Happy April Auckland!
After another crazy month and the No Gi National competition, we thought this would be a great time to update you on what’s been happening!
Earlier in March we had our charity fundraiser for ‘Variety’, raising money and awareness for underprivileged kiwi kids. With members from several clubs dropping by on the day and paying a small fee to participate, Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA and the surrounding teams raised just short of $500. Admittedly, we did aim to go higher than this figure however it was an improvement on our last event and it’s something that we’ll continue again soon, we really believe in the cause 🙂 Special mention to Ryan and Malcom who both managed to roll for the full SIX hours.
Expanding our children’s curriculum!
With the rapid development and subsequent expansion of the ‘Little Warriors’, we are happy to announce that we are opening a new class on Wednesdays from the 18th April 2018! Get in touch if you’d like your child to be part of the team! If you have any questions about the Little Warriors classes, we wrote a piece on them with quite a lot of info previously so you can check that one out!
Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA turned up for the New Zealand National No Gi Championships!
The Little Warriors, along with the adult team, jumped in and gave the National No Gi Championships their best efforts over the weekend. We had a bag of wins, losses and spectacular moments of determination. I can honestly say that the students went in with positivity, gave it their all and achieved a lot after only training for around eight months with the club. Maisie (in the youngest division of the day), had one match which was probably the nicest grappling fight we’ve ever seen… She won gold with the first take down of the match. Some mixed results from the rest of the Little Warriors squad with some being eliminated first round, whereas some others narrowly lost in the final on points. A massive congratulations to all having the courage to get in and have a go in undoubtedly one of the biggest competitions of the year!
A New National Champion!
The adults competing also achieved mixed results – We did see great performances across the board and it’s surprising what you can do when your put under competition pressure. A special mention to Ryan, who won all of his matches in the Juvenile Advanced Division by submission. You can watch some of these fights on Facebook!
Ryan faced the nine time No Gi national champion in the final and submitted him with a sweet guillotine choke to become the No Gi Regional and now National Champion! He then went on into the adult intermediate division and had a great comeback to secure a last minute kimura sub. Unfortunately Ryan came just short and lost to the adult division victor, nevertheless an astounding effort at just sixteen years of age!
With only a month to go, the team now have their sights on the Regional Gi competition coming up May 12th! Train hard, stay positive and let’s do this.