Monday, 25 July 2011

Technique of the week!

Another of my favourite open guard sweeps, recorded at Ng Gar Tien Combat Base in Runcorn; a really cool sweep with an omoplata finish as one option, give it a go in class and let me know how you got on!

King of the Cage Royal Rumble -the video!

Footage of the Royal Rumble held at the weekend, which was won by Lee Mc Kerrow, a student of Andrew Devent's, well done Lee! Lee will be abck at the weekend to defend his title, so make sure you don't miss the chance to fight for glory at the Royal Rumble!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

King of the Cage Royal Rumble!

Held every Saturday at the end of the Open Mat, the King of the Cage Royal Rumble is shaping up to be THE premier no holds barred sumbission event of the Summer. The rules are pretty simple, there are none! If you are brave enough to take up the challenge, simply turn up to the Open Mat at 1pm and join in the session.

At 245pm sharp, the mood dramatically switches to one of serious menace and danger, as the King of the Cage Royal Rumble begins.........everyone enters the cage, the door shuts and the fight for survival begins.

Should you get tapped out, you leave the cage and this continues until there is one person left standing in the cage and for the winner, comes the spoils of war. A solid gold plated 8" trophy with the words 'King of the Cage' inscribed and a super state of the art plastic wrestling belt with gold plated design, which is theirs to keep for one week and MUST return the following week to defend the title. Should one person win the Rumble three weeks in a row, they get to keep the trophy.

So as you can see, this is one trophy worth winning and bragging rights are yours for one week, as well as wearing the belt in your local or out in town, where free entrance is assured to all the trendiest night clubs and lap dancing joints, just by wearing the belt round the waist and saying to the door staff ' Do you know who I am?? I'm a King of the Cage Royal Rumble Champion.'

Pro fighter Andrew Devent is the current title holder and will be under severe competition this weekend, as grapplers, gansgters and ne'er do wells the length and breadth of the UK descend upon Combat Base Bolton to do battle. Heavyweight duo Lee James and Mitchell Richards make up the Legion of Doom, Tony Zoolander Riley will be preparing his best ever walk off, Harry the Bastard will be dusting off his knuckle dusters, just a few of the unsavoury characters who will stop at nothing to be last man in the cage.

So who will be the King of the Cage this weekend????

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Technique of the week!

Here's my humble offering of one of my favourite open guard sweeps; this is a very high percentage sweep, six points in the bag and finishes off with a nice submission, what more can you ask for?!

Monday, 11 July 2011

Fight IKON 8!!

Another superb show from Darren Sherlock and his crew, hosted again at IKON nightclub in Bolton yesterday. The club is tailor made for an MMA show, with staircases left and right for each corner's fighters to come down, plus a great atmosphere as always from the fight fans.

I had the pleasure of cornering one of my heavyweights, Mitchell 'Maximus' Richards, as he made his semi pro debut against Wolfslair fighter, Luke Taylor. Two BIG guys in the cage and the fight started in typical style from the heavyweights, fists and feet flying everywhere! Both fighters came out ready for war and gave the crowd some great action standing and a big pick up and slam from Taylor wowed the crowd. Sadly though, Richards took a nasty gash to the head and the doctor stopped the fight at the end of the first round, just as they were warming up to what promised to be a three round WAR!

Awesome performances from both fighters who really gave the crowd something to cheer and talk about after the show ended and you haven't seen the last of Maximus, that's for sure, plus a handful of other game fighters from the club will be fighting in the near future :)

Friday, 1 July 2011

Great Grappling BJJ!

Gordo black belt and good friend Jeremy Arel is now the proud owner of a successful BJJ academy in South Carolina, where he passes on his hard earned jiu jitsu knowledge accrued from a very extended time in Rio. In addition to writing a very interesting and informative blog at , Jeremy has now set up an exclusive You Tube account, where he aims to upload all his techniques that he teaches at the class for that week.

Online black belt tuition and all for free, what more can you ask for? Jeremy's videos are crammed full of technical tips and pointers and I had the pleasure (and the pain) of starring in one video in Rio, covering the medieval technique known as the Pentagram.

Here's a little taster and be sure to check his vids out and subscribe to his channel at