Fife martial artists fly flag for Scotland

Fife athletes have actually flown the flag for Scotland at one of the world’s most significant martial arts tournaments. Three members of Gracie Barra Fife won gold medals at the prestigious British Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition in Coventry.


Instructor Darren Clark, Kieran Sinclair and Euan Reid are now British champs in their particular weight classifications. Not pleased with that, under the banner of Gracie Barra as an around the world team, they likewise collected the much desirable group award at the competition which involved more than 1700 rivals from all over the world.


Okay for a small group based in a tiny space at the Fitness Factory Gym, in Kirkcaldy.


Darren said: The gold medals and team award just reveal what a good training ethos and attitude our members bring to the mats. We have some exceptional lads and lasses who never stop working hard and who are passionate about constantly establishing their skills and techniques.

We’re one of the most revered clubs in Scotland and were now one of the best groups in Britain. We’re certainly punching above our weight. Darren, 29, won the adult brown belt division while 24-year-old Kieran walked off with the white-belt 76kg title.


He won six matches with a stunning five arm-bar, one triangle, thrashing of his category in a total time less than one bout six minutes. Euan, 17, referred to as chatty man in the group, managed studying for his higher exams when training and won the juvenile white-belt competition.

Darren included: Kieran has a huge future in the sport. He s been training BJJ for less than 15 months but will go a long way after we’ve smoothed down a couple of edges.


Euan is likewise an exceptional talent. His video game is based on speed, dexterity and mindset he never ever understands when he’s beaten. After cementing his place at leading position he has now been promoted to blue belt and has new obstacles ahead.

The British Open, which was held at Coventry’s Sky Dome Arena, remains in its sixth year and was founded by BJJ legend Braulio Estima a multiple time world champ.


Speaking about the competition, the 3rd degree black belt said: I always wanted to make a competition that will inspire people to compete, and get individuals to come in and know Jiu Jitsu. These competitors are helping everyone, however the majority of definitely the kids; providing goals and training to win medals that make them go home, focus on their next day of training, and improve so they can get that medal and develop their own level of Jiu Jitsu so that it is better than the level of Brazil when I left there.


Gracie Barra Fife runs classes every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night with competitors training every Sunday. The club’s training is based upon the Gracie ICP5 program and is presently held at the Fitness Factory however will quickly be relocating to larger premises close by.