UMA English Open Judo Ne Waza

UMA English Open Judo Ne Waza Back to Back Championships – report by Carl FisherThis was the first event organised by Jim Mc Sherry of the UMA (United Martial Alliance) and consisted of both junior and senior weight divisions; the UMA have a full calendar of events, including Judo and MMA events planned throughout the year.


Injuries, the bane of all jiu jitsu players, had claimed a number of my students prior to the event, which culminated in three entrants across three brackets, -75, -85 and -95K respectively. After an easy drive to the event we arrived with the junior matches still in full swing and as you would expect, with so much energy in their little bodies, one could hear the screams of the excited junior team mates well before entering the doors to the club.

Two more BJJ clubs were in attendance both representing Gracie Barra, with Kevin Capel from Roger Gracie London and Ryan Hendry and Angelo Beales from GB Milton Keynes; local and national Judo clubs were out in force representing Erdington, Crewe, Glossop, Sandbach and Katana Judo Club.

Two mats were in action throughout the day, with the referees performing an excellent job ensuring a rapid fire turn over on both areas; in the adult -75 section Roger Gracie player Kevin Capel dominated his division easily taking the gold medal, whilst Fighting Fit’s Richard Hillis took the gold in a tough -85K division. GB Pendle’s John Stokes coasted to first place, winning all matches through submission and the giant Leigh Hitchen (all 125+K of him) took gold in the +95K bracket.

Fight of the day was in the Open division between the giant Hitchen and Richard Hillis; Hillis attacked from the start and had Hitchen on the defensive and turned up the pace by securing an arm and went for the submission. Hillis turned onto his front for a reverse arm bar and you could see the veins popping out of his forehead and neck; the crowds were screaming for both men, when Hillis finally succumbed to fatigue and lost the match to a pin down, yet took the moral victory over the giant Judo player.

Overall, the event was extremely well organised with over 100 competitors on the day, well judged and refereed, with the day finishing well before 4pm, with no excess hanging around for all competitors involved.

As stated earlier a full calendar of events is on offer throughout the year and as ever, if the Fighting Photographer can make it, expect a full report on all the action!

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Results

Peewee Boys 10 years old and belowUnder 20 kg

1st Keenan CapelRoger Gracie London

2nd Edwin KnightAmateur JiuJitsu Academy


3rd Nicos Lea-SprosonSilver Tigers Judo Academy

Peewee Boys 10 years old and belowUnder 25 kg

1st Daniel HemmingErdington Judo Club

2ndPatrick RyanErdington Judo Club

3rdLiam RowleySilver Tigers Judo Academy

Peewee Boys 10 years old and belowUnder 30 kg

1st PlaceRoss DenhamGlossop Judo Club

2ndAshley HughesErdington Judo Club

3rd Eric HamGlossop Judo Club

Peewee Boys 10 years old and belowUnder 35kg

1st Tom GreenoughGlossop Judo Club

2nd Alec RanfordErdington Judo Club

3rdAdam YatesSandbach Judo Club

Peewee Boys 10 years old and belowUnder 45kg

1st Thomas SlackErdington Judo Club2ndJordan DayKatana Judo Club

Peewee Boys 10 years old and belowOpen Weight

1st Ross DenhamGlossop Judo Club

2nd Jordan CapperSilver Tigers Judo Academy

3rd Sam BlundellSandbach Judo Club

Peewee Girls 10 years old and belowUnder 25kg

1st Lauren ErrettGlossop Judo Club

2ndKelsey TenchSilver Tigers Judo Academy

3rdRianne MarriottAmateur JiuJitsu Academy

Peewee Girls 10 years old and belowUnder 30kg

1st Sam BedfordSandbach Judo Club

2nd PlaceStella DoyleCombat Base JuJitsu Club

3rdBethany BourneBulldogs Judo Club

Peewee Girls 10 years old and belowOpen Weight

1stRhiannon BaldwinGlossop Judo Club2ndAmy GaskinGlossop Judo Club

3rd Kora BassingtonSilver Tiger Judo Academy

Junior Boys 11 to 15 years oldUnder 35kg

1stTom GreenoughGlossop Judo Club

2nd Alec RanfordErdington Judo Club

3rdThomas RowleySilver Tiger Judo Academy

Junior Boys 11 to 15 years oldUnder 40kg

1st Jack HughesErdington Judo Club

2nd Alex CarterCrewe Judo Club

3rdAdam YatesSandbach Judo Club

Junior Boys 11 to 15 years oldUnder 45kg

1st Thomas SlackErdington Judo Club

2ndEdward MeredithAmateur JiuJitsu Academy

3rdKatana Judo Club

Junior Boys 11 to 15 years oldUnder 50kg

1stMathew HudzickCrewe Judo Club

2nd Luke YatesSandbach Judo Club

Junior Boys 11 to 15 years oldOpen Weight

1stJamie PearsonSt. Albans Judo Club

2nd Andrew RichardsonCrewe Judo Club

3rdKanijah GrossettAmateur JiuJitsu Academy

Junior Girls 11 to 15 years oldUnder 45kg

1stAbi WalkerGlossop Judo Club

2ndAlison HughesErdington Judo Club

3rd Inka DoyleCombat Base

Junior Girls 11 to 15 years oldOpen Weight

1st Katie WilliamsKatana Judo Club

2ndHolly JonesAmateur JiuJitsu Academy Club

Cadet Male 16 to 18 years oldUnder 70kg1stGlynn EvansSandbach Judo Club

2ndJames MeredithAmateur JiuJitsu Academy

Cadet Male 16 to 18 years oldOpen Weight

1st Adam Dobbinson3k’S Bushido Judo Club

2ndJames Lawerence3k’S Bushido Judo Club

3rdLee BlundellSandbach Judo Club

Senior Women 16 years old and overUnder 75kg

1st Yasmine WilsonRoger Gracie London

2ndCharlotte EvansSandbach Judo Club

3rd Elise AstonSandbach Judo Club

Senior Men 19 years old and overUnder 75kg

1st Kevin CapelRoger Gracie London

2nd Ryan HendryGracie Barra Milton Keynes

3rdPeter RichardsonCrewe Judo Club

Senior Men 19 years old and overUnder 85kg

1stRichard WillisFighting Fit2nd Mark Donnelly3k’s Bushido Judo Club

3rd Lewis PetofalviCrewe Judo Club

Senior Men 19 years old and overUnder 95kg

1st John StokesGracie Barra Pendle

2nd Nick PradosAmateur JiuJitsu Academy

3rdPaul ChambersAmateur JiuJitsu Academy

Senior Men 19 years old and overOver 95kg

1st Leigh HitchenSandbach Judo Club

2nd David BramwellAmateur JiuJitsu Academy

3rdPeter RowanSandbach Judo Club

Senior Men 19 years old and overOpen Weight

1stLeigh HitchenSandbach Judo Club

2nd Richard WillisFighting Fit

3rd Angelo BealesGracie Barra Milton Keynes

























































































































































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