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Pictorial weekly

Here’s some shots of my working week this week. I was either too busy or forgot to bring my phone to some sessions, so this is just a snippet of some of the sessions I thought. One week, if I remember to, I’m going to take a photo of every session I teach… assuming I … Continue reading

Someday never comes

Regrettably,  recently it’s been all work and no play for me. I don’t seem to be able to get more than a couple of hours here or there on the mat thanks to work and a sick little boy in my house. Hopefully my little guy gets well soon and I can start to train … Continue reading

The top 5 posts of 2011

So 2012 is here, and I thought I’d start the first blog by saying a big thank you to those who have read the blog this year since I started it in June. Just under 15,000 hits have been recorded in the last 6 months, so I suppose I’m either doing something right, or my … Continue reading

Committing to Train

Thanks to work and family issues, I’m not 100% sure I can get to the European Championships in January. Nonetheless I’m training like I will go and I’ll know if I can get there or not in early January. Things are not going well however. Firstly, I’m frickin huge. Well, not huge but bigger than … Continue reading

Getting stronger for BJJ- Part 3

I’m going to nail some flags to the mast in this article. Usually I sit on the fence with respect to what is “best” or “worst” but I got this email yesterday. I’ve altered it slightly to both disguise the sender and to make it sound more like it was sent to a recently deceased … Continue reading


I ran a first of it’s kind tournament on Saturday. I tweeted on Saturday night that I felt a bit like Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams. Well, I built it, and the competitors came, but regrettably the audience didn’t. All in all just about 45 people paid in to watch Chris Bowe lift the … Continue reading

A facsimile of a facsimile

I woke up this morning thinking about John Frum. That name probably won’t be familiar to you, and I was stumped for a little while as to why it was in my head. Don’t look him up in the phone book mind you, because John Frum doesn’t exist. You may have heard this story before, … Continue reading

Stress Relief

First of all, I was amazed to see the final of the -76kg ADCC at the weekend, Leo Viera versus Marcelo Garcia. This was a final that could have happened 5 years ago, never mind 2011. Marcelo’s game is just amazing, I never tire of watching him grapple. To see him back on the podium … Continue reading

Day Tripper

I took a trip outside Kyuzo this morning. I have builders in my gym working on the passageway to the dojo proper, so I had nowhere to train despite having not one but 2 training partners for once in the morning. I had some work to do from home but nothing major and I had … Continue reading

The Mendes Brothers

One of the greatest things about being a coach is that I get to pick who we get to come to the gym. Rafael Mendes is just 21 and yet he’s achieved more in jiu jitsu than most top players will in their whole career. It;s great that he’s coming to our gym. Of course it … Continue reading