Tuesday, 3 January 2017

First class of the year!

Had a great first session of the year last night at Checkmat Wimbledon and a great turn out too, considering students are still out of the country visiting families and some poor souls were stuck in work last night.

The session was Open Mat style and was a great way to ease everyone back into the training groove; with a seventies disco mix and funky disco house mix blasting from the speakers, the time flew by and all that was left was the group photo and some nifty 360 degree videos of people sparring and a group photo to finish off an awesome session.  I was also proud to be repping the slick new BAIN rashguard too, which admirably handled the rolls during the night.

Next class tomorrow night, expect more of the same!

Monday, 2 January 2017

12 reasons to train at Checkmat Wimbledon!

Whatever your health and fitness goals are this year, you can achieve them at Checkmat Wimbledon!

Make positive changes in your life with a team dedicated to help realise your goals, taking you to the next level, with classes in martial arts and personal training, tailor made to the individual!

Martial Arts – the instructor has twenty five years experience in the martial arts sector.

·         Black belts in Karate, Traditional Jiu Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
·         Graded in Judo and Sambo
·         Also trained in Boxing, Thai Boxing, Wrestling and Catch Wrestling

Fitness, Conditioning and Nutrition

·         Instructor holds a 2:1 Honours degree in Sports Science and Coaching
·         Applied sports training principles in martial arts teaching,  personal training and 121        sessions
·         Other applied modules include sport and exercise physiology
·         Sport and exercise psychology
·         Sport and exercise nutrition
·         Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription
·         Principal coach for Aim Higher, a Government initiative to widen participation in higher         education in England through activities that raise the aspirations of young people.
·         Sports Coach UK modules in Equity in Your Coaching and Good Practice and Child Protection
All of the above under one roof at Checkmat Wimbledon!

M: 07522 962942
A: 40 Broadway Court, Wimbledon, SW19 1RG

If you’re serious about training, take the first steps to a stronger and fitter 2017 and start training at Checkmat Wimbledon!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Au revoir Juliette!

Last night we said au revoir and bon voyage to our longest serving female student Juliette Brillett who is leaving the UK and heading out for new adventures Down Under. She is off to Paris first for Christmas, then coming back in the new year to tie up loose ends (and tie us all up at the gym) and then she is off to terrorise the Aussies :) 

It has been an absolute pleasure to teach Juliette and I'm very proud to be her first BJJ instructor. Watching her walk through the doors for the first time and then seeing her grow in skills and confidence, before unleashing her on the competition circuit is what makes it all worthwhile as an instructor. Her Shoulder of Justice is horrendous, which I'm sure my students will all agree, but the biggest thing I'm proud of is actually getting her to finally smile in a photo :)

God bless and bon voyage Juliette from everyone at Checkmat Wimbleon and London Fight Factory. We wish you nothing but happiness and great adventures! 


Last class @ Checkmat Wimbledon!

Training has now come to an end here at Checkmat Wimbledon, with the last class held last night, No Gi Open Mat style; both sessions this week had good turnouts considering many students have flown back home for the festive period.
Monday night class
The session ended up No Gi  and everyone rolled flat out for the last session of the year and a swift pint after training brought an end to a fantastic year for everyone at the club. Numbers continue to grow, as well as everyone's skill levels and we have enjoyed success on the competition circuit this year and I'm looking for more of the same next year and get a few more students out there in the middle, laying it all on the line for club and country.
Wednesday class
Enjoy the Christmas break, stuff yourselves with good food and drink and see you all back on January 2nd.


Last class at LFF!

Took part in the last lunchtime class of 2016 at London Fight Factory yesterday, sharing the mats with a bunch of warriors, rolling the afternoon away in fine style; it's been a great year, which has seen me finally shake off my back injury (to be replaced with new ones) and get back into proper training the last two months.

It was the year I was promoted to black belt, something which still hasn't quite sunk in yet and am now looking forward to a new year filled with training, teaching, competing and taking the club on to bigger and better things.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, 18 December 2016

So long to AP!

Yesterday, everyone at London Fight Factory turned up at the 2pm class to have one final training session with black belt Luis Gil, before he heads back to New York.  Luis has been here for four years, arriving as a purple belt and now leaves as a black belt with a suitcase full of trophies and memories.

Bon voyage and best of luck for the future!