I hope that you are all well and in good shape. It's been a busy period for me and CFS as a whole but one packed full of good things.
Please check out the schedule of events as there may be things that affect or interest you.
In the next few days, I will upload a short writeup, photos and technique of the month courtesy of Mestre Pedro Sauer.
This weekend gone I had the opportunity to spend two days training in Italy with Master Instructor extraordinaire Guro Dan Inosanto. He never fails to amaze and inspire me. He ran through his regular training schedule with me and he trains BJJ more or less 5 days a week, and on Monday's he has three seperate sessions with 3 different BJJ Instructors. Bear in mind he is in his mid seventies.
I intend to start running quarterly JKD/FMA camps to replace the monthly camps I used to put on a long time ago. They are much needed as there is so much material to share and train. This is geared to anyone training within the CFS group particularly those serious about developing their training and teaching skills. The workshops will run for 3 hours and will be held at CFS Hertford/Gary Hoptroff's Herts martial arts. The cost will be £30 and dates will become avaialable within the next couple of weeks so watch this space.
On the weekend of the ADCC trials in Birmingham, we had a workshop at HQ with Alan Nasciemento...Finfou to his fans. The Champion Blackbelt taught us his famous half spider game which he learnt from Ricardinho Vieira but has developed in his own unique way. We had great fun. He also filmed some techniques for the blog which will feature with pics in April
Associate Instructor Carl Jackson flies out to train with Guro Dan at the Instructors conference in LA. It is his first time there and he is one of 5 CFS Instructors to have been accepted by Guro Dan on his program. When he returns, I'll ask him to do a report for the blog to sharewith you all...Enjoy buddy.
We will be holding the first bi-annual grading of the year in June. This will be a big affair as the seminar on the day will be taught by Mestre Ricardo De La Riva himself. The seminar/grading is only open to our group. The actual date is being clarified as he will be in town for the london open and the pro De la Riva cup for Black belts only but it is likely to be on either saturday/sunday 9th/10th June at Mil Hill BJJ. I promise you that numbers will be limited to 50 people max and at the last grading we had over 43 people on the mat. It will be on a first come first served basis and payment arrangements will be sorted out through your instructors. The likely cost is £45 for the day
Last but not least, the CFS BJJ Gi, developed especially for us by my sponsors TATAMI FIGHTWEAR (www.tatamifightwear.com) is almost ready to go into production. All the instructors have now been sent the images of the gi which looks great. I am making the order soon and it is likely to be the only order for the year. Anyone interested can initially see their instructor who now has all the info or can contact me. Don't leave it too late and cry later. This is urgent, so get on the case guys.
That's it for now