Plymouth Jiu Jitsu Instructor takes Gold at the World Championships
On November 2nd and 3rd, 2013, the IBJJF World Jiu Jitsu No Gi Championships were held at the Walter Pyramid Arena in Long Beach, California. The IBJJF is the governing body for Jiu Jitsu throughout the world, and medalling at the world championships is considered by many BJJ practitioners as the highest achievement in the sport.
Jiu Jitsu originates from Japanese Judo and Ju Jitsu. The famous Gracie family took the techniques they learned from Judo and refined their art through competition, both in public challenge matches and on the street. They focused their attention on submission ground fighting, which allowed a smaller person to defend and defeat a larger attacker.
Tom Barlow who represented the UK, and Gracie Barra fought in the featherweight, black belt category. After winning three tough fights, including submitting his opponent in the final, he emerged as the new No Gi BJJ world champion.
This is also the first time a British born competitor has won a gold medal as a Black Belt at the world championships
Tom said about the event: “I am pleased with my performance, there are still many things I have to work on but this is the accumulation of many years of hard work. I could not have done it without the support of my family, everyone at the academy, Dave Parker of Argen Securtiy Services Ltd and Joe Fitzgerald-Yeomans of SWWC LTD.”
Master Anton St’James, Tom’s business partner and Chief Instructor of Master St James Black Belt Academy said ”We are all incredibly proud of Tom, he has been training incredibly hard for this even, and it showed in the result."
To find out more about the Jiu Jitsu or Master St’James Black Belt Academy, contact Tom on 01752 262233 or visit http://www.martialartsplymouth.co.uk