Ounsley collects silver in European final

Phil Ounsley won a silver medal in the European BJJ championships in Lisbon, Portugal.
Phil Ounsley won a silver medal in the European BJJ championships in Lisbon, Portugal.

DEWSBURY’S Allegiance Martial Arts fighter Phil Ounsley won a silver medal at the European Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in Lisbon, Portugal last weekend.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a full contact combat sport which focuses especially on ground fighting.

It is similar to Judo but with the ultimate aim of causing your opponent to submit by way of chokes and joint locks.

BJJ teaches that it is possible for a smaller weaker person to defeat a larger opponent by use of leverage and technique.

Ounsley, 41, travelled to Lisbon to represent Neil Hall’s Allegiance Martial Arts/Gracie Barra Dewsbury at the championships, which is regarded as the second biggest event of its kind in the world.

It was attended by the world’s best competitors from USA, Brazil and Israel.

Kirklees police inspector Ounsley, won his preliminary fights by ‘choking’ his opponents, he beat the current Italian champion in the semi-final.

The final fight for the gold medal was against the current English open champion.

It was a close fight which went the full distance and was decided on points with the decision going against Ounsley, who said: “The level in Portugal was high. I was very pleased with a silver medal at such a prestigious event.

“By the final I had just about run out of steam, nerves and adrenalin can really drain your energy.

“It was a fantastic experience and an electric atmosphere in the stadium.

“I am relatively new to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but do compete in similar combat sports such as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and submission wrestling.”

Neil Hall, who coaches Ounsley at Allegiance Martial Arts, Sharp Street, Dewsbury added: “Phil is an outstanding athlete and should be recognised as such, he is an inspiration to everyone at the gym.”

Anyone interested in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or any of the martial arts and fitness classes at Allegiance should contact Neil Hall on 01924 519962, email neilhall2010@hotmail.co.uk or check the website www.neilhallallegiance.com for the full schedule.