Ballarat-trained martial arts practitioner Kyle Sinclair has tackled one of the largest Australian grappling tournaments and emerged with an Australian title.
The 26-year-old contested the Australian Grappling Tournament this month at the state netball and hockey centre in Melbourne, winning a gold medal in the 61.5kg division after winning three bouts by submission.
The Australian Grappling Tournament is one of Australia’s largest No Gi submission grappling events, with winners being awarded sponsorship to compete overseas.
More than 300 competitors contested the tournament.
Each division ran as an elimination event, with competitors fighting off until two undefeated competitors met for the gold medal bout.
Sinclair was able to dominate his opponents and gain the take-down scoring points, and then he slowly moved himself into a more secure position.
He won his first bout with a triangle choke, the second bout with a rear neck choke, and his third and
final bout with an arm bar.
During the past 12 months Sinclair has competed in three Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions, claiming a silver medal in the Victorian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships in addition to the Australian Federation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu title.
He is an instructor at Infinite Mixed Martial Arts Ballarat.