Monday, 23 April 2018

Medals at the South East Open...

A great result yesterday at the South East No Gi Open, as we took five students along and came away with a gold, silver and bronze medal for our efforts; two of the lads fought some very tough opponents, but it wasn't to be their day, both have learned a lot from their respective matches and are looking forward to compete at the LFF Interclub in May.

As always, getting these guys ready to compete is a team effort and everyone involved in the recent training camp have all played a part in getting them ready, so a huge well done to everyone at the club.
Great to see Colin Nwadike from CM Croydon and Martin Hollis from Reigate Martial Arts
What makes winning these medals a little sweeter, is the fact that I only have these guys twice a week at the minute and they are regularly competing against opponents from full time academies, so their achievements are a testament to all the hard work they put in every class and their commitment and dedication to their club.

Our next event is the LFF Interclub, so tonight we are back in the Gi, sharpening up for what's going to be another awesome event...

5 reasons to train in a Gi...

Here's an interesting article from the guys at Attack the Back, certain to add fuel to this everlasting fire of contention - to train Gi or No Gi?




Thursday, 19 April 2018

GCP Episode 282 - Tyler Driskell

Last night's class

Last night was the end of the training camp for the South East No Gi Open on Sunday; it's been a fantastic camp with lots of hard work from everyone over the last seven weeks and thankfully no injuries to any of the guys competing, a sure sign of good fortune from the grappling Gods...

I've really enjoyed teaching and joining in the classes, we've had a lot of fun along the way and I am really excited about the competition and watching my guys in action; five guys have stepped up which is an improvement on numbers from the last competition and we have seven students competing at the LFF Interclub in May.

Slowly but surely the numbers are increasing for each event the club enters, which can only be good thing for all concerned; competing is a great way to test you and your skills under pressure and gives instant feedback on what needs to be worked on in the future and also gives me feedback on each student's performance.

All the hard work has been done and the hours on the mats are in the bag; all that's left is for the lads to chill out, drink plenty water, do lots of stretching and just go out there on Sunday and have fun :)

Huge thanks to our female student Veronika for the Yoga session at the end of the class, it was really beneficial for everyone...




No Gi Training Camp ends - South East Open on Sunday!

All the hard work has been done over the last seven weeks, as we have been preparing for the South East No Gi Open this coming Sunday; five students will be putting it all on the line and I for one am very excited to see them all in action. 

Everyone at the club has worked hard for this competition, including the ones not competing; they say when you step out to fight you're on your own, but it takes a team effort to get you out there ready to fight and everyone has played a part in getting their fellow team mates into tiptop condition.

I'm very proud of all my students since we started the training camp, everyone has worked hard and helped push each other in every class, so everyone has improved massively, a win-win situation for everyone.

Until Sunday guys...