We’ve given the green light to women’s self-defence classes!

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Womens self defence classes commence on November 1st

Good morning Auckland,

Another month has flown by at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA. As always, our doors are open to those who are looking to learn and challenge themselves. If you want to get in shape for the summer season, or pick up some awesome self-defence skills, we would love to meet you.

Some junior member success stories.

This month, Ryan, one of our junior competitors, won the regional no-gi championship at the ASB stadium. The event was NOT to be missed and we couldn’t be prouder, all his fights ended by way of submission. One of our youngest members, Tyler, also jumped in on a few days-notice but fell short against the first competitors he’s ever faced. They’re both looking forward to their next competitions.

An announcement for women living in Auckland!

A few weeks ago, we asked for feedback regarding the formation of women’s only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and self-defence classes. The interest was phenomenal and in return, we’ve given the green light for a trial pilot course. The first class will be next Wednesday at 7:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. (1st November) … This class will be COMPLETELY FREE for the first week! We urge everyone to spread the word and bring their friends along, we’re confident this will be an exciting course for all involved.

What should you expect?

Taught by Andy Medcalf, a professional martial arts coach and BJJ Brown Belt, you will be taken through the foundations of striking and grappling, with an emphasis on fitness training and easy-to-learn self-defence skills. All our students will be treated with respect and will be given individual attention if they get stuck on anything, we always encourage questions!

What makes our class ideal for women looking to try something new?

The syllabus you will follow is focused around the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Students will learn how to take an aggressor to the floor, where their size advantage will become obsolete against certain techniques which require movement and skill rather than strength. You will learn a range of proven submissions such as the rear-naked choke, the armbar and the triangle choke, all designed to quickly and safely end a fight. You will also learn various stand up techniques with a focus on ‘managing distance’ and using wits to avoid harm.

What do we expect from you?

Students should expect to sweat in our classes! Make sure to bring water because you will definitely burn several hundred calories. Please note that you are not expected to have any previous experience as we will be starting from the basics! For the fastest results, we encourage you to come to every class, however our approach is relaxed and that’s how our students should be at all times. You can take a break at any point and we always stretch out to avoid injuries… You will be welcomed, and you shouldn’t feel intimidated on the mats.

In the meantime…

If you are excited and cannot wait to start your self defence course at our academy, you should check out some of our favorite international videos of bad ass women! 🙂

Click here for seven of Ronda Rousey’s famous armbars in the UFC!
An amazing display of skill from black belts Ariadne Oliveira and Mackenzie Dern
A hilariously awesome introduction to self defence for women post WWII

Thanks for reading and we look forward to meeting you!

Featured was Rener Gracie and Eve Torres Gracie: accreditation

Diversity, Charity and Women’s Self Defence classes… We’ve got a lot to share!

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Growing adult's classes at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA

Good morning Auckland,

Despite the fact that its Monday, we’re are all in good spirits at the club! We’ve been running for nine weeks now and Bucklands Beach is starting to feel more and more like a second home.

The club is off to a rolling start (pun intended); we’ve got a diverse bunch of interesting members! Pilots, electricians, osteopaths, builders, students, CEOs and many more are all sharing the enjoyment of learning on the mats! Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has a funny way of creating common ground where it can otherwise rarely be found.

We’re very grateful and we strive to give our students a top atmosphere and an friendly environment to train. (We are also a club that believes in pushing everyone to their limits!)

This month witnessed the first Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA Charity Roll. After many worthy causes put their names forward, we decided to support Variety Children’s Charity.

Variety Children's Charity Logo

This charity does some great work supporting underprivileged kiwi kids! I myself came from a humble background and I genuinely believe that with the right help and care, you can make incredible things happen in your life. Big thank you to Emily for helping out on the day and for raising awareness 😊 Members of our club, along with members of other local clubs, dropped by to spar for several hours. I want to personally give a special mention and congrats to Michael and Ryan, who along with myself, completed the entire 6 hours of sparring with no more than a five-minute stop!

On an unrelated note, we want to be transparent with our community, and as such, we can now state that Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA is no longer affiliated with Sorriso BJJ. We simply had differing goals which no is fault of either party… What we must stress is that Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA will remain good friends with Paulo, Raf and the team. We have a huge amount of respect for you and your students, and we wish you every success in the future and look forward to training with you soon!

Growing children's classes at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA

On yet another note, Ladies of Auckland… We would like to know if you would be interested in an all Women’s Self Defence class. If interest is shown, I will personally oversee the creation of a curriculum that offers you skills which are applicable in “real-life” situations. If you are interested… Please contact us through this website by clicking here, or through Facebook by following the link. We really want to stress how this is something we are looking to do ASAP, we just want some basic approval from the community.

Incidentally, today marks the start of week ten for our club. We’re still standing (I hope!), and this momentum doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon. To our current students, thank you, and to any prospective students, come claim your free trial by clicking here!

Coach Andy sparring with his son Ryan

See, Mondays don’t have to completely suck.

Keep doing what you’re doing – Andy!

Our doors are now open for you, are you ready to train?