Giorgio captures prestigious European title

PUBLISHED: 09:31 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:31 17 January 2018

Giorgio Villis.

Giorgio Villis.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athlete Giorgio Villis became the European Gi junior champion and runner-up in the No Gi championships.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athlete, Giorgio Villis, finished the year with the most prestigious award in the junior UK BJJ competition circuit.

Attending the European Championships at the end of last year, was a long-awaited event, which the 10-year-old, had trained for all year with the Gracie Barra Team.

Held in the UK, the junior competition, being the largest in the country, drew in more than 3,000 competitors from all over Europe and USA.

The European No Gi Championships were also hosted alongside the original European Gi Championships. So, Giorgio had two events to prepare for, as the No Gi involves grappling without the kimono, using different techniques.

Across the board, the youngsters displayed such high standard jiu jitsu and impressive techniques, pushing the bar year after year. Giorgio was expecting to fight hard, in order to gain his win, but was happily confident after fully preparing for the event.

With additional training, and constant commitment travelling to Birmingham to train with the best, he was ready for the day.

On winning his first round in the No Gi event, with a swift submission, forcing his opponent to tap out, he made it through to the final.

Winning ahead on points, the win was imminent until Giorgio received a strain to his neck and was not allowed to continue, picking up the silver medal.

The following day, Giorgio highlighted his great technical abilities, fighting his way through to the final. Being the smallest in the weight category, he knew how to play his game, and was determined to make it a success.

Giorgio won the final in under two minutes, submitting by his favourite move, arm bar, and winning his way to gold.

It was a fantastic end to the year, coming home as a No Gi silver medallist and European Gi champion.

In the sport, Giorgio receives various strains, due to the nature of techniques, so regularly attends his sponsor Moosehall Chiropractics, who thankfully maintain his health, to keep him at peak performance.

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