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 🙂