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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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World Pro BJJ Absolute Black Belt Results

Kid Peligro's Mat - Sat, 2014-04-19 11:03
L-R Vieira, Buchecha and Galvao Absolute Podium 2014 World Pro BJJ
Mens Black Belt Absolute
1- Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida
2- Rodolfo Vieira
3-Andre Galvao
4- Keenan Cornelius

Buchecha was losing by advantages 3 x 1 just before the end of the match. "Buchecha" swept Vieira literally in the dying seconds to score the 2 points as time ran out for the win

Ladies Black Belt Absolute
1- Gabi Garcia
2- Janni Larsson
3- Bia Mesquita

Complete Results here: http://uaejjf.org/event/info/52

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MMA review: Gloves, Shin guard & Bad Girls

The Part Time Grappler - Sat, 2014-04-19 04:42

BadBoy are a huge name in the martial arts industry. I was very happy to hear they are launching their BadGirl range here in Europe so I asked my friend Marie to review their Muay Thai gloves and shin pads. Marie, aside from practicing jiujitsu and judo, is a seasoned Muay Thai competitor and coach so I knew the review would be in great hands, full pun intended!

Marie's Bad Girl ReviewI've been aware of the Bad Girl range for a while so I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to try out their gloves and shin guards. The reality is, especially when it comes to striking kit there is very little in the market for women. You may get some token pink in a range but the women's market tends to be very much an after thought. This is certainly not the case with the Bad Girl range. First impressions show that a lot of thought has gone into the branding and design, the Bad Girl logo is a twist on the unmistakable Bad Boy brand. With the usage of some distinctively sassy female eyes. I was sent the blue version of the kit (it's also available in purple). The blue branding and stitching is a great contrast with the black base colour and the result is two pieces of kit that a woman can proudly wear to the gym. Although looking good is obviously only part of the story!

Starting with the shin guards; I currently use very traditional muay thai style leather shin guards which whilst offering fantastic protection are very heavy and definitely can limit mobility from an MMA perspective. So I was curious to see how these would compare and how well they would work me.



On first impression these are a well put together pair of guards. The printing of the logo on the front of the guards is very well done and the overlooking stitching around the guards and heel was very neat but also very soft, no signs of rough edges particular near the heel that could dig or rub. Turning the guards inside out showed that the pocket holding the padding is stitched securely and the chances of the pad moving was very slim. At present these guards are only available in one size which was my main problem. After trying on the guards it was clear they were too small for me. A quick measure confirmed that when compared to other brands these would be classed as a size small (I'm usually a medium). But I am reasonably tall so for anyone under 5ft 6 they are probably ideal. What it did mean was that I couldn't test them out as hard as would have liked. For safety reasons I didn't feel comfortable doing full sparing due to the top of my shin being exposed. However I did wear them for drilling and general training enabling me to get a feel for the fit and protection.

No shin guard can promise to be 100% movement free when wearing them, but these are definitely comparable with other guards on the market. The guards felt snug but not too tight and certainly not going to leave significantly horrible pink indentation after prolonged wear. The foam doesn't instantly mold around the shin perfectly but that is normal and after a few sessions the fit does improve. I found myself making slight adjustment during sessions but no more than usual and certainly not bothersome.

In terms of weight these guards are comparable to other foam guards in the market but when compared to my traditional leather guards these are half the weight. This felt a massive difference when it came to movement and speed which I loved. This left me with my biggest worry of protection as I do bruise like a peach on my shins. I needn't have worried! Yes there is a very slight difference compared to my tried and trusted big heavy leather guards but not enough to put me off these guards as they dealt well with repeatedly drilled blocking and kicking.

Overall these are a good piece of kit and at a great price (£19.99) if Bad Girl do increase the range of sizes available (which I hope they do) I'd certainly look at investing in another pair and for anyone smaller than me I'd certainly recommend them as a great addition to your sparring kit.

Now onto the boxing gloves, which I have to say are really pretty (which is a phrase I rarely use about training gear)! They're the same colour scheme to the shin guards and the printing of the logo is really well done.  Even after some hard workouts (and my really bad habit of wiping my forehead with the back of my gloves) there are no signs of it cracking or wearing. The material is really soft which I loved, but it did surprise a few people who questioned if they were leather because of that (they are made from composite leather).


However the best part of these gloves was the fit. I only usually wear one or two brands of glove because many makes just don't fit well when you have smaller (female) hands. These gloves initially fitted well without any hand wraps so I instantly knew fit would not be a problem. With wraps on these were almost too tight fitting so I’ve had no worries about them becoming lose through stretching or give over time.  Obviously these are 10oz gloves so there not the biggest anyhow, but comparing them with other styles and brands it became really clear that these have been designed to be very small and compact gloves.

In terms of other features the gloves are design to support making a fist with both a connected thumb and a grip bar built into the glove helping both protect your hand as well as your training partner (accidental eye pokes etc). The foam padding provided the protection you'd expect from boxing gloves and hasn't shown any signs of bulges or indents over time. There is an section of air flow material on the thumb which if I'm honest didn't make a significant difference to my hand temperature  whilst training, but I suspect they certainly helped the fact that I found these gloves aired and dried quickly which is a definite bonus.


These gloves are boxing gloves rather than my usual thai boxing style gloves so I did notice a difference in the wrist support however there was still a reasonable level of support. If extra wrist support is important to you then extra wrapping could easily compensate for training. Due to the softness of the leather these gloves are pretty flexible straight from the first time of wearing so I found that grip work on the clinch very comfortable to do. Although over time it might not be as comfortable for your training partner as the edge of some of the trim did raise up causing my partner at the time some discomfort and irritation though some  minor rubbing.


Due to the weight of the gloves I didn't use them for sparring (at my gym we only spar in over 14oz gloves for safety) but overall I found these are excellent gloves for general classes, pad and bag work. These gloves are great value for money (£29.99) and are an ideal purchase for the casual athlete, beginners starting out or those who just need an extra pair of gloves in their kit rotation.

femme fatale at Phoenix Muay ThaiOverall the Bad Girl kit is a great addition to the market and the design shows that you don't have to sacrifice quality to be stylish in the gym. Both pieces are great value bits of kit and personally I can't wait to see where the range goes next!

I'd like to thank the team at BadBoy UK for supplying the gloves and shin guards.
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18/04/2014 - Open Mat in Virginia Beach

Slideyfoot - Fri, 2014-04-18 07:00
Class #559
Olympus Fitness & Martial Arts, (BJJ), Virginia Beach, VA, USA - 18/04/2014

I have had a brilliant time in Virginia so far, thanks to both the awesome hospitality of my host Adrienne from The Green Gi and the fantastic group of people who have all come together this weekend. I knew two of them online before - Chrissy Linzy from US Grappling and Leslie from BJJ Grrl - but the others I hadn't interacted with much before. That changed as soon as I headed into Norfolk Airport, where they met me down by baggage claim, then we went out for a meal as a group. This would be the pattern over the next few days, along with fun bits of socialising like a game of Cards Against Humanity on Friday night.

I'd certainly heard of at least one of them before: Val Worthington. She's a black belt who has been active in BJJ for many years, both online and offline. I first encountered her through the BJJ Vision Quest blog she used to write, which I think she is now using as source material for a book (might be on something else entirely: either way, I'll definitely be buying it!). More recently she's known for her insightful articles on the Breaking Muscle website.

Val has also succeeded at the highest levels of competition, so I was very much looking forward to rolling with her. It entirely lived up to my expectations, as Val is a superb training partner. Although she could easily have spent the roll tapping me over and over again, she instead stayed light (but tight: any space I made instantly disappeared), waiting to see what I would do. There are very few people capable of perfectly adjusting to their training partner's level like that: the only ones that immediately spring to mind that I've rolled with are my instructor Kev Capel, Jeff Rockwell, my fellow Artemis BJJ co-founder Dónal and John 'jnp' Palmer. A rare and valuable skill.

In terms of rolling in general (over the hour, I was able to spar with most of the group), I'm still playing more spider guard than I would like, relying on those arthritis-tastic grips. I need to attempt simple feet on hips more, along with that Xande open guard I used to do. Then again, it's not a bad thing to occasionally play with it. I couldn't get the sweep Kev showed me when they're on their knees, though I did manage that simple one Dónal gave me some pointers about recently, where you're just steering them over to the side.

With the addition of turning my head to look over my shoulder and tucking my elbow, that gets a lot more leverage. I wasn't following up all that smoothly though: when I've knocked someone over with that, I need to close the distance more efficiently. I ended up yanking on the arm and using that to crawl to mount or side control.

My passing is also too repetitive: I always push through to half guard then try and knee cut. I need to vary that up more, adding in Dónal's leg squash pass, as well as moving from side to side. It does work, but then if I am against anybody good at blocking me from half guard and/or scuppering the knee cut, I'm stuck.

Under side contol, I'm tending to either over rely on the running escape or move into weird stuff, rather than solidifying the basic guard recovery and turn to knees. For example, I frequently go for the triangle under side control, which really shouldn't be a go to technique. Having said that, if I can get my legs in position, it does often lead to an escape. The problem is most people with experience won't let you push their head and get your legs in place.

The shin in elbow trick (from Beneville's Strategic Guard) is less low percentage: it's something I am getting more regularly now that I've been working on stiff arming their sleeve away from me in the running escape, like Kev showed me. I got an interesting taste of my own medicine on that front, because Adrienne made very effective use of the same principle when we rolled.

Just like her gi company, Adrienne's game is innovative. She uses a lot of gi grips, combined with good flexibility and agility. I managed to pass her guard and was looking to set up the gi tail choke, when Adrienne got a grip on my gi and stuck a leg inside. I didn't think too much of it, as I assumed I could eventually wriggle my hand around and use gradual leverage to free the sleeve.

Instead, I somehow found myself in a tight triangle: very cool attack on Adrienne's part, as I didn't see it coming and was pretty much caught. I was getting close to tapping, then Adrienne eased off slightly, as I think she thought it wasn't on. I walked over towards he head, then popped free after a slow wriggle.

Immediately after the roll, I realised my neck was sore. It's hard to know if I'm getting the balance between testing out my defence to see if there is a way out, or just being stubborn to the point of hurting myself. Seeing as my neck was sore, I would strongly suspect I was closer to the 'stubborn and stupid' end of the spectrum this time round. ;)

After one last roll with Leslie, I decided to stop at that point, in case I aggravated my neck. It wasn't too bad, but seeing as I've got lots more training to do on this trip, resting it made sense. I rolled with almost everybody, including Brian, who is much, much bigger than me. Despite that size difference, like Val he is good at adjusting his pace. I never felt like he was using strength or size: with some big guys, I don't feel safe and avoid engaging. With Brian, I felt totally comfortable: we rolled again right after the first time.

Tomorrow there is a Dave 'Rock' Jacobs seminar. That's perfect, as it means not only do I get to train with a top black belt, I can also continue to rest my neck as seminars are normally all technique with optional rolling at the end. I'm also looking forward to trying out a suggestion Leslie made: she uses the gi tail grip from guard for a choke, grabbing next to the initial hand with her other hand, then bringing her arm around their head to set up the choke. Sounds cool! :)
©2004-2014 Can Sönmez, originally published on slideyfoot.com. You can also find me at my school, Artemis BJJ

Gi Review - Killer Bee Custom Gi - Part 2

Meerkatsu - Thu, 2014-04-17 15:43

Summary
The Killer Bee Kimono custom gi offer is the rare chance for fussy gi addicts like me to customise their own gi with near-perfect jacket and trouser dimensions. It is a fantastic idea that is backed up by superb quality of construction and ace customer service. A few minor quibble aside, this is a gi that I will cherish and enjoy wearing for a long time to come.

Information
Killer Bee website: http://www.killerbeegi.com/
See Part 1 of my Killer Bee Customer ordering process review.

Disclosures
I work with many different fightwear companies as a freelance designer. I have no business or personal connections with Killer Bee Kimonos. I bought this gi as a gift to myself with no expectation from the brand owner of a review. All views expressed are my own.






Introduction
I previously wrote about the ordering process behind my custom gi design at Killer Bee Kimonos - see here for Part 1.

In summary, I ordered the gi in September 2013 and it arrived at my front door fully finished on Christmas Eve! I've been wearing it on and off since Xmas but due to a backlog of reviews, I have only recently been wearing it consistently enough to write this report.

I paid Killer Bee Kimonos $223.30 (including $63.30 for USPS Priority Mail International) I also paid  UK customs and import VAT bill of £35. So for me, this gi cost a total of £165 - £175 depending on the exchange rates.


Size, Weight, Shrinkage and other Data
All sizes in centimetres, weights in kilos. I weigh 59Kg and am 170cm tall. I usually wear a regular A1 but my long arms can mean I am better off with an A1L.

First figure is for brand new, second for the measurements after 4 washes in warm water and air dried.
A: 167cm/164
B: 74cm/73
C: 58cm/56
D: 13cm/13
E:50cm/48
F: 95cm/94
G: 20cm/18
Jacket weight: 1.3Kg
Trouser weight: 0.5Kg

Discussion: with a wingspan of 164 after washing, the Killer Bee custom ordering page seems to be spot on. I ordered the basic A1 but with a wingspan of 65 inches (165cm). The website stated that the Ligustica would shrink one inch from each sleeve - and actually based on my own stats, this is a worst case estimate. For my gi, the wingspan only shrank 3cm - that's only around half an inch each sleeve.

The jacket length from base of collar down to bottom of skirt was accurate too. On my order form, I stated I wanted the length to be 29 inches (73.7cm) and it barely shrunk at all. The same story with the pants too. The website states a shrinkage of around 2 inches post wasjing but my ripstop pants barely shrunk at all.

The only notable measurements are the cuff widths. At 13cm brand new I was thankful they did not shrink any further. Compare this size with a randomly picked A1 from my past reviews - the Estilo v4 for example (16cm), and you'll see that it's a big difference. Killer Bee Kimonos has since offered cuff width as an option - if I ordered another gi, I would order one with a 6 or 7 inch cuff.

Total weight was 1.8Kg which is not heavy for a pearlweave, but far from ultralight. The Scramble Athlete for example uses a much lower weight gi top, but the same kind of trousers. That gi in size A1 weighs only 1.4Kg


Jacket
The Ligustica MKIII is a pearlweave cotton jacket. The weight of the fabric is unspecified but it sure feels densely woven and more 'solid' than lightweight gis like the Zero G or the Scramble Athlete so I would guess maybe at least a 550gsm fabric? As I already described in Part 1 the custom ordering form allows users to add embroidery to the front lower portion and the the back of the jacket. Users can also select the colour of the Killer Bee logo, taping and stitching. There is even an option to alter the colour of the entire collar/lapel. As you can see I opted for a largely yellow and black combination to keep with the bee theme. Note the multiple rows of stitching that mark out the yoke (the area that stretches from the shoulders and front chest to the back just below the neck.)



In the photo above the contrast stitching reveals the reinforced areas, which include the side vents and armpits. What isn't visible because I forgot to photograph it, is the considerable extra taping that lines along the inside bottom hem of the gi skirt.



The photo above, although taken at an oblique angle, hopefully still shows the insane quality of embroidery. Everything I included in my original artwork has been faithfully reproduced in embroidered form. It looks very impressive up close and from a distance.



Above, the colour of the sleeve logos can be chosen at the custom order form page. Below, the photo shows the collar detail. The impressively stiff and thick collar core is covered with ripstop cotton. The workmanship on this gi overall is very impressive, I could not see a stitch out of place.



The artwork on the front lower lapel is smaller than the version on the back, but the factory managed to maintain the line detail very accurately. It even showed up my minor drawing error - can you spot it?


The cuffs, like the jacket skirt hem, are double taped. That's TWO layers of seam tape. Hence, it feels very solid and sturdy. It's a shame the aperture of the cuff at the default size is much narrower than normal (again, do note, KBK have updated the order form page to include cuff size option).





Trousers
The trousers I bought are made from ripstop cotton - the website also offers drill cotton as an option. They feel very light and comfortable, as would be expected from the lightweight 10oz material. For the rope drawstring I chose a zingy bright yellow. The ends are supplied unknotted - it's worth applying a knot yourself before using, in case they get lost within the trouser hem.


As with the jacket, the trousers come loaded with a ridiculous level of reinforcement. Check out the number of rows of stitching on the ankle opening in the photo below. I also give the trousers my nod of approval for placing the double knee layer all the way down to the ankles, thus ensuring that they cover the knees when the user is kneeling.


Apart from the rope and stitch colour options, there isn't much more to customise for the trousers apart from choosing the gusset panel material. When I ordered this gi, I am not sure it was an option but looking at the website, I can see that purchasers can now choose the same fabric as the main trousers or select gi material instead. I think if there was just one more option to add a small embroidered patch to the pants, it would be the icing on the cake for me and something I would personally definitely take advantage of. But it's not a deal breaker here.

At the rear of the trousers is a double layer that covers the bum! I must say this is a reinforcing zone that I have not observed on other gi models and yet if I think about it, it's actually a great idea to protect the material from wear and tear.




Rolling Performance
The Ligustica MKIII is awesome. I really love it, not just because it is 'my' customised gi, but mainly because it is made from such high quality materials and constructed with great attention to detail. Naturally, given the time I spent fine tuning the size requirements, this gi fitted me incredibly well in all areas except the sleeve cuffs. I love how the sleeves are quite narrow and it reminds me a lot of the Scramble Athlete in this regard.

The only other small quibble I would add is that it feels slightly heavier and warmer than the gis I normally like to roll in. In the hotter summer months I may keep this in the cupboard for use in the colder months. But there's no questioning the overall fit, comfort and performance during rolling. It felt perfect to use, durable against the rigors of friction on the mats and tension from grip heavy opponents.





Conclusions
Killer Bee Kimonos custom gi ordering facility is a rarity in the BJJ gi market. I am sure a couple of other companies do offer something similar but to my knowledge no one offers this level of amazing variety of options and outstanding product quality. Add to that the close attention that brand owner Jesse pays to each order and you have a bona fide success story right there for us gi addicts with funny shaped bodies and OCD fussiness over gi designs. At the time of ordering there was no option to alter the cuff width but this has been changed so new customers can now tweak this to their liking. My own custom gi would be absolutely perfect if I had a wider cuff. but it's not going to detract from my enjoyment in using the custom Ligustica, especially as my go to bling gi for the winter months.





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World Pro BJJ Black Belt Results

Kid Peligro's Mat - Thu, 2014-04-17 10:57

2014 World Pro BJJ Black Belt Reults

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U64KG
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2-Tiago Bravo 

U70KG
1-Leo Saggioro 
2-Jedrzej Loska 

U76KG
1-Roberto Satoshi 
2-Sergio Benini
 
U82KG
1-Leandro Lo 
2-Victor Estima 

U88KG
1-Andre Galvao 
2-Romulo Barral 

U94KG
1- Braulio Estima 
2-Tarcisio Jardim 

U100KG 
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2-Luiz Panza

Over100KG
1- Marcus Buchecha 
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Ladies

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Over72KG 
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