Hello again Auckland!
We had a fantastic summer at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA but now the weather has cooled off and winter’s here. Sunshine or rain, It’s brilliant to see our team regularly hitting the mats, helping each other progress! Yes, you’ve heard it before, but if you’ve been sat on the side-lines thinking of trying something new, drop by and check us out! We’re always accepting new students to join our growing ranks and we know you’ll love this club as much as we do.
Training and competition
It’s not easy preparing for a BJJ competition, it requires energy and determination, but we always encourage our team to jump in and try one every now and then. This is a great platform to put your skills to the test against other people at a similar level. Competitions are not for everyone and you should only do whatever you’re comfortable with, but as the famous quote goes: ‘you win, or you learn,’ so really, there’s no losing.
Our club has given it their all over the last few months turning up at multiple competitions and achieving all kinds of success. I believe in leading by example so when the opportunity came up for me to compete in a high level eight-man invitational competition, there was only one choice and that was to just go for it. The Submission-Only competition was called TNTfc and it saw eight of New Zealand’s top grapplers in a NoGi event going head to head in the under/over 80kg divisions. I gave it my all but unfortunately on this occasion, I was knocked out of the competition by eventual winner Dan Digby. Massive congratulations to Dan and his team and a big thank you to the TNTfc organisers for having me along!
It’s nearly been a whole year!
In other news, we’re heading towards our one-year anniversary. Some of you may remember our grassroots (a humble garage). What started as just two guys training has grown into something far greater than I would have ever expected. Hugely proud of the Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA family. More news to come soon regarding our one-year celebrations happening this August! Stay posted via Facebook where we’ll be keeping you up to date. It’s going to be fun and you deserve it everyone.
Keep training and I’ll see you at our next session! Cheers. – Andy
2018 has been treating us well at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA. Multiple competitions have recently passed and with more on the horizon, May has witnessed a lot of moving parts at our club.
Regional Gi comp results – lots of success!
Last weekend in particular saw the Regional gi competition take place in Auckland, it was a highly anticipated event with a number of our Little Warriors and adult students taking part. Fantastic efforts and killer performances after such a short time training! Too many names to individually mention but you know who you are, and we’ve really enjoyed seeing you progress. Competitions are the ultimate test of your training efforts and win or lose, you’re going to learn more about what your capable of, and what you need to work on, then in any other training environment. We hope you’ve taken away some positives from the weekend and we are here to support you in your future competitions!
Our special mention go to Tayt (Little Warriors student) in his first gi competition. He fought his way through some tough opponents and valiantly reached the final where he lost narrowly on points.
Bucklands Beach instructor Ryan is the NoGi regional/ national champion at juvenile and now taken the adult blue belt regional gi title. He’s also had difficulties with illness and has struggled to train in the run up to this competition, so he showed impressive character bouncing back after losing earlier in the day to a higher weight class.
On the 9th June, I’ve been invited to take part in TNTfc which follows an exciting submission only competition format. Coming back off the gi national competition win last year, I’m ready to jump in and give it a go against eight of the highest-ranking grapplers in New Zealand. This one is going to be tough no doubt but I’ll give it my all and I look forward to seeing some of you there! If you want to learn more about this event, click here!
Final note – Come train with us!
If anyone reading this post is not currently training but is wondering whether now is the time to start, we’d love to meet you and help you begin your BJJ journey. Come visit us at the club – we run classes for adults, for women’s self-defence and for children-only so you can be sure you’re in good hands at one of the fastest growing clubs in Auckland. Jiu Jitsu is a fantastic sport and the benefits are extensive… Don’t believe us? Come see for yourself!
Until next time – Andy 🙂
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.
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.
Until next month! Keep rolling – Andy
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…
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!
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.
Keep rolling and we hope March treats you well. See you on the mats – Andy.
Kia Ora Auckland, I hope all is well.
My name is Andy Medcalf and I am coaching at the newest martial arts academy in Bucklands Beach. I wanted to update all of my team mates and everyone in the local community about what’s been going on recently at our club which has started with humble beginnings. My aim in this is to promote the hard work my son and my students have been putting in, and to encourage any new prospective students to come down and experience the mats for themselves.
Firstly, after many hours of moving parts, the academy has finally made the transition from its temporary hub in my garage, to a permanent relocation in a beautiful facility overlooking the Bucklands Beach area. This new facility is clean, well-matted and has good lighting for a positive learning environment. Below is a picture of my family getting warmed up trying out the new mats!
For several years now, I have moved away from the BJJ and MMA competition scene where I spent much of my youth. I have been developing my students so they can gain their own achievements in these sports. This year, to reconnect with competition, to hone my skills and to feel adrenaline, I decided to compete in the New Zealand National Grappler Tournament held in Auckland, alongside my son Ryan whose been training hard as always.
The National Championship is the biggest competition in the country; it hosts kids, adults and master’s (30 years plus) divisions.
My son Ryan got off to a slow start and lost his first match to the winner of his division, a BJJ blue belt, he went on to dominate the next and to take the bronze medal. We have discussed what went well, what went wrong and what we can work on at the academy. Ryan is excited for the next opportunity to face the local talent in any upcoming competitions.
Myself, although in the master 2 age bracket, entered the adult division as I always have throughout my international / domestic competition career. It was a very small division but I went in with the same approach I’ve always had, ready to fight as many opponents as were required. I quickly rose on points and I landed a six-minute choke in the final. This means I’m now the super heavyweight brown belt national champion in the adult division.
Needless-to-say I’m very proud of all the hard work that has been put in lately by the club, my family and even myself. Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA is a truly positive environment where hard works pays off and everyone is improving!
Good work guys – Andy