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

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!

Our very first update on what’s been happening at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA!

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The students have been working hard at Bucklands Beach BJJ and MMA

Kia Ora Auckland, I hope all is well.

My name is Andy Medcalf and I am coaching at the newest martial arts academy in Bucklands Beach. I wanted to update all of my team mates and everyone in the local community about what’s been going on recently at our club which has started with humble beginnings. My aim in this is to promote the hard work my son and my students have been putting in, and to encourage any new prospective students to come down and experience the mats for themselves.

Firstly, after many hours of moving parts, the academy has finally made the transition from its temporary hub in my garage, to a permanent relocation in a beautiful facility overlooking the Bucklands Beach area. This new facility is clean, well-matted and has good lighting for a positive learning environment. Below is a picture of my family getting warmed up trying out the new mats!

Andy Medcalf training BJJ with his family

For several years now, I have moved away from the BJJ and MMA competition scene where I spent much of my youth. I have been developing my students so they can gain their own achievements in these sports. This year, to reconnect with competition, to hone my skills and to feel adrenaline, I decided to compete in the New Zealand National Grappler Tournament held in Auckland, alongside my son Ryan whose been training hard as always.

National BJJ Grapplers competition based in Auckland, NZ

The National Championship is the biggest competition in the country; it hosts kids, adults and master’s (30 years plus) divisions.
My son Ryan got off to a slow start and lost his first match to the winner of his division, a BJJ blue belt, he went on to dominate the next and to take the bronze medal. We have discussed what went well, what went wrong and what we can work on at the academy. Ryan is excited for the next opportunity to face the local talent in any upcoming competitions.

Andy Medcalf Bucklands Beach BJJ Coach winning gold at the NZ Grappling national competition

Myself, although in the master 2 age bracket, entered the adult division as I always have throughout my international / domestic competition career. It was a very small division but I went in with the same approach I’ve always had, ready to fight as many opponents as were required. I quickly rose on points and I landed a six-minute choke in the final. This means I’m now the super heavyweight brown belt national champion in the adult division.

Group shot of the guys at the club!

Needless-to-say I’m very proud of all the hard work that has been put in lately by the club, my family and even myself. Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA is a truly positive environment where hard works pays off and everyone is improving!

Good work guys – Andy

A brand new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts club in Bucklands Beach, Auckland!

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BJJ and MMA in Bucklands Beach Auckland

Good morning Auckland!

My name is Andy Medcalf and I am a highly experienced international BJJ and MMA coach. I am here today to offer you classes in a growing academy where I’ve started teaching. This is the first blog post on my recently built website, I am going to start using this area to connect with the local community who I want to help-out and teach.

1) If you want to visit the homepage of my website, click here.

2) If you want to keep reading, here’s some general answers to any questions you may have.

Are you looking to lose weight?

BJJ and MMA are both dynamic work outs which can burn around 750 calories in an hour. If you’re willing to sweat, they will build your core muscles, giving you functional strength, whilst removing any excess weight you have. I had a student who was weighing 106kg when he entered… In less than a year, he’s down to around 80kg (lean muscle) and his fitness level is unparalleled.

Do you want to know how to defend yourself?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the perfect martial art if you are facing a larger or more athletic opponent. It was designed for this purpose and it involves taking the fight to the floor where you can leverage position to beat natural strength. If you don’t believe me, then feel free to come down and watch my 15-year-old son sparring against the rest of us! Mixed Martial Arts speaks for itself, it requires years to master but I promise you will become a versatile fighter, you will be able to protect yourself (or a loved one!) from many different situations.

Can you teach me privately?

I offer private lessons in BJJ and MMA which allow you to learn at an exponentially faster rate. I can come up with a training plan and I can educate you on how best to leverage your situation. I have taught people from all walks of life and fitness levels. For example, I’ve had middle aged smokers become some of my strongest students, I’ve prepared some younger guys for really tough UK national competitions and ultimately, I believe that one size does not fit all when it comes to coaching.

What are your credentials as a coach?

I am highly qualified to teach! From being a professional Gracie Barra instructor for over five years, an ex-semi-professional cage fighter and in holding a BJJ Brown Belt which took ten years of dedication to earn. I received my Brown Belt from 2x and current World Champion, Rapheal Dos Santos. I have trained with the best, including ‘Spider’ Anderson Silva, Andre Galvao, Lucio ‘Lagarto’ Rodrigues, Fernando Terre, Henry Akins and Braulio Estima Black Belt Luke Costello. I have practiced alongside UFC fighter Mark Godbeer and fought against Bradley Scott, also in the UFC.

How do I get started?

All you need to get started is a pair of shorts, a t-shirt, a big water bottle and a mouth guard. Follow this link to the contact page of my website and get in touch with me. I’m happy to talk to you via email, or via a phone call. I’m a friendly guy and you shouldn’t feel nervous to get in touch. We can take the rest from there.

Thanks for reading and see you on the mats!

– Andy

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