Wednesday, 25 April 2012

CFS BJJ Manchester - MMA success - 22.4.12

Congrats to Oliver and Neil who entered the amatuer MMA arena and were both successful

Below are their fights

Well done guys!

CFS BJJ Manchester Rocks at the Manchester No-Gi interclub - 1.4.12

My apologies for the late reporting but well done to the guys coached by Brown Belt Martyn Cahill. The lab rats put it on the line and came up trumps.


Over 95kg - Gold - Richard Hurst

Under 87kg - Gold - Neil Kirwan; Silver - Dominic Kinsey

Under 73kg - Gold - Oliver Von Herder; Silver - Andy Lorne

Under 68kg - Bronze - Adam Walsh

A large number of the videos are up on you tube. Below is a link to one fight which will guide you to all the others.

Once again well done guys........

Intelligent Combat

Filipino Martial Arts - Curriculum Update - Solo Baston - April 2012

Hey Guys,

I quickly filmed a few striking patterns to update you in relation to the Filipino Martial Arts and the CFS curriculum.

The first pattern consists of 5 strikes - angle one followed by 3 diagonal strikes and ending with the angle one power shot.

The second pattern consists 4 strikes -  a doblete strike on angle one (i.e two strikes on the same angle) followed by angle 2 and again ending in the angle one power shot.

The third and final pattern consists of 4 strikes - a backhand witik (flat of blade/stick) into a backhand upwards strike (from figure 8) then an upwards redondo ending with the power shot.

The first 2 patterns can be used offensively or immediately after you have countered an attack, whilst the last pattern is a counter to an angle 2 attack either with a stick or bladed weapon.


Intelligent Combat

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Mestre Pedro Sauer - Technique(s) of the month - April 2012

Hey Guys!

As you may be aware, Mestre Pedro Sauer, 8th Degree Red & Black Belt came to the UK for the first time in February this year and it was also the first time I had ever met him. He was extremely humble, relaxed, skillful and giving...a true master of the martial arts.

In the seminars he taught, he asked what people wanted to cover and responded accordingly. It was plain to see that his knowledge and understanding of BJJ was of the highest level and I guess it gave me an insight as to what it might be like to train with someone like his mentor and teacher Rickson Gracie.

He very kindly allowed seminar participants to film techniques and as of a result of this I am able to bring you a sample of the material that he taught.

In one of our conversations, he explained to me what it was like to train under Helio Gracie and be in the same class as all the other Gracies. He told me that he would often get submitted 40-60 times a class by all the Gracies and that because of his attitude and good nature, he would often be taught more perhaps than others. He knew all the signature moves of all the Gracies although he confessed that he could do little to stop the inevitable. His goal at that time was not to avoid being submitted but rather to reduce the amount of times that it happened...Maybe less than 40 times would be a good night.

Thank you once again Mestre!!

Video 1

Video 2

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Monday, 23 April 2012

BJJ Seminar/Workshop @ Crawley BJJ - 15.4.12 - Guard Passing

On Sunday 15th April I had the pleasure of attending the home of Crawley BJJ where the BJJ is taught by Black Belt Keith McKenzie.

It was a pleasure to be invited by my long time friend and training partner to teach a workshop on guard passing as the first BJJ workshop to be taught there. It was great fun and he has a dedicated training group.

If you are local to the area, there is no where else you would want to go to. It was also great catching up with Miad Najafi and Yousef of Alliance Brighton and LFF Black Belt, Andre 'Portuga' Borges.

Below is a short video clip of some of the techniques I taught and I think some other clips can also be found on you tube too.


Intelligent combat