Local MMA fighting champion Leah McCourt is set to organize a local Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament sending four winning competitors to the world championships in LA later this year.
We are delighted to link up with The European and World Champion to help deliver the event taking place in October at Newry Sports Centre.
The Northern Ireland Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships will practice the No GI form where male and female competitors grapple without the traditional uniform, instead wearing shorts and a rash guard and forbids grabbing the opponent’s clothing.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has become a popular sport as it’s a technique that is commonly used in UFC and MMA fights and unlike other martial arts is not recognized or receives funding from governing bodies.
Leah McCourt said, “Last year I ran the first ever national No Gi BJJ Championships and it was a massive success with competitors travelling from all over Ireland to compete.
“Knowing personally how difficult it is to compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu internationally and reach a world class level with no government support, it’s been my aim to offer winners a travel package to compete at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation World Championship in LA in December. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the help of Slim’s Healthy Kitchen founder Gary McIldowney and his sponsorship support”.
Gary McIldowney, Founder of Slim’s Healthy Kitchen said, “Leah is a world class competitor who is driven, passionate and high focused and we’re really excited to be partnering with Leah to deliver the Northern Ireland BJJ Championships. It’s great to see BBJ is on the rise, especially in youths, as it instils lessons of discipline and confidence. We’re hoping the competitors going forward to the international competition in LA later this year bring the gold home to Northern Ireland”.
The Northern Ireland Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships will take place at Newry Sports Centre on October 27th. The event is free for spectators. For more information go to facebook.com/nibjjchampionships