British Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Rochdale's Perez brothers win gold and silver at British Open Championships

Date published: 14 September 2021

Three Rochdale brothers won two gold medals and a silver at this year’s British Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Open Championships in Loughborough on Saturday (11 September).

Andrew and Ethan Perez both took gold medals in their categories, whilst their brother Collin took an impressive silver after three tough bouts.

11-year-old Andrew, who holds a grey belt, took the British champion title in the Junior 2 division (34kg) after defeating two opponents from Gracie Barra Academy.

The contest was the first jiu jitsu competition for Ethan, seven, who won gold after beating both of his opponents in the PeeWee 2 (21kg) division.

And third brother Collin, nine, won silver after facing three experienced opponents in Junior 1 (30kg).

Collin holds a grey belt, whilst Ethan holds a white belt.

Andrew, a pupil at Holy Family RC and CE College in Heywood, has been training since 2016 and has been active on the UK’s BJJ competition circuit since 2018.

Both Collin and Ethan attend St Vincent's Catholic Primary School in Norden. Collin has been competing in the sport since December 2018.

All three brothers train at Team Sukata in Warrington under the coach black belt Lee Simpson. As well as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, they train in Judo at Bacup Judo club and Judo Excellence club, wrestling at Bolton Wrestling Club and Thai boxing at Valley Thai Boxing Club in Whitworth.

Their next competition is the BJJ Junior Europeans Championship in Wolverhampton on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September. 

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