Locals impress in Masters

Shaun Oneill


Shaun Oneill



FIGHTERS from the Ballymena Jiu Jitsu club fared well in the recent National Masters Championship in Hereford.

Over 400 competitors from all over the UK and Ireland took part this year to take top honours in their respective weight, age and belt categories.

This year Martin Brammeld from Antrim, one of the club’s coaches, secured Gold in the Masters 1 Purple Belt Lightweight Category,

Other local medal winners on the day were Jonny Shiels, Ballymena, who secured Bronze in the ultra-competitive Masters 2 Purple Belt Heavy Weight Category.

Taking part in his first ever BJJ Competition was Ballymena man Darren Forsythe who brought home Bronze in the White Belt Middle Weight Category.

RMNU Ballymena are located at 41B Bridge Street Ballymena and are always looking for new members.

They are on Facebook and Instagram, or contact 07872 179023.

Please get in touch if you are at all interested in joining us, minimum age 18, there is no maximum age.

Dates and times for Kids Classes coming soon

Classes are, Monday 09:30 – 11:00, BJJ All Levels (GI), 19:00 – 21:00, BJJ All Levels (GI), Tuesday 09:30 – 11:00 BJJ All Levels (GI), Wednesday 19:00- 21:00 BJJ All levels (GI), Friday 09:30 – 11:30 BJJ All Levels (GI), 19:00 – 21:00 BJJ All Levels (NOGI), Sunday 11:00 – 13.00, Open Mat.

Some of the benefits of training BJJ are ; · Self-defence

· Increased flexibility

· Improved fitness, strength and general physical conditioning

· Stress release and improved concentration

· Increased self-confidence,

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