‘Big Mac’ wins Euro Brazilian Jiu-jitsu title

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Sutton’s Gracie Barra Academy can now boast a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu European champion.

Tomasz Zebrowski, of Forest Town, fought at blue belt masters ultra heavy and won all fights in his category to take gold in the European Open in Lisbon.

Nicknamed ‘Big Mac’ Tomasz then fought in the absolute (all blue belts, all weights) and won silver.

Gracie Barra’s other entrant, Ricky Fenlon, of Mansfield, competed as a purple belt masters and won his first fights, but lost out on bronze by three points.

Tomasz was given his purple belt on the podium in Lisbon by Professor Paul Cole, who had flown out to support his students.

Gracie Barra Sutton also sent a team of four youngsters to a competition in Derby last week and they returned with seven medals.

Jordan Parkes won three golds, Mikayla Parkes won a gold medal, Summer McLoughlin won two silver medals and Charlie Smyth won a silver medal.

The academy has only been open just over a year and they train at premises on Phoenix Street (NG17 4HL).

The academy is led by black belt professor Paul Cole, who trains under world champion Victor Estima.

Paul has coached and still coaches some of the UK’s top MMA fighters in BJJ, including UFC fighters, and is a black belt who has been training Jiu-Jitsu for 13 years.

There are classes available for men women and children from four years.

If anyone is interested in joining their team, they can pop down or contact them on 01623 555895.

The academy also have a facebook page, Gracie Barra Sutton, where they can also be contacted.

Anyone who gets in touch mentioning this article is entitled to a two week free trial with them.