Monday, 12 June 2017

Comprido at London Fight Factory!

Huge thanks to Luiz Ribeiro for organising a masterclass with Comprido on Saturday; I remember reading about his competitions way back when I was a white belt, so it was awesome to finally meet a real legend of the sport.

Guard passing old school style was on the menu and I came away with a few tips and game changers to add to the way I like to pass guard and of course to pass on to my students in class.

The next big treat for us at LFF is a three day training camp with Cavaca at the end of the month and with a three day training camp with Cyborg in July, Summer 2017 is really shaping up to be a scorcher!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Birthday session!

Last night there was cake and stripes at Checkmat Wimbledon :) 
Huge congrats to Jan and Georgie on their stripes, awarded after a killer competition class and there was cake all round to celebrate the club's third birthday, well earned by all the students :)
Thanks to all my students, past and present for all their support and hard work, week in, week out, who have helped shaped the club and made it what it is today. Here's to the next birthday and beyond!

Monday, 5 June 2017

Happy birthday Checkmat Wimbledon!

Checkmat Wimbledon was three years old yesterday :) 
My first class had just four people and am proud to say that two of these guys are still with me now and have been with me since day one, sharing the journey Ron Roy and Farhaz Mussa. My old student from Bolton Nick Briely turned up to support the session and my good friend Nayden Naydenov terrorised everyone at the gym, before he had to relocate for work.
The club now has 25 members, not huge for London clubs, but we are slowly getting there and I want to thank all my students for all their loyalty and dedication to training, for without these guys, the club would cease to exist. 
Thanks to Dickie Wilkinson and Stephen Dixon for all their help and support at Holistic Fitness, Luiz Manxinha Ribeiro for all his help and mentoring over the years, Neto Nunes and Marcelo Mineiro Bonani for all their help and coming over to teach classes, all my brothers and sisters at LFF for all the great training, Chico Mendes for his awesome seminar at my gym, Colin Nwadike and the Croydon Massif for supporting the club and last but no means least, my long suffering partner and BJJ widow Emma Brown for all her support and more importantly, helping me get my socks on in the morning and helping me out of bed and listening to me moan and whine when class numbers are low :) :)

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 :)