Thursday, 1 December 2011
The ever popular website BJJ Heroes obviously got bored and posted a little article about me. Have a read when you are bored too :)
Check out this great review of our recent seminar/grading
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
On Sunday 27th November 2011, the CFS BJJ group got together for our Bi-Annual seminar/Grading. It was very well attended by all the groups which included; HQ;Bournemouth, Manchester, Barnet, Chingford & Letchworth.
Guest Instructors included Black Belt Nick Brooks, Black Belt Keith Mckenzie; Strength & Conditioning Guro Andrew Marshall and Brown Belt and no-gi expert Daniel Strauss.
Congratulations to all those whose efforts were rewarded with grades and stripes and the standard of the group as a whole continues to grow steadily.
Current Grades (of those graded):
Andrew Nugent - Brown Belt - 3 stripes
Alan Dillon - Blue Belt 1 stripe
Matt Mcguire - Blue Belt - 3 stripes
Andy Bell - Blue Belt - 3 stripes
Paul Hill - BLUE BELT
Lee Curtis - BLUE BELT
Richard Halliwell - BLUE BELT
Gerald Balk - White Belt - 1 stripe
Charles Balk - White Belt - 2 stripes
Greg Woods - White Belt - 1 stripe
Shareef Essof - White Belt - 4 stripes
Yusef Chaudhri - White Belt - 2 stripes
Gillie Barrett - White belt - 2 stripes
Humza Hussain - White Belt - 2 stripes
Lewis Renney - White Belt - 2 stripes
David Kelly - White Belt - 1 stripe
Stephen Adams - White belt - 4 stripes
Matt Dennis - White Belt - 1 stripe
It really was a pleasure and an honour to see you all and to play a part in the development of your BJJ. We have a really special group which is growing stronger all the time.
I was also able to collect my hot off the press t-shirts from Miad, who has just launched his unqique clothing company. Check him out at www.immaculateclothing.com
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
The series is centred around five pasic punches and is really useful for the pad holder as well as the striker. In my view, in order to gain a better understanding of striking you really ought to be able to pad hold in as many different ways as possible.
The videos are self explanatory but the five punches are as follows (using the numbering system)
4.Lead uppercut to head
5.Rear uppercut to head
I also want to thank Glen Akwei for his help. Glen is one of only 2 coaches on the CFS MMA program, and has extensive experience in the art of Muay Thai having trained in Thailand many times as well as in Holland. He has competed in Muay Thai as well as amateur MMA. He is a former student of Guro Bob Breen and Winston Fraser and has been training with me for many years now. He currently teaches the Muay Thai classes at Mill Hill CCA academy and assists me in the MMA classes.
Enjoy and feel free to let me know how you get on with it
Monday, 10 October 2011
OCTOBER - Video techniques of the month & BONUS interview with Master Julio Cesar Pereira - Head of GF Team - 6th Degree Black Belt
On Tuesday 4th October, thanks to the kind assistance of Daniel Pintado, I had the opportunity to train with, learn from and interview another BJJ Legend. This time it was none other than Master Julis Cesar Pereira, 6th Degree Black Belt and head of the GF Team Brazil.
I was introduced to him in Nottingham at the recent ADCC without knowing too much about him prior to that. I was particularly keen to train with him but not so much because he was the teacher of Rodolfo Vieira but because he was the teacher of Huanderson Pavao. Pavao as he is commonly referred to used to reside in the UK and taught out of the London Fight Factory. He was a master technician with and without the gi coupled with awesome strength and a big heart. I trained with him privately every week for about 9 months prior to his return to Brazil. I owe him alot.
Rather than present the information in a question and answer type format, let me tell you what I learned about this very humble man with World class BJJ.
I want to thank Mestre Julio for his time and teachings and it was such an honour to spend time with such a down to earth man without the politics that rears its ugly head in BJJ.
I managed to arrange the session so that he could teach the Thursday evening class (6.10.11) at the home of my good friend Prof Nick 'Sloth' Brooks and my second home, namely Mill Hill BJJ.
What was great is that we managed to keep it quiet so that the students had no idea....until he turned up. Priceless!!!
He taught a session on guard passing, covering 1 simple but very effective pass with 3 variations.
He then sparred with a lucky few, including yours truly and it really was an experience being spanked by the current no 1 ranked BJJ fighter in the World this year. One thing that surprised me most I confess, was how quickly he moved for a big guy. Very slick and very impressive.
Some pics of the crazy crew below :)
Friday, 7 October 2011
Friday, 30 September 2011
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Friday, 23 September 2011
Saturday, 17 September 2011
A great way to set up your weekend :)
I introduced them to the training methods of the Filipino stick fighters which directly crosses over into the regular striking seen in boxing and other striking arts.
They also found out that stick training is actually far more exhausting than they thought as they quickly built up a sweat and developed some blisters on their hands, but they certainly seemed to enjoy the idea and concept of swinging big sticks :)
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Well done ;)
Monday, 12 September 2011
- Filipino Martial arts
- Jun fan gung fu/JKD concepts
- Muay Thai
In addition techniques and strategies are also drawn from
- Wing chun
- Combat submission Wrestling
It is because of this, it normally takes along time to reach the level suitable for testing.
The test itself is HARD and long, typically lasting 4-5 hours. You need to know your stuff and you need to be in shape. The test respects no one. Men, women, old and young are all treated equally. If you have any weaknesses....they will be exposed...whether you knew they pre existed or not.
There are technical elements tested:
Padwork - Boxing and Muay Thai
Empty hands techniques - Kali & JKD
Trapping - Wing Chun/Jun Fan
Weaponry - single & double stick, knife
Then there is sparring:
- 2 on 1
*you may spar in all areas or some but must be prepared for all at the direction of Guro Breen.
2 on 1 is a heartbreaker. There is no where safe to hide from the experienced Black Belts who seemingly push you beyond your limit.
The Muay Thai padwork is not for the faint hearted either especially when you are 'worked' over by 2 x European Muay Thai champ Winston Fraser or Long term Black Belt and student of Guro Inosanto, Savash Mustafa.
On the day....
The twelve called...answered and were successful. All were tested, rocked, pushed but came through the other side as individuals and as a group. The oldest participant was 49 years of age who told me he had been training 5 times a week for the past 6 months and was now going to take it a bit easy and cut it down to 4 times a week......Class!!
First of all I give praise to Guro Breen for his leadership and training over the past 30 plus years. Anybody who is anybody in JKD/Kali in the UK has been taught by him at some point. Secondly I praise the group for their hard work and entertaining the spectators. Thirdly I am extremely proud of Husna Nessa (the only female), Richard Lee and Barry Harte all of whom I have had a hand (or arm) in training over the years.
In closing....I say what I have said many times before in the past....attaining the Black Belt is fantastic, but it is ONLY the beginning. It all starts from here, as did mine in October 1996. Where will you be in 10 years time?!!
Saturday, 10 September 2011
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
A Big Congrats to CFS Associate Instructor Carl Jackson(a personal student of mine for over 10 years and one of only 4 people awarded the rank of Guro by me in the Filipino Martial arts FMA).
The team event is open weight with 5 fighters from each country selected to fight one round each of non-stop carnage. The UK team beat Hungary and Germany losing only to Italy.
Friday, 26 August 2011
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The 'Team' have sent The Raspberry Ape to NYC to train with Renzo Gracie, Roger Gracie and GSP to name but a few.
This is just what he need to be taken to the next level.
We wish him all the best ;)
We had a great training and sparring session on the first day followed by training and sparring facilitated by my compadre Nick Brooks of Mill Hill BJJ.
Check out their report :)
They did themselves proud ending up on the podium for their efforts. Competition is never easy for a number of reasons and indeed it's not meant to be. but that's what makes any type of success sweeter.
Below is a link to a fantastic report of the event by CFS Purple Belt Liam Wandi AKA ' The Part time Grappler with pics and vids
Well done guys!!