, visit www.newquaybjjopen.com

By Tom Howe 6th September 2017

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