After a hectic few months we thought it’s time to round off another great year at Bucklands Beach BJJ.
National Championships – black belt Gi National Champion
In our last blog post, the team was preparing for the Gi National Championships. As always, all the team did themselves and their club proud. Wins or losses, it was great to see everyone perform so well under in a high-pressure environment.
This was the first time I’d competed for a while and it was also my first time competing as Black Belt. After taking gold in various competitions domestically and internationally I was keen to train as hard as I could to see how I performed at a new level.
Granted, it was a small division, but I was happy to walk away with a victory in the final taking gold in the super heavy/ultra heavy black belt adult division! A massive thank you to all of the team for helping me prepare.
Currently undefeated in gi competitions in New Zealand at brown and black belt, the Oceania Championship is just around the corner and I’m looking forward to another challenge at an international level.
One of our dedicated team members, Cody, has been quietly training hard and he recently received his promotion to blue belt (intermediate division).
His first competition, mentioned above, was the Gi National Championships. This was his first time at blue belt and after six or seven matches Cody narrowly lost out in the final to take silver! Not wanting to stop there, over the past few months Cody has also competed in both Mana and Full Force, submission only competitions. Again, these were his first time in an intermediate no gi competition and Cody went on to take gold in both! Top performances.
Along with Cody, we have a really strong competition team with up and comers such as Josh (recently taking gold after 10 matches at the Mana Championship), Cail, Alicia, Christli and some of the Little Warriors, among others.
It’s great to see a mix of day to day hobbiests and competitors alike, helping each other on the mats in every session. Keep up the good work everyone! With the New Year on the near horizon, everyone is looking forward to getting back to it in 2020!
Meet the boss – a lifestyle transformation!
As with previous blogs, this one is also going to feature some news from Claire (my wife and the brains behind Bucklands Beach BJJ).
Claire usually runs the blogs, page and business, whereas I have the easy part of turning up to roll and teach. That’s why it’s awesome to have the opportunity to write this section and tell a short story of the past twelve months on the mats, and why BJJ really is for everyone.
This time last year, Claire was 74kg. Not unfit, but not really focused on staying healthy. After around 13 years of trying to persuade her to try BJJ, she finally caved in and decided to give it a go. It hasn’t been easy and sure, there’s been the occasional broken nail or bruise; but with some good workouts and a several realizations, it’s not actually as bad as she first thought (despite being tough of course)!
Claire has gone on to receive two tags on her white belt this year! This is a great achievement however it’s not the only reason I wanted to write this blog. Since then, her fitness improved, and her diet gradually started to shift. She also started an exercise routine on top of the grappling and has gone down to 63kg! That’s 11kg down and she’s looking in great shape!
Just a quick shout out to anyone male or female that thinks it’s going to be too tough. That thinks they’re too unfit to start… You’re right, it is tough. You probably will struggle when you start… The important thing to remember is that this won’t be the case for long. Just train and your fitness will improve. Also your confidence, mental health, ability to defend yourself and of course, your body shape!
New blue belts
Massive congratulations to Jeremy, Alberto, Josh and Heath who received their blue belts recently! They’ve all been with us since the foundation of the club and their determination and ability has been a great addition to our team! Well done, you deserve this.
Ashley Williams seminar
Big thank you to Ashley Williams, the recent Polaris Champion for holding a brilliant no gi seminar! Some interesting concepts and details the team and I personally have taken on board. Looking forward to having you back again soon.
Join our team #2020
Every week we receive emails and phone calls from individuals asking if it’s okay to come along, even if they’ve never done anything like this before.
We all started in the same position and our classes cater for beginners and advanced grapplers alike (we have had people overweight, underweight, confident, not confident). It really doesn’t matter you are who you are, you are welcome to come along and have a go! After the first few sessions, all of the apprehensions will be gone and you will start learning a new skill, developing a new passion and being part of an already amazing team (that would love to have you)!
We’re open as usual in the New Year and we’re looking forward to seeing new and old members back on the mats for 2020!
Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year, we wish you all the best.
Claire (white belt 2 tags!) and Andy