With January all ticked off, we’re back with more updates and progress at our favourite club – Bucklands Beach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!
The latest competition to hit the NZ grappling circuit was the Mana Championship. Hosted by ATOS, the competition ran smoothly and was a killer opportunity to warm up before the Regionals which are fast approaching at the end of February. Mana was submission-only and for some, a new rule set to contend with.
We had four competitors, including three in the beginner division who were brave to jump right in.
Our first contender was Codie, who won all of his matches quickly taking gold in the under 70kg division! Amazing work Codie. Next up was James, who also took gold in the under 80kg division with a mix of subs and draws… Again, brilliant effort. Our final competitor in the beginner’s division was Jeremy, who took gold in the under 100kg! This means all three of our beginner competitors won their tiers and we are super proud of them.
Junior instructor Ryan went into the under 80kg advanced division (a mix of purple belt to black belt), where he had some strong performances against seasoned competitors.
Ryan has some great matches and did the club proud unfortunately falling short losing via heel hook. Some valuable experiences to take away as always – in Jiu Jitsu you win, or you learn! If you want some footage of one of his fights, here’s a cool video.
We will keep you updated with the latest results from the next sub-only in Hamilton this week and the regionals when the results come in.
We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Allan on receiving his blue belt! At almost 50 years old and after over two and a half years on the mats, I was proud to award Allan his well-deserved promotion. This is a massive milestone and to all those receiving tags on their belts this month, keep training hard as the only way is upwards.
More mat space to facilitate our growth
In other news, we’re proud to announce we now have an even bigger mat space! We’ve witnessed the Bucklands Beach family grow like crazy since our inception, so more space was certainly needed. Massive shout out to Respect Fightwear for providing the mats, helping us create an even better training atmosphere for our amazing students.
Our new Yoga classes
Last but not least, Yoga classes at Bucklands Beach BJJ have continued to expand! Tash is doing a really amazing job bringing a wealth of experience and new perspectives to the team. By its nature, Yoga perfectly blends with the BJJ classes and has been undertaken by a wide mix of ages and abilities to help their wellbeing and flexibility whilst having fun!
In a calming environment and with the Buckland Beach sunset as a back drop, what better way is there to start the week?
Let’s keep the positive vibes rolling everyone!
As always, feel free to get in touch if you’d like to be part of our team; our doors are open for you.