I hope everyone is having a fantastic winter so far! The last few weeks with the team have been crazy and we thought it was about time to get you up to date!
Our two year anniversary
Kicking things off – with just a few more days to go, we’re thrilled to announce our two year anniversary! A small recap for those that haven’t been following the page for too long…
A few years ago we had a some old mats and we started training on little Bucklands Beach a few times each week. When winter came, the weather started getting worse so we moved into a garage to continue our training! Week by week went by and we would have a neighbour come along, followed by another, until we ended up with a consistent group of great students. Before we knew it, the current location you’ll find us in today became available so we took a leap and opened what is now our club at the beachside. We’d just like to say to all of our team that we are thrilled you’ve stuck by us and become such an integral part of our BJJ family! (A special mention to the few of you that have been there since the start and are still going strong! You know who you are).
Early days training in the garage!
So that’s our story, but looking ahead, we’re always looking forward to continuing to provide such a great environment to train in and seeing all of our new and old team alike progress further!
Codie got a promotion
One of our most active competitors, Codie, has also been awarded his blue belt earlier this month! Codie has won numerous Gi and NoGi competitions. There is no doubt Codie will continue to smash the competition circuit at blue/intermediate divisions. We’re excited to see how his Jiu Jitsu progresses! It was an absolute pleasure to award this well earned belt to a very humble and respectful member of this team!
Submission only NoGi competition, a breakdown
Talking of the NoGi comp, we had three of our team head down for some Sub-Only fun. Chris, Codie and assistant instructor Ryan represented the team and themselves really impressively. First up was Chris who, despite only being with us a short time, won his first two matches via arm bar after losing to the winner of the division after a fourteen minute war! It was truly awesome to watch.
As aforementioned, Codie ran through his division not going past the five minute mark in any of his matches to take gold. Exciting times ahead for the next step up!
Lastly, we had Ryan hit the Advanced division. He had to go up a few weight classes but had some great matches. His only loss in the under 80kg advanced was in the final against a really tough opponent – a wicked start taking Silver! Next up was the absolute division… This time a slightly smaller division but again providing some excellent experiences to test himself. After his first match Ryan went on to go against a much larger opponent, after capitalising on technique and cardio which was in his favour, Ryan did a fantastic job to finish via a choke. He then went into his final match where he lost by knee bar to a tough opponent who went on to win the absolute division.
World Champion Beatriz Mesquita Seminar
To finish off these crazy few months past, we were fortunate enough to host TEN time world champion, ADCC Champion, 5 x Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion and EBI Bantam Weight Champion Beatriz Mesquita for a last minute seminar.
Beatriz taught an amazing session and we were thrilled to be able to share our mat with her! We learned some top techniques that I’m sure everyone in attendance will add to their game! I want to give a massive thank you to all of the people that came along to support the event from our own and other clubs!
No doubt, the next time Bia is back we’ll try and get her along again.