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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