Monday, 24 November 2014

Venum Hurricane X Fit!

Not been near a laptop for a few weeks, thanks to that four letter word known as work :(

Just thought I'd share a photo or two of me modelling the Venum Hurricane X Fit tshirt, one of the company's best sellers and with good cause.  Here's a few words from their website.........

''Approved by Venum Team UFC Fighters - as Lyoto Machida - this training t-shirt benefits from the latest technological advances. Using our brand new X-Fit™ construction with a 4-way fabric, our "Hurricane" X-Fit™ T-shirt allows upper mobility extending your range of moves.

No matter the weather outside, you will able to train hard and stay focused on your target. Its ultra-lightweight polyester/elastane fabric mixed with mesh panels keep you lighter and dry quickly. This strategic Bi-Material construction uses an innovative heat-weldable seamless assembly to provide extreme comfort on your skin. Add to this our Dry Tech Technology that wicks sweat away to keep you and your gear always fresh!''

I must say that Dri fit tshirts are the way forward for me now, the product is awesome; I sweat a lot when teaching and training and even wearing a rashguard under my gi, the gi ends up really wet. 

Not so with the tshirt.

I've been wearing the tshirt whilst training on the mats and in the gym and at the end of the session you'd hardly know I've been working out, the sweat just vanishes and my gi's are a lot drier and less whiffier.

I'd highly recommend you get yourself one of these tops and see the difference yourself!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Goodies from Venum!

Huge thanks to Bart Montarello, Director of Business Development at Venum for sorting me out with some pretty awesome products for me to test out; I have a deadly black gi from the Elite range, an eye catching dri-fit Hurricane tshirt, brand spanking new Spider 2.0 shorts and a brown belt, all ready to be road tested at my gym and on the mats at London Fight Factory, where they'll be put to the strongest of tests.

Product reviews will follow, so keep your eyes peeled on here and see what I have to say about the gear.  

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Move of the week - wrist lock with Fabio Santos!

Not been able to get to post on here since the grading day at LFF, so I am sharing a great video of red and black belt Fabio Santos covering the wrist lock from the closed guard and you might recognise his training partner too. I remember as a purple belt training with Gabriel Kitober and he wrist locks you for fun from the closed guard, it was a scary place to be when you rolled with him.  The submission is IBJJF legal from white belt, so add the wrist lock submission to your game and make your closed guard a place of bone crunching misery!

Watch the video and as always, drill out in class!


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Grading Day at London Fight Factory!

Over 100 students filled out the mat space at London Fight Factory on Saturday 25th October, as Luiz Ribeiro gave out some well deserved belt promotions and stripes; seven black belts were on hand to help Luiz out with instruction after the belts were awarded, which included Neto Nunes, Mosquito, Bruno Matias, Sidney Silva and the legendary Terere.

After Luiz handed out the promotions, all attendees were given a free tshirt as a thank you from Luiz, which was a really nice gesture, the guy really is dedicated to all his students and their individual progression on the Jiu Jitsu path.

Black belt tuition followed, with each coach sharing a few techniques and I have learned an absolute killer spider sweep to arm bar, all thanks to Bruno Matias, a super heavyweight who moves like a feather weight, which is currently being drilled to death.  All the techniques shown were all high percentage moves, some of which I'd seen before and some I hadn't, all of them packed with tiny details to make them as efficient as possible, giving me some new material to drill at LFF and to pass on to my students.

All that remained was the ritual belt whipping and I am so glad I wasn't one the guys promoted as the gauntlet ran to over 100 students in a large U-shape on the main mat; blue belts had to walk there and back once, purple belts twice and brown belts thrice - Ouch!

Once the whipping had ended, Luiz wrapped up the day with a inspirational speech and we headed off to a local cafe for a few beers, rounding off what was an excellent day all round for everyone involved.

Thanks to Luiz for organising a truly memorable day, all the black belts for sharing their knowledge so freely and to a guy who I believe is nicknamed Hiccup for the photos that grace this post.



Had the extreme pleasure and honour of sharing the same mat space as the legendary Terere at the weekend, as London Fight Factory hosted their grading day and what a day it was! Seven black belts were on hand as Luiz awarded well desreved promotions and stripes to an absolutely packed house, with well over 100 students present.

More news about the grading day in the next post, just think this photo deserves its own post :)


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Old Skool SFUK Interview - Remco Pardoel!

If you are old enough to remember the good old days of SFUK, then here's an interview I did with my very good friend Remco Pardoel, one of many interviews I conducted with him over the years.

I was a lowly white belt at the time of the interview, just starting my journey along the BJJ path and just before I got my gig writing for the ADCC website and attending ADCC 2001. 

Happy memories indeed.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Real life benefits from training BJJ!

An interesting short article in Tatame off the BJJEE website, about the benefits of training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the impact it has on daily life, coming from the mouths of the elite.

Read it, then go hit the mats!