Monday, 30 August 2010


On Bank holiday Sunday, we gathered together for a day of fun, training, meeting new people and finally formally recognising the progress of some individuals personal BJJ journey.

The CFS BJJ family is a combination of different people and groups both here in the UK and abroad. It is a relatively small group but with a big presence. Apart from the group who train with me directly, we have the group based in Barnet at Gary Hoptroff's academy (Herts Martial Arts) taught by Corey Donoghue, Vitaliano Sestito in Italy, Affiliates Andy Nugent also based in Hertford and Gary Baker/Scramble Academy based in Bournmouth.

Congratulations to all who were promoted in one way or another:

(In no particular order)

Corey 'Doninho' Donoghue - Blue belt 4 stripes
Tim Harding - Blue belt 1 stripe
Steve 'Longrinho' Payne - Blue belt - 1 stripe
Savash Mustafa - Blue belt - 1 stripe
Gary Hoptroff - White belt - 3 stripes
Jay Walker - White belt - 2 stripes
Pad Beillard - White belt - 1 stripe
Mark Kelly - White belt - 1 stripe
Darren Owen - White belt - 1 stripe

And last but not least, congrats to 41 year old MMA fighter Alan Dillon who was promoted to Blue Belt with my blessing by his instructor 1 Stripe Brown Belt Andy Nugent - He did get a whipping.

Apologiies if i have missed anyone out but if i have let me know as it's easily rectified.

A big thank you to my good friend Nick Brooks for allowing us to use his excellent gym

Friday, 27 August 2010


Hey Guys,

Just to remind you that we have the seminar this weekend from 11.00 to 3.00pm. Bring your cameras as we will be having great fun

See you there

Monday, 23 August 2010

Daniel Strauss V Raphael Narv - Brighton BJJ Open 2010 - 21.8.10 - Purple Belt Ultra Heavy Division

A great fight at the competition - perhaps a classic example of David and Goliath especially bearing in mind Daniel is NOT ultra heavy!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

MMA Training - MHCCA - 17.8.10

Great training last night guys!!! An hour of sparring with very little breaks and constant changes of partners.

I think almost everyone took home a momento of their training in the form of a bruise, knock, sprain or shin clash including yours truly but it was all in good spirit.

We will formalise the team for the MMA league next week

"Intelligent Combat"

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

New Interview @ - 17.8.10

Hi Guys,

I was interviewed earlier this month by none other than Carl Fisher aka the fighting photographer and that issue can now be found on line in this well known UK based on line magazine.

I hope you enjoy it

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

A 'centreline' punch from the past....

I recently got sent this photo by Sifu Segun Johnson (on the right in the pic). The picture was taken sometime in the very late eighties at Sifu Nino Bernardo's famous Basement Kwoon in North London. Segun even then was one of Sifu Nino's top students and (from memory) was one of only 7 students at that time that had completed the whole system under Sifu Nino.

The picture really takes me back and I notice and remember many things:

1. Segun was giving me a pasting :)
2. I had an AFRO..... Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahha!!!!!
3. Geeez my arms were big in that pic!! Wouldn't it be great if I could cut n paste onto my body now

Monday, 9 August 2010

CFS Promotions - Filipino Martial Arts & JKD Concepts - 6.8.10

On Friday 6th August 2010, it was my honour to promote Carl Jackson to the level of Associate Instructor in the Filipino Martial arts and in the Jun Fan arts.

Carl has been studying with me for 11 years and I have seen him transform into the World class martial artist that he is now. He has a Black Belt under Master Bob Breen and is also authorised to teach a family system of FMA direct from the Philipines. I have watched his eagerness to learn and test himself manifest into the realisation of his current being. Approximately 2 years ago he started travelling to Northampton to train with fellow CFS Instructor and World, European and British Stickfighting Champion Guro Roger Barnes to develop his armoured stickfighting skill.

Following that training he became the British Champion and obtained a Silver medal in the European Championships. This year, he trained mentally & physically for the World Championships which just took place in Mexico and he took Silver in the Single stick division. An outstanding achievement.

Becoming an Associate Instuctor (let alone an Apprentice) in my organisation is something that few people achieve mainly because of the high standards I have set in accordance with the standards set by my principal teachers (Masters Inosanto, Breen and Barnett). All of my students are my friends but the standards expected are never compromised by that friendship. Carl is an excellent student, and competitor with a promising future as a communicator of these arts.

He now joins the ranks of the few:

Guro Roger Barnes (Deceased but never forgotten)
Guro Terry Clark
Guro Fabrizio LaRacca
Guro Carl Jackson

I also congratulate Terry Clark who in continuing his studies, has moved to Associate Instructor Level 2 (year 1) and is now in his 3rd year as an Associate.

Congratulations guys and thank you for making me proud

Me, Carl and Terry
Terry and I
The new Guro, Associate Instructor in Filipino MA and Jun Fan, Carl Jackson

Friday, 6 August 2010