Pendle team’s medal haul

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Brazil is certainly being projected globally at the moment with the South American country hosting the FIFA World Cup, while Rio is scheduled to host the 2016 summer Olympic Games.

However, Team Lagarto Pendle is hoping to localise one of the nation’s most popular styles of martial arts - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The team, which trains out of Pendle Martial Arts Academy in Brierfield, was recently represented by five fighters in the British Open at Birmingham’s NEC.

And from 1,600 competitors at the event, Team Lagarto returned with an impressive medal haul. Kristian Carlisle won the British title in the adult middleweight division, Redek Briszka scooped silver in the adult super heavyweight category, 15-year-old Steven Stokes took bronze in the under 75kg section, 14-year-old Kane Carlisle sealed bronze in the under 80kg category while 16-year-old Joshua Warwickalso won bronze in the under 65kg juvenile category.

Head instructor John Stokes said: “This is a fantastic result for our team as it is the premier competition for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in this country. I am incredibly proud of our fighters as they have put so much time and effort in to the build up for the competition with some of the guys effectively living at the gym.”

Anybody interested in joining Team Lagarto or would like to find out more about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can contact John on 07827309487 or visit

Pictured, from left, are Redek Briska, Steven Stokes, visiting World Abu Dhabi champion Lucio Sergio, Kristian Carlisle, Kane Carlisle and Joshua Warwick (s).