Thursday, 23 May 2019

Last night's class

Last night was all about getting six points ahead of your opponent...


Monday night class

After the dust had settled from all the fun and games at the Fight Sports Cup, it was back to the drawing board on Monday night, for a full review of the performances from all the lads that competed at the event.

Lots of positive feedback from the lads, lots to work on as always and the lads are more fired up than ever to compete again, which can only be a good thing.  Taking a look at the competition calendar and will see what comps the lads want to do in the Summer :)

Stripes for the lads

Hard work has been duly rewarded, huge congrats to the lads on their well deserved stripes :)

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Fight Sports Cup

Awesome event yesterday with the first Fight Sports Cup was held at Britannia Leisure Centre in North London.

Four students from Wimbledon BJJ entered the event and sadly things didn't go our way, three guys lost their first match on points and one guy won his first match with a lightning quick foot lock and lost his second match on points.

Lots of positives were taken from the day, no one was submitted and points were scored on their opponent and game plans were executed in all matches, luck was on the side of their opponents, but all great fun and it's got the lads all fired up to compete again so that can only be a good thing.

Thanks to Luiz and the team for organising a great event and all photos on here courtesy of Katie @ DSD Events...

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Good luck the lads!

Best of luck to the lads who are laying it all on the line on Saturday at the Fight Sports Cup :)

Last night's class

The Fight Sports Cup Training Camp is over now, our last session held last night...I've pushed the guys to their very limits and a few steps beyond, my work here is done...cant wait to see the guys compete at the weekend :)

Monday, 13 May 2019

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Man Flu strikes again...

Apologies for the lack of content this month, I've succumbed to a horrendous bout of the deadly Man Flu and have been confined to my bed and the couch for the last ten days...thankfully, I'm over the worst and will be back to regular Blogging duties, kicking off with a couple of BJJ Digest videos for your enjoyment :)

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Last night's class

Great start to the new month last night, as we get ready for the Fight Sports Cup on May 18th...

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Last night's class

Great session last night as always, covering the rib popping knee on belly position, a move that's served me well both on the mats and at work, when dealing with the local ne'er do wells :)

BJJ Digest

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Earl Duncan Photography

Had the pleasure of photographer Earl Duncan on the mats last night, who came down to take photos of the training session, which will be going towards a very interesting project on the hard work, discipline and fighting spirit of those who practise martial arts.

Any BJJ clubs in and around London that wish to be involved in this project can drop me a line at

Last night's class

Another busy session down at Wimbledon BJJ, the last No Gi class, as we get the pyjamas back on and prepare for the upcoming Fight Sports Cup on May 18th...

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Last night's class

More fun and games sans the Gi, getting the PJ's back on next week, getting ready for the Fight Sports Cup...

Silver for George!

Huge congrats to young George who medalled at the Destroy Inc event at Dartford Judo Club at the weekend...

Northern Monkey On Tour - Southampton

Had a great day out at the weekend down at the Sway Dojo in the New Forest in Southampton , attending a seminar with Cailey Barker at Adrian Starr's dojo...I first met Adrian at Tony Pillage's Last Huzzah last December and it was from this meeting that I was invited to the seminar with Cailey, which was all about applied martial arts for the street, interspersed with little talks from Adrian about the use of reasonable force within the martial arts and with the moves we were being shown by Cailey.

Adrian speaks from twenty plus years experience as a Police officer and gave a very interesting account on the use of reasonable force within his little talks, something I found very interesting, more of which should be available to all who practice martial arts.

In all, five hours flew by and before we knew it, we were in the pub having a nice cold beer as a reward for all the hard training and I look forward to inviting Adrian and his students over to Wimbledon BJJ in the near future.

BJJ Digest

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Last night's class - prison rules!

Killer session last night at Wimbledon BJJ, really enjoying training without the Gi for now, will be returning to the pyjamas after next week, as we get ready for the upcoming Fight Sports Cup in May :)

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

No Gi with Sharpey

Another quality and busy session with Sharpey last night and our first No Gi with him too; a couple of old school high percentage techniques to play around with and lots of rounds of sparring in the bank, a great way to kick start the week.

We look forward to having Sharpey back in a month's time and looking forward to class tomorrow and sharpening ourselves for the Fight Sports Cup in May...

Monday, 8 April 2019

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Northern Monkey On Tour

I'm celebrating thirty years in martial arts this year and with this milestone under the belt, I'm hitting the road and dropping in on old friends and new to share the mats and have some good training and lots of laughter...

This weekend I took a drive up North to Leicester to see my old friend Rob Phelps and his students and anther dear friend, Jim Mc Sherry, managed to drop in and join in the session too.

I had a great time and this is the first of what hopes to be many more, the next trip out will be this weekend down in Southampton, meeting up with a new friend I met last December over in Coventry, when I attended Tony Pillage's Last Huzzah.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Last night's class

Another busy session last night at Wimbledon BJJ, enjoying the freedom of the No Gi game; not having to wear the cumbersome Gi makes everyone feel a lot lighter, making the specifics and sparring sessions a lot faster and more explosive, yet exciting to watch, but with more risks of injuries if the ego isn't reigned in...

Took the class through a fair bit of stand up grappling, with lots of pummelling, arm drags and guillotines, plus a funky new back take, all of which was well received and rounded off a great week of training, with all the 10th Planet goodies shown on Monday night.

Roll on Monday night, when we have the return of Sharpey, for a No Gi masterclass.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

No Gi at Wimbledon BJJ

Kick started the month of April off with No Gi training, with one of the students returning from three months in Birmingham, training at 10th Planet, so kindly showed some cool moves last night, which went down a treat with everyone on the mats, myself included.

Huge thanks to the hugely talented Gareth Baxendale, aka Gartista, for the new seasonal addition to the Northern Monkey logo range; the weather is much warmer down here in London, so it's time for some No Gi nonsense here at Wimbledon BJJ...

BJJ Digest

Video number 2 for your enjoyment, reigniting the old Berimbolo debate...

BJJ Digest

Here's a couple of videos from the vaults at BJJ Digest, to kick off the month of April...

Friday, 29 March 2019

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Wednesday night class

Bit of a quieter class on Wednesday, illness and that dreaded four letter word 'work' getting in the way of people's training, but lots of hard work and fun for everyone who turned up to train, drilling takedowns, standing wristlocks and rolling loop chokes...

Wednesday I was repping the awesome Hunter/Trapper rash guard from my sponsors BAIN...if you'd like order one yourself then visit

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

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Monday night's class

Killer session on Monday night, lots of hard work from everyone and I enjoyed hitting the mats and training with the team; I'm currently enjoying a period of remission from my injuries, don't know how long it's going to last, so I'm making the most of every session, without going crazy and thinking I'm a young purple belt again...

Still drilling the gold from the Maia seminar and some new cool X guard wizardry from the session with Tom Halpin at The Gathering this weekend gone, so lots to cram into two sessions per week.

Monday, 25 March 2019

The Gathering!

HUGE turnout yesterday for the Fight Sports London Gathering over @studionw2...

Brilliant x guard masterclass from @tomhalpinbjj and a well deserved promotion to purple belt for Fiona Lee...

Huge thanks to Luiz for making this happen and continued support from Colin and Tiago, always a pleasure sharing the mats with you guys...

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Masters Division rash guard from BAIN

This awesome new rash guard landed yesterday from my sponsor BAIN, a piece of kit for the Old School Brigade, to help keep the young pups at bay and in line.

To order one, visit

Stripes night

Huge congrats to all who were awarded stripes on their belts last night, hard work really does pay off :)

Saturday, 16 March 2019

LFF Saturday class

Killer session this afternoon at London Fight Factory...

After a quick warm it was rounds of sparring all class, a real test of character indeed.  Had a great time twisting up fools and getting my fool ass twisted up too; eighteen rounds of sparring in two days for this old dog, let's see how I am in the morning, before I start saying how tough I am!

BJJ Digest...

Friday, 15 March 2019

Open Mat at LFF

Great to be back down at LFF once more, after shaking off the most lingering and miserable Man Flu ever to hit the male's been a really bus week with many visitors to the gym, as Polaris will be underway as I type and the UFC the day after at the O2.

With Polaris and the UFC on this weekend, it's been a roll call of Jiu Jitsu celebs here at LFF...Rodrigo Cavaca did three days focusing on the Gi, Vagner Rocha was taking a few classes, before his match with Ross Nicholls at Polaris...Eduardo 'Teta' Rios was also here, soaking up the good vibes and UK photographer Maggie Left took time to call in and see everyone, plus lots more, whose names escape me right now.

At the Open Mat today, there was a group of Jiu Jiteiros from the Basque Country on the mats and my good friend Paul Cleobury and his team mates were up from Bournemouth, all here for the weekend too.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Demian Maia at London Fight Factory

Gremlins in the work prevented me from posting this after what can be only described as three hours of absolute Jiu Jitsu gold from UFC legend Demian Maia, who was guest of honour over at London Fight Factory on Saturday March 9th.

Four of us represented Wimbledon BJJ on the day and the mats were understandably packed out for this event, in what was the most hotly anticipated event of the year so far.  

Luiz brings nothing but the best down to LFF and Demian did not disappoint, as he passed on a multitude of old school techniques and some really brutal submissions, all easily  adapted into anyone's game, which is just what I like.

The energy in the room was palpable and Demian is such a humble and approachable guy; it's hard to think that he's such an elite athlete with an unparalleled BJJ and MMA record of achievement, as he talked to white belts and black belts on the mats in equal measure and respect. 

No question was too much trouble for him in the Q+A session half way through the seminar and it was an insightful and revealing window into the mindset of an elite athlete.

As always, huge thanks to Luiz for arranging such an amazing and inspiring afternoon of Jiu Jitsu.

Last night's class...

Another solid class in the bag, lots of techniques packed into the session, from lasso guard goodies, to more of the gold from the Maia seminar and I even threw in a Berimbolo...

Yes, a twisty upside downy my age as well!

Must be having a mid life crisis...