30 Oct 2015
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.
15 Oct 2015
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.
4 Oct 2015
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.
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.
14 Sep 2015
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.
It is my utmost pleasure to have my team mate and prolific competitor Jack Burrell on board my small but very cool band of Meerkatsu endorsed BJJ competitors.
Here is a short interview with Jack, find out more about his obsession with pie charts and how he came to win one match listed under 'terror'.
A veritable who's who of grappling stars will gather in Cardiff on September the 12th for second instalment of the Polaris Professional Jiu Jitsu Invitational.
Here is the line-up:
Garry "The Lion Killer" Tonon vs Masakazu Imanari
Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro vs Nakamura Daisuke
Eddie "Wolverine" Cummings vs Reilly Bodycomb
Michelle Nicolini BJJ vs Gezary Matuda
AJ Agazarm vs Dan Strauss
Robson Moura vs Baret Yoshida
Tom Barlow vs Gianni Grippo
Pedro Bessa vs Anacoreta Luca
Get tickets to watch it live at the venue here.
Watch the livestream through online sports channel FloGrappling.
Enjoy and help support the biggest Pro jiu jitsu event in the UK - if you are online, hopefully we can discuss key moments on the play by play chatroom over at Jack Chat.
3 Sep 2015
Very flamboyantly designed jiu jitsu uniform with a love it or hate it appeal, the Fabulous Gi actually fitted me very well (A1L jacket and A1 trousers), with minimal shrinkage and overall very good quality construction.
The Fabulous Gi is made by Norway based company Rios Fightwear. The gi is sold via their standalone website - http://www.awesomegi.com/ priced at $135.
Or through USA website Rollmore for $159.99
The gi is a unisex model.
I have no personal or business connection with Rios Fightwear, all views expressed in this report are my own and reflect my personal opinions based on the sample provided.
Last week I took my family on holiday in south Devon and used the opportunity to also attend BJJ training sessions at the Hybrid MMA Gym in Plymouth. Black belt Kenny Baker is the jiu jitsu instructor - with gi and nogi classes running five days a week.
25 Jul 2015
Choque, The Untold Story of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil Volume 2, 1950-1960 By Roberto Pedreira
Available from Amazon UK £14.53 paperback (£6.49 Kindle Edition) Amazon USA: $22.20 ($9.95 Kindle)
Writer Roberto Pedreira continues his Choque series of books with volume two, covering the history of jiu jitsu in Brazil between 1950 and 1960. As with volume one of Choque (1856-1949), Pedreira charts the events, names, places, incidents and stories via exhaustive research through Brazilian newspaper and magazine archives.
Ronda Rousey does not do humblebragging. She, plus her sister Maria, who is credited as co-author, writes it plain and straight. And in My Fight Your Fight, it's clear she certainly had a LOT of things that she wanted to get off her chest. We are taken on a roller coaster journey from young judo prodigy to the most dominant female MMA athlete in UFC history. It’s quite some story and whether you are a Ronda fan or not, there's enough here of interest to keep you entertained throughout.
Goldweave jacket decorated with Japanese influenced graphics this gi designed by BJJ black belt Mike Fowler is quite simply the most beautiful kimono ever to have come into existence. Gorgeously comfortable to wear, sturdy yet still lightweight, if I could pick just one fault it would have to be the tendency for the goldweave to shrink more than pearlweaves. My sample ended up being too short in the sleeves for my long arms.
Available direct from Tatami Fightwear website (from Friday 17th July) cost £110.
Also available worldwide through various Tatami resellers.
I have worked as a freelance designer on a number of Tatami Fightwear projects. I have had no involvement with the Mike Fowler gi. All views expressed are my own.
3 Jul 2015
My online store - www.meerkatsu.com - is having a weekend sale of 20% if you apply the code birthday20 at checkout.
Two black belts under Roger Gracie - Nic Gregoriades and Oli Geddes combine to offer this 'greatest hits' package of assorted BJJ techniques designed to offer in depth tips that have personally helped the instructors themselves during their BJJ careers. Production quality and technical instruction is excellent and the set will offer help to beginners and advanced students alike.
Available to purchase as a digital download from the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood webstore.
21 Jun 2015
17 Jun 2015
Excellent fitting, super light gi with stylish touches and barely any shrinkage. I noted a few areas where the material started to fray, but did not worsen over time. Overall, a fantastic gi.
This Suparaito was sent to me from the US Fuji store - it is priced at $134.00
Thanks also to Alfredo in Peru, who runs the El Jiujitero store
I have no business or personal connection with Fuji. All views expressed in this report are my own.
Anyway, hope you enjoy the footage. I hope to be filming more content showing the variety of classes and activities that one can train in at Roger Gracie Mill Hill.
5 Jun 2015
Available from www.rollmore.com priced $29.99 for one pair or $49.99 for two pair pack.
Plain, no frills but excellent value grappling tights from 93 Brand.
I have worked on numerous fightwear design projects for 93 Brand. I have had no involvement with this product. All views expressed are my own.
20 May 2015
Stylish and super practical backpack designed to carry a full gi and nogi set along with accessories and all the accoutrement necessary for a day out travelling to training or a competition. The bag was very comfortable to carry even when loaded with heavy items, I found however, the material was a bit too plasticky compared to my usual backpack (Datsusara Battlepack Mini) and the lack of a water bottle holder to be a major omission. Overall however, great value for money and thoughtfully designed backpack.
Available to buy from the Tatami Fightwear website here.
Price £39.50 (roughly $62USD)