Brazilian thrill for city trio

SUCCESS IN SAO PAULO: Wearsiders Sam Howey, Aaron Naisbet and Anas Siraj Mounir.

SUCCESS IN SAO PAULO: Wearsiders Sam Howey, Aaron Naisbet and Anas Siraj Mounir.

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FIGHTERS from Sunderland’s Dungeon Gym enjoyed success on the other side of the Atlantic after competing at a tournament in Brazil.

Four members of the Castletown club travelled to the Paulista Open Tournament, in Sao Paolo, as the only Europeans in the Brazilian jujitsu competition.

Chief instructor Aaron Naisbet took part in his first bout since 2006 in the Black Belt open weight division for the over-35s.

The 40-year-old took the bronze medal, but then claimed gold in the No-Gi Under-97kg category.

Anas Siraj Mounir was another gold medal winner in the No-Gi Blue Belt U97kg section.

The Dungeon also came away with three bronze medals – Sam Howey claiming two of them in both the Gi and No-Gi Brown Belt U97kg division.

Perry Goodwin secured the other bronze in the No-Gi U85kg division.

Naisbet said: “It was an unbelievable experience for all the guys competing in the country that invented Brazilian jujitsu.

“I was extremely proud of the guys for stepping up to compete at such a level.”