Kyuzo at the Irish Open 2013

Irish Open Report

Better late than never, here’s our report on the Irish Open that took place on April 28th in Cabra, Dublin.

The Irish Open is Ireland’s largest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition and features athletes from all over Ireland fighting for the right to be Irish Champion in their divisions for the year. 300 competitors made their way to the Cabra Sports Centre for the largest ever Open, and among them was the large Kyuzo Grappling Academy team drawn from all age groups in our academy.

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The children’s divisions kicked off first, and the enthusiasm from the little guys was infectious with some of them taking to the mats for the very first time, and some of them wily veterans of the competition scene! (or as close to being wily veterans as you can be at 9 years old). We had great performances from all of the kids, Logan, Joshua, Max, Luke B, Luke D, Sophie, Ellie, Jamie, Sam, and Ben, with lots of medals coming home with them too.

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The Juveniles were up next. These guys are between 15 and 17 years old and we had Joe Corcoran, Nathan Kelly, Adam Kearney, and Colm Mansfield all taking to the mats. Joe took home an impressive silver medal on his debut with the rest of the guys taking home bronze for their efforts. Great performances from the juveniles all round, and they’re already looking to their next tournament in June.

Lastly came the Adult and Masters divisions, and once again we had some great results. Andy Brady took home a double gold in his weight and the absolute division in the blue belt masters, submitting all of his opponents. Eoin Markey and Amanda English took home silver medals with good performances in their divisions, Laszlo Borcsok fought as a blue belt due to his wrestling experience and lost narrowly in his debut match in the kimono, as did Grant Carroll.  Jessica Ryan impressed in her debut with a double bronze winning performance in her weight division and the female white belt absolute.

All in all a great day out for the team with great performances, happy faces  and a great attitude shown by all. Everyone can be proud of the manner in which they represented the team even if they’d have preferred a medal of a different colour.

It was, as always, an honour to witness everyone performing to the best of their abilities and representing the Academy in such fine style. My congratulations to you all!

Barry

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