Each year in Bristol, BJJ blogger Can Sonmez organises a fundraising Grapplethon where participants spar in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu over a 24 hour period. This year, the event is being held on the 26th-27th March over at MyGym in Bristol. Money raised will be donated to One25 a Bristol-based charity, specialising in enabling women to break free from street sex-work, addiction and other life-controlling issues and build new, independent lives. Full details on how to take part and/or donate by clicking this link here.

My new rashguard - the War Lion - is available now from my Meerkatsu store.

It features my hand drawn lion head design, printed onto five colour options: white, blue, purple, brown and black, each to represent the major belt colours of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. [There are more belt colours, but I picked the most common ones].

We used a different supplier to the previous Graceful Kimura, Immaculate Toehold and Heavenly Wristlock rashguards. These War Lion rashguards are a slightly tiny but looser cut. But by and large they still follow the same fit guidelines as follows:
Approximate chest size guideline: Small - 34/36" Medium - 38/40" Large - 42/44" X-Large - 46/48"

At the moment, we're only doing them as short sleeved rashguards and from Small to XXL size. If these do well, we'll consider expanding the range of size and sleeve options.


Last night I was on photography duty capturing the action at the TUFF Invitational event in Purfleet, Essex. This was the third of their regular events and it proved to be an action packed line-up featuring an excellent and diverse array of the UK's grappling talent. The format is simple - a submission only tournament (15 or 20 minutes). If no submission occurs, then it will go to EBI overtime rules (read more here).

Black belt competitor Gianni Grippo runs through the main entry methods and sweeps available from the single leg x-guard - a position that is among the many specialist guards taught by Gianni's instructor Marcelo Garcia. This instructional is aimed at those who are comfortable with their open guard. The techniques only show entries and sweeps from the single leg x-guard, they do not show the passes that follow. A couple of regular X-guard sweeps are thrown in at the end for good measure. Overall, an excellent short instructional from Gianni and Digitsu, ideal for intermediate to advanced players but beginners may want a more general introduction to the regular X-guard and a grounding in guard passing before tackling the single leg X.

Available from Digitsu as On Demand content, DVD disc or iTunes app.
Cost: on demand $24.99, DVD disc $39.99
Running length: 90 minutes
Chapters: 20

Raven Fightwear are a relatively new fightwear brand originating from Australia. They recently hired me to design a rashguard - The Raven - which you can see in the photo above (and can buy here).

I took the opportunity to speak with Raven owner Adam Smith about the business and where he sees it going in the next few years:

From the people that brought you the Fabulous Gi, now comes the Fabulous rashguard. I've been wearing this in nogi class for a couple of weeks and it feels great.

I'm not sure when or where this will be available to buy as I can't seem to find it on either the Fabulous gi website or the Rios Fightwear website.

Although released back in 2009, this DVD set is still the most in depth, authoritative instructional on the 50/50 guard on the market today. Although most of the techniques assume that the heel hook as the submission of choice, there is still plenty of important content for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the 50/50 regardless of the finish.

Available as a 3-disc DVD box set from Groundfighter.com website.
Price: $124.99
Chapters: 60
Total time span: 4 hours 3 mins
Published in 2009

OC Industries are a newly formed company based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They offer to print patches, logos and other designs onto your gi jacket using vinyl. I tested out their service using my recently reviewed Tatami Fightwear Estilo 5 black & black jacket.

2015 has been a particularly busy year for me. The above highlight showcases 100 drawings I created over the year, part of maybe 200 - 230 individual pieces I completed, not including rough sketches and work in progress.

Thank you to everyone who has supported my work. Here's to another exciting and fruitful jiu jitsu year ahead!


Here is my Xmas card for this year. You can read more about the drawing over on my art blog, here.

This print is available over on my Redbubble store for the Xmas edition and click here for the non-text version.


I recently designed two BJJ gis for two different brands:

The Dragonfly Kimono - Tatami Fightwear - available here
Chinese Zodiac Kimono - 93 Brand - available here.

Here are some more photos and information for both models:

Here are a bunch of cool gift ideas that would appeal to your BJJ-loving friends/partners/relatives. This list comprises various things I've seen on the internet that I personally think are very cool and would love to receive myself (hint hint!)

In no particular order:

I have a new gi design - Orchid Dragon - which will be released on Thursday 10th December 2015 at 12noon through my store www.meerkatsu.com

The first 50 customers will receive a free gift from me - a pack of art cards for colouring in. These are strictly limited edition and printed on very thick deluxe quality card stock.

A pack of limited edition art cards - free for the first 50 customers

Here is more information about the kimono:

6 Dec 2015

Faixa Preta

I was extremely honoured to receive my black belt promotion by Nick Brooks and Mauricio Gomes at the Mill Hill BJJ end of year graduation seminar and event.

I'm offering a 20% discount off all items at my www.meerkatsu.com store from Friday 27th November through until Monday 30th November.

The deal includes all full price and sale products. It does not apply to gift certificates or shipping. Use the code at checkout once you have completed filling your cart.

Happy shopping!


Each year I draw something for Halloween. This year, I drew an homage to the old Japanese style of printmaking called ukiyo-e, but instead of samurai fighting, I mashed it up with two witches, a little bit influenced by the poster for Wicked the Musical. It is available as a poster, print and even a coffee mug here on my Redbubble store:



An excellent run through of the main leg attacks and defences in gi based BJJ according to IBJJF rules. Roli Delgado is a highly rated leg lock specialist. This instructional covers the many small adjustments and details that ensure successful application of leg and foot attacks - specifically the grips and the power base required to finish the submission, while still remaining within IBJJF rules. Although biased slightly towards the straight ankle lock more than any other submission, there is enough here to arm the intermediate to higher ranked student with a much more effective leg attack game.

My new rashguard is now out and available to purchase at my Meerkatsu store here.

The design is a slightly tweaked version of my Heavenly Footlock T-shirt, which if you might recall, raised a very generous amount of funds for good causes back in 2013.


Tatami Fightwear sent me their latest colourway of the popular Estilo 5 kimono. It is exactly the same fit and materials as all their other Estilo 5 gis, so for a comprehensive review - see my write up here.

The Black & Black can be purchased from the Tatami Fightwear webstore and selected retailers worldwide.

I review three different video tutorials, each of which teach the berimbolo (among other related techniques). Each have their own strengths and weaknesses but all can offer the viewer something that will help improve their BJJ.

Mill Hill BJJ was host to Mestre Ricardo de la Riva all day today. He taught two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I attended the afternoon session where he covered spider guard sweeps, DLR sweeps and a counter to the smash pass. Here is an overview of the techniques he taught:

Black belt World champion Dominyka Obelenyte shows off some of her favourite moves. The set is split roughly into two halves: the first showcasing seven spider guard sweeps, the second half concentrating on submissions. The most notable moves of the set are her 'Domoplata' attacks and the shoulder wrenching "coat hanger of destruction."

Available from: Digitsu as a play on demand video or digital download.
Cost: $19.99
Number of techniques: 11
Running time: 23 minutes

I have no personal or business connection with Digitsu. I was granted media access to the complete Digitsu on demand library. All views expressed in this article are my own.

Polaris Pro 2 was even better than the first event. In total, there were 6 submission finishes out of 8 matches. The entire event was a jiu jitsu nerds dream come true. The highlight for me was to watch my team mate Daniel Strauss compete against the World Champion AJ Agazarm in a drama filled contest. But there were so so many talking points - Gezary Matuda's 8 second armbar for example, of Daisuke Nakamura matching Victor Ribeiro for 14 minutes until finally succumbing to a choke - yet still ending the day with the world's biggest smile.

Photograph above by SheBeast. Visit her blog and Facebook page.

You can still watch all the matches on FloGrappling.com.

Here are all the results:

Luca Anacoretta defeats Pedro Bessa by triangle
Gianni Grippo defeats Tom Barlow by heel hook
Robson Moura and Baret Yoshida DRAW
Vitor Ribeiro defeats Daisuke Nakamura by collar choke
Eddie Cummings defeats Reilly Bodycomb by heel hook
Daniel Strauss v AJ Agazarm DRAW
Gezary Matuda defeats Michelle Nicolini by jumping armbar!
Garry Tonon defeats Imanari by heel hook

Congratulations to the organisers of Polaris Pro 2, best pro submission event EVER!!!!!!


Online e-book published by Artechoke Publishing (other titles include Mastering the Crucifix and 3-D Jiu Jitsu.) The sit-up system is a method of escaping side control without utilising grips or shrimping. Black belt Jeff Rockwell demonstrates a complete escape system that offers more than just the one way to escape side control. The e-book format provides the reader with quick loading gifs, written commentary and a highger quality short form video. With all the rich media content, pages can be slow to load. The techniques themselves are taught very well and are valuable to jiu jitsu players of all levels.

The Sit-Up Escape System is available as an ebook cloud instructional via the Artechoke website for $44USD, payable by PayPal only.

I have no personal or business connection with any of the authors. This e-book was purchase by me at full price. All views expressed in this report are my own.