Medal haul for jiu-jitsu club at area championships

East Midlands Jiu-Jitsu Association
East Midlands Jiu-Jitsu Association

THIS week the Times is launching a brand new section in the paper which turns the spotlight on your sports clubs from around Derbyshire.

It could be anything from athletics and boxing to darts and crown green bowling, as long as you’ve got the passion for it we want to hear from you.

Take John Rake and the members of East Midlands Jiu-Jitsu Association. They took part in the area championships held at Mary Swanwick School, Chesterfield, and came away with a fantastic 25 medals out of a possible 36, including six golds.

Founder member and sensei John, 62, from Clay Cross, said he was proud of the club’s achievement.

“I must say they all fought well and have been training hard at least twice a week and they deserved their reward of medals,” he added.

“Last year we went to a national finals in Walsall and did very well. This was our second tournament and have done brialliantly again.”

The association was formed in 1991 and has been growing year on year to the point it now boast more than 250 members aged between five and 70. They hold eight training sessions a week and train throughout the area from Clay Cross to Dronfield.

John added: “I thought I could do something a bit different and a bit better than anything else that was out there.

“I wanted an association that competes in tournaments and make it interesting for them.

“They are all local children and we even have a few older ones too. We have an over 50s group so we’re not facing 20-year-olds.”

John still fights and believes the sport instills confidence and a respect towards others, as well as improving fitness and self defence. To get involved visit www.emjja.com for more details.

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