Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Stripes for the lads!

HUGE congrats to the lads last night, who received stripes on their belts :) Some of these guys have been with me from the first ever class and all have shown dedication and commitment to training and are all fine human beings. I think they are just about managing to understand my heavy Northern accent too :) #wearecheckmat #hardworkpaysoff

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Stripe for Liam!

Last night, it gave me great pleasure in awarding young Liam his first stripe on his white belt.


Monday, 15 May 2017

Gold at the LFF Interclub!

Had a great time at the 4th LFF Interclub yesterday, watched some awesome displays of Jiu Jitsu; took one of my students down to compete in his first comp, young Liam of only 16 summers. 
He competed in the Adult Superfeather division and came away with the gold medal! Liam has only been training seriously for two months, to say I am a proud coach is an understatement. Liam was fighting against guys over ten years older, which just goes to show that the adage 'just do it' is really not a tired old cliche. To all you BJJ'ers out there umming and aahing about whether to compete, saying you're not ready and all the other excuses, well, like I just said...................JUST DO IT!

Thanks to Luiz Ribeiro and all the team for organising an awesome event and big shout out to Danny Anderson who bonded with my good self in the morning over the woes of severe lower back pain :)

Friday, 28 April 2017

Back at LFF!

Great to be back at LFF this afternoon, with one of my old students from up North, who is now living down in London; great session and great to catch up with Lorenzo, Tiago, Aaron, Enrique, Slavimir and Mineiro :)

Monday, 17 April 2017

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Avoid the Mc Dojo!

Chico Mendes at Checkmat Wimbledon!

A big day yesterday for Checkmat Wimbledon, as we hosted our first seminar; Chico Mendes​​ came over to a very sunny SW19 to deliver a No Gi guard passing masterclass. A number of guys at the seminar are competing in No Gi events in April and May, so this was not to be missed. 

Chico went over guard passing with a fine tooth comb, with lots of concepts and drills, with everyone coming away from the session with something to add to their bag of tricks. 

Huge thanks to Paul Severn​​ for supporting the event and bringing Chico over and Tiago Valente and Colin Nwadike​​ and the Croydon team for their support too. Not forgetting Luiz Manxinha Ribeiro​​ for his continuing help and support in making this happen :)