Think you can roll for SIX hours straight? February announcements!

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Hello from Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA,

It’s early February but we’ve already got some exciting news to share…

Variety Children's Charity supported by Bucklands BJJ & MMA

If you remember, we held a charity event last year in October which was a really positive experience for all involved. We are once again going to participate in a six-hour roll in aide of Variety Children’s Charity! Variety was the first charity that Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA decided to sponsor and we’re a strong advocate of the work they do for young people in New Zealand but also across the globe.

We are inviting any grapplers (beginners or advanced) from Auckland and the surrounding area to jump onto the mats and roll with us… You don’t have to spar for the whole 6 hours but if you think you’re up for it, it’s an engaging challenge! We want to raise a good donation for an even better cause… Is there a more-fun way to do so than through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?! If you don’t train, we’d still love to welcome you on the day, a little support goes a long way. Check out Variety – the Children’s Charity website for more details!

Little Warriors Auckland Children's Martial Arts Classes

Speaking of the youth, as our new students training in the Little Warriors Children’s Martial Arts syllabus have started getting more and more involved, it’s been awesome to see the children’s BJJ classes continue to grow, following the progress of the existing Little Warriors. Moreover… Massive congratulations to Tyler, Maisie and Corbyn who have been awarded their first belt in BJJ! They’ve worked super hard to gain their grey and white belts and continue to give it their all on a weekly basis! Also, to some of the others receiving tags on their belts, you should be proud so keep up the good work!


Moving onto the adult classes, we’re seeing a high-level of diversity in the club and it’s being reflected in a friendly & truly positive atmosphere. Everyone’s pushing each other and helping the overall development of the team! It’s been noted how many individuals are hitting their own goals whilst having genuine fun. Even more than that, you guys have been letting us know what training here means to you via Facebook and Google reviews. We really do pay attention to these things, so when we get comments like:

  • “A friendly and welcoming place with no BS. Thanks for creating an awesome atmosphere that makes me feel at ease to learn and make mistakes!”
  • “My 7 year old also joined! He loves sport (soccer, rock climbing, wrestling, and running) and I asked him just this week what his favourite thing to do was…his answer…training BJJ with Andy right here in Bucklands Beach!”

We know we are making a difference.

Coach Andy Medcalf & Family Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA

Now, let’s put our training into action — February will kick off preparation for the No Gi Regionals & Nationals Competitions (both held in Auckland) coming up in April… We’re going to be upping the intensity of certain drills, so our students will feel prepared for what might be your first exposure to the competition scene. There is no “right” time to start competing, the only thing I can guarantee is that you can learn more in those 5 minutes than you would in any other BJJ setting. Let’s do this.

As always, see you on the mats. Oss!

– Andy

Here’s our December Round-Up, Enjoy!

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Merry Christmas Auckland!

The beginning of the Bucklands Beach BJJ Summer has been marked by the recent addition of our Ladies only classes. Thank you to our new students, you have approached this sport with confidence and positivity! I fully understand that it’s all very new to so many of you, but you are improving quickly and the vibe at the club is awesome! 🙂

Women's Self Defence Classes in December 2017 at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA!

The Bucklands Youths

Turning our attention to the Little Warriors, these children’s classes are energetic as always! Over the past few months, members of the youth team have dedicated themselves to their training; and they recently received tags on their belts as a mark of their progress. Keep up the good work!

Little Warriors Classes in December at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA

A Christmas Gift!

With only 12 days to go until Christmas, we are offering killer membership packages to prospective students. Just pop us a message and learn about how you could get a FREE gi & belt… Wouldn’t that sit nicely under the Christmas tree? 😉

Speaking of Christmas, we don’t plan on stopping! The club will be open as normal, excluding Boxing Day! Along with the normal classes, you’ll be able to spar to your hearts content with all the open-mats we have planned. (If you’re anything like myself, you need to get along and burn off those Christmas calories heading into the new year!)

We’d like to take the chance to thank every member and supporter of Buckland’s Beach BJJ & MMA over the past few months. Having only been open since August, it’s been great to share the mats with you all and we are continually looking forward to seeing your progression in the New-Year, as the next group of new students overcome their apprehension to see what a difference BJJ makes to their lives!

On a small side-note, we’re currently evaluating how to increase our mat-space because we want to create the best experience for learning, clutter-free.

Come train at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA as your New Year's Resolution.

If you are pondering on a New Year’s Resolution, we invite you to walk through our doors and see what BJJ can offer you!


Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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?