MARTIAL arts experts performed a belter during an international competition.
Eight adults and children from The Dungeon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, Castletown, attended the North American Grappling Association (NAGA), UK Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and No-Gi grappling championships in Birmingham, where they scooped 14 medals in their respective categories.
Owner of The Dungeon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, Aaron Naisbet, said that to pick up so many awards at the event, which took place in the UK for the first time, was a huge success for the group.
He said: “I’m really proud of my students. A personal highlight for me was that I got to compete with my son, which makes the competition so special. It is the first time that a father and son has won titles together at the competition.”
Aaron’s son Micah Naisbet, nine, won a championship belt in the expert division for his age group, while Aaron won in his weight division and absolute division. Reece Doran, 21, of Seaburn, won a white belt, middleweight, gold medal, and was hailed absolute champion in the championship belt open weight category.
Justin Burlinson, 17, of Red House, also achieved the youth super middleweight title of Contender Promotions’ K-1 kickboxing competition.
Aaron added: “It’s a huge achievement for myself and the other competitors. It’s a tribute to themselves for all the hard work and dedication they put into training.”