Monday, 30 January 2012

Rafael Lovato Jr HL Reel!

Really excited and looking forward to training with Eddie Kone and Rafael Lovato Jr in London on Wednesday; Rafael has just arrived in London and is at his hotel with Eddie and I'll be joining them on Wednesday dinner time to hang out and grab an interview, before attending the evening session with Rafael at 7pm.

Here's a HL reel of the man himself :)

Guard Passing Seminar!

Had a great day of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu yesterday, hosting the first semianr of 2012 at the club; Darren and Helen Currie came over and delivered a seminar on guard passing, something we have been studying at the club for the last month.
Group photo

Brown belt coaches Mark Spencer and James Nardone were in attendance, as well as Runcorn based coaches Mike Ng and Russ Gates and were all treated to a master class from Darren and Helen.  After a thorough warm up from Helen, Darren showed ways to open the guard from kneeling and standing and went on to show his favourite and high percentage passes, all of which complimented my teaching over recent weeks and there was plenty of new material to study this week and put into our respective arsenals.
Guard passing masterclass

Thanks to everyone who attended and supported the event, I look forward to having Darren and Helen back at the club later in the year.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Guard passing seminar Sunday 29th Jan!!

I am pleased to announce that Combat Base UK head coaches, Darren and Helen Currie will be at Combat Base Bolton, delivering a seminar on guard passing; we were very lucky last year to have Darren and Helen at the club on several occasions and I hope 2012 will be no different.
With Helen, Darren and Spenna, Bradford 2011

The seminar is on 12-3pm and after that there will be an Open Mat for at least an hour, followed by fluid intakes at the local pub round the corner from the gym, by far the most essential part of training.

There will be a number of coaches from Combat Base UK clubs; brown belts Mark Spencer and James Nardone are confirmed attendees and am waiting for other coaches to contact my good self, so look forward to seeing you all on Sunday for a great afternoon of Jiu Jitsu.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Academy visit - Team Sukata Blackpool!

Here's my latest report on the Jiu Jitsu Style website -

Had a great time with Gary and the gang, next report will be Team Sukata Warrington :)

With Gary Savage

Friday, 20 January 2012

Need some inspiration to train??

This time of year, it's oh so easy to think of an excuse not to train and lose motivation when the nights draw in and it's cold and wet outside. If you're finding it hard to drag yourself to class, then watch this clip and if it doesn't inspire you to get out of the house and down to the gym, then take up knitting instead!

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Caio Terra - Modern Jiu Jitsu (Trailer)

Here's the trailer for the new release from Caio Terra, out in February!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

New EKBJJ Affilate - in Brazil!

My very good friend Eddie Kone has just returned from a very productive trip in South Brazil and Eddie gave me the good news himself; you can read all about it on the Jiu Jitsu Style website

Eddie and Jonas de Almeiada

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Rafael Lovato Jr Seminar @ EKBJJ HQ!

My good friend Eddie Kone is hosting a seminar with Rafael Lovato Jr on Wednesday February 1st from 7-9pm; Eddie has hosted Rafael before and delivered a very interesting seminar and based on the feedback received, Eddie has brought Rafael back to the UK.

Rafael with Eddie at the last UK seminar

Cost: £40 in advance; £50 on the door
Unit 4, Unity Works
Sutherland Road
E17 6JW
Closest station Blackhorse Road, a 7 min walk from the station
Some of Rafael’s accomplishments as a Black Belt include:
  • 3 x Pan-American Champion (2005, 2007, & 2008)
  • 2 x Budweiser World Cup Pro Champion (2005 & 2007)
  • 2 x Grapplers Quest Pro Champion
  • 2005 CBJJE World Cup Bronze Medalist
  • 2005 Rickson Gracie Budo Challenge Champion
  • 2006 American National Champion
  • 2006 Professional Submission League X-Mission Champion
  • 2007 European Open Champion
  • 2007 Brasileiro Champion
  • 2007 World BJJ Champion
  • 2007 BJJ Fighter of the Year
  • 2008 World BJJ Runner-Up
  • 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships 4th Place
  • 2009 No-Gi World Runner-Up
  • 2009 World BJJ Bronze Medalist
  • 2010 Pan-American Runner-Up
  • 2010 Brasileiro Absolute Runner-Up
  • 2010 World BJJ Bronze Medalist
  • 2010 No-Gi World Champion
  • 2011 European Open Runner-Up
  • 2011 Abu Dhabi Pro Trials Poland Absolute Champion
  • 2011 Abu Dhabi World Pro No-Gi Champion
  • 2011 Abu Dhabi World Pro Gi Bronze Medalist
  • 2011 World BJJ Bronze Medalist
  • 2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships 4th Place
  • 2011 Grapplers Quest / UFC Fan Expo Superfight Champion
  • 2011 No-Gi World Champion
  • 2011 Abu Dhabi Pro Trials San Antonio Weight & Absolute Champion
For more info and to book a place, contact: 07518 017 660 or

Friday, 13 January 2012

IBJJF Rules - Updated English Version (PDF)

Just downloaded and printed off the new English version of the IBJJ rules, which contains the general competition guidelines and competition format manual.  Leafing through the rule book, there are plenty of clear photos explaining the hand gestures from the referee and examples of serious penalties. 

There is a table of technical penalties, listing all the moves that may or may not get you DQ'd, depending on your belt, so this is a must read section for all belts; in addition a section on where patches are allowed on the gi as well as the gi checker and pointers on hygiene and state of gi prior to stepping on the mats.

The general competition guidelines lists all the divisions from Mighty Mite 1 to Senior 5, with regulation match duration for all divisions; the manual goes on to give guidelines on brackets, inter academy contests, prizes and registration and the competition format manual gives the requirements for the competition area and score keeping tables, as well as guidelines for staff and their duties.

Required reading for all concerned in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and something not to be read in one sitting, otherwise your brain will burst with all the info stored within; I'm off to the referee's course in London next week, so hope to have a good read on the way down to help pass the time; for now I will leave a link to the rules on the IBJJF website:-

Download and study well :)

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Academy Visit - Fighting Fit Martial Arts Centre, Manchester

Read my report on Jiu Jitsu Style's website -

Thanks to Liam Wandi for the invite, great club, great people :)

Seminario @ Combat Base Bolton!!

I am pleased and excited to announce that Combat Base Bolton will be having their first seminar of 2012 with Darren and Helen Currie :)  Darren has put together a brand new seminar covering one of the most important parts of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, guard passing and we have the honour of being the first batch of students to receive the fruits of Darren's knowledge.

The fun and games will be held on Sunday 29th January, from 12-3pm and after the main session, there will be an Open Mat session, to allow people to practice their new found skills on one another.  I'm really pleased to have Darren and Helen back at the club again, as we were very lucky to see a lot of them last year, let's hope this year's just as good!

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

2011 Fight team photo!

 Many thanks to Joel Williams for his editing skills and in making a fine photograph of my 2011 fight team.

2011 Fight Team
Looking forward to 2012 and another year packed with competitions and more medals than 2011!!!

Joel Williams can be contacted at

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year!

2012 is now upon us and if you believe the Mayans, we are all DOOMED!!!

Best get as much training in as possible then.....................