Winter Training & New Zealand’s High Level Grapplers Competition

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Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA club news June 2018

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.

Auckland Children's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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.

TNTfc NZ high level grappling competition. Competitor Andy Medcalf from Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA


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!

No-Gi Submission only New Zealand BJJ Comp

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.

June 2018 training Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA

Keep training and I’ll see you at our next session! Cheers. – Andy

Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA is officially supporting military serving personnel and veterans, through a Royal Marines charity!

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Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA is supporting the REORG Royal Marine charity, becoming its Auckland sponsor.

2018 is upon us, my friends!

In the New Year, our Auckland martial arts club vowed that we would continue to grow, by helping our community and providing BJJ & MMA classes. These are sports which we can honestly say have changed our lives for the better, and we know they can help you. Now we have some great news to share with you!

We are proud to announce that we are an endorsed club for the REORG Jiu Jitsu foundation in Auckland.

The REORG Jiu Jitsu Foundation launched, in association with The Royal Marines Charity. Their mission is to provide a platform for serving personnel and veterans to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as part of their recovery pathway and to combat the challenge of mental health and physical disabilities. The REORG Jiu Jitsu foundation is going to be a huge success; with ambassadors such as Tom Hardy, and working alongside the excellent WeDefyFoundation who provide the same service in the United States.

International movie star Tom Hardy practicing BJJ with the REORG marines.

Tom Hardy training with marines at the REORG Jiu Jitsu foundation.

REORG has found an impressive level of support in the BJJ community; Black belts and academies are opening their arms and doors to this foundation. Most recently Master Mauricio Gomes, Prof Roger Gracie and UFC Veteran Dan Hardy have all taken interest.

My own experience working with service men and women.

Prior to moving to New Zealand and forming the academy, I lived in Somerset in the Southwest of the United Kingdom, where I taught BJJ for around 4 years. By coincidence, my house and my club were situated about five minutes from the 40 Commando’s Royal Marine base, so on many occasions, I was invited to come into the division base and train the soldiers, assisting them in their BJJ game. I developed warm bonds with the lads and in 2016, my son and I trained with them when the world renowned BJJ Black belt Champion Andre Galvao was teaching a seminar. Therefore, when we got the opportunity to work with service personnel in NZ, I was particularly interested in it! 🙂

Andy Medcalf and his son training with the Royal Marines '40 Commandos' and Black belt Andre Galvao.

Other announcements in our beach side club…

It’s the New Year and we know you’ve been talking about your resolutions… Come down and get involved in our club. Make friends, work on yourself and gain confidence through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts and self defence classes. The Women’s self defence class which we recently added has been going better than expected; so were looking to get some more classes into our syllabus, which we will make sure to keep you all informed about over the new few months.

We hope 2018 treats you well. As always, we look forward to seeing you on the mats.

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!

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 very first update on what’s been happening at Bucklands Beach BJJ & MMA!

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The students have been working hard at Bucklands Beach BJJ and MMA

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!

Andy Medcalf training BJJ with his family

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.

National BJJ Grapplers competition based in Auckland, NZ

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.

Andy Medcalf Bucklands Beach BJJ Coach winning gold at the NZ Grappling national competition

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.

Group shot of the guys at the club!

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

A brand new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts club in Bucklands Beach, Auckland!

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BJJ and MMA in Bucklands Beach Auckland

Good morning Auckland!

My name is Andy Medcalf and I am a highly experienced international BJJ and MMA coach. I am here today to offer you classes in a growing academy where I’ve started teaching. This is the first blog post on my recently built website, I am going to start using this area to connect with the local community who I want to help-out and teach.

1) If you want to visit the homepage of my website, click here.

2) If you want to keep reading, here’s some general answers to any questions you may have.

Are you looking to lose weight?

BJJ and MMA are both dynamic work outs which can burn around 750 calories in an hour. If you’re willing to sweat, they will build your core muscles, giving you functional strength, whilst removing any excess weight you have. I had a student who was weighing 106kg when he entered… In less than a year, he’s down to around 80kg (lean muscle) and his fitness level is unparalleled.

Do you want to know how to defend yourself?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the perfect martial art if you are facing a larger or more athletic opponent. It was designed for this purpose and it involves taking the fight to the floor where you can leverage position to beat natural strength. If you don’t believe me, then feel free to come down and watch my 15-year-old son sparring against the rest of us! Mixed Martial Arts speaks for itself, it requires years to master but I promise you will become a versatile fighter, you will be able to protect yourself (or a loved one!) from many different situations.

Can you teach me privately?

I offer private lessons in BJJ and MMA which allow you to learn at an exponentially faster rate. I can come up with a training plan and I can educate you on how best to leverage your situation. I have taught people from all walks of life and fitness levels. For example, I’ve had middle aged smokers become some of my strongest students, I’ve prepared some younger guys for really tough UK national competitions and ultimately, I believe that one size does not fit all when it comes to coaching.

What are your credentials as a coach?

I am highly qualified to teach! From being a professional Gracie Barra instructor for over five years, an ex-semi-professional cage fighter and in holding a BJJ Brown Belt which took ten years of dedication to earn. I received my Brown Belt from 2x and current World Champion, Rapheal Dos Santos. I have trained with the best, including ‘Spider’ Anderson Silva, Andre Galvao, Lucio ‘Lagarto’ Rodrigues, Fernando Terre, Henry Akins and Braulio Estima Black Belt Luke Costello. I have practiced alongside UFC fighter Mark Godbeer and fought against Bradley Scott, also in the UFC.

How do I get started?

All you need to get started is a pair of shorts, a t-shirt, a big water bottle and a mouth guard. Follow this link to the contact page of my website and get in touch with me. I’m happy to talk to you via email, or via a phone call. I’m a friendly guy and you shouldn’t feel nervous to get in touch. We can take the rest from there.

Thanks for reading and see you on the mats!

– Andy

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