Berwick pair are best of British at Jiu Jitsu

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Berwick can lay claim to two new British champions after two young fighters proved themselves the best in their sport at the weekend.

Abbi Rae and Matheos Ferreira both won gold at the British Open Jiu Jitsu Championships, which were held in Birmingham, both maintaining their 100 per cent unbeaten record in the process.

Matheos had three fights, which were all won by submission.

Abbi had two fights and again, both were won by submission.

The pair were amongst a group of competitors from Thiago Ferreira BJJ squad who attended the event, and it proved to be a successful trip with the team also taking a silver medal and three bronze.

Rolandas Javanvicious took the silver by winning three fights before losing in the final.

Owen Wood took bronze with two fights, one won by points and won lost by submission .

Cody Leighton also took bronze with two fights, one won by points and one lost by points.

Seb Cooper had two fights, one won by points and second lost by points, but he too ended up with a bronze.

Also competing was Jevon Leighton, who had two fights, one won by submission and the second lost by points.

Thiago also stepped onto the mat and he won his first two fights by points, but lost out in the semi-finals.

Afterwards, he said: “I could not be prouder of my team as they all performed outstandingly.

“To come back from the biggest event in the UK with six medals, two of them gold, is a fantastic achievement.”

“These kids are putting Berwick on the map.

“I would like to thank all the parents for their support and believing in my job . This support makes all the difference to our team.

“The kids have to put in a lot of hard work in training and it has certainly paid off, as we now have the best team in the country.”

Gold medal winners Abbi and Matheos are due to travel to Dortmund in Germany this weekend to compete in their first international event, the NAGA Open, as part of the British squad.

Thiago will also be competing in this competition.