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Ju Jitsu expert wins world masters title in Las Vegas
Mike 'mad dog' McGarry, the world Ju Jitsu champion
The England team came home with over 50 medals

A lift salesman from Andover has won gold at the World Masters Ju Jitsu Championships held in Las Vegas.

Mike McGarry said: "To compete at such a high level and then come back to the day job, is a bit surprising."

He took part in the competition along with 21 fighters from the England Sports Ju Jitsu Squad.

The team, which included five members from the Andover Ju Jitsu club, came back from the three-day competition in Nevada with over 50 medals.

'Shihan'

Mike 'mad dog' McGarry, the world Ju Jitsu champion
Mike McGarry has been training in martial arts for over 30 years

Known as 'Mad Dog', the world champion has practiced the ancient martial art for over 30 years and is a 'Shihan', expert instructor.

Ju Jitsu is the Japanese hand to hand fighting art of the samurai warriors.

He said: "Sport Ju Jitsu that we practice and world master in is karate and judo combined - kicking and punching, throws, arm locks hold downs."

"I've been doing it for 30 years from boy to man - I love teaching and I love competing - it's putting what you've learnt to the test."

Honour

Alex 'Tiny'
The England team competed for three days in Nevada

Club member, Alex 'Tiny' Gee, travels over 30 miles to train. He came back from Vegas with a silver medal in the individual super heavyweight category.

He said: "It was a real honour to go out with the England team and it was fantastic to come home with a medal, just a shame it wasn't the gold."

"A bit of gravity behind me makes me a bit hard to handle," he added. "Because I'm a big guy people thought I could handle myself.

"I'm more of a gentle giant really so it was nice to have something to back it up."

The world championships are held every three years, the next will be in Ireland in 2013.





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