Donegal Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors impress at Irish Open

Members of Team Rilion Gracie celebrate.

Members of Team Rilion Gracie celebrate.

BRAZILIAN Jiu Jitsu competitors from Donegal impressed at this year’s Irish Open taking nearly two dozen medals.

Over 30 competitors from Team Rilion Gracie Ireland took part in the annual event which was held in the National Basketball Arena in Dublin last Sunday and attracted over 500 participants from around the country.


The Letterkenny-based club, which also has affiliates in Donegal town at DT Fitness and Kombat Jiu Jitsu in Derry, had four Gold medal winners: They were TJ McMenamin (Ballybofey), Stephen Simms (Convoy), William Timoney (Donegal town) and Head Coach Brian ‘Barney’ Coyle.

There were also well over a dozen club members who won bronze and silver medals, making it a very successful outing for the club.

Rilion Gracie Ireland is the only full-time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Club in Donegal and trains out of Oldtown, Letterkenny. Find them on Facebook: ‘Rilion Gracie Ireland – RGI’

The finals take place tomorrow from 10am tomorrow in the National Indoor Arena, Blanchardstown.

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