Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our students, friends and family!

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Join Bucklands Beach BJJ in 2020

Hey Auckland,

After a hectic few months we thought it’s time to round off another great year at Bucklands Beach BJJ.

National Championships – black belt Gi National Champion

In our last blog post, the team was preparing for the Gi National Championships. As always, all the team did themselves and their club proud. Wins or losses, it was great to see everyone perform so well under in a high-pressure environment.
This was the first time I’d competed for a while and it was also my first time competing as Black Belt. After taking gold in various competitions domestically and internationally I was keen to train as hard as I could to see how I performed at a new level.
Granted, it was a small division, but I was happy to walk away with a victory in the final taking gold in the super heavy/ultra heavy black belt adult division! A massive thank you to all of the team for helping me prepare.
Currently undefeated in gi competitions in New Zealand at brown and black belt, the Oceania Championship is just around the corner and I’m looking forward to another challenge at an international level.

Andy Medcalf teaching

Rising competitors

One of our dedicated team members, Cody, has been quietly training hard and he recently received his promotion to blue belt (intermediate division).
His first competition, mentioned above, was the Gi National Championships. This was his first time at blue belt and after six or seven matches Cody narrowly lost out in the final to take silver! Not wanting to stop there, over the past few months Cody has also competed in both Mana and Full Force, submission only competitions. Again, these were his first time in an intermediate no gi competition and Cody went on to take gold in both! Top performances.
Along with Cody, we have a really strong competition team with up and comers such as Josh (recently taking gold after 10 matches at the Mana Championship), Cail, Alicia, Christli and some of the Little Warriors, among others.
It’s great to see a mix of day to day hobbiests and competitors alike, helping each other on the mats in every session. Keep up the good work everyone! With the New Year on the near horizon, everyone is looking forward to getting back to it in 2020!

Gold medal winner

Meet the boss – a lifestyle transformation!

As with previous blogs, this one is also going to feature some news from Claire (my wife and the brains behind Bucklands Beach BJJ).
Claire usually runs the blogs, page and business, whereas I have the easy part of turning up to roll and teach. That’s why it’s awesome to have the opportunity to write this section and tell a short story of the past twelve months on the mats, and why BJJ really is for everyone.

This time last year, Claire was 74kg. Not unfit, but not really focused on staying healthy. After around 13 years of trying to persuade her to try BJJ, she finally caved in and decided to give it a go. It hasn’t been easy and sure, there’s been the occasional broken nail or bruise; but with some good workouts and a several realizations, it’s not actually as bad as she first thought (despite being tough of course)!

Claire has gone on to receive two tags on her white belt this year! This is a great achievement however it’s not the only reason I wanted to write this blog. Since then, her fitness improved, and her diet gradually started to shift. She also started an exercise routine on top of the grappling and has gone down to 63kg! That’s 11kg down and she’s looking in great shape!
Just a quick shout out to anyone male or female that thinks it’s going to be too tough. That thinks they’re too unfit to start… You’re right, it is tough. You probably will struggle when you start… The important thing to remember is that this won’t be the case for long. Just train and your fitness will improve. Also your confidence, mental health, ability to defend yourself and of course, your body shape!

Claire Medcalf 2 stripe white belt

New blue belts

Massive congratulations to Jeremy, Alberto, Josh and Heath who received their blue belts recently! They’ve all been with us since the foundation of the club and their determination and ability has been a great addition to our team! Well done, you deserve this.

Ashley Williams seminar

Big thank you to Ashley Williams, the recent Polaris Champion for holding a brilliant no gi seminar! Some interesting concepts and details the team and I personally have taken on board. Looking forward to having you back again soon.

Gold medal winner

Join our team #2020

Every week we receive emails and phone calls from individuals asking if it’s okay to come along, even if they’ve never done anything like this before.
We all started in the same position and our classes cater for beginners and advanced grapplers alike (we have had people overweight, underweight, confident, not confident). It really doesn’t matter you are who you are, you are welcome to come along and have a go! After the first few sessions, all of the apprehensions will be gone and you will start learning a new skill, developing a new passion and being part of an already amazing team (that would love to have you)!
We’re open as usual in the New Year and we’re looking forward to seeing new and old members back on the mats for 2020!

Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year, we wish you all the best.

Claire (white belt 2 tags!) and Andy

July competition news and changes going forward! Club news

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Hey Auckland,

Another hectic few winter months, we thought we’d kick off with the results for the Regional Gi Championships.
Win or lose, everyone did amazingly and we finished 5th overall. We want to stress how this is such a massive achievement for us, after all we’ve not even been open for two years!

Leading from the front, assistant instructor Ryan took gold in the Purple Belt division at just 17 in his first competition as a purple belt! You can watch his fight by clicking this link.

Over the next few days the team will be hitting the submission only no-gi competition in Hamilton. This format usually provides dynamic fights and a fascinating learning experience for everyone involved. As always, go and do your best but more importantly, remember to have fun!

Four new blue belts and one new purple belt

New developments ahead?

Over the coming months, we’ll be creating a diary, to recount some of the amazing training experiences our students have taken at the club. We hope this will provide an insight into life on the mats, and the intricacies and benefits that have our students have seen during their time here. Keep your eyes peeled for this soon, it’s a first for us!

Assistant instructor Ryan gold at purple belt

Lastly, as of the 8th of July, we’re proud to announce we’re plastic free… We no longer allow single use water bottles in light of recent moves to protect the environment. It’s just a small change and there’s always more that can be done, but we believe the advantages of this will outweigh any negatives. So please, going forward, remember to bring reusable bottles!

Little warriors competitors for our club

Look forward to seeing you all on the mat soon 🤙🏻

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?