Debuts and Medals at the Irish Open for Kyuzo

Last weekend saw the Irish Open NoGi Championships take place in Dublin City University. Kyuzo sent a squad of 6 fighters including 3 debutantes to the DCU Arena to take on the rest of Ireland.

In the Juvenile division, Eoin Higgins drew an experienced opponent for his first contest, and had to show the defensive side of his game for the bulk of his match. While he was forced to tap later, he fought well and will have gained great experience from the tournament. Owen Power and Martin O’Shea both made their competitive bows in the White Middleweight category, traditionally one of the largest divisions in Ireland. A difficult debut for both guys meant that they also went out in the first, but showed glimpses of great potential for the future during their matches.

Nathan Kelly (R) works an armdrag from standing against his opponent at The Irish Open Nogi 2015 -3/10/2015 (photo credit David Fogarty Photography)

Nathan Kelly (R) works an armdrag from standing against his opponent at The Irish Open Nogi 2015 -3/10/2015
(photo credit David Fogarty Photography)

In the Blue Belt featherweight division, Nathan Kelly started well and scored highly in his match, but an error saw him on the back foot and forced to tap.. Likewise debut white belt Super Heavyweight Gregorz Broda was outpointed in the final of his division for a Silver medal, but dusted himself off to enter the absolute and went 3 matches deep for his second medal of the day, a bronze. Finally, Light Featherweight Austin Lynch narrowly missed out on gold after easing his way into the final with 2 dominant submission wins. The final was decided on one advantage point for a near miss take down against the other stand out grappler from the division, but it was nip and tuck for the full 5 minutes, and if it wasn’t for an accidental blow to the nose that stunned Lynch in the last minute, things may have been different.

Overall, the performances didn’t match the medal haul and there was plenty to be happy about in terms of effort and skill. The guys were back in the gym last night working hard to fix errors and to improve further.

Well done to all who competed, and to their team mates who came along to support on the day!

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Austin Lynch finishes his semi final match with a triangle choke from bottom at The Irish Open Nogi 2015 in Dublin City University- 3/10/2015 (Photo credit Fokai)

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