Thursday, 23 November 2017

Training Camp over, ready for the English Open

The English Open Training Camp ended last night with another solid turnout, with one more chance for the lads to sharpen the iron before heading off to the University of East London on Saturday morning.

Seven weeks of hard training has come to an end and I'm proud of all my students that have turned up each week and given it their all to the cause and helped push the lads that will be competing this weekend.

It's been a real team effort getting the lads ready for battle and the best part is that everyone's Jiu Jitsu will have improved from the added intensity a training camp brings, so it's a win/win situation all round.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017 - shame on you!

It appears that this company has taken the design of my sponsor BAIN's White Belt Tears mug and is passing it off as their own on their website and have ignored a cease and desist order.

I find this totally unacceptable and urge all my fellow BJJ friends and followers to boycott the site and to leave a 1* rating and comment on their FB page - 

If you would like to purchase a genuine BAIN White Belt Tears mug and help support a very talented designer whose vision I've helped support since the early days, then please visit

Thank you.

GCP Episode 239 - Steve Bongiorno

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The English Open awaits.........

Another solid session last night down at the office, just one more class tomorrow before the lads head off to the University of East London at the weekend and test themselves against fellow white belts at the English Open.

Grapple Kings goodies

Huge thanks to Omar Javed over at Grapple Kings for sending me down some goodies to road test on the mats and on the pads over the coming weeks.  Check the link at the bottom of this post to view the Gi and place your orders, as these Gi's are selling fast.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Slo mo video featured on

Huge thanks to Will Newland for posting this video on to the WOMA You Tube channel, more videos to follow in the future.

This is a great opportunity to showcase techniques executed over 40's style and I look forward to showing the rest of the videos I filmed as a brown belt at the beginning of 2016, as well as more up to date videos.

If Cobrinha is doing it, why aren't YOU?!

GCP Episode 238 - Alberto Crane

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The English Open awaits............

Looking forward to the English Open next weekend as five students take the plunge and step up to compete and lay it all on the line, testing themselves on the mats against their peers.

Been working the guys hard over the last four weeks, whipping them into shape, with a team effort from all at the club; those that aren't competing are all part of the team effort to get students ready for competition and as a result in these training camps, everyone's Jiu Jitsu improves as a result, so it's a win/win situation all round.

More hard training tomorrow night guys.............Oooooosss!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

BJJ in the Olympics?

It's a topic that's polarising opinions in the Jiu Jitsu community, with high ranking black belts in support of the move, as well as the nay sayers. One nay sayer in particular is Fabio Gurgel, here's what he has to say about the topic.........

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Lucas Leite at London Fight Factory

Huge thanks to Luiz Manxinha Ribeiro for continually bringing the best of the best to London Fight Factory :)

Last night, I had the chance to learn from multiple times world champion Lucas Leite and he didn't disappoint; drills aplenty and some wicked half guard into x guard transitions to add to my game.

You never stop learning Jiu Jitsu, you can train til the day you die and still there's a myriad of things you don't even know about and that's what keeps me on the mats at my ripe old age.

Finish from the back like Renzo...............

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

GCP Kurt Osiander 2017 Halloween Special

Lock all your doors, close your curtains and hide behind the couch! 

The most evil person on the planet, Kurt Osiander, is back for another spooky and scary instalment of the Grappling Central Podcast, with the ghoulish Ryan Ford at the helm........


Last night's class

Another superb session last night, ending the month with a busy class and plenty of hard work; we now have another student that is willing to step up and lay it on the line at the English Open, taking the total up to three so far, with a few more umming and ahhing, so fingers crossed we have a healthy number heading over to the Docklands at the end of next month.

Next class tomorrow night and the start of a new month, four weeks filled with drilling, competition training and lots of sweat.  What's not to like about that?

We were joined last night by the young blue belt gold medallist Kev Solomovitch, who took four wins to collect the bling at the London Warriors Cup at the weekend, so a huge all round congrats to Kev from myself and all the lads.


Thursday, 26 October 2017

English Open

Looking forward to this event in November, as two of my students so far have registered for the competition, which I hope in turn motivates more of my students to step out of their comfort zones and step up.

A training camp for the event started this Monday, with plenty of competition specific drills, plus the good old Iron Man and Shark Tanks to really help boost everyone's cardio, stamina and heart.

We will be there on the 25th November for the white belt division, at the new location, the University of East London, plus guys from Checkmat Croydon and London Fight Factory too, so if you know me, come over and say hello on the day and we can all enjoy a great day of competitive Jiu Jitsu.


Tuesday, 24 October 2017

GCP - Marco 'Gigante' Villela

Last night's class

The Checkmat Wimbledon English Open Training Camp started in earnest last night, as the lads prepare for battle on November 25th at the English Open at the University of East London.  

All the lads brought hard work, sweat and a never say die attitude to the mats and I'm really looking forward to pushing everyone to their limits and beyonds over the next few weeks.  As always, a big shout to my sponsors BAIN and Grapple Kings for letting me train in top quality training gear, check them out guys :)

More of the same on Wednesday guys!  


Self Defence Online with Trevor Roberts

Trevor's brand new online self defence website has officially launched today, check out the site and the introduction. This website is a must see if you are serious about learning self defence, Trevor has over three decades of experience in the business and is in great demand to teach classes and seminars up and down the UK and beyond.

You can check the site out at 

Monday, 23 October 2017

Grading Day @ London Fight Factory

Huge congrats to everyone that was duly rewarded for their hard work and dedication to training this past year :) #hardworkpaysoff #wearecheckmat #LFF #Checkmat

Friday, 20 October 2017

GCP Episode 230 - Leo Vieira

Check out the latest GCP Podcast with Checkmat's one and only Leo Vieira :)


Thursday, 19 October 2017

More stripes

Massive congrats to Ady and Billy, aka Dad and Lad, who were duly rewarded for their hard work and dedication last night; awesome achievements all round to all the guys that earned their stripes this week, the club continues to grow and progress in the right direction and looking forward to the first batch of blue belts to hit the mats :)


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Stripes night

Hard work pays off..........huge congrats to the lads last night who were awarded stripes at the end of class. The veterans in the middle of the photo are still hanging in there, giving the young guns a run for their money and on the outside, two students get their first step on the ladder to enlightenment. Congrats once again to you all, it's an absolute pleasure to teach you guys.

Arm Drag Wing Chun Style

The arm drag is one of my all time favourite moves, both for Sport Jiu Jitsu and when I'm at work on the doors; it is a portal to a world of pain and misery when used against a drunken idiot at work and a great way to close the distance and score a takedown in a grapppling match.

In this video, my good friend Mick Tully, a Wing Chun instructor and BJJ purple belt, demonstrates an arm drag at the Wing Chun Gathering run by Ade Rhodes of Warrior Wing Chun.

You can subscribe to Mick's channel on You Tube at World of Martial Arts Television.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Blue belt for Juliette!

HUGE congrats to one of my Wimbledon warriors, Juliette Brillet who was promoted to blue belt today Down Under in Mildura, by her coach Mick Moloney. High fives all round from everyone at Checkmat Wimbledon and London Fight Factory. Next stop, purple belt!

GCP Episode 227 - Frank Mir

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Faixa Preta - Year 1

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of my promotion to black belt, at London Fight Factory; to say how time flies is an understatement and to this day, I still find it hard to believe I am now a BJJ black belt.  Looking forward to spending the rest of my training life as a black belt and rack up a few stripes on my belt and step out on the mats and compete before my body stops me from doing so.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Squad Training 2 @ New Wave Academy

Another monster training session yesterday, as students from Checkmat Wimbledon and London Fight Factory took a trip to join Colin Ndawike and his army at Checkmat Croydon, located at the New Wave Academy.

Black belts Tiago Valente and Luiz Ribeiro put everyone through their paces, as the London Open looms ever closer next weekend; huge thanks to Colin for inviting my students and myself to the session and to Luiz and Tiago for the excellent coaching and to all the regular faces on the mats and to all the new friends I made yesterday.


Thursday, 5 October 2017

GCP - Abraham Marte

Last night's class

Great session last night, exploring the dark world of Shimewaza............thanks to the awesome Kevin Solomovitch for the photo and Ron Roy for the bulging eyes :)

Monday, 25 September 2017

Squad Session 2 at New Wave Academy!

Saturday, October 7 at 1 PM - 2:30 PM
New Wave Academy
38 Hermitage Lane
SE25 5HH 

After a fantastic squad training session at LFF let's do it again; it's on the week before the London Open and as always a great opportunity to bond with our partner clubs.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

GCP Episode 222 - Dave Camarillo

Squad training at London Fight Factory!

Yesterday, four teams became one at London Fight Factory; LFF students were joined by fellow warriors from Golders Green gym, New Wave Academy and Checkmat Wimbledon. Everyone on the mats where there for one goal, to help prepare students for battle at the IBJJF London Open in October.

Lots of hard work and sweat was produced, as well as new friends and training partners and with another squad session arranged for New Wave Academy before the big competition, things can only get better for all involved.

Thanks to Luiz Ribeiro for setting up this killer session and a big shout to everyone I met yesterday, look forward to seeing you all again soon :)

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Slo mo vid!

Found a couple of slo mo vids, filmed back when I was a brown belt; I decided to embrace modern technology and filmed a few self defence and BJJ vids and promptly lost them all, or so I thought. 

The first one is a self defence sequence I've used many a time at work and I've enjoyed using it every time and I'll post the other videos over the next few weeks. 

GCP Episode 221 - Marcel Goncalves

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Member of the UKBJJA

I am proud to announce that Checkmat Wimbledon is now a member of the UKBJJA :)


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Caio Terra at London Fight Factory!

Caio Terra was back at LFF last night and delivered a masterclass on the half guard and wrestling coach Jacob Harman was also in the building and took the no gi class, before Caio hit the mats.


Saturday, 2 September 2017

How to open a tough closed guard

Here's a video from Stephan Kesting, offering a way of opening a tough closed guard, something that I've been teaching in class the last few weeks, so I thought I would share the video with you lovely readers. 


GCP Episode 215 - Draculino

Thursday, 24 August 2017

GCP Episode 213 - Kurt Osiander

Check out the latest monthly podcast with the always outrageous Kurt Osiander :)


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Leo Vieira in as ADCC Superfight replacement


GCP Episode 212 - Enson Inoue

GCP Episode 211 - Rose Gracie

GCP Episode 210 - Kenny Florian

Playing catch up with my posts after my holiday, so here's three podcasts from Ryan Ford over at Grappling Central Podcast...................


Back from the sunshine!

Just returned from two weeks in the sun, recharging my batteries and getting some much needed warmth to my aching muscles; after a much needed break I'm back teaching this evening and I'm looking forward to getting back onto the mats with my students.


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Last night's class

14 mat rats twisting up fools last night :) 

Brilliant session as always, showcasing a brutal clock choke from side control and finishing off a RNC without having to break a sweat :) 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Old School Red Belt!

Rickson Gracie got his red belt this month, which is awesome; however, a little known fact is that I was a red belt waaaaay back in 1999 in LA. Sorry Rickson old bean, looks like I beat you to it :)

Leo Vieria HL reel

With the news that Leozinho is making a return to competition, here's a cool HL reel to show you what the man's all about and what he's going to bring to the competition.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Last night's class

Solid session last night, sixteen Jiu Jitsu addicts getting their Monday night fix :)

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Rickson Gracie on Invisible Jiu Jitsu

'The invisible aspect of jiu-jitsu for me by far the greatest and the most interesting. Because it is not based on what I see it. It is based on how I feel it. That’s why it is invisible. It’s not about seeing. You may see the same guard position, but you feel different if you put pressure here, if you lie a little more here. So the invisible results are the ones that really please me because they are the ones that I really deeply felt you know? That’s what I try to promote is the capacity once you have to have to develop their own sensitivity for what is invisible.

Balance for example is invisible because it has to be connected with my opponent’s energy. If you push me I have to have my balance based on that push. And if you pull me I have to shift everything and be able to keep my balance on that pull.So it is an invisible deal of adjustment and weight distribution and connection which has fused the purpose of feeling the pressure or adding pressure or escaping from the pressure or keeping the control or whatever is the position.

But for me you saw about those details which makes amazingly different a sense of “Wow man! Now I can feel.” And when the students say to me “Wow man, I understand now!”…wow its not about the visible, what is visible. But is how you feel it and you know it’s experience man which keep me in the game because I love to give that feeling of the students feeling what is supposed to be impossible but based on the invisible aspect you say “Wow! That’s simple.” 

And that’s amazing man. It’s a special feeling.'

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Cyborg at London Fight Factory!

Great fun today with the legend that is Cyborg at LFF this morning; as always, HUGE thanks to Luiz for arranging this and bringing the best of the best to the gym. 

Next on the list to appear at the gym are Terere, Rafael Lovato Jr and Caio Terra, so an action packed Summer ahead!

Friday, 14 July 2017

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Last night's class

Another busy session last night, even with a good half dozen missing either through pesky injuries or enjoying holiday sunshine; still covering the techs from the Comprido session and looking forward to the weekend, where I will be at LFF, enjoying another session with the legendary human being Cyborg. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

The different belt systems used in BJJ

A very interesting article over on the website, that highlights a number of different belt systems used by different organisations and Grand Masters. If you think it's just the IBJJF association that holds the monopoly on belt systems, then you need to read this article.


Old Skool Pressure Pass

Gotta keep it Old Skool!


Berkut 6 - full card!

The event will be held in Moscow on July 16th and features two weight categories, 60K and 65K and is STACKED with grappling legends, including Leo Vieira, who makes a return to elite level competition. 

Check out the brackets:-

60 kg division: 

Samir Chantre
Milton Bastos
Laercio Fernandes
Rafael Barata
Isaac Doederlein
Joao Miyao
Tomoyuki Hashimoto
Mayko Araujo

65 kg division: 

Augusto Mendes
Osvaldo Moizinho
Kim Terra
Paulo Miyao
Nicholas Welker Araujo
Gabriel Marangoni

Leo Vieira