Brunel Jiu Jitsu Club regains confidence at national tournament

Brunel Jiu Jitsu Club brought back gold from February’s Randori Nationals for the second year in a row.

Randori Nationals, held last weekend in Northampton, brought together over 500 jitsukas from 75 clubs across the country. Brunel took a twelve-strong team to the tournament, and returned with four medals.

Orange belt Racquel Barnes fought her way to bronze in women’s middleweights, facing some familiar opponents from Brunel’s sister clubs in the Thames Valley region. Last year’s yellow belt gold medalist Matt Crouch took gold again, this time in men’s orange belt heavyweights. 

Green belt Kieran Waite was the lightest in his weight category, but he was still crowned champion of both the ground and standing fighting categories.

‘The competition was exhausting and I’m just relieved it’s over. Winning definitely made my weekend, though’ said Kieran when asked how he felt after his victory.

The team was proud to break the news to their club, who have been preparing for the event for the last four months. Last year’s national’s success broke a long dry spell for the club, and club treasurer Ben Drabble is relieved to see the good luck continue.

‘We’ve only just re-established ourselves as a proper club after a couple of tough years, and it feels amazing to have such success’ Drabble said.

The club was joined in January by a new instructor, sensei David Yates. Yates himself is well known in jitsu circles for his impressive competitive record, and he is happy to have his new club follow in his footsteps, ‘The club was absolutely fantastic. We’re looking forward to Atemi Nationals in November and are hoping to do even better next year!’