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The Jiu Jitsu Game - Thu, 2015-01-01 05:05
I began my BJJ training at Sleeping Storm, an academy that offered instruction in all kinds of martial arts that was local to my home outside London. I trained there for six months under Ricardo Da Silva (then a Purple Belt), but decided if I was going to pursue jiujitsu more seriously, I would need to find myself a full-time academy. As a result, I moved up to London to begin training at the Roger Gracie Academy in Ladbroke Grove and spent several months sleeping on the floor at a friend's house and training every day. After three months at Ladbroke Grove, I received my Blue Belt from Roger Gracie in April 2006.

For much of the next two years, I occupied himself by training at the academy and assisting with the Kids classes that were operating at the academy HQ, as well as helping with any odd jobs that presented themselves. The Kids classes unfortunately wound down after the instructor moved on from the academy, and so for a while I was back to just training and doing my best to improve. I received my Purple Belt from Roger Gracie in June 2008 after my second attempt at the World Championships at Blue Belt. Shortly after that, I took up a full-time position as a receptionist at the academy, which finally gave me access to an income that would allow me to take my already-active competition schedule to the next level.

In October 2009, I left my job and am now living at the Roger Gracie Academy in Ladbroke Grove whilst pursuing a career as a full-time Brazilian Jiu-jitsu instructor. Finally, at the beginning of February 2010, I received my Brown Belt from Roger Gracie after winning the European Championships for the second time.

I would like to think I am one of the most active competitors in the world, having won over 40 gold medals in my relatively short competition career and taken part in over 250 competitive grappling matches, winning a significant majority. I hold a number of titles, both national and international, and continue to compete on a local and world level on an almost-weekly basis.

My most notable achievement to date was winning the Abu Dhabi Pro European Qualifiers in Barcelona, where I defeated a Black Belt and a Brown Belt in back-to-back fights to take Gold and qualify for an all-expenses-paid trip to the World Professional Jiu-jitsu Cup in Abu Dhabi. Although I was knocked out of that competition by a world-class Brown Belt from the United States, it was still a tremendous opportunity to compete in the same division as greats of the sport such as Marcelo Garcia, Michael Langhi & Claudio Calasans, and one that I hope to repeat in the near future. I have also won both the CBJJ and CBJJE European titles in my weight, as well as capturing the CBJJE Purple Belt Absolute title and medalling at the Pan-American Gi and No-Gi Competitions. Whilst a World medal still eludes me, that is one thing that I am hoping to put right in the near future.

About Me

The Jiu Jitsu Game - Thu, 2015-01-01 05:05
I began my BJJ training at Sleeping Storm, an academy that offered instruction in all kinds of martial arts that was local to my home outside London. I trained there for six months under Ricardo Da Silva (then a Purple Belt), but decided if I was going to pursue jiujitsu more seriously, I would need to find myself a full-time academy. As a result, I moved up to London to begin training at the Roger Gracie Academy in Ladbroke Grove and spent several months sleeping on the floor at a friend's house and training every day. After three months at Ladbroke Grove, I received my Blue Belt from Roger Gracie in April 2006.

For much of the next two years, I occupied himself by training at the academy and assisting with the Kids classes that were operating at the academy HQ, as well as helping with any odd jobs that presented themselves. The Kids classes unfortunately wound down after the instructor moved on from the academy, and so for a while I was back to just training and doing my best to improve. I received my Purple Belt from Roger Gracie in June 2008 after my second attempt at the World Championships at Blue Belt. Shortly after that, I took up a full-time position as a receptionist at the academy, which finally gave me access to an income that would allow me to take my already-active competition schedule to the next level.

In October 2009, I left my job and am now living at the Roger Gracie Academy in Ladbroke Grove whilst pursuing a career as a full-time Brazilian Jiu-jitsu instructor. Finally, at the beginning of February 2010, I received my Brown Belt from Roger Gracie after winning the European Championships for the second time.

I would like to think I am one of the most active competitors in the world, having won over 40 gold medals in my relatively short competition career and taken part in over 250 competitive grappling matches, winning a significant majority. I hold a number of titles, both national and international, and continue to compete on a local and world level on an almost-weekly basis.

My most notable achievement to date was winning the Abu Dhabi Pro European Qualifiers in Barcelona, where I defeated a Black Belt and a Brown Belt in back-to-back fights to take Gold and qualify for an all-expenses-paid trip to the World Professional Jiu-jitsu Cup in Abu Dhabi. Although I was knocked out of that competition by a world-class Brown Belt from the United States, it was still a tremendous opportunity to compete in the same division as greats of the sport such as Marcelo Garcia, Michael Langhi & Claudio Calasans, and one that I hope to repeat in the near future. I have also won both the CBJJ and CBJJE European titles in my weight, as well as capturing the CBJJE Purple Belt Absolute title and medalling at the Pan-American Gi and No-Gi Competitions. Whilst a World medal still eludes me, that is one thing that I am hoping to put right in the near future.

Achievements

The Jiu Jitsu Game - Thu, 2015-01-01 05:04

Amateur MMA Record: 25 W (23 SUBs) - 0 L - 2 D (link)

Combat Sports Open Trials 2010 - Welterweight Champion
UK MMA League 2008-2009 - Overall Champion
UK MMA League 2008-2009 - Welterweight Champion


Grappling Record: 272 W (176 SUBs) - 138 L (29 SUBs) - 2 D (15/10/12)


Grappling Competition Results:

2012

BLACK BELT


No-Gi Pan Championships - 3rd Place (Lightweight Black Belt)
Atlanta International Open - 2nd Place (Lightweight Black Belt)
American Nationals No-Gi - 2nd Place (Middleweight Black Belt)
American Nationals - 3rd Place (Middleweight Black Belt)
Montreal International Open - 1st Place (Absolute Black Belt)
Montreal International Open - 1st Place (Middle Heavyweight Black Belt)
Boston International Open - 3rd Place (Middle Heavyweight Black Belt)
Chicago Summer International Open - 3rd Place (Middleweight Black Belt)
Las Vegas International Open - 2nd Place (Middleweight Black Belt)
Toronto International Open - 1st Place (Absolute Black Belt)
Toronto International Open - 2nd Place (Middle Heavyweight Black Belt)



2011

BROWN BELT
English Open - 2nd Place (Middle Heavyweight Brown Belt)
Abu Dhabi Pro European Trials - 1st Place (Heavyweight Brown Belt)
London International Open - 2nd Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
London International Open - 3rd Place (Middle Heavyweight Brown Belt)
Ground Control UK Invitational - 2nd Place (Brown/Black Belt Superfight)
Ground Control UK Invitational - 2nd Place (Absolute Brown/Black Belt)
Brazilian Jiujitsu Pro Cup - 2nd Place (Lightweight Absolute Brown Belt)
Brazilian Jiujitsu Pro Cup - 3rd Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
British Open - 3rd Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
British Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
Welsh Open - 2nd Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
Ground Control: Choke In The Big Smoke - 2nd Place (Lightweight Advanced)
UK Premier Championships - 2nd Place (Absolute Brown Belt))
Abu Dhabi Pro European Trials - 3rd Place (Lightweight Brown & Black Belt)


2010

NAGA European Championships - 3rd Place (Middleweight Brown Belt)
Milano Challenge - 1st Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
Milano Challenge - 1st Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
CBJJE European Championships - 3rd Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
CBJJE European Championships - 1st Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
Ground Control Nationals - 1st Place (Brown Belt Superfight)
Midlands Open - 1st Place (Middleweight Brown Belt)
English Open - 1st Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
English Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
North West Open - 1st Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
JJI European Championships - 4th Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
JJI European Championships - 1st Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
Brighton Open - 1st Place (Absolute Purple & Brown Belt)
Ground Control 'Beat the Heat' - 1st Place (Lightweight Advanced)
German BJJ Groundfighting Open - 2nd Place (Middleweight Brown Belt)
Hereford Open - 2nd Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
Manchester Open - 1st place (Middleweight Brown Belt)
Gracie Invitational - 1st Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
Mediterranean Open - 2nd Place (Absolute Brown and Black Belt)
Copa Espana - 1st Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
British Open - 2nd Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
British Open - 2nd Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
Abu Dhabi Pro European Trials - 3rd Place (Lightweight Purple, Brown and Black Belt)
London Open - 1st Place (Middleweight Brown Belt)
UK Premier Championships - 3rd Place (Lightweight Brown and Black Belt)
Disneyland European Open - 2nd Place (Lightweight Brown and Black Belt)
Disneyland European Open - 3rd Place (Absolute Brown and Black Belt)

PURPLE BELT

European Championships (CBJJ) - 2nd Place (Lightweight Purple Belt National Teams)
European Championships (CBJJ) - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Scottish Open - 3rd Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Scottish Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)


2009

Ground Control UK Nationals - 1st Place (Lightweight Advanced)
Abu Dhabi Pro European Trials - 2nd Place (Lightweight Purple, Brown and Black Belt)
Kent Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
No-Gi British Open - 4th Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
No-Gi British Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Ground Control 6.0 - 1st Place (Lightweight Advanced)
Pan Jiu-jitsu No-Gi Championships - 3rd Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Pan Jiu-jitsu No-Gi Championships - 2nd Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
European Championships (CBJJE) - 1st Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
European Championships (CBJJE) - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Bristol Open - 3rd Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Bristol Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Grapplers Showdown Gi Challenge - 1st Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Grapplers Showdown Gi Challenge - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Brighton Grab & Pull - 3rd Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Brighton Grab & Pull - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Ground Control 5.0 - 1st Place (Lightweight Advanced)
Ground Control 5.0 - 1st Place (Superfight Division)
British Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Celtic Open - 1st Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Brighton Grab & Pull - 3rd Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Brighton Grab & Pull - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Pan Jiu-jitsu Championships - 3rd Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Welsh Open - 1st Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Welsh Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Abu Dhabi Pro European Trials - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple, Brown and Black Belt)
Bristol Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Ground Control 3.0 - 1st Place (Lightweight Advanced)
European Championships (CBJJ) - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)


2008

Copa Catalunya - 1st Place (Middleweight Purple Belt)
International French Open - 3rd Place (Lightweight Purple and Brown Belt)
Kent Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Open - Joint 1st Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Kent Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Open - 2nd Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
NJJC National Championships - 1st Place (Lightweight Open Experience)
Combat Academy No-Gi Groundfighting - 1st Place (Ultra-Heavyweight Open Experience)
Combat Academy No-Gi Groundfighting - 3rd Place (Absolute Open Experience)
FILA British Grappling Trials - 3rd Place (Lightweight Advanced)
VT Jiu Jitsu Grappling Competition - 1st Place (Lightweight Advanced)
Brighton Grab and Pull - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Bristol Open 2008 - 1st Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Bristol Open 2008 - 4th Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
ADCC UK Trials - 3rd Place (Absolute Advanced)
ADCC UK Trials - Joint 3rd Place (Lightweight Advanced)


BLUE BELT

Combat Academy Gi Groundfighting - 1st Place (Absolute)
Combat Academy Gi Groundfighting - 1st Place (Middleweight)
Gracie Invitational 2008 - 1st Place (Battle of the Brands Teams)
Gracie Invitational 2008 - Joint 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
Grapplers Showdown 2008 - 4th Place (Middleweight Novice)
Bristol Open 2008 - 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)


2007

Northern Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
Copa Bitteti- 3rd Place (Lightweight Absolute Blue Belt)
Copa Bitteti - 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
British Open Amateur Submission Grappling Championships - 3rd Place (Absolute)
Southern Open - 2nd Place (Absolute Blue Belt)
Southern Open - 3rd Place (Featherweight Blue Belt)
Bristol Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
FILA British National Trials - Joint 1st Place (Lightweight)
ADCC UK - 1st Place (Absolute Novice)
ADCC UK - 2nd Place (Lightweight Novice)
Essex Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
Irish Nationals - Joint 1st Place (Lightweight Advanced)
Gracie Invitational - Joint 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
Gracie Invitational - Joint 1st Place (Heavyweight Blue Belt Teams)
Gracie Invitational - 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt Teams)
Combat Academy Groundfighting - 3rd Place (Middleweight Open Experience)
III Coupe Suisse - 4th Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
III Coupe Suisse - 2nd Place (Absolute Blue Belt)
Urban Gorillaz Nationals - 1st Place (Lightweight Novice)
Urban Gorillaz Nationals - 3rd Place (Absolute Novice)
Amsterdam Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Advanced)
Bristol Open - Joint 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
Bristol Open - 2nd Place (Absolute Blue Belt)


2006

Northern Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
ADCC UK - 4th Place (Middleweight Novice)
Britsubfight - 2nd Place (Absolute Novice)


WHITE BELT

Urban Gorillaz SENI '06 - 3rd Place (Absolute Beginner)

Achievements

The Jiu Jitsu Game - Thu, 2015-01-01 05:04

Amateur MMA Record: 25 W (23 SUBs) - 0 L - 2 D (link)

Combat Sports Open Trials 2010 - Welterweight Champion
UK MMA League 2008-2009 - Overall Champion
UK MMA League 2008-2009 - Welterweight Champion


Grappling Record: 271 W (176 SUBs) - 126 L (24 SUBs) - 2 D (12/08/12)


Grappling Competition Results:

2012

BLACK BELT
Las Vegas International Open - 2nd Place (Middleweight Black Belt)
Toronto International Open - 1st Place (Absolute Black Belt)
Toronto International Open - 2nd Place (Middle Heavyweight Black Belt)



2011

BROWN BELT
English Open - 2nd Place (Middle Heavyweight Brown Belt)
Abu Dhabi Pro European Trials - 1st Place (Heavyweight Brown Belt)
London International Open - 2nd Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
London International Open - 3rd Place (Middle Heavyweight Brown Belt)
Ground Control UK Invitational - 2nd Place (Brown/Black Belt Superfight)
Ground Control UK Invitational - 2nd Place (Absolute Brown/Black Belt)
Brazilian Jiujitsu Pro Cup - 2nd Place (Lightweight Absolute Brown Belt)
Brazilian Jiujitsu Pro Cup - 3rd Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
British Open - 3rd Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
British Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
Welsh Open - 2nd Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
Ground Control: Choke In The Big Smoke - 2nd Place (Lightweight Advanced)
UK Premier Championships - 2nd Place (Absolute Brown Belt))
Abu Dhabi Pro European Trials - 3rd Place (Lightweight Brown & Black Belt)


2010

NAGA European Championships - 3rd Place (Middleweight Brown Belt)
Milano Challenge - 1st Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
Milano Challenge - 1st Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
CBJJE European Championships - 3rd Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
CBJJE European Championships - 1st Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
Ground Control Nationals - 1st Place (Brown Belt Superfight)
Midlands Open - 1st Place (Middleweight Brown Belt)
English Open - 1st Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
English Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
North West Open - 1st Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
JJI European Championships - 4th Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
JJI European Championships - 1st Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
Brighton Open - 1st Place (Absolute Purple & Brown Belt)
Ground Control 'Beat the Heat' - 1st Place (Lightweight Advanced)
German BJJ Groundfighting Open - 2nd Place (Middleweight Brown Belt)
Hereford Open - 2nd Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
Manchester Open - 1st place (Middleweight Brown Belt)
Gracie Invitational - 1st Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
Mediterranean Open - 2nd Place (Absolute Brown and Black Belt)
Copa Espana - 1st Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
British Open - 2nd Place (Absolute Brown Belt)
British Open - 2nd Place (Lightweight Brown Belt)
Abu Dhabi Pro European Trials - 3rd Place (Lightweight Purple, Brown and Black Belt)
London Open - 1st Place (Middleweight Brown Belt)
UK Premier Championships - 3rd Place (Lightweight Brown and Black Belt)
Disneyland European Open - 2nd Place (Lightweight Brown and Black Belt)
Disneyland European Open - 3rd Place (Absolute Brown and Black Belt)

PURPLE BELT

European Championships (CBJJ) - 2nd Place (Lightweight Purple Belt National Teams)
European Championships (CBJJ) - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Scottish Open - 3rd Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Scottish Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)


2009

Ground Control UK Nationals - 1st Place (Lightweight Advanced)
Abu Dhabi Pro European Trials - 2nd Place (Lightweight Purple, Brown and Black Belt)
Kent Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
No-Gi British Open - 4th Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
No-Gi British Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Ground Control 6.0 - 1st Place (Lightweight Advanced)
Pan Jiu-jitsu No-Gi Championships - 3rd Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Pan Jiu-jitsu No-Gi Championships - 2nd Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
European Championships (CBJJE) - 1st Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
European Championships (CBJJE) - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Bristol Open - 3rd Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Bristol Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Grapplers Showdown Gi Challenge - 1st Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Grapplers Showdown Gi Challenge - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Brighton Grab & Pull - 3rd Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Brighton Grab & Pull - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Ground Control 5.0 - 1st Place (Lightweight Advanced)
Ground Control 5.0 - 1st Place (Superfight Division)
British Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Celtic Open - 1st Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Brighton Grab & Pull - 3rd Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Brighton Grab & Pull - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Pan Jiu-jitsu Championships - 3rd Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Welsh Open - 1st Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Welsh Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Abu Dhabi Pro European Trials - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple, Brown and Black Belt)
Bristol Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Ground Control 3.0 - 1st Place (Lightweight Advanced)
European Championships (CBJJ) - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)


2008

Copa Catalunya - 1st Place (Middleweight Purple Belt)
International French Open - 3rd Place (Lightweight Purple and Brown Belt)
Kent Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Open - Joint 1st Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Kent Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Open - 2nd Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
NJJC National Championships - 1st Place (Lightweight Open Experience)
Combat Academy No-Gi Groundfighting - 1st Place (Ultra-Heavyweight Open Experience)
Combat Academy No-Gi Groundfighting - 3rd Place (Absolute Open Experience)
FILA British Grappling Trials - 3rd Place (Lightweight Advanced)
VT Jiu Jitsu Grappling Competition - 1st Place (Lightweight Advanced)
Brighton Grab and Pull - 1st Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
Bristol Open 2008 - 1st Place (Absolute Purple Belt)
Bristol Open 2008 - 4th Place (Lightweight Purple Belt)
ADCC UK Trials - 3rd Place (Absolute Advanced)
ADCC UK Trials - Joint 3rd Place (Lightweight Advanced)


BLUE BELT

Combat Academy Gi Groundfighting - 1st Place (Absolute)
Combat Academy Gi Groundfighting - 1st Place (Middleweight)
Gracie Invitational 2008 - 1st Place (Battle of the Brands Teams)
Gracie Invitational 2008 - Joint 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
Grapplers Showdown 2008 - 4th Place (Middleweight Novice)
Bristol Open 2008 - 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)


2007

Northern Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
Copa Bitteti- 3rd Place (Lightweight Absolute Blue Belt)
Copa Bitteti - 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
British Open Amateur Submission Grappling Championships - 3rd Place (Absolute)
Southern Open - 2nd Place (Absolute Blue Belt)
Southern Open - 3rd Place (Featherweight Blue Belt)
Bristol Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
FILA British National Trials - Joint 1st Place (Lightweight)
ADCC UK - 1st Place (Absolute Novice)
ADCC UK - 2nd Place (Lightweight Novice)
Essex Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
Irish Nationals - Joint 1st Place (Lightweight Advanced)
Gracie Invitational - Joint 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
Gracie Invitational - Joint 1st Place (Heavyweight Blue Belt Teams)
Gracie Invitational - 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt Teams)
Combat Academy Groundfighting - 3rd Place (Middleweight Open Experience)
III Coupe Suisse - 4th Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
III Coupe Suisse - 2nd Place (Absolute Blue Belt)
Urban Gorillaz Nationals - 1st Place (Lightweight Novice)
Urban Gorillaz Nationals - 3rd Place (Absolute Novice)
Amsterdam Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Advanced)
Bristol Open - Joint 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
Bristol Open - 2nd Place (Absolute Blue Belt)


2006

Northern Open - 1st Place (Lightweight Blue Belt)
ADCC UK - 4th Place (Middleweight Novice)
Britsubfight - 2nd Place (Absolute Novice)


WHITE BELT

Urban Gorillaz SENI '06 - 3rd Place (Absolute Beginner)

Sponsors

The Jiu Jitsu Game - Thu, 2015-01-01 05:03
 

Scramble

Scramble is what happens in MMA, jiu jitsu, and grappling, when two fighters are halfway between positions. It's the moment when everything is at stake, and it's a chance for either fighter to come out on top.

It's about whoever has the strongest will.

Scramble is here to rescue you from flying skulls, winged skulls, flying winged skulls with top hats on, minotaurs, bulging muscle man, dragons with flying skulls and top hats on them, flying minotaurs with winged skulls and flames, and all the other crap that infests the visual side of the MMA world.

I lived for many years in Japan, where I was exposed to some of the coolest designs I've ever seen. They were bright, bold, fresh, and sophisticated in their simplicity. Barely a rippling muscle or a pumped-up minotaur-dragon in sight.

T-shirts are emblazoned with barely-English slogans and large, bright characters. At first, I laughed at this English. Wanted to correct it. But now, I realise. It has taken on a life of its own. In the same way that a single, deft brush stroke can inspire the image of a swaying tree or a rippling lake in your mind, so a slightly off Engrish slogan can stir up thoughts and capture an idea better than a perfect sentence can.

Scramble is here to bring that to you.

Scramble t-shirts are made using high quality materials and printing processes, nothing like the usual printed-on-a-piece-of-tissue-paper stuff that you often get from small t-shirt companies. You might pay a bit more, but you get a shirt that looks and feels good, and will last a long time. We're martial artists; we need a shirt that can stand up to a stiff breeze.

A t-shirt is one of the quickest ways to tell someone about yourself. In a single glance, you can tell the world what team you support, what band you like, what film inspires you, or which athlete you cheer for. Probably not all at the same time, though.

And with Scramble, you can be sure, you'll know what the Japanese characters mean on your shirt.

Scramble also brings you select products from Japan (like BJJ Spirits, the awesome DVD magazine, and some special edition t-shirts from the heart of Tokyo), depending on the time of year and what's of interest at the time.

Scramble is a small company and values every single one of its customers. That means you.

Welcome to the family.

Scramble was started by Matt Benyon, who blogs at The Grappling Dummy

Roger Gracie Academy

The Roger Gracie Academy and its numerous affiliates make up one of the largest Brazilian Jiujitsu teams in the UK, as well as being home to many of the top competitors in the country. Leaving aside Roger Gracie himself (generally acknowledged as the number one grappler in the world today), there are numerous champions at regional, national and international level who call RGA their home.

Sponsors

The Jiu Jitsu Game - Thu, 2015-01-01 05:03
 

Scramble

Scramble is what happens in MMA, jiu jitsu, and grappling, when two fighters are halfway between positions. It's the moment when everything is at stake, and it's a chance for either fighter to come out on top.

It's about whoever has the strongest will.

Scramble is here to rescue you from flying skulls, winged skulls, flying winged skulls with top hats on, minotaurs, bulging muscle man, dragons with flying skulls and top hats on them, flying minotaurs with winged skulls and flames, and all the other crap that infests the visual side of the MMA world.

I lived for many years in Japan, where I was exposed to some of the coolest designs I've ever seen. They were bright, bold, fresh, and sophisticated in their simplicity. Barely a rippling muscle or a pumped-up minotaur-dragon in sight.

T-shirts are emblazoned with barely-English slogans and large, bright characters. At first, I laughed at this English. Wanted to correct it. But now, I realise. It has taken on a life of its own. In the same way that a single, deft brush stroke can inspire the image of a swaying tree or a rippling lake in your mind, so a slightly off Engrish slogan can stir up thoughts and capture an idea better than a perfect sentence can.

Scramble is here to bring that to you.

Scramble t-shirts are made using high quality materials and printing processes, nothing like the usual printed-on-a-piece-of-tissue-paper stuff that you often get from small t-shirt companies. You might pay a bit more, but you get a shirt that looks and feels good, and will last a long time. We're martial artists; we need a shirt that can stand up to a stiff breeze.

A t-shirt is one of the quickest ways to tell someone about yourself. In a single glance, you can tell the world what team you support, what band you like, what film inspires you, or which athlete you cheer for. Probably not all at the same time, though.

And with Scramble, you can be sure, you'll know what the Japanese characters mean on your shirt.

Scramble also brings you select products from Japan (like BJJ Spirits, the awesome DVD magazine, and some special edition t-shirts from the heart of Tokyo), depending on the time of year and what's of interest at the time.

Scramble is a small company and values every single one of its customers. That means you.

Welcome to the family.

Scramble was started by Matt Benyon, who blogs at The Grappling Dummy

Roger Gracie Academy

The Roger Gracie Academy and its numerous affiliates make up one of the largest Brazilian Jiujitsu teams in the UK, as well as being home to many of the top competitors in the country. Leaving aside Roger Gracie himself (generally acknowledged as the number one grappler in the world today), there are numerous champions at regional, national and international level who call RGA their home.

Contact

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Kids and the Future of Jiu-Jitsu

Kid Peligro's Mat - Tue, 2014-04-22 12:53
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Kids and the future of Jiu-Jitsu

I've been noticing an incredible trend lately in Jiu-Jitsu teaching. More and more academies have established or increased their kids programs and I can't help but believe how it bodes well for the future of Jiu-Jitsu. Many top academies like (read more)

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Each - doing their best ...

John Will's Personal Blog - Mon, 2014-04-21 23:04
Each of us … in our own way, does the best we can - the best we are capable of at a given time under a given set of circumstances. And each of us begins each day with a unique construct of both mind and body … no two of us are the same - and yet, in many ways, most of us strive for the same thing - to better ourselves, our circumstances and raise ourselves beyond what we were yesterday. Thinking plays a large part in how well we fare - as does the company we choose - but luck also, plays a large part. The opportunities are different in a small country town from those in a large city; in a country town it is harder to leverage toward financial independence through say, property development - but then again, in the big city we have a greater chance of being injured or killed in a car accident. One path, one set of circumstances takes us further from one outcome and closer to another … our choices can overcome our circumstances, but those circumstances do define how each of us will begin our journey. When someone comes to begin training at my school - I am very and fully aware that their journey to that point in time was theirs alone - and utterly unique. I cannot rightfully expect each and every student to learn the same way, at the same rate or e driven by the same motivation - each is different, each unique - and each will place a different value on what they are learning and each will judge their open progress in a different way. Ultimately, each person walks a unique path - and in most of the ways that matter - each is doing the best they can … given who they are and given the path they have walked thus far. JBW

All My Old Gis (Are Sad and Lonely)

Heavy Training - Mon, 2014-04-21 19:08

My closet is  Golgotha
A garden of old gis
in a sad forgotten pile
in a too small Rubbermaid bin.

I’m sorry I don’t wear you anymore.
And I’m sorry my cat pissed on a few of you
But you stink too much
And you are too frayed.

So you sit in the dark,
like a pack of cranky hobos
abandoned by the world
and huddled around a flaming barrel.

Do you dream gi dreams?
Of  swimming in the washing machine?
Or is too dark and lonely,
In my spare bedroom where I play video games.

But you were too big on me, white Michado.
And I couldn’t get the smell out of you,
Kimono Fighter and Blue Atama.
So I’ll see  you all in hell, someday.

Until then, sit in my closet.
Your ruined palace of cotton,
Waterloo of canvas pants,
and dream of better days.


Team Hopkins Training Day in Pensacola with Kid Peligro

Kid Peligro's Mat - Mon, 2014-04-21 12:44

Team Hopkins will host their annual "Training day and Awards banquet with Guest instructor Kid Peligro. The Hopkins training day is always highly attended and a lot of fun. Be sure to sign up fast as the space is limited and the event does sell out:

Training Day & Awards Banquet
Fri. June 13 and Sat. June 14
Pensacola Florida 2014

With Special Guest Instructor
Kid Peligro

MANDATORY RSVP
ONLY 85 SPOTS AVAILABLE
TEXT: Tony Baker 850-554-0804
or email: baker@graciepensacola.com

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Weekend with Slideyfoot

BJJ Grrl - Mon, 2014-04-21 09:03

How was your Easter weekend? Good? Great. Mine? Mine was… quite a bit surreal.

Thursday

Thursday afternoon/evening, drove down to Norfolk to meet up with some jiu-jitsu people who I’m lucky to hang out with frequently — Addie, Chrissy & Brian, MikeByrd, and Val Worthington — and one new face who I’ve “known” just as long: Can Sönmez, aka, Slideyfoot.

Friday

Can and I both stayed with Addie, so Friday morning we got a behind-the-scenes look at The Green Gi. Friday afternoon the entire gang headed to Antwain Britt’s Olympus Fitness & Martial Arts for some rolling. (We had tried to find an Open Mat, but then realized that we ourselves were a walking Open Mat, just in need of mats. So we found mats.)

Open Mat amongst ourselves (I am failing at embedding images today) – l to r: Chrissy, Brian, MikeByrd, Addie, Antwain, me, Can, Val

I rolled more then that I’ve rolled in the last 3 weeks, whew. Two with Can, two with Val, two with MikeByrd (I think. Or one. I dunno. Brain cells were starting to short out.), and one each with everyone else (including Antwain and Brian, which were as hilarious as you might expect. Apparently I’m small or something…?). For whatever reason I was fixated on getting Hillary Williams’ grip, but I did absolutely nothing with it after that. But Chrissy told me that I was meaner, so yay! And the better part of that is that in my own head I was berating myself for not being mean enough, so that means that even my baseline is better. So yay!

We had planned to train Friday night as well, but then all decided that we were tired and old and hungry, so it was dinner and board games for the night.

Saturday

Saturday, Addie’s coach Dave “The Rock” Jacobs was doing a seminar at Tidewater Academy, so Addie, Can, and I went there. I love seminars where something in the warmup gets my attention: sideways rolls down the mat, but not Granby’s; instead, simulating a butterfly sweep, but post on your head, far arm, and outside knee, then slide under & through to scarf hold. Ooooooo….

Dave also went over the inverted armbar that we were working in class last week. (Shoulder sammich!) Nice transition to an americana sweep if they bring their arm in front. Then some work around an opponent turtling, eventually going to crucifix. (And then if they sit up, you can flow right back into the front shoulder lock from the turtle earlier, and then crucifix, and then and then and then…) And finally some wristlocks. I want to try that one from side control, though I’m expecting someone to say, “Oh, hang on, my wrist is caught here.” Um, yeah, cuz I has caught it. Now, tap.

There was more; I wrote it down, but don’t remember at the moment (which is why I write it down…).

Finished off the seminar by rolling with one of the in-house blue belts. He uses the same Hillary Williams’ grip, but also uses it for spider guard, which makes for some pretty sweeps. Must try!

Funny moment before the seminar: we’re standing around changing/waiting, and a guy walks up to Can. “Excuse me, but are you… Slideyfoot?” He had been reading through some of Can’s online stuff, and so was rather flabbergasted to see the man who wrote it all standing in an academy in Virginia, lol.

After the seminar, we cleaned up & met with everyone else. After dinner, though, I headed home to spend Easter Sunday with my family. All yesterday I kept thinking, “Wait, did that just happen?” but the piles of laundry and the photos on Facebook seem to prove that it did.

(Today, though, I am tapping out to allergies. Boo hiss.)


P90X Week 9

BJJ and Fitness - Sun, 2014-04-20 17:48
So I am into week 9. There are 4 weeks of alternating workout then the last week is a recovery week. Then I plan to move onto P90X2. My eating has not been very good this week. For some reason, when I hit the recovery week I tend to eat badly then when I train during the harder weeks I eat better. It feels like my body is moving down and up gears and demands better food. For the last 2 weeks I have been doing intermittent fasting but have decided to stop because I was incredibly irritable during the day and felt like I was losing strength and stamina while fasting. I just sort of felt like my engine was revving high with no fuel in the tank and something had to give if I didn't make amends.

I did Chest and Back this morning and felt really great. Despite waking up groggy and not feeling like I could push out a single push up, I got through the workout and added a couple of reps to each exercise. I actually felt really strong like my body was just taking over and doing the reps without being connected to my mind which was telling me to stop. It was a really great feeling. I completed the workout and went to look in the mirror. I'm not ripped or anything but I feel and look a hell of a lot stronger than I did at the beginning. I still hate AbRipper X though.

Monir Salomão

BJJ Heroes - Sun, 2014-04-20 17:09
Monir Salomão was a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach and founder of the Academia Monir de Jiu-Jitsu in the Vista Alegre neighbourhood where he several high class black belts such as world champion Marcos Barreto and GF Team leader Julio César Pereira as well as Rafael Caldeira.
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