A massive well done to my good friend Simon, one of the most dedicated and inspiring BJJ guys out there, on his momentous achievement the other night, receiving his black belt from Wilson Jr! Looking forward to having Simon and Dicke at the club in June more than ever, maybe have two black belts by that time?!!
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Monday, 14 April 2008
Attended a one day's refereeing course to cover the rules for the upcoming UMA no gi event in May; a dozen in all on the day took the course and all passed with flying colours! Thanks to Ben, Leroy and Chris for coming down and helping out with the rolling and for Ben attending the ref's course as well and to Jim for arranging the course.
Looking forward to the comp in May!
Friday, 11 April 2008
Thursday, 10 April 2008
News in from my good friend out in Jordan, Middle East, black belt Zaid Mirza.....
Zaid Mirza, Board Secretary of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Jordan and black belt under Cassio Werneck is welcoming another new progressive Training Center in the heart of Abdoun, Jordans prime location. Mirza's Brazilian JJ Academy consists of a 300 square meters of mat space and the first cage in the Middle East designed for MMA training. The power house also has a juice bar and includes BJJ, MMA, Submission Wrestling, Kickboxing, Judo and Pilates classes for women. Classes for kids also available for all modalities. Mirza's BJJ Academy is directed by Zaid Mirza and his team Black Belts Pedro Galiza and Jonatas Gurgel. With the help of brown belt Luiz Fernando Da Silva teaching the kids and kickboxing classes. The biggest team in the Middle East also promoted 40 students to Blue Belt level during the innauguration. "Bjj is growing very fast in the Middle East and particularly in Jordan. The Jordanian Federation is doing a great job in expanding the art across the nation. This year we plan to open 6 more academies in different parts of the country giving the entire population a chance to train the gentle-art", said the Jordanian Mirza radicated in Brazil. Mirza's BJJ Academy is now open and looking forward to greet new members.
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
Thanks to Ian Butlin for coming to the club tonight and showing us a little bit of his fight game tonight; Ian showed a number of neat little drills, starting from standing, then working a striker's clinch, then a grappler's clinch, before going to the floor, with some really neat moves designed to maximise G+P!
Ian will be back after his next MMA fight next weekend - all the guys will be looking forward to it!