All our coaches, and some special guest contribute to this blog to give you some insight into various topics, which can be specifically to BJJ, Mauy Thai, MMA, Boxing, but also on mental strength & nutrition. Enjoy!
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Where’s MMA gone?

This is something that has come up a lot recently; why is the only MMA class an invite only session?

Over the past 12 months I (Dan Richards) have been looking at the best way in which to deliver MMA at our club based on our membership base and the level at which those that were coming into MMA class when it was part of the timetable, and I made the decision that for those that want to learn MMA you must have a level of competence in the main disciplines; Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling and BJJ. Read more

Things to consider when sparring

Sparring really is the only way to truly see where you’re at whatever the discipline. However it’s not something you should ever do too much of, due to the intensity and increased risk of injury and head trauma. So how can you maximise the sparring you do?

1. Have a goal and objective.

Yes, sparring is the chance to try all your skills, but go into the session with 1 main objective you want to accomplish. Sparring isn’t full blast, but its more than whatever live drill you’re doing in classes, so its a realistic way to try new skills. We call these +1’s, 1 objective to achieve. Read more

5 tips for BJJ

5 things you need to know when you start BJJ

Starting anything new can be daunting, especially in martial arts… what to do, what to say, and what the hell is that weird hand shake before people start!!

So here are some handy tips that will help guide you on to the mats with a little more confidence. Read more

Don’t train to prove!

Don’t roll/spar to prove do it to improve

Occasionally someone will in class start to gun it for their next belt and the conversations start with “they’ve got a point to prove ” or “what’s their problem ” Read more

The left body kick!

A massive weapon often overlooked by so many. Four ways to land it:

  1. throw it straight up as an instant counter to your opponents technique such as kicking under the right cross (of an orthodox fighters)
  2. The switch kick. Use a punch combination to get your opponent hands high to expose the ribs and liver.
  3. Step through and kick. Drive your opponent back by throwing a simple hard punch combination so he/she covers and moves, for example cross, hook, cross, step through on the last cross to put you in southpaw stance to throw the left kick
  4. Moving back under pressure. as your opponent moves in step back and kick

There are endless scenarios depending on who does what but the four setups above are popular.

Nutrition – The Basics

Been getting a lot of questions about the right foods, what to eat, when to eat for good energy, for weigh loss for recovery etc, so thought I’d collate some great video’s from my friend over at The Bending Barbell online training team member Rob Nitman.

These are just short clips, but they give you a great introduction to Protein, Carbs and Fats. Read more

Goal Setting… not just a New Years resolution

No doubt that you’ll have all made some attempt to set some kind of “new years resolution” in the hope you might stick to it… but unless you have some structure behind those goals they’ll most likely fall by the wayside and be a distant memory by mid February! In this post I hope to give you some insight in how to set goals for yourself using some tried and tested techniques.

Goal setting is mental training as it is anything else, and will help increase your ability to stick at it and actually achieve the asperations you’ve set out for yourself. Simply saying that “you’ll do better” or “I’ll try and be more committed to training” isn’t an effective way to set goals or prepare you mental for the task in hand. It would be far more beneficial to say that “I’m going to commit to every Monday, Wednesday & Saturday” and then actually schedule your day/week towards achieving this.  Read more