Martin Clarke Memorial British Sambo Open Championships 2019

Doncaster Sambo Returns from the British Sambo Open Championships with two Silver Medals, here's how it went

First was the great opening ceremony and dedication to the Late Martin Clarke, whom without the event wouldn't be such a great success. It was also a great chance to see a huge turnout of competitors for the day.

Opening ceremony, introductions and dedications

The days events started with the Youths class, and they put on a great show for everyone, having the speed and agility to their game made for a fast paced division. It was great to see so much talent in both the young ladies and mens groups coming up.

Izzy Namey and Phoebe Sprotson

Then there was the Masters over 35 years old and over 45 years old. Brian competed in the over 45 years old and under 100 kilograms group. He fought two tough opponents, both of which he hasn't come up against in previous competition.

Brian's first fight was against Stuart Watts, a repeated Judo Medalist and competitor from Spitfire Judo Club. He was a solid challenge for Brian, having trained with a lot in the same background as each other, they had a very similar stand up game. Stuart caught Brian with a reclining leg throw early in the fight, Brian countered one of Stuarts later attempts, however Stuart finished the bout with a very strong pick up throw into pin.

Stuart Watts and Brian Lister

Brian's second opponent was Richard Williams, a great athlete from Warriors Grappling Academy. Faced with a reach, height and strength advantage it proved difficult to set up the trade mark foot sweep. After some intense grip fighting and position the hard work paid off with a foot sweep to pin against a very strong opponent.

Brian Lister and Richard Williams

Next was Kevin's fight. He fought Oleg Sibilev, a National and International competitor and Head coach of the Sambist Fighting Academy and came away with a Silver Medal for his effort. Kevin is already keen to take any opportunity to fight again and improve on his result.

Oleg Sibilev and Kevin Humphreys

After both Brian and Kevin had finished their groups, we were able to sit back and watch the rest of the Masters, Womens and Adults groups. And it was worth it just be there to see such high standards of competition. It was a privilege to both take part in and be witness to the successful event, there were 18 countries represent with Youths, Masters, Womens and Adults contributing to an exciting day of quality Sambo.

Here's some of my favourite highlights of the event, well done to John Clarke and team and everyone who put on a great show, we look forward to the next one.

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