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

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?