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DONEGAL MAN WINS DOUBLE EUROPEAN GOLD MEDALS IN ROME

first_imgDonegal man & Convoy native, TJ McMenamin, has won double European gold medals, in Jiu Jitsu, at the 2016 European IBJJF NO-GI Championships, (No Kimono is worn – shorts & rash guard only) ,which were held on Saturday the 3rd April 2016, at the Palazzetto dello Sport, Piazza Apollodoro in, Rome, Italy.McMenamin took part in the Masters Blue Belt Division at Medium Heavy weight, and secured victory in the final, over Giorgio Gastaldi, a former European NO-GI Gold & Silver medalist, from Italy, by a points decision. Then later in the evening, he took part in the Open Weight competition, and secured victory in very close final, by a point decision, over Mike Tajik a Superheavy weight, from Sweden, whom is the reigning world masters champion, which he won at the IBJJF World Masters championships, last year in Las Vegas at Ultraheavy weight. TJ, also won double gold medals, in the Rome International Open, two days previously , where he fought in the Masters blue belt GI competition, on Friday the 1st April, held at the same premises. He won his weight division by walkover, but took part in the open weight division, where he submitted the lightweight Marc Thompson, and again had met Mike Tajik in the final, where he secured a points victory over the Super heavy weight.In 22nd January of this year, TJ previously won a European Bronze medal , in Lisbon, Portugal at the 2016 European IBJJF Championships(Kimono/Gi is worn).On the 5th March, he secured Gold in his weight division and silver in the open weight division at the IBJJF London Winter International Open. A very busy & successful, last few months of competition to date, and great outcome for BJJ athletes & martial arts over all.Another Donegal competitor, Bryan Gorman from Donegal Town, also secured a European NO-GI, Silver medal in the Masters brown belt category, at medium heavy weight. Bryan runs, the DT fitness gym in Donegal Town. TJ is a self employed Architect, with his business, MCM Associates, which is based in Raphoe, & he trains out of the Rilion Gracie BJJ Academy , the county’s only full time Martial Arts gym, which is based in Old Town Letterkenny, which is run by Ramelton native, Brian “Barney” Coyle, whom himself secured a Gold Medal at the 2016 European IBJJF (Kimono is worn) championships, in Lisbon, at the start of the year, and also a bronze medal at the IBJJF World Masters in the Autumn of 2015. This was the largest BJJ tournament in the world, with 0ver 3500+ athletes competing.Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the most effective & fastest growing martial arts systems in the world, and Irish UFC Stars Conor McGregor & Joseph Duffy both train extensively, & hold Brown Belts in this particular discipline, which is an essential skill set for all successful top UFC MMA fighters.DONEGAL MAN WINS DOUBLE EUROPEAN GOLD MEDALS IN ROME was last modified: April 6th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GoldmedalsRomeSportlast_img read more

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