Paul Gregory (age 32), a BCA employee from Priory Vale, Swindon won gold in the National Aiuchi Jiu Jitsu competition held recently in Keele.
Aiuchi Jiu Jitsu is a modern self-defence based martial art and Paul won his gold by defending himself against a wide variety of armed and unarmed attackers with points awarded for the range of techniques and their style, suitability and effectiveness. He competed against over thirty others, both men and women from all around the country in the senior grades category (orange to brown belts) and came out on top, following an excellent performance.
This was particularly good news as the Swindon Aiuchi Jiu Jitsu club only started in September 2008, so it is great to get success so early.
If anybody is interested in getting a bit fitter or starting a new activity, the Swindon Aiuchi Jiu Jitsu club is a friendly and informal club and welcomes new members at any time. Jiu Jitsu is an effective form of self defence for all, using simple techniques that do not rely on strength, making it safe and practical for people of all sizes, gender and levels of fitness to learn. It teaches a variety of techniques to handle situations from simple squabbles to armed attacks and also develops self-confidence, co-ordination and fitness.
The club trains on Wednesdays from 7pm – 9pm at The Haydon Centre, Haydon Wick, Swindon. Anybody is welcome to join in and try (all you need is loose comfortable clothing and a willingness to learn) or come along and watch; do feel free to ask any questions. You can email us for information at Swindon@aiuchi.org or simply turn up and see what we are about – who knows the next competition success could be yours?