Silver medal glory for jiu jitsu Keith

Keith Taylor
Keith Taylor
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A THAME dad of two has scooped a silver medal at the recent Brazilian jiu jitsu European Championships.

Keith Taylor returned from the four-day event held in Lisbon, Portugal, after narrowly missing out on gold in the heavyweight seniors final.

Keith has been training in the martial art for eight years and is a member of the Ze Marcello Club in Slough.

He works for an American software company and trains with the jiu jitsu club twice a week.

Brazilian jiu jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defence system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. The art was derived from the Japanese martial art of judo in the early 20th century.

Thame-based Keith was particularly pleased with his medal because many of his opponents and those involved in the competition are professional fighters.

The silver medal is not the first time Keith has triumphed as he also came second in the most recent national championships.

He said: “I won silver in the British Open two years ago and since then my instructor has been pushing me to enter the European Championships.

“I decided to go for the experience and the opportunity to watch world class martial artists. I never believed I would come home with a medal.”

His 10-year-old twin sons, Finn and Harrison were particularly pleased and proud of their dad as they are keen karate students and currently have green belts.

The championship held this year in Portugal attracted more than 1,000 competitors from all over the world and the sport is now widely tipped to gain accreditation for the 2016 Olympics.