McCracken wins two jiu-jitsu titles
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE'S Chris McCracken produced his best when it counted to win two Queensland titles at the state jiu-jitsu championships in Brisbane.
McCracken was in superb form at the championships and it was no surprise he collected the over 97kg and open weight division crowns.
The big man was rapt with his performance on one of the best weekends of his career.
;It was a great weekend for me, to win two state titles is something I couldn't have dreamed of before the titles,; McCracken said.
McCracken was rewarded for his good form with a promotion to blue belt.
'To be promoted (to blue belt) was a great honour, it has taken me two and a half years to get to this level,' he said.
What made his performance even more meritorious was the fact he also battled a chronic knee injury.
'My doctor reckons the knee can't get much worse, so I decided to accept it and just keep pushing through,' he said.
McCracken was one of four Boyne Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club members who contested the state championships.
McCracken was by far the best of the locals, but Harry Henderson and Dominic Lee also brought home medals Henderson claimed bronze in the over 97kg division and was in fact beaten by McCracken in the semi-finals, while Lee scored a bronze in the 91-97kg.
Meanwhile, Raymond Noe went out in the first round after being bustled out by what was described as a "freakish" move. And if you think you have what it takes to give jiu-jitsu a try, you can phone Chris on 0428 258 524.