East BJJ League
dip their toes in competition waters!
March 2004 by Carl Fisher
competitions are pretty thin on the ground this year, so when Peter Irving announced
their first BJJ event, attendance was mandatory; travelling up the night before
with student Will Burke and enduring a horrendous four hour journey, we were met
at the other side of the Tyne Tunnel by my good friend Ian Barnfather (Pud) and
whisked away to West Sleekburn, Puds home town and into the nearest pub
for a well earned drink to soothe frayed nerves from the drive up. Suitably quenched,
Pud took us to the local Chinese for a bit of bait and once back at
Puds house we began to unwind and get ourselves in fighting mood by watching
Mundials and Pride DVDs.
of the competition arrived way too soon and we left for the Lightfoot Centre in
Walker fuelled on bacon and egg butties and orange juice, proper fighters
fare; after picking up Jimmy Welsh for the trip we took the coastal road through
Whitley Bay and headed towards Walker and arrived just in time for the weigh in
and rules meeting.
mats were in operation on the day and the white belts stepped to the middle to
do business; GB Manchesters Will Burke, with only five weeks training to
his credit won the middle weight section with two submissions in two matches.
After fighting off a tight triangle choke in his first match, Burke stepped up
the pressure and attacked with a number of sweeps, which exposed his opponents
arm and ended the match with a tap out. In the second match, Burke launched his
opponent with a huge stomach throw that sent him to the other side of the mats;
his opponent managed to pull guard and from there Burke sunk in a vice like guillotine
and slowly applied the pressure to produce tap out number two. A calm and confident
fighter on the mats, Burke is a name to look out for in the future.
the Superfight it was GB Newcastle versus Combat Base as Dave Elliot and Varqa
faced off in the middle; the fight was fast and technical and Elliott soon had
Varqa in trouble with a triangle choke, but was unable to finish the fight, as
both fighters fell off the edge of the mats. Restarted in the middle, Elliot continued
with the choke, yet Varqa managed to break free and passed the guard and from
there the match see sawed between both fighters. At the end of the match, Varqas
guard pass was enough to secure victory. Staying with Combat Base, Vince Moran
lost his first match on points and lost in the Absolute to GB Sheffields
Andy Roberts; Dodd Granville won his weight category; Ben Mallowes won his first
match with arm bar and lost the second match on points; Paul Smith lost his first
match to a somewhat dubious judges decision and Mike Marriott won his first
match on points and lost the second on points.
not often that you bump into one of the UKs most popular martial artists
two weekends in a row, so it was a nice surprise to meet
up again with Rick Young, so soon after the Braulio Estima seminar in Bolton;
Rick brought down a sharp looking outfit and walked away with two division medals
one in the white belt and one in the blue, as well as having a fighter in the
Sheffields Andy Roberts lost his first match in his weight bracket and turned
it all around in the Absolute by winning all five of his matches on the way to
the Absolute title, doing what is known in the trade a Dean Lister.
Roberts has now issued a challenge to all comers to fight him for his Gracie Invitational
title at SENI in two weeks, another reason to attend this groundbreaking event!
the onus on competing and coaching, I didnt get to see as much of the competing
as I would have liked, but I was impressed with what I saw; there were a few bad
judging errors and dubious points awarded, but to avoid these in the future, as
a fighter, tap the man out!
credit to Peter Irving and Victor Carvahlo and the team for hosting the event,
together with cool sponsor goodies from Evolution and Showdown Fightwear, as well
as an endless supply of bananas, chocolate and fluids; the event was to test the
waters and based on their success, more future events will more than certainly
you on the mats!
Rooster Ian Malone GB Newcastle
White Gav Bradley GB Newcastle
Will Burke GB Manchester
Medium Heavy White Dod
Granville Combat Base
White Shaun Matthews Middlesbrough
Super Heavy White Kevin
Murray GB Scotland
Blue Lee Smith Combat Base
Blue Peter Tiarks GB Newcastle
Blue John Kennedy GB Scotland
Heavy Blue Carl Fisher GB Manchester
Heavy Blue Aaron
Naisbet Roger Brooking
Heavy Blue James Dayle Advanced Fighting Centre
Roberts GB Sheffield
Belt Superfight Varqa Abyaneh Combat Base
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