We aim to give our students more! Bucklands Beach BJJ January Announcements

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Fantastic announcements this January at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA Auckland

Dear Residents of Auckland,

Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA has had a great start to 2018, so thanks for all the support. If you didn’t see our last post, we were discussing how we’ve become a partner of the REORG Royal Marine Jiu Jitsu charity.

We aim to give our students more!

We’re super pleased to tell you that (admittedly), the mats at the club were getting tight on space, so we’ve added another 50% of mat space to accommodate this and to give you more room to learn. 😊


Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA has 50% more mat space


We’ve also added a new class to our syllabus every Wednesday (at no extra cost, it’s included for free in the current membership!) This class should give you more convenience in choosing when’s best for you to come down; but it also means you get to develop your technical skills at a higher level. It goes without saying but the best way to improve your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu game is trough consistency. If you can hit two or three training sessions a week on a regular basis, you’re going to be learning a lot in a short space of time.

Now here’s another announcement for you.

Due to popular demand, we created a clothing range and we hope it will help represent what training in BJJ means to you! We’ve got caps, hoodies and t-shirts in a range of sizes and colours, all available at the club itself — by the way, the clothes look awesome 😉. On a related note, we’ve started selling the Respect Gi’s at the club as well, so if you’re looking at picking up your first Gi, this is a brand we trust, and it should make the purchasing process more convenient than ordering over the web.


Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA has released a clothing range.


Keep an eye out for our February blog post with news about another charity roll coming soon (the last one was so much fun and we’re really enjoying the social work).

In the meantime, if you’re thinking of trying something new or becoming part of this exciting team, check out our website and come along for a free trial! It’s zero obligation, we want you to make up your mind and see what we’re all about.


Busy and exciting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes


You’ll hear from us again in February, we always try our hardest to update this blog every month. And… That reminds us; the Beachside Blog got nominated for the top 100 BJJ blogs, something we really didn’t expect so it’s a bonus considering some of our own favourites are on that list.

We look forward to seeing you on the mats. Oss!

Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA is officially supporting military serving personnel and veterans, through a Royal Marines charity!

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Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA is supporting the REORG Royal Marine charity, becoming its Auckland sponsor.

2018 is upon us, my friends!

In the New Year, our Auckland martial arts club vowed that we would continue to grow, by helping our community and providing BJJ & MMA classes. These are sports which we can honestly say have changed our lives for the better, and we know they can help you. Now we have some great news to share with you!

We are proud to announce that we are an endorsed club for the REORG Jiu Jitsu foundation in Auckland.

The REORG Jiu Jitsu Foundation launched, in association with The Royal Marines Charity. Their mission is to provide a platform for serving personnel and veterans to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as part of their recovery pathway and to combat the challenge of mental health and physical disabilities. The REORG Jiu Jitsu foundation is going to be a huge success; with ambassadors such as Tom Hardy, and working alongside the excellent WeDefyFoundation who provide the same service in the United States.


International movie star Tom Hardy practicing BJJ with the REORG marines.

Tom Hardy training with marines at the REORG Jiu Jitsu foundation.

REORG has found an impressive level of support in the BJJ community; Black belts and academies are opening their arms and doors to this foundation. Most recently Master Mauricio Gomes, Prof Roger Gracie and UFC Veteran Dan Hardy have all taken interest.

My own experience working with service men and women.

Prior to moving to New Zealand and forming the academy, I lived in Somerset in the Southwest of the United Kingdom, where I taught BJJ for around 4 years. By coincidence, my house and my club were situated about five minutes from the 40 Commando’s Royal Marine base, so on many occasions, I was invited to come into the division base and train the soldiers, assisting them in their BJJ game. I developed warm bonds with the lads and in 2016, my son and I trained with them when the world renowned BJJ Black belt Champion Andre Galvao was teaching a seminar. Therefore, when we got the opportunity to work with service personnel in NZ, I was particularly interested in it! 🙂


Andy Medcalf and his son training with the Royal Marines '40 Commandos' and Black belt Andre Galvao.

Other announcements in our beach side club…

It’s the New Year and we know you’ve been talking about your resolutions… Come down and get involved in our club. Make friends, work on yourself and gain confidence through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts and self defence classes. The Women’s self defence class which we recently added has been going better than expected; so were looking to get some more classes into our syllabus, which we will make sure to keep you all informed about over the new few months.

We hope 2018 treats you well. As always, we look forward to seeing you on the mats.

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