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Jiu-jitsu: Gracie Barra scoops more medals in Manchester

Mixed junior and adult squad impressed to finish third at championship

Another big medal haul has been secured by Gracie Barra Isle of Man whilst they took part in their latest outing at a UK regional tournament.

The Manx club fielded a mixed squad of 15 juniors and adults during the All Stars Manchester Pro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship at the weekend.

They'd go on to take home 22 medals, made up of six gold, nine silver and seven bronze with the team finishing third overall in the standings.

Team coach, Mark Franklin, secured gold in his category whilst Hayley Curtis moved up in weight and took bronze in the Gi and Nogi divisions she took part in.

Meanwhile, Stuart Shimmin in his second ever tournament entered into three divisions - winning gold in the Nogi class, silver in the Gi category and bronze in the Absolute division.

There was success also for two of Gracie Barra's teenage competitors, Kye Greenhalgh and Jayden Mahey, who would take three gold medals between them.

Elsewhere, Jack Postlethwaite claimed silver in his Gi division; James Moore took a bronze and silver in his first ever tournament and Eddie Rennie secured a good win after only joining the squad this year.

More junior success also came in the form of Maisie Meban who, due to there being no girls in her division, went on to compete in a higher weight boys category in the Gi and Nogi disciplines and was rewarded for her efforts with a bronze after her opponent was disqualified for using an illegal technique.

Gracie Barra Isle of Man will be hosting an open day on Sunday, 14 May from 11am to 5pm with anyone welcome to attend.

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