Donegal Jiu Jitsu team takes first place

Rilion Gracie Ireland top medal poll

By Eamonn McFadden

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Donegal Jiu Jitsu team takes first place

Members of the Rilion Gracie Ireland Jiu Jitsu team enjoying the successful national tournament victory.

Over 230 martial arts competitors travelled to Letterkenny on Sunday for the inaugural ‘Irish Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Irish Nationals’ that took place in the Aura Leisure Centre.

There was a great turn out that saw white, blue and purple belt competitors travel from all over the country including Cork, Limerick, Wicklow, Dublin, Sligo, Belfast and Derry, as well as a large crowd of spectators to cheer on the action. 

The event was hosted by the Rilion Gracie Ireland association and the home team battled hard in several divisions to secure the overall team trophy followed by Torres jiu-jitsu, BJJ Revolution, Straight Blast Gym (SGB) and Satori.

Chief Instructor of Rilion Gracie Ireland, black belt Brian Coyle congratulated his team and also thanked the event sponsors Browne's Car Group, McGee Transport, DT Fitness, Ballybofey Autofactors and Donegal Tyre Centre, as well as the volunteers who helped on the day to make it such a success.

Laghey blue belt William Timoney took double gold by winning in his ultra heavy weight category and the absolute section.

Other local gold medal winners included John Brown, T.J McMenamin, Marcus Monaghan, Jevgenjis Kurakins, Raymond Hutman, Igors Devous, Niall Timony, Edgars Gailis,George Henderson, Stephen McGlynn and Francie Mc Ginley.

Silvers went to Aidan Campbell, Paddy Doherty, Declan Bushell, Stephen Sims, Stephen Mailey, Edward Wallace, Pierce Walsh, Mark Barrett and Darren Giles.

Bronze went to Jonathan Hilferty, Dillion Doherty, Gabriel Gobo Barbosa, Rory Sweeney, Kirk Mullen,  Lorcan McGarry and Anthony McGlynn.

There was cash prizes on offer for the winners of each no weight “absolute” category.