Last night was Vaporizer Wednesday, going old school with a few none IBJJF friendly techniques with the students; rolling knee bars, calf slicers and Vaporizers were enjoyed by everyone and a chance to put theory into practice rounded off another fun and enjoyable session.
Thursday, 11 February 2016
Typing this message today with a little sadness in my heart, as I and my students say goodbye to one of my students Jong Hee Kim (first left in photo) who heads back to South Korea on Saturday. Kim has been here with his family for about a year and was living in Wimbledon and joined the gym when numbers were low and stayed with us throughout his stay, training every week.
I am very honoured and humbled that Kim decided to stay and train during this time when there are more established gyms in the area. Anyone that rolled with Kim will agree that he has one of the strongest grips, once he had your collar you were toast! We are all going to miss you, the place won't be the same without you.
We all had a lot of fun training and joking and learning about his home country and it shows that Jiu Jitsu is for everyone and as Genki Sudo says, 'we are all one.'
Safe journey home Sakuraba and keep in touch. Ooosss!
Looking forward to a team training session this coming Saturday over at Fightzone in Bethnal Green, where Marco Canha will be opening the doors to his gym to the Checkmat family.
I'll be there of course with a handful of my students to train hard and above all have lots of fun and make lots of new friends too, which is what it's all about.
Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Another illuminating article from Chewjitsu.................
The guys at Polaris have pulled off a major coup with one of the most hotly anticipated grappling matches, between two serious leg lock specialists on April 2nd this year.
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Lots of fun and of course, hard work from everyone last night in class; over the last few days, a video has been doing the rounds from a Korean BJJ team, where a group of students are linked together and all perform a shoulder roll at the room, looks pretty cool.
It was brought to my attention from one of my students, so I thought we'd try it out in the warm up last night and fair play to them, after five attempts they managed a full roll, which I managed to catch on film.
We then gave it a go for two full rolls, almost made it, so next class for sure we'll nail it.