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 www.selfdefenceonline.com 

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 :)