Newcastle Open Summer Tournament Results

Thanks to everyone who supported the Newcastle BJJ Open Summer Tournament at the weekend. We hope everyone had a great time! The response to the tournament was far greater than we expected, so we’re sorry that the event ran over time and that we didn’t have time for the absolutes this time around. We’re looking to move to a bigger venue for the next event, and to run three mats – all with UKBJJA qualified referees, so that the divisions will get done more quickly.

It was great to see some familiar faces come back for the event, and to see some people who came from further afield too. There were some great matches at all levels, and some impressive showings from first-time competitors, and from a few guys that have recently been promoted and were facing new, tougher competition. We’re proud to be a part of the North East BJJ scene. Yes, we say that every tournament, but only because it’s true!

Thanks to James McIntyre for coming up to referee, and to Andy Mastaglio and Maruf Miah for their photography. Also thanks to the guys from Origin BJJ Newcastle who worked tables, scoring, running, etc, and the staff at Benfield Sports Centre for being so helpful throughout the day. Thanks also to the competitors for great jiu jitsu and great sportsmanship.

We’d like to include a junior’s division next time around. We have a few gyms that have expressed an interest in their juniors taking part, but as you can imagine it’s hard to find fair matches given the range of weights, ages and experience levels in the junior divisions. If you train with juniors who are interested in trying their hand at competition, please get in touch so we can start trying to pair people up.

Father / Son Match

We rounded off the day with a father/son submission only match up, which was a nice ‘just for fun’ event. James Keay is ranked #11 in his Purple Belt weight class with the IBJJF, and his father is ranked #5 in his Blue Belt Masters’ division. With prize money (donated by Dad) on the line, James proved to be a good submission hunter!

Tournament Results

The individual results and team standings for the July tournament are posted below.

White Belt Light Feather

Gold: Ben Jacques of Checkmat Thornaby
Silver: Paul Brown of Gracie Jiu Jitsu
Bronze: Luke Young of Origin BJJ Newcastle

White Belt Feather

Gold: Tom Harrison of Bad Boy Gym
Silver: James Whitton of Redcar BJJ
Bronze: Connor Darnell of CSN Newcastle

White Belt Light

Gold: David Mccaffery of South Shields Fighting Fit
Silver: Richard Kirton of Made 4 The Cage Fight Academy
Bronze: Steven Briggs of South Shields Fighting Fit
Bronze: Marcin Lejwoda of Bad Boy Gym

White Belt Middleweight

Gold: Ross Taylor of NEJJ
Silver: James Farrer of Checkmat
Bronze: Nathaniel Montgomery of Griphouse

White Belt Heavy

Gold: Joe Milward of South Shields Fighting Fit
Silver: Piotr Lejwoda of Origin BJJ Newcastle
Broze: Darren Dyson of Grimsby Gracie Jiu Jitsu

White Belt Medium Heavy

Gold: Glenn Hunnam of Checkmat The Dungeon
Silver: Jack Doran of Checkmat The Dungeon
Bronze: Paul Christie of Origin BJJ Dundee

White Ultra Heavy

Gold: Scott Edmondson of Origin BJJ Dundee
Silver: Chris Morgan of Checkmat The Dungeon
Bronze: Matthew Mabwai of Grimsby Gracie Jiu Jitsu

White Master Middleweight

Gold: Shahid Ulah of Underdogs Combat Centre
Silver: Scott Forsyth of Team Legarto Teeside
Bronze: Scott Nolan of Origin BJJ Newcastle

Blue Belt Featherweight

Gold: Joe McNally of Sixth Sense
Silver: Phil Nelson of Origin BJJ Newcastle

Blue Belt Lightweight

Gold: Lewis Chalmers of Origin BJJ Dundee
Silver: Michael Walton of Made 4 The Cage Fight Academy
Bronze: Alan King of Rising Phoenix
Bronze: Gary McMillan of Volcano BJJ

Blue Belt Middleweight

Gold: Mike Watson of Origin BJJ Newcastle
Silver: Michael Nugent of Itaipava BJJ
Bronze: Aaron Shiels of Origin BJJ Newcastle

Blue Belt Medium Heavy

Gold: Joe Erskine of Origin BJJ Newcastle
Silver: Ryan Erskine of Origin BJJ Newcastle
Bronze: Tom Crosby of Combat Base AVT

Blue Belt Heavy

Gold: Connor McLain of Bad Boy Gym
Silver: John Moore of Tap Out Knockout
Bronze: Darius Krak of Chris Rees Academy

Blue Belt Master Middleweight

Gold: Dave Toward of Bad Boy Gym
Silver: Glenn Hart of Origin BJJ Newcastle
Bronze: Stuart Sharp of AOF BJJ

Blue Belt Master Medium Heavy

Gold: Stephen Fairbairn of Combat Base North East
Silver: Majid Gilani of Fighters Hive Elements BJJ
Bronze: Jason Broadhead of Combat Base
Bronze: Kamil Trzcnski of Gracie Barra Bradford

Purple Belt Lightweight

Gold: Kieran Lister of Checkmat Thornaby
Silver: Grant Cruickshank of Origin BJJ Dundee
Bronze: Jordan Cooper of Origin BJJ Newcastle

Purple Belt Middleweight

Gold: Lee Kirtley of Checkmat
Silver: Mike Williams of Origin BJJ Newcastle
Bronze: Adam Sanderson of Origin BJJ Newcastle

 

No-Gi Beginner Super Feather

Gold: Alex Peart of AOF BJJ
Silver: Darren Howes of 10th Planet Darlington
Bronze: Luke Young of Origin BJJ Newcastle

No-Gi Beginner Feather

Gold: Nasser Mehri of South Shields Fighting Fit
Silver: Jamie Bates of CSN Newcastle
Bronze: Tom Harrison of Bad Boy Gym

No-gi Beginner Middleweight

Gold: Shahid Ullah of Underdogs Combat Centre
Silver: David Mccaffery of South Shields Fighting Fit
Bronze: Lee Hoy of South Shields Fighting Fit

No-Gi Beginner Medium Heavy

Gold: Nathan Wilson of AOF BJJ
Silver: Kenny Brannan of Bad Boy Gym

No-Gi Beginner Heavy

Gold: Joe Milward of South Shields Fighting Fit
Silver: Piotr Lejwoda of Origin BJJ Newcastle
Bronze: Darren Dyson of Grimsby Gracie Jiu Jitsu

No-gi Beginner Ultra Heavy

Gold: Chris Morgan of Checkmat The Dungeon
Silver: Matthew Mabwai of Gracie Jiu Jitsu
Bronze Jack Richardson of Grimsby Gracie Jiu Jitsu

No-Gi Advanced Lightweight

Gold: Kieran Lister of Checkmat Thornaby
Silver: Jordan Cooper of Origin BJJ Newcastle
Bronze: Steven Briggs of South Shields Fighting Fit

No-Gi Advanced Middleweight

Gold: Lee Kirtley of Checkmat The Dungeon
Silver: Adam Sanderson of Origin BJJ Newcastle
Bronze: Stuart Sharp of AOF BJJ

No-Gi Advanced Medium Heavy

Gold: Kye Waters of Bad Boy Gym
Silver: Jason Broadhead of Combat Base
Bronze: Tom Crosby  of Combat Base AVT

No-Gi Advanced Heavy

Gold: John Moore of Tap Out Knockout
Silver: Dariusz Krak of Chris Rees Academy

No-Gi Advanced Ultra Heavy

Gold: James Bland of Origin BJJ Newcastle
Silver: Scott Edmondson of Origin BJJ Dundee

Team Standings

Team Points
Origin BJJ 57
The Dungeon BJJ 42
Bad Boy 41
South Shields Fighting Fit 33
Origin BJJ Dundee 34
Checkmat 30
AOF 20
Underdogs Combat Centre 18
Combat Base 16
Tap Out Knock Out 12

Thanks again everyone, and we hope to see you back again in October!