Jit’s fourth BUCS ti­tle in a row for super Soren

The Chronicle - - Grassroots Sport -

SU­RAJ Soren led the Northum­bria Jitsu charge as the ex­pe­ri­enced mar­tial artist se­cured an un­prece­dented fourth suc­ces­sive na­tional ti­tle.

The 2017 Sport New­cas­tle Ris­ing Star and Northum­bria Sport Scholar has dom­i­nated the floor at the BUCS Jiu-Jitsu Na­tional Cham­pi­onships since 2014.

As soon as Soren set foot in Sh­effield it was clear the tal­ented stu­dent was in no mood to loosen his grip on a prize he calls his own.

Northum­bria Jitsu’s joint head coach Dave Chal­ton said: “Su­raj put on his usual show of panache and flair.

“His was an­other out­stand­ing per­for­mance and we could not be prouder of what he has achieved.

“This year Jon Thomp­son was el­i­gi­ble for the BUCS in­di­vid­ual cham­pi­onship so Northum­bria had two great shots at a podium place.

“In the end Jon man­aged to se­cure fourth place in his first BUCS in­di­vid­ual cham­pi­onship and gained valu­able points for the team.

“He also fin­ished sec­ond in the brown belt cat­e­gory.

“It be­comes more and more dif­fi­cult ev­ery year but Northum­bria Jitsu con­tin­ues to pick up medals at the ma­jor cham­pi­onships.”

Chal­ton might be toast­ing more medal suc­cess af­ter build­ing a jitsu legacy at Sport Cen­tral dur­ing the past decade.

How­ever, the vet­eran coach al­ready has one eye on the fu­ture af­ter us­ing this year’s BUCS Cham­pi­onships to blood the next gen­er­a­tion of Northum­bria stars.

He added: “Novices An­drew Mc­Don­ald, Steph Ste­wart, David Praum, Jon Mor­ri­son and Joe Wat­son all put in storm­ing per­for­mances rep­re­sent­ing Northum­bria Univer­sity at a na­tional cham­pi­onship for the first time.

“De­spite some tech­ni­cally great throws none pro­gressed to the fi­nals - but that is no in­di­ca­tion of just how well they per­formed.

“An­drew in par­tic­u­lar was un­lucky not to make the cut to the fi­nal. The club’s fu­ture is in safe hands.”

If Soren and Thomp­son hit the head­lines then a slew of Northum­bria vet­er­ans un­der­lined the club’s long­stand­ing strength in depth with im­pres­sive per­for­mances.

Chal­ton said: “Blue belts Will Postleth­waite and Seb Ziri-Sayle showed their many years’ ex­pe­ri­ence of train­ing at Northum­bria and both pro­gressed to the fi­nals.

“Northum­bria coach Annabel Hunter-Purvis also de­liv­ered her usual dis­play of de­ter­mi­na­tion and ag­gres­sion to make the brown belt fi­nals.

“These guys have been in and around the club for sev­eral years now and con­sis­tency is the key when they en­ter any com­pe­ti­tion.”

Hunter-Purvis nar­rowly missed out on a de­served points plac­ing while Ziri-Sayle fin­ished fifth in the blue belt cat­e­gory.

Northum­bria’s squad headed home to Tyen­side with Chal­ton’s praise ring­ing in their ears.

He added: “Ev­ery year I am more and more im­pressed by the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment of mem­bers.

“They train three, four or even five times a week, balancing stud­ies and jobs with train­ing.

“In all sports there is no sub­sti­tute for hard graft and com­mit­ment and jitsu is no ex­cep­tion.

“How­ever, we pro­vide a wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment for ev­ery­one to train and this year was a great year for re­cruit­ment.

“We would like to thank Nick Rid­geon and his team and David Ash­down for their long-term strength and con­di­tion­ing and fit­ness in­vest­ment in us. Their sup­port and ex­per­tise is pay­ing div­i­dends.”

Ac­tion from the BUCS Jiu-Jitsu Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Sh­effield, where Northum­bria Jitsu per­formed im­pres­sively again

Jon Thomp­son (cen­tre, left) and Su­raj Soren (cen­tre) were among Northum­bria Jitsu’s star per­form­ers

Northum­bria’s Annabel Hunter-Purvis gets to grips with an op­po­nent in Sh­effield

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