Two Donegal martial artists claimed medals when they took on some of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors in Europe at the Munich International Open at the weekend.
Ramelton’s Brian Coyle claimed gold in the brown belt light featherweight division while Donegal Town’s Bryan Gorman took silver in the purple belt, middleweight category.
The event was sanctioned by the world Governing body, the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and took place on Saturday.
Coyle’s win came over an English opponent ranked number eight in the world. Not only did his win see him take the gold for the ‘Gracie Elite Team’ he represents, but it also brings him into the top ten in the world IBJJF rankings for his weight and belt division.
Bryan Gorman fought through a hotly contested category to gain a final berth spot where he had to settle for silver medal after a highly questionable intervention by the referee turned the result against him with a disqualification in the dying seconds after leading for all of the match.
Brian Coyle, who teaches at the Rilion Gracie Ireland Academy on Letterkenny’s Port Road, said he was delighted with his victory and the performances he and Bryan put in on the international stage.
He is now aiming on improving his ranking and hoping to gain more high level competitive experience in the build up to the European championships. He thanked ‘DT Fitness’, in Donegal Town for the sponsorship of his competition fees for Germany and says he is also seeking assistance to help him compete in the future and would be grateful to hear from any prospective sponsors interested in helping him on his path up the world rankings. He can be contacted via the Rilion Gracie Academy or 085 8269259.
On the domestic front, his fellow Academy team members travelled to Dublin at the weekend for the “Grapplepolooza” Jiu Jitsu tournament in Dublin. They to take home a haul of medals including two gold, three silver and three bronze medals.