Thursday, 27 August 2015

Core drills for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Check out this cool video on developing core strength with black belt Mike 'Spider Ninja' Bidwell, who flies the flag promoting BJJ for the over forties.  You'll find seven drills in the video that you can easily integrate into your training regime, check them out and give them a try.

Mike is a black belt under Phil Migliarese and Ken Kronenberg (Team Tai-Kai / Balance) and has a large collection of awesome videos on his You Tube channel (BJJ AfterForty), be sure to check these out.

Last night's class

Another really enjoyable session last night, with another female student joining the club and taking her first steps along the BJJ path; hopefully this will encourage other women to come and take the plunge and take a class.  I know how daunting it can be for a female to walk into a male dominated environment such as a BJJ class, even males can find it hard to walk into the same room, I've found this out when I've spoken to my students and they tell me how they felt in their first class.

Checkmat Wimbledon welcomes everyone to the club, male or female; Jiu Jitsu is for everyone, so if you're a man or a woman reading this, umming and ahhing on whether to join in a class, just take a deep breath at the door, walk up the steps and join the rest of us on the mats, where you'll be assured of a very warm welcome.


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Holistic Fitness Studios - Newsletter

The Holistic Fitness Studios presents a newsletter every few months and this month I am delighted to announce that Checkmat Wimbledon have a full page devoted to their recent achievements this year.

This newsletter goes out to 1500 Merton based residents and whilst the club has featured in previous newsletters, this edition really gives the club a much needed boost in publicity.

Huge thanks to Dickie Wilkinson, the club secretary for creating the piece and to Stephen Dixon, for his ongoing support and encouragement on a regular basis.  With all new ventures, when I first started teaching, class numbers were very low for many months and I was wondering, had I made a big mistake moving here to teach?

As with anything, hard work, perserverance and a belief in what you are doing is the name of the game and now the club is thriving, with double figures every class and some awesome rash guards and shorts available for all the students.

It's been a great year so far, with a number of BJJ competitions to enter before the end of the year and lots more medals to be had from everyone.  

Watch this space!


Last night's class

Another hard working session last night, concentrating on striking into clinch work, with takedowns and a few submissions thrown in for good measure.  All good fun mixing it all up, doing something a little more challenging, as some of the students had never done any padwork until last night.

As always, well done everyone for working so hard last night and most of all, enjoying themselves and having fun at the same time of sharpening the tools of the trade.

Until Wednesday evening.


Monday, 24 August 2015

How to fix your Gi pants!

Black belt Henry Akins shows a really simple way to fix the drawstring on your Gi pants.