Kyuzo Adults and Juveniles Impress at BJJ Open

It was a busy day for the Adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team from Kyuzo in Glasnevin. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters from the club made the short hop to Lucan to compete, and there were excellent performances all around as well as podium placings for some of the guys.


With Christmas just around the corner, this was the last competition that the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team would see in 2015, so there was extra motivation to put in good performances with the thoughts of turkey and Quality Street just around the corner.

In the Juvenile section, Sean Halpin and Eoin Higgins put in good performances but were unsuccessful this time out as they were both beaten out on points despite their efforts, Higgins took a bronze medal home for his growing collection however. Daniel Rice-Murphy likewise didn’t break the first round in his first competition, but put in a good shift against a more experienced and aggressive opponent.


Lightweight white belt divisions are always the most stacked, and this tournament was no different. Kyuzo had 3 fighters in this bracket. Ronan Mathews won his first with an outstanding rolling Anaconda choke, but fell via a single advantage in the quarter finals.

On the other side of the bracket, Mark O’Sullivan spent the sum total of 3 minutes on the mat on his way to the semi finals. An early closed guard arm bar and 2 sharp foot lock submissions meant that “One Minute Mark” progressed quickly.

Martin O’Shea put the disappointment of an early exit at the Irish NOGI Open behind him as he beat a path to the semi final with 2 points victories, a 9-0 and an impressive comeback 12-4. Regrettably, he met his team mate in the semi final, and while the guys initially contemplated tossing a coin to see who would progress, they chose instead to fight, and O’Sullivan sealed another win with yet another footlock.

In the final, O’Sullivans’s footlock  streak would run out as his opponent defended an early attempt to secure a triangle choke win, and send Mark home with a hard fought silver medal.


Elsewhere, Rory Downes progressed to the semi finals of the middleweight division with a points victory after a trademark sweep, but missed out on a final place to bow and arrow choke in the semi final, but ultimately he took the bronze medal in the division.

Grzegorz Broda took home the other notable victory in the Super Heavyweight division. The Mountain had a hard fought and closely matched final against an even larger, stronger opponent that finished level at one advantage each. Broda took the win by a deserved referee’s decision as the more aggressive fighter in the match, and took home the Gold medal along with it.

Excellent results and more importantly, excellent performances on a day that saw several of our guys make their competitive debut. We’re looking into 2016 with great hope for the competition team!


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