Samba time for siblings after biggest medal haul

The medal-winning brothers from Galashiels.
The medal-winning brothers from Galashiels.

Galashiels brothers Max, Lex and Frank Rogerson returned from their latest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu exploits with their most impressive medal tally, in their biggest competition to date.

The Annual World Junior BJJ Championships, held in England for the first time, resulted in 1600 entries from around the UK and 32 other countries around the world.

In the later rounds of the Gi categories, oldest brother Max (17) battled German fighter Surya Battenberg in the 65kg Gi semi-final and, within two minutes, defeated him via armbar submission.

In the gold medal final, Romania’s European champion, Denis Cristescu, proved a very strong opponent and won a well-contested match up, with Max having to settle for silver.

Younger brother Lex (15) defeated Joe Scholes (England) on points in his 55kg semi-final before losing a close final match with Wales’ Ryan Morris – so a further silver medal was in the bag.

Sunday featured No Gi competition – the brothers’ preferred discipline.

In the later rounds, Max defeated Irishman Aaron Henry 6-4 in a hotly-contested 63kg semi-final, resulting in a further gold medal match with Denis Cristescu.

The rematch was different from the previous day, with the final score level after five minutes. The match was decided by ‘referee’s preference’ and the Romanian – perhaps justifiably – edged it on more submission attempts.

Next up in No Gi was Lex, who worked his way to the 53kg final and took on the taller Reuben Middleton.

This, however, did not prove a disadvantage, as Lex quickly had the Englishman on the ground, mounted him and won, via armbar submission, to take the world gold medal in his division and retain his undefeated No Gi record.

Finally, the youngest Rogerson brother, Frank (11), a pupil at Glendinning Primary School, who only started competing this year, did very well in his category and took home a bronze medal, after losing to the eventual 28kg gold medal winner in the semi-final.

The brothers are coached by Kevin Hamilton at The Training Station in Tweedbank on Wednesday and Friday nights. Anyone interested in taking up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can contact Kevin on 0783 344 8839.