Participate in our upcoming challenge in support of Variety Children’s Charity! November updates.

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Buckland's Beach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, the fastest growing in Auckland!

Hey Auckland, we hope you’ve been well!

Summer is finally on the way and we have some promising news coming up so let’s jump straight into it.


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Variety Children’s Charity – Can YOU roll for six hours straight?

First up, we are once again supporting Variety, a children’s charity, who do some really great work supporting underprivileged Kiwi kids in our area. Check out this earlier post to learn more about their cause or visit their website by clicking here.

You know the drill… For this charity event, we’re going to be running a 6-hour sparring session, which will once again be open to all clubs, affiliates and spectators that would like to come and support this wonderful cause.


Fastest growing martial arts academy in Auckland!


It’s an ambitious goal but at this time of year, we’d like to have our biggest fundraiser to date so we can help Kiwi kids in need this Christmas! In the past, only the few have managed the entire 6 hours of sparring. Our question is: can YOU make it this time? 😉


Andy Medcalf Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


New classes for you this Christmas… You heard that right!

With our schedule already filling up with more and more classes, we’re excited to announce that we will be adding kickboxing-fitness classes! These classes, due to popular demand, have been designed to be highly dynamic with a hybrid of striking pad-work and demanding circuit training.

Who will these kickboxing-fitness classes be suited for?

  • Those wanting to get fit in a challenging environment which motivates them.

  • Those wanting an alternative workout which is fun and rewarding.

  • Those who want to be part of an amazing team! (Of course).

N.B. we’re not going to be doing any ‘sparring’ in these classes so don’t worry about turning up for work with bruises!

Talking from years of experience, the hardest part with any new class is the courage to actually turn up… once you come along you’ll realise there is nothing to worry about!

We will announce the starting date for the evening sessions in the near future so keep an eye out! More to come.


Little Warriors - Teaching children's self defence at Bucklands Beach BJJ MMA


Progression all across the mats…

Our Little Warriors and Adult BJJ classes have had a brilliant vibe recently as the team continues to progress, pushing each other just that extra bit harder each week. I want to personally commend those of you picking up tags on your belts recently as a tangible sign of this progress! You’ve been working hard and you earned it. Keep it up!

Cheers guys!
Until next time,

Andy

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Bucklands Beach BJJ took 12 competitors to the Auckland Regional No-Gi Championships!

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Bucklands Beach BJJ Auckland No Gi Regionals

Kia ora Auckland!

Last weekend, our club bought a total twelve competitors to the Auckland Regional No-Gi Championships… Bringing a large team with plenty of support is always a pleasure! Interestingly, this was the first time the New Zealand Grappler organisers implemented the new ‘Smoothcomp’ format, a great addition to an already well-organised competition.


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Smoothcomp at the Auckland Regional No-Gis!

The new concept allowed more space for our competitors to warm up without spectators obstructing, brackets were generated in advance and results were being fed live to the website and our phones following each match. Smoothcomp also keeps a digital record of fight statistics on your personal profile and it’s nice to see BJJ technology advancing.

I had the pleasure of refereeing on the day and I witnessed some very engaging matches! I want to personally take the opportunity to congratulate Steve, Krissy and the team on their top performances!


Podium winners junior brazilian jiu jitsu new zealand


Little Warriors back at it again

Results… The ‘Little Warriors’ squad had a fantastic outing! It was truly an amazing effort to watch.

Special mentions go to Cail, who, in her first competition, won both of her matches to take gold! Her little brother Tayt also won gold after 3 matches! Alicia also took the gold via armbar submission in her second NoGi Competition.

The last special mention from the little warriors was Tyler. Tyler had completed three competitions prior to this one however he had never won a match, or even scored one point in competition. Well, this weekend all of his hard work clicked because he won three matches by submission to take silver! Perseverance breeds results and I am confident this will be the first of many medals for him.

As always with Jiu Jitsu, you either win or you learn, so congrats to all of our juniors involved!


Andy Medcalf BJJ Black Belt and referree


Our adults also bought home some top results

Onto the adults, there was some tough matches and exciting attacking BJJ from all of the team… Also, an outstanding performance from Codie! On the back of his first comp and taking silver in the Gi, this was his first No-Gi competition. Dominating his performances at lightweight, Codie took the gold.

Assistant instructor Ryan (17) who’s currently a blue belt, stepped up to the purple belt adult division. Losing to the eventual winner of the division, Ryan secured an armbar to take the bronze medal.

A memorable day and some brilliant performances from Andrew, Charlie, Jeremy and Kev! Well done to all of you, you should be proud.

7th place out of 46 teams!

Out of the 46 teams present, Bucklands Beach BJJ’s 12 competitors took seventh place at the Auckland Regional No-Gi Championship! Thank you to all of the training partners and families that also came along to support.

As the sun begins to show itself properly, keep an eye out for our team heading down to the beach for post-training swims; they really are the BEST way to finish a session this summer! 😉


BJJ and MMA in Bucklands Beach Auckland


See you at the next class!
-Andy

And… We’re back! Our September announcements

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Coach Andy Medcalf of Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA receives Black Belt

Hello again Auckland!

Apologies for the lack of updates recently, we’ve just been so busy building the team and training super hard (with a ton of work happening behind the scenes) this winter! In this post, I want to discuss some of the things that have been taking place recently.


Raphael Dos Santos Head Coach


I received my black belt!

Firstly, I’m extremely proud to have received my black belt in BJJ after around 13 years of training from my friend, professor and former world champion, Raphael Dos Santos! I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of my team and the various training partners over the years that helped me achieve this massive milestone! What a journey it has been.


Andy Medcalf receiving blackbelt in BJJ


Kickboxing classes with Kevin Davis!

On the academy front, we’ve just started morning kickboxing classes! These kick off at 5:30am on Mondays and Fridays. Our early morning sessions are currently being held by Kevin Davies. Kevin has had seven amateur MMA fights and was the 2012 Chinese Kickboxing National Champion. In addition, Kevin ran children’s MMA classes for two years and is also an NZ Iron Certified Kettlebell instructor. Kevin is also an official for the NZMMA, being well respected as a judge and ref for both amateur and professional MMA events. So, for anyone who wants to train with him, you really will be in the most experienced hands. These classes are a great way to start the day before heading off to work!

Side note: we’re also exploring the possibility of striking and fitness classes in the evenings so keep an eye out for future updates! We’ll let you know what’s happening with this.


Busy academy at Bucklands Beach BJJ


NZ Grappler National Championships

Along with most clubs across Auckland, we’ve just been in attendance to the New Zealand Grappler National Championships – Only a small team went along this time and we had some really good efforts against some great opponents! Special mention to Codie, who has only been with us a short time and in his first white belt competition won four tough matches to take the Silver Medal in the lightweight division. As always, we’re extremely proud of everyone that puts themselves (and the club) on the line to test their skills. Win or lose, you should be proud to have had the determination to place yourselves in that environment!

Needless to say, massive thank you to the New Zealand Grappler team that put so much into making this such a smooth and organised competition! The No-Gi competition is coming up next month (13th Oct). Not everyone wants to compete but for those who do, this is a great platform to get out there!


Little Warriors children's martial arts grading Aucklands


It all goes without saying but…

I want to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of our members, past and present who make the club what it is! We truly value each and every one of you for your contribution to making the club such a great place to train! The Bucklands Beach BJJ is a growing community and second home for so many of us.

Perhaps you’ve come and gone but you’d like to come back. Perhaps you’ve been watching from the sidelines wondering if it’s for you. Whatever your reason, feel free to drop by anytime! Our doors are always open. Summer is a great time to pick up a new hobby and join the team! (plus, it’s not going to be too long before everyone’s in the sea after training to cool off.)

To our existing members – keep doing what you’re doing, and I’ll see you all back on the mats.


Children's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


Cheers
– Andy

Winter Training & New Zealand’s High Level Grapplers Competition

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Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA club news June 2018

Hello again Auckland!

We had a fantastic summer at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA but now the weather has cooled off and winter’s here. Sunshine or rain, It’s brilliant to see our team regularly hitting the mats, helping each other progress! Yes, you’ve heard it before, but if you’ve been sat on the side-lines thinking of trying something new, drop by and check us out! We’re always accepting new students to join our growing ranks and we know you’ll love this club as much as we do.


Auckland Children's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Training and competition

It’s not easy preparing for a BJJ competition, it requires energy and determination, but we always encourage our team to jump in and try one every now and then. This is a great platform to put your skills to the test against other people at a similar level. Competitions are not for everyone and you should only do whatever you’re comfortable with, but as the famous quote goes: ‘you win, or you learn,’ so really, there’s no losing.


TNTfc NZ high level grappling competition. Competitor Andy Medcalf from Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA

TNTfc

Our club has given it their all over the last few months turning up at multiple competitions and achieving all kinds of success. I believe in leading by example so when the opportunity came up for me to compete in a high level eight-man invitational competition, there was only one choice and that was to just go for it. The Submission-Only competition was called TNTfc and it saw eight of New Zealand’s top grapplers in a NoGi event going head to head in the under/over 80kg divisions. I gave it my all but unfortunately on this occasion, I was knocked out of the competition by eventual winner Dan Digby. Massive congratulations to Dan and his team and a big thank you to the TNTfc organisers for having me along!


No-Gi Submission only New Zealand BJJ Comp

It’s nearly been a whole year!

In other news, we’re heading towards our one-year anniversary. Some of you may remember our grassroots (a humble garage). What started as just two guys training has grown into something far greater than I would have ever expected. Hugely proud of the Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA family. More news to come soon regarding our one-year celebrations happening this August! Stay posted via Facebook where we’ll be keeping you up to date. It’s going to be fun and you deserve it everyone.


June 2018 training Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA

Keep training and I’ll see you at our next session! Cheers. – Andy

Regional Gi Competition Results, Special Mentions & Club News

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Dear Auckland,

2018 has been treating us well at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA. Multiple competitions have recently passed and with more on the horizon, May has witnessed a lot of moving parts at our club.


Regional Gi comp results – lots of success!

Last weekend in particular saw the Regional gi competition take place in Auckland, it was a highly anticipated event with a number of our Little Warriors and adult students taking part. Fantastic efforts and killer performances after such a short time training! Too many names to individually mention but you know who you are, and we’ve really enjoyed seeing you progress. Competitions are the ultimate test of your training efforts and win or lose, you’re going to learn more about what your capable of, and what you need to work on, then in any other training environment. We hope you’ve taken away some positives from the weekend and we are here to support you in your future competitions!


Gi regional Auckland Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition


Special Mentions

Our special mention go to Tayt (Little Warriors student) in his first gi competition. He fought his way through some tough opponents and valiantly reached the final where he lost narrowly on points.

Bucklands Beach instructor Ryan is the NoGi regional/ national champion at juvenile and now taken the adult blue belt regional gi title. He’s also had difficulties with illness and has struggled to train in the run up to this competition, so he showed impressive character bouncing back after losing earlier in the day to a higher weight class.


Bucklands Beach evening training

TNTfc

On the 9th June, I’ve been invited to take part in TNTfc which follows an exciting submission only competition format. Coming back off the gi national competition win last year, I’m ready to jump in and give it a go against eight of the highest-ranking grapplers in New Zealand. This one is going to be tough no doubt but I’ll give it my all and I look forward to seeing some of you there! If you want to learn more about this event, click here!

Final note – Come train with us!


If anyone reading this post is not currently training but is wondering whether now is the time to start, we’d love to meet you and help you begin your BJJ journey. Come visit us at the club – we run classes for adults, for women’s self-defence and for children-only so you can be sure you’re in good hands at one of the fastest growing clubs in Auckland. Jiu Jitsu is a fantastic sport and the benefits are extensive… Don’t believe us? Come see for yourself!

Until next time – Andy 🙂

Competition Day, A New National Champion! April News

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April Announcements Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA

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.


Happy team members of Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA


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.


Competition BJJ success Auckland


Until next month! Keep rolling – Andy

Free Beginners Course, Signature Gis, Yoga Classes, Charity Roll and Competition… March Announcements!

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March Announcements Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA

Kia Ora Auckland!

February was highly eventful and we are incredibly happy with how this year is shaping up. The overall progress we are witnessing in both our adult and Little Warrior students is phenomenal… If you didn’t see our last post and you want to get up to speed with some of our other developments, you can click here! 🙂 Aside from a free beginners course, we’ve got A LOT to talk about today…


Little Warriors classes at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA, March 2018


Upcoming events: Charity Roll, No-Gi Nationals. 📅

As we head into March, the team have began to knuckle down for the No-Gi Nationals which are taking place on April 7th. Whether or not you are participating, we can safely say that everyone has been taking an active part in helping those wanting to test themselves in a competitive environment! (We know this is the first time for some you, so congrats). Remember… Win or lose, it’s supposed to be a fun day and more importantly, it’s a killer learning experience!

Super important note. we’re now one week away from our next charity roll, raising funds for the children’s charity Variety. We appreciate anyone who can make it here to raise money for this awesome cause… Please donate and we will be sure to report back and let you know how the day goes!


Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA students will be competing in Auckland at the No-Gi Nationals competition


Yoga?! 🌞

Now we are pleased to announce a new and exciting addition to the Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA curriculum. It’s something a little different but we are currently preparing for the addition of morning yoga classes! Again, we are going to update you very soon with more details as a number of students have expressed interest in these lessons. It’s a well known fact that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and yoga can really compliment each other considering the dynamic and unorthodox nature of both sports/activities; so we’re excited to be able to provide you the opportunity to experience this for yourself.


Know somebody who wants to start training but they’ve been reluctant to come? Find out why now is the right time.

For March only, we will be teaching beginners BJJ classes for FREE to new and prospective students—there is huge interest in this and we only have a few more spaces remaining for these classes so if you want to take part—you should contact us today. This absolute beginners course will cover the basic moves, positions and will act as an awesome stress-free induction into our main classes. You can leave any insecurities behind and step into the class knowing what to expect, but also that nothing is expected of you (aside from a willingness to learn). You should feel comfortable asking any questions you have, no matter how insignificant you feel they are! We were all beginners once. The classes kick off on March 12th.


One final note. 🥋

So for a while now we’ve been selling gis to our students from one of our favourite local brands – Respect. Now we said we were going to do something else as well. It wasn’t easy but we’ve managed to source and design our own signature Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA club gis! They are going to become available SOON (alongside our current range) and we couldn’t be happier with them. The reason this took a while is that we wanted to find a manufacturer we trusted, who could create a gi which we could feel comfortable in, which we would compete in and which we could use again and again over an extended duration of time. Well, we’ve made it so check out the photos! If this is of interest to you, stay posted because we are very excited to try this out.


Signature Custom Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA gis available at the club.


Signature gis on sale at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA Auckland


Keep rolling and we hope March treats you well. See you on the mats – Andy.

Think you can roll for SIX hours straight? February announcements!

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Hello from Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA,

It’s early February but we’ve already got some exciting news to share…

Variety Children's Charity supported by Bucklands BJJ & MMA

If you remember, we held a charity event last year in October which was a really positive experience for all involved. We are once again going to participate in a six-hour roll in aide of Variety Children’s Charity! Variety was the first charity that Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA decided to sponsor and we’re a strong advocate of the work they do for young people in New Zealand but also across the globe.

We are inviting any grapplers (beginners or advanced) from Auckland and the surrounding area to jump onto the mats and roll with us… You don’t have to spar for the whole 6 hours but if you think you’re up for it, it’s an engaging challenge! We want to raise a good donation for an even better cause… Is there a more-fun way to do so than through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?! If you don’t train, we’d still love to welcome you on the day, a little support goes a long way. Check out Variety – the Children’s Charity website for more details!

Little Warriors Auckland Children's Martial Arts Classes

Speaking of the youth, as our new students training in the Little Warriors Children’s Martial Arts syllabus have started getting more and more involved, it’s been awesome to see the children’s BJJ classes continue to grow, following the progress of the existing Little Warriors. Moreover… Massive congratulations to Tyler, Maisie and Corbyn who have been awarded their first belt in BJJ! They’ve worked super hard to gain their grey and white belts and continue to give it their all on a weekly basis! Also, to some of the others receiving tags on their belts, you should be proud so keep up the good work!


Moving onto the adult classes, we’re seeing a high-level of diversity in the club and it’s being reflected in a friendly & truly positive atmosphere. Everyone’s pushing each other and helping the overall development of the team! It’s been noted how many individuals are hitting their own goals whilst having genuine fun. Even more than that, you guys have been letting us know what training here means to you via Facebook and Google reviews. We really do pay attention to these things, so when we get comments like:

  • “A friendly and welcoming place with no BS. Thanks for creating an awesome atmosphere that makes me feel at ease to learn and make mistakes!”
  • “My 7 year old also joined! He loves sport (soccer, rock climbing, wrestling, and running) and I asked him just this week what his favourite thing to do was…his answer…training BJJ with Andy right here in Bucklands Beach!”

We know we are making a difference.

Coach Andy Medcalf & Family Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA

Now, let’s put our training into action — February will kick off preparation for the No Gi Regionals & Nationals Competitions (both held in Auckland) coming up in April… We’re going to be upping the intensity of certain drills, so our students will feel prepared for what might be your first exposure to the competition scene. There is no “right” time to start competing, the only thing I can guarantee is that you can learn more in those 5 minutes than you would in any other BJJ setting. Let’s do this.

As always, see you on the mats. Oss!

– Andy

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?