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.
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.
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.
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!
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.