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

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?