Friday, 20 October 2017

GCP Episode 230 - Leo Vieira

Check out the latest GCP Podcast with Checkmat's one and only Leo Vieira :)


Thursday, 19 October 2017

More stripes

Massive congrats to Ady and Billy, aka Dad and Lad, who were duly rewarded for their hard work and dedication last night; awesome achievements all round to all the guys that earned their stripes this week, the club continues to grow and progress in the right direction and looking forward to the first batch of blue belts to hit the mats :)


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Stripes night

Hard work pays off..........huge congrats to the lads last night who were awarded stripes at the end of class. The veterans in the middle of the photo are still hanging in there, giving the young guns a run for their money and on the outside, two students get their first step on the ladder to enlightenment. Congrats once again to you all, it's an absolute pleasure to teach you guys.

Arm Drag Wing Chun Style

The arm drag is one of my all time favourite moves, both for Sport Jiu Jitsu and when I'm at work on the doors; it is a portal to a world of pain and misery when used against a drunken idiot at work and a great way to close the distance and score a takedown in a grapppling match.

In this video, my good friend Mick Tully, a Wing Chun instructor and BJJ purple belt, demonstrates an arm drag at the Wing Chun Gathering run by Ade Rhodes of Warrior Wing Chun.

You can subscribe to Mick's channel on You Tube at World of Martial Arts Television.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Blue belt for Juliette!

HUGE congrats to one of my Wimbledon warriors, Juliette Brillet who was promoted to blue belt today Down Under in Mildura, by her coach Mick Moloney. High fives all round from everyone at Checkmat Wimbledon and London Fight Factory. Next stop, purple belt!

GCP Episode 227 - Frank Mir

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Faixa Preta - Year 1

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of my promotion to black belt, at London Fight Factory; to say how time flies is an understatement and to this day, I still find it hard to believe I am now a BJJ black belt.  Looking forward to spending the rest of my training life as a black belt and rack up a few stripes on my belt and step out on the mats and compete before my body stops me from doing so.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Squad Training 2 @ New Wave Academy

Another monster training session yesterday, as students from Checkmat Wimbledon and London Fight Factory took a trip to join Colin Ndawike and his army at Checkmat Croydon, located at the New Wave Academy.

Black belts Tiago Valente and Luiz Ribeiro put everyone through their paces, as the London Open looms ever closer next weekend; huge thanks to Colin for inviting my students and myself to the session and to Luiz and Tiago for the excellent coaching and to all the regular faces on the mats and to all the new friends I made yesterday.


Thursday, 5 October 2017

GCP - Abraham Marte

Last night's class

Great session last night, exploring the dark world of Shimewaza............thanks to the awesome Kevin Solomovitch for the photo and Ron Roy for the bulging eyes :)

Monday, 25 September 2017

Squad Session 2 at New Wave Academy!

Saturday, October 7 at 1 PM - 2:30 PM
New Wave Academy
38 Hermitage Lane
SE25 5HH 

After a fantastic squad training session at LFF let's do it again; it's on the week before the London Open and as always a great opportunity to bond with our partner clubs.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

GCP Episode 222 - Dave Camarillo

Squad training at London Fight Factory!

Yesterday, four teams became one at London Fight Factory; LFF students were joined by fellow warriors from Golders Green gym, New Wave Academy and Checkmat Wimbledon. Everyone on the mats where there for one goal, to help prepare students for battle at the IBJJF London Open in October.

Lots of hard work and sweat was produced, as well as new friends and training partners and with another squad session arranged for New Wave Academy before the big competition, things can only get better for all involved.

Thanks to Luiz Ribeiro for setting up this killer session and a big shout to everyone I met yesterday, look forward to seeing you all again soon :)

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Slo mo vid!

Found a couple of slo mo vids, filmed back when I was a brown belt; I decided to embrace modern technology and filmed a few self defence and BJJ vids and promptly lost them all, or so I thought. 

The first one is a self defence sequence I've used many a time at work and I've enjoyed using it every time and I'll post the other videos over the next few weeks. 

GCP Episode 221 - Marcel Goncalves

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Member of the UKBJJA

I am proud to announce that Checkmat Wimbledon is now a member of the UKBJJA :)


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Caio Terra at London Fight Factory!

Caio Terra was back at LFF last night and delivered a masterclass on the half guard and wrestling coach Jacob Harman was also in the building and took the no gi class, before Caio hit the mats.


Saturday, 2 September 2017

How to open a tough closed guard

Here's a video from Stephan Kesting, offering a way of opening a tough closed guard, something that I've been teaching in class the last few weeks, so I thought I would share the video with you lovely readers. 


GCP Episode 215 - Draculino

Thursday, 24 August 2017

GCP Episode 213 - Kurt Osiander

Check out the latest monthly podcast with the always outrageous Kurt Osiander :)


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Leo Vieira in as ADCC Superfight replacement


GCP Episode 212 - Enson Inoue

GCP Episode 211 - Rose Gracie

GCP Episode 210 - Kenny Florian

Playing catch up with my posts after my holiday, so here's three podcasts from Ryan Ford over at Grappling Central Podcast...................


Back from the sunshine!

Just returned from two weeks in the sun, recharging my batteries and getting some much needed warmth to my aching muscles; after a much needed break I'm back teaching this evening and I'm looking forward to getting back onto the mats with my students.


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Last night's class

14 mat rats twisting up fools last night :) 

Brilliant session as always, showcasing a brutal clock choke from side control and finishing off a RNC without having to break a sweat :) 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Old School Red Belt!

Rickson Gracie got his red belt this month, which is awesome; however, a little known fact is that I was a red belt waaaaay back in 1999 in LA. Sorry Rickson old bean, looks like I beat you to it :)

Leo Vieria HL reel

With the news that Leozinho is making a return to competition, here's a cool HL reel to show you what the man's all about and what he's going to bring to the competition.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Last night's class

Solid session last night, sixteen Jiu Jitsu addicts getting their Monday night fix :)

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Rickson Gracie on Invisible Jiu Jitsu

'The invisible aspect of jiu-jitsu for me by far the greatest and the most interesting. Because it is not based on what I see it. It is based on how I feel it. That’s why it is invisible. It’s not about seeing. You may see the same guard position, but you feel different if you put pressure here, if you lie a little more here. So the invisible results are the ones that really please me because they are the ones that I really deeply felt you know? That’s what I try to promote is the capacity once you have to have to develop their own sensitivity for what is invisible.

Balance for example is invisible because it has to be connected with my opponent’s energy. If you push me I have to have my balance based on that push. And if you pull me I have to shift everything and be able to keep my balance on that pull.So it is an invisible deal of adjustment and weight distribution and connection which has fused the purpose of feeling the pressure or adding pressure or escaping from the pressure or keeping the control or whatever is the position.

But for me you saw about those details which makes amazingly different a sense of “Wow man! Now I can feel.” And when the students say to me “Wow man, I understand now!”…wow its not about the visible, what is visible. But is how you feel it and you know it’s experience man which keep me in the game because I love to give that feeling of the students feeling what is supposed to be impossible but based on the invisible aspect you say “Wow! That’s simple.” 

And that’s amazing man. It’s a special feeling.'

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Cyborg at London Fight Factory!

Great fun today with the legend that is Cyborg at LFF this morning; as always, HUGE thanks to Luiz for arranging this and bringing the best of the best to the gym. 

Next on the list to appear at the gym are Terere, Rafael Lovato Jr and Caio Terra, so an action packed Summer ahead!

Friday, 14 July 2017

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Last night's class

Another busy session last night, even with a good half dozen missing either through pesky injuries or enjoying holiday sunshine; still covering the techs from the Comprido session and looking forward to the weekend, where I will be at LFF, enjoying another session with the legendary human being Cyborg. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

The different belt systems used in BJJ

A very interesting article over on the website, that highlights a number of different belt systems used by different organisations and Grand Masters. If you think it's just the IBJJF association that holds the monopoly on belt systems, then you need to read this article.


Old Skool Pressure Pass

Gotta keep it Old Skool!


Berkut 6 - full card!

The event will be held in Moscow on July 16th and features two weight categories, 60K and 65K and is STACKED with grappling legends, including Leo Vieira, who makes a return to elite level competition. 

Check out the brackets:-

60 kg division: 

Samir Chantre
Milton Bastos
Laercio Fernandes
Rafael Barata
Isaac Doederlein
Joao Miyao
Tomoyuki Hashimoto
Mayko Araujo

65 kg division: 

Augusto Mendes
Osvaldo Moizinho
Kim Terra
Paulo Miyao
Nicholas Welker Araujo
Gabriel Marangoni

Leo Vieira

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Great Grappling video!

Here's a cool video from my good friend Jeremy Arel from across the pond :)


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Katagarenzo? Game changing details on Katagatame (Head/Arm Triangle) with Renzo Gracie

Sneaky Americana set up with Renzo Gracie!

Moving slower as an Old Man does not make you lazy!

Here's an interesting video from Chewjitsu, talking about the need to slow your game down as you get older, making the young guns fight at your Old Man pace. That does not mean us Old Men are lazy, hell no, we're slowing you young bucks down enough, so that you'll get impatient to move fast and in doing so, will make a mistake and fall into one of our many deadly Old Man traps - mwahahahaha! 



The Mermaid Sweep with Comprido

After the excellent session with Comprido at London Fight Factory, here's a cool video of Comprido demonstrating the Mermaid sweep. Enjoy!


Leozinho back competing!


Monday, 12 June 2017

Comprido at London Fight Factory!

Huge thanks to Luiz Ribeiro for organising a masterclass with Comprido on Saturday; I remember reading about his competitions way back when I was a white belt, so it was awesome to finally meet a real legend of the sport.

Guard passing old school style was on the menu and I came away with a few tips and game changers to add to the way I like to pass guard and of course to pass on to my students in class.

The next big treat for us at LFF is a three day training camp with Cavaca at the end of the month and with a three day training camp with Cyborg in July, Summer 2017 is really shaping up to be a scorcher!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Birthday session!

Last night there was cake and stripes at Checkmat Wimbledon :) 
Huge congrats to Jan and Georgie on their stripes, awarded after a killer competition class and there was cake all round to celebrate the club's third birthday, well earned by all the students :)
Thanks to all my students, past and present for all their support and hard work, week in, week out, who have helped shaped the club and made it what it is today. Here's to the next birthday and beyond!

Monday, 5 June 2017

Happy birthday Checkmat Wimbledon!

Checkmat Wimbledon was three years old yesterday :) 
My first class had just four people and am proud to say that two of these guys are still with me now and have been with me since day one, sharing the journey Ron Roy and Farhaz Mussa. My old student from Bolton Nick Briely turned up to support the session and my good friend Nayden Naydenov terrorised everyone at the gym, before he had to relocate for work.
The club now has 25 members, not huge for London clubs, but we are slowly getting there and I want to thank all my students for all their loyalty and dedication to training, for without these guys, the club would cease to exist. 
Thanks to Dickie Wilkinson and Stephen Dixon for all their help and support at Holistic Fitness, Luiz Manxinha Ribeiro for all his help and mentoring over the years, Neto Nunes and Marcelo Mineiro Bonani for all their help and coming over to teach classes, all my brothers and sisters at LFF for all the great training, Chico Mendes for his awesome seminar at my gym, Colin Nwadike and the Croydon Massif for supporting the club and last but no means least, my long suffering partner and BJJ widow Emma Brown for all her support and more importantly, helping me get my socks on in the morning and helping me out of bed and listening to me moan and whine when class numbers are low :) :)

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Stripes for the lads!

HUGE congrats to the lads last night, who received stripes on their belts :) Some of these guys have been with me from the first ever class and all have shown dedication and commitment to training and are all fine human beings. I think they are just about managing to understand my heavy Northern accent too :) #wearecheckmat #hardworkpaysoff

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Stripe for Liam!

Last night, it gave me great pleasure in awarding young Liam his first stripe on his white belt.


Monday, 15 May 2017

Gold at the LFF Interclub!

Had a great time at the 4th LFF Interclub yesterday, watched some awesome displays of Jiu Jitsu; took one of my students down to compete in his first comp, young Liam of only 16 summers. 
He competed in the Adult Superfeather division and came away with the gold medal! Liam has only been training seriously for two months, to say I am a proud coach is an understatement. Liam was fighting against guys over ten years older, which just goes to show that the adage 'just do it' is really not a tired old cliche. To all you BJJ'ers out there umming and aahing about whether to compete, saying you're not ready and all the other excuses, well, like I just said...................JUST DO IT!

Thanks to Luiz Ribeiro and all the team for organising an awesome event and big shout out to Danny Anderson who bonded with my good self in the morning over the woes of severe lower back pain :)

Friday, 28 April 2017

Back at LFF!

Great to be back at LFF this afternoon, with one of my old students from up North, who is now living down in London; great session and great to catch up with Lorenzo, Tiago, Aaron, Enrique, Slavimir and Mineiro :)

Monday, 17 April 2017

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Avoid the Mc Dojo!

Chico Mendes at Checkmat Wimbledon!

A big day yesterday for Checkmat Wimbledon, as we hosted our first seminar; Chico Mendes​​ came over to a very sunny SW19 to deliver a No Gi guard passing masterclass. A number of guys at the seminar are competing in No Gi events in April and May, so this was not to be missed. 

Chico went over guard passing with a fine tooth comb, with lots of concepts and drills, with everyone coming away from the session with something to add to their bag of tricks. 

Huge thanks to Paul Severn​​ for supporting the event and bringing Chico over and Tiago Valente and Colin Nwadike​​ and the Croydon team for their support too. Not forgetting Luiz Manxinha Ribeiro​​ for his continuing help and support in making this happen :)


Monday, 20 March 2017

Checkmat crowned Abu Dhabi Grand Slam London Champions!

Awesome result for the Checkmat family, dominating both the IBJJF and UAEJJF competition circuits!


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Huge win for Andy De Vent at ACB 54!

HUGE congrats to my old mate from up North Andy De Vent who won his MMA fight last night at the ACB 54 event in Manchester, with a brutal KO win over Danny Mitchell!

Next stop, UFC???

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Keep it in the family!

There's Dad, lad, cousin and nephew all in this photo :)


No Gi Mayhem!

Another busy session last night, with lots of hard work and sweat from everyone on the mats; really pushing the guys that are competing next month, with plenty of specifics and shark tanks, with 100% commitment from everyone last night. The guys that aren't competing are stepping up and pushing the lads hard every session, so it's a win/win situation for everyone, as they all improve their Jiu Jitsu :)