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.

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