Yoga Classes, Submission Only Competition & Clark Gracie Seminar!

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Growing academy at Bucklands Beach!

Hey Auckland,

Firstly, welcome to 2019!

After a busy close last year, we’re happy to announce we now have yoga classes available from our beachside venue. These classes are a great way to stretch, relax and revitalise in a warm relaxing atmosphere in front of the sea, rain or shine!

We had chance to catch up with our amazing yoga instructor Tash…


Tash Yoga Instructor


Check out our interview with Tash below:

How long have you been teaching and doing yoga?

I have been practicing yoga for six years, and teaching for four years.

How many styles do you teach?

I teach four styles including Vinyasa flow, Yin, Restorative, and Hatha yoga. Hatha and Vinyasa are faster styles that are strength based, Yin and Restorative are slow styles that are flexibility based.

What benefits has yoga bought to you?

Yoga has given me a much clearer, calmer state of mind. I feel like I am more equiped to deal with life’s challenges. Yoga has also provided me with the tools to manage any pain in my body by eliminating tension through the postures.

Can anyone do yoga?

Anyone and everyone should be doing yoga!

Do you have to be flexible or fit to do yoga?

You do not have to be fit or flexible to do yoga. Yoga will improve your fitness and flexibility dramatically.

Why should I start learning yoga?

Yoga has many benefits and provides physical and mental balance. Studies have concluded that practicing yoga reduces stress significantly and improves sleeping. Yoga releases tension from your muscles, increases your strength, and improves joint health. It also helps you become more mindful through the focus on breathing properly.

Most of all, it will help you to move more easily, which always proves to be very important as you age.

What should I wear and bring with me?

Wear comfortable clothes that are stretchy. Shorts or leggings are good options. Bring a jacket during cooler months. You can bring a yoga mat if you want extra support.

What goals and ambitions do you have?

My current yoga goals include working towards my handstand this year and practicing regularly; honestly, that can be challenging when life gets busy. I always want to finish my Psychology degree, I’m currently entering my second year of university!

Tell us a little bit about you?

I enjoy being outdoors, taking a hike or going to the beach. I really love travelling and I am always planning my next trip. In fact, I used to be a flight attendant for Emirates airline! I also love sleeping and reading.


Tash, our new yoga instructor


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Kicking off this year, some of the team are preparing for an upcoming submission only contest which promises to be a great opportunity to challenge themselves.

Other students are simply enjoying learning their new skill and finding their new hobby this January at Bucklands Beach!


Club training and seminars


Clark Gracie Seminar

We were honoured and privileged to have none other than 2018 no-gi world champion Clark Gracie teach a seminar for our first session back after the New Year! Clark held an amazing seminar and provided some great details for those in attendance. We’re definitely looking forward to welcoming him back in the future!


Growing academy at Bucklands Beach!


Prospective Students

It’s always daunting to start something new, especially when it’s a close contact combat sport. Our friendly team will help you make the transition to a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu white belt smooth and straightforward, whatever your goals are this year.

You may have seen our recent video on the Bucklands Beach Page, if not, check out by clicking here… The point is, it’s that new year now and you don’t have to ask yourself why, just honestly ask yourself, why not?


Andy Medcalf Blackbelt Instructor


Review

In other news, our striking and fitness classes are well under way with a diverse mix of men and woman of all ages and different abilities. These classes are designed to be fun but they are also great at building fitness. Oh, and of course the music is turned up!

We’ll keep you updated with the latest developments as to how the team get along in the upcoming competition! This should be a great experience and it will be great preparation for the no-gi competitions coming up in February.

I truly wish you all the best this year,

Cheers,
– Andy

Little Warriors – Martial Arts classes for children!

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Andy Medcalf training BJJ with his family

Dear residents of Auckland,

Due to popular demand, Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA is now running brand new Martial Arts classes aimed at giving children the same level of professional instruction that we are currently offering in our adult classes. More on this to follow, but firstly a quick general update:

We’ve been running for over a month now and time truly has flown by at the club. The mats are getting progressively busier and we are thankful for each and every member of our team. You are all pushing hard and we are witnessing your progression week after week.

Little Warriors – Martial Arts classes for children!

Little Warriors - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu children's Martial Arts classes in Bucklands Beach Auckland

The Little Warriors classes have been tailor made for children between the ages of four and fourteen. At their core, these classes are a mix of games designed specifically to train movement and control, mixed in with basic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques and fitness activities. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu does not involve striking (punching and kicking etc), instead, it relies on leverage. This means that despite a child’s size or strength, when they learn BJJ’s tried and tested movements and holds, that child will be able to better defend themselves should the need arise. These classes will make your child sweat, they are a dynamic full body workout resulting in a visible improvement in strength and cardio. Your child does NOT need any experience or skills to begin! Martial Arts tend to boost confidence; the social aspects can help your child both on AND off the mats. BJJ caters for a variety of people and Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA provides a safe and clean environment with a reputable coach (and an amazing view!)

We invite you to bring your children along for a free trial, anytime, just drop us a message!

However, for a limited time only, your child can train for FREE for THREE months if the parent or guardian is a club member attending the adult classes. Our head coach Andy has been fortunate enough to have had all of his kids training alongside him and strongly encourages as many families as possible to do the same. It is the perfect way to bond as a family, learning whilst having fun!

We look forward to meeting you – Andy

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