Inishowen competitors travelled to the UK at the weekend where they collectively scooped an impressive medal collection in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) competition.
SEÁN P. FEENY
Members of Rilion Gracie Ireland Inishowen competed at the Manchester BJJ 24-7 Open taking no less than ten medals in the two forms of BJJ, ‘gi’ and ‘no gi’.
The word ‘gi’ derives from the Japanese word ‘keikogi’ which means training gear, meaning competitors do not wear the traditional gear in ‘no gi’ competition.
Regular competitor, Lee Eoin Coyle from Moville took silver in the gi competition, while he won a second, gold medal, in no gi.
Three brothers from Moville, representing Inishowen Jiu Jitsu and Rilion Gracie Ireland, took a number of medals.
Darragh Kelly, who also is an unbeaten amateur competing on the Irish Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) scene, took gold in no gi, while his brothers Shay took silver in no gi and Ryan took silver in the gi competition.
Another member of the team to bring home two medals was Mark Steele from Redcastle who took bronze in both gi and no gi.
Female competitors representing Rilion Gracie Ireland Inishowen were Moville’s Mary Lafferty who took gold in no gi and Lauren Brown from Derry who won silver in no gi and took the gold medal in the gi competition and are both very experienced and regular competitors.
Rilion Gracie Ireland Inishowen is an affiliate of Letterkenny-based Rilion Grace Ireland, which also has clubs in Donegal town, Gaoth Dobhair and Coole, Carrigart.
The Inishowen club, which is run by Coach John Brown, hosts classes for adults, juveniles and children in Greencastle and Buncrana on a weekly basis.