Saturday, 4 July 2015

Victor Estima at London Fight Factory

The Saturday afternoon class today had a very special guest, as Victor Estima honoured a long standing promise to Luiz Ribeiro to come down to the club and share the mats with his students. If that wasn't enough, Chico Mendes dropped in for a quick visit and to say hello to Victor and another three black belts graced the mats, making this a rather special training session.

I've known Victor since he was a brown belt and used to train with him with my partner in crime Chris Brown, when we were both at Uni, ducking classes to travel to Leeds and Bradford over ten years ago to train with Victor.  It was nice to both meet again and catch up and have a chat before training began and after a quick introduction, the class got underway.
The content of the class was a tiny slice of the closed guard that Victor uses, when he's on his way to a World or ADCC title and he broke the technique down into easy to understand segments, which made it easier for everyone and was on hand to help anyone who was having a little difficulty. 

There is so much to Victor's game that couldn't be passed on in one session, but what he showed can be added to anyone's game and I thoroughly enjoyed the class and will be drilling the material out in class on Monday and hopefully get to apply it in a competition one day.

Huge thanks to Victor for a great session and to Luiz for conitnually badgering Victor to come down and take the class.  Ossss

BJJ Red Belt List!

Check out this cool article from the website on the updated red belt list for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 

Friday, 3 July 2015

Weak Jiu Jitsu??

Interesting article doing the rounds at the minute; what do you think? 

Technique of the week - Leo Vieira!

Words of wisdom from the main man himself.............


Thursday, 2 July 2015

More kettlebell workouts??

You betcha!

Here's a great video from Joey Alvarado, whose videos I've posted on here before, demonstrating sport specific kettle bell exercises that can be added into anyone's training regime.  I like his videos, because his dog always seems to manage to get into the shot, lurking away in the background :)

These exercises are great for us over forties, provided you use a kettlebell you are comfortable with, start off with a low weight and increase weight slowly over time.  The bridge and sprawl exercise is a killer when done in timed rounds, I usually do 5x1m rounds, which is the length of a competitive match for us oldies.  

Add these exercises into your routine and get yourselves in the best shape of your life!

Don't mess with this guy!

Remember this guy, Gilberto Pauciullo? The one with the badass white belt and more stripes than a Bengal tiger?

Well, word on the street is that there is someone else badder and with more credentials than our balding Italian Super Sensei and even has TWO 10th Dan grades in MMA! 

Approach with caution!

Read it here -

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Drill time!

As we bake in the lovely warm weather, here's a great video showing twelve essential drills for your BJJ training; practice these tonight and two minutes is all you'll need to get warm!