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

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.

We’ve given the green light to women’s self-defence classes!

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Womens self defence classes commence on November 1st

Good morning Auckland,

Another month has flown by at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA. As always, our doors are open to those who are looking to learn and challenge themselves. If you want to get in shape for the summer season, or pick up some awesome self-defence skills, we would love to meet you.

Some junior member success stories.

This month, Ryan, one of our junior competitors, won the regional no-gi championship at the ASB stadium. The event was NOT to be missed and we couldn’t be prouder, all his fights ended by way of submission. One of our youngest members, Tyler, also jumped in on a few days-notice but fell short against the first competitors he’s ever faced. They’re both looking forward to their next competitions.

An announcement for women living in Auckland!

A few weeks ago, we asked for feedback regarding the formation of women’s only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and self-defence classes. The interest was phenomenal and in return, we’ve given the green light for a trial pilot course. The first class will be next Wednesday at 7:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. (1st November) … This class will be COMPLETELY FREE for the first week! We urge everyone to spread the word and bring their friends along, we’re confident this will be an exciting course for all involved.

What should you expect?

Taught by Andy Medcalf, a professional martial arts coach and BJJ Brown Belt, you will be taken through the foundations of striking and grappling, with an emphasis on fitness training and easy-to-learn self-defence skills. All our students will be treated with respect and will be given individual attention if they get stuck on anything, we always encourage questions!

What makes our class ideal for women looking to try something new?

The syllabus you will follow is focused around the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Students will learn how to take an aggressor to the floor, where their size advantage will become obsolete against certain techniques which require movement and skill rather than strength. You will learn a range of proven submissions such as the rear-naked choke, the armbar and the triangle choke, all designed to quickly and safely end a fight. You will also learn various stand up techniques with a focus on ‘managing distance’ and using wits to avoid harm.

What do we expect from you?

Students should expect to sweat in our classes! Make sure to bring water because you will definitely burn several hundred calories. Please note that you are not expected to have any previous experience as we will be starting from the basics! For the fastest results, we encourage you to come to every class, however our approach is relaxed and that’s how our students should be at all times. You can take a break at any point and we always stretch out to avoid injuries… You will be welcomed, and you shouldn’t feel intimidated on the mats.

In the meantime…

If you are excited and cannot wait to start your self defence course at our academy, you should check out some of our favorite international videos of bad ass women! 🙂

Click here for seven of Ronda Rousey’s famous armbars in the UFC!
An amazing display of skill from black belts Ariadne Oliveira and Mackenzie Dern
A hilariously awesome introduction to self defence for women post WWII

Thanks for reading and we look forward to meeting you!

Featured was Rener Gracie and Eve Torres Gracie: accreditation

Diversity, Charity and Women’s Self Defence classes… We’ve got a lot to share!

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Growing adult's classes at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA

Good morning Auckland,

Despite the fact that its Monday, we’re are all in good spirits at the club! We’ve been running for nine weeks now and Bucklands Beach is starting to feel more and more like a second home.

The club is off to a rolling start (pun intended); we’ve got a diverse bunch of interesting members! Pilots, electricians, osteopaths, builders, students, CEOs and many more are all sharing the enjoyment of learning on the mats! Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has a funny way of creating common ground where it can otherwise rarely be found.

We’re very grateful and we strive to give our students a top atmosphere and an friendly environment to train. (We are also a club that believes in pushing everyone to their limits!)

This month witnessed the first Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA Charity Roll. After many worthy causes put their names forward, we decided to support Variety Children’s Charity.

Variety Children's Charity Logo

This charity does some great work supporting underprivileged kiwi kids! I myself came from a humble background and I genuinely believe that with the right help and care, you can make incredible things happen in your life. Big thank you to Emily for helping out on the day and for raising awareness 😊 Members of our club, along with members of other local clubs, dropped by to spar for several hours. I want to personally give a special mention and congrats to Michael and Ryan, who along with myself, completed the entire 6 hours of sparring with no more than a five-minute stop!

On an unrelated note, we want to be transparent with our community, and as such, we can now state that Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA is no longer affiliated with Sorriso BJJ. We simply had differing goals which no is fault of either party… What we must stress is that Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA will remain good friends with Paulo, Raf and the team. We have a huge amount of respect for you and your students, and we wish you every success in the future and look forward to training with you soon!

Growing children's classes at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA

On yet another note, Ladies of Auckland… We would like to know if you would be interested in an all Women’s Self Defence class. If interest is shown, I will personally oversee the creation of a curriculum that offers you skills which are applicable in “real-life” situations. If you are interested… Please contact us through this website by clicking here, or through Facebook by following the link. We really want to stress how this is something we are looking to do ASAP, we just want some basic approval from the community.

Incidentally, today marks the start of week ten for our club. We’re still standing (I hope!), and this momentum doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon. To our current students, thank you, and to any prospective students, come claim your free trial by clicking here!

Coach Andy sparring with his son Ryan

See, Mondays don’t have to completely suck.

Keep doing what you’re doing – Andy!

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