Saturday, 23 December 2017

Competition schedule for 2018

For those how want to compete in 2018 we will be tailoring our training for the competitions.  The first event in Auckland is on April the 7th and is a no gi contest.  

Classes will be no gi to get ready for the competition.  We will be focusing on self defense,strategies for the upcoming matches and the rules of the game.  

Attire for class will be a rashy top and spats and shorts.  This is what the students will wear at the comp as well.

It's not mandatory to compete.  If you child shows an interest in competing than that's great.  If don't want to compete that is great too.  They will be part of our junior training camp for their team mates.  Either way they will learn a lot in the coming months.

Training resumes January 2nd.  Let's make the most of it and bring home some medals. 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Training report

Merry Christmas everyone

We finished up our series on sweeps from guard this Tuesday.  We worked on the hip bump scissor and pendulum sweeps.  We also threw in a submission setup with the scissor sweep using a cross lapel grip.  Liddy had her 2nd class and learned the sweeps quite well.  As the girls get stronger and grow Aidan will be in trouble.  LOL! 

Our last day will be on the 23rd of December and return on the 2nd of January. 

I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

May your Christmas be cheery and bright.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

End of Year Graduation

Our first graduation is behind us now.  I look forward to many more in the future.

I want to thank Justin Lewis, Koshinkai Akido, Stuart Mitchell and Serge Morel, founders of Auckland BJJ, for their support and guidance in getting our school up and running. thanks also goes to the families that Want their children to learn the art and lifestyle of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Everyone did a great job showing their favorite Jiu Jitsu technique.  I'm very impressed with how everyone is getting more technical with their Jiu Jitsu.  I really enjoy seeing the students thinking whilst they are working through their techniques.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Graduation time is near

Good day everyone,

We are having our end of year graduation this Saturday the 16th of December 10:00am.  Aidan and I are looking forward to seeing everyone .  

The plan is to have a short warm up and then some light training to review what we have worked on since we opened the new dojo.  Then have a short break and line up for stripes.  

Please make sure your child has a black patch on their belt so we have a place to put the stripe.

I would like to get some photos for the website with the students and families.  Everyone will be welcome on the mats to take photos as well.

Thanks you to everyone for your support.  I couldn't do it without you.  

Auckland Kids BJJ

Saturday, 9 December 2017

A great day for BJJ

Thanks to everyone that came out today for a a hot training session.

We started our warm  up in the usual way and than switched to see who could remember the new animal we practiced last week.  Olivia was the winner.  We reviewed and did the Seal movement across the mats.  The Seal is an excellent exercise for the back and triceps muscles.  I asked if someone could give me the name of their favorite animal and it was Olivia that was the quickest to name her's.  She called out the worm.   So we did the worm across the mats.  Now it was my turn to call an animal.  I called out the frog jump and after that one we did the spider forwards and backwards then finished with the Elephant walk.

It was time for a quick drink of water and then straight into reviewing our guard sweeps.  Everyone worked the hip bump sweep and the scissor sweep.  I'm very pleased to see everyone show a good technical foundation especially with the scissor sweep.

The new technique today was to have a submission attack directly after performing the sweep.  For the scissor sweep we changed our collar grip setup for same side grip to a cross collar grip.  The sweep is to go in the direction of the cross collar grip and the sleeve grip.  The cross collar grip is palm up and must be deep.  Once the sweep is finished the student is now in the mount with one had already in position for a lapel choke.  All that needs to happen now is for the person on top to take their free hand and slide it deep in the the collar on the opposite side.  Now Squeeze the hand like wringing out a sponge and flex your wrists making sure to keep your elbows in tight.  Now lean forward and put your head on the mat.  If you have your grips deep and your wrists are used correctly you will get the submission every time. 

We discussed the elusive invisible Jiu Jitu today.  There are so many small details that aren't readily apparent in all of our defensive and offensive techniques. We ended our training with a nice quiet stretch. 

I want to say thanks to all the parents for bringing their children in to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with me and Aidan.  My experience with Aidan and myself has taught me that BJJ will make us physically and mentally stronger.  I thoroughly enjoy watching everyone's progress. 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Auckland BJJ Graduation

This evening was our first graduation at Auckland BJJ.  What a great evening to see all the team and watch the students that moved to their next belt.

Aidan got to join in on the warm up and had a roll with me and a roll with Igor.  It was fun to watch Aidan flow and try to figure out Igor's game during their 5 minute round.

Congratulations to all the people that moved up a belt. All of the demonstrations were excellent.  Now it's time for the next level of training. Congratulations to everyone that earned a stripe.  It always feels good to be rewarded for all the hard work and time spent on the mats.

Special thanks go to Professor Stuart and Professor Serge.  Without them a night like tonight would not have been possible. Onward and upward we go.  Oss!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Training Report

Summer is here!

The hot weather is upon us!  It's a good time to have a conversation on how to deal with the heat whilst training.

Firstly anytime you plan on taking a class it is advisable to have a light meal and a big drink of water an hour before hitting the mats.  I've seen students suffer, me included, when they don't look after their hydration and food intake before training.

Student's will be allowed to take water breaks.  Anytime a student wants to leave the mat for anything they must ask the instructor.  This helps me know where everyone is at all times.

One thing that helps with the heat and sweat is a rash guard.  The rash guard helps cool the body, protect your skin from rubbing against the gi and is more hygienic than a soaking wet t-shirt.  I recommend rashy shorts or spats as well.   Italia Sportswear Outlet at Dressmart, Onehunga has children's sizes and the prices are reasonable.  The rash guards below are an example of what can be found at Dressmart.  If you want to by a different brand or something with a cool design go for it.

A new rash guard must be washed at least twice before using it for training.  When we get sweaty the dye will bleed and stain the mats.  A couple of washes sets the dye.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Training Report

What a great feeling to be training in this beautiful weather.  It feels great to work up a sweat.

December is all about guard position. 

Today we worked on sweeps from the guard.  We started with the hip bump sweep.  All the students learned the drill to build muscle memory and speed as well as being able to preform the seep motion in both directions.  Once everyone had confidence in the drill we progressed to completing the sweep.  After working the sweep for a bit we added the mount escape to give some flow to the exercise.  This flow technique eliminates the necessity to reset every time.  Working smart to maximize our training time.

Since everyone did such a great job with the hip bump it was time  to learn another sweep from the guard.  Our next sweep was the scissor sweep.  It was a little slow going in the beginning which is to be expected.  The scissor sweep as more moving parts than the hip bump.  After about 15 minutes of working the sweep it started to click.

King of the Mat!

We had a great king of the mat session at the end of class.  It's so important to apply the techniques learned in class in a sparring situation.  Great job everyone.  I love the enthusiasm and the sportsmanship that everyone displayed today.

BJJ closed guard position

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Training Report - New Student!

Good day everyone

Today Olivia brought her friend along to class.  Livia did a fantastic job on her first day. We warmed up with some running and then moved onto the basic animals. We did the worm, frog jump, gorilla and elephant walk.

We went right into mount escape.  The girls worked very well together whilst drilling the mount escape.  The progress went so well that I was able to teach Livia the hip bump sweep.  This makes the drilling much more fun.  The mounted person sweeps and ends up in the guard.  the person in guard than hip bump sweeps.  This allows the drill to flow without having to take time to reset.

We did a little grip braking after drilling the mount.  The grip breaking techniques can't be practiced enough!

We finished with a good stretch to cool down.

On Livia's first day she learned:

Mount escape
Closed guard
Hip bump sweep
2 ways to break a grip

I'm reminded every class why I love teaching children BJJ.  The look on their faces when they see that they can do it and they realise how much fun they can have makes me proud to be their instructor.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Training Report

What a fantastic training session we all had today.  I to to thank both the parent helpers today.  I hope you guys enjoy helping the kids as much as I enjoy teaching them.  You're always welcome.

We reviewed 2 of our mount escape/sweeps.  After the review we worked on maintaining the mount position.  Everyone learned how to grapevine the legs and make themselves heavy by applying body weight and leverage.  After some intense drilling we moved onto a positional game.

King of the mat!  The person on the bottom had to escape the mount whilst the person on top had to progress to the high mount a demonstrate control of the person on the bottom.  The winner stays in for the next challenger.  I want to congratulate Olivia for escaping the mount of the older boys.  She showed us all that with proper technique and leverage a smaller person can overcome a bigger adversary.  Well done Olivia?

Auckland Kids BJJ

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Training Report:

Good day everyone.
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This is a great opportunity to get a new gi at a great price.

Kingz Brazilian Jiu Jitsu GI

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Training Report

After working on turtle and back attack for the last two weeks we've moved on to working on the mount position.  today's class focused on mount escape.  Students reviewed the traditional trap and bridge technique.  Once we had the escape moving at a confident speed we moved to the next escape technique.

Everyone enjoyed working on the escape which starts by grabbing the top person's arm with 2 hands and pinning the arm to the belt of their opponent.  Then comes a simultaneous big push with the hands and hip escape which unsettles the top opponent.  The next step is to sweep under the leg of the opponent and get up and pass the guard.  Good work everyone!  See you next Tuesday.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Training Report:

Today we did an awesome warm up and stretch. We reviewed a few positions and then got onto our plan for the day. Aidan and I began working on a video demonstrating how to tie a Jiu Jitsu belt.  We think we captured some good footage.  Now the real work of narrating and editing the video.  Hopefully we will have it posted on our site in the near future.

That's all for now.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Training Report:

What a great class today.  We had 3 students return to training today.

We had a nice stretch in the beginning and our normal warm up to get focused.  We did a session of planking from our elbows and side planks.  After that we did a round of superman back exercises.  The core workout is so important for our Jiu Jitsu.

We learned and review turtle escape today and worked more on our Crucifix Choke.

Our younger students enjoyed riding the crazy horse which teaches them how to maintain the back attack position.  With a firm seat belt grip and strong hooks everyone was able to endure the ride.  Great work everyone!

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Training Update:

Tuesdays class started out with a review of Saturdays techniques.  We went over the 2 sweeps form turtle position then we progressed to the Crucifix attack.  After reviewing the attack Aidan wanted to work on his signature Komodo Dragon choke.   We decided that using the knee pull to isolate the arm that we were doing in the Crucifix choke was a perfect technique to set on the Komodo Dragon choke.  It worked like a charm.

The new technique for the day was a different mount escape.  It involves using 2 hands on the opponents arm and hip escaping to catch the leg for a stand up.  It's really good to have 3 or more options to escape from being mounted.

The video below shows the escape we worked on today.  The others are good ones as well.  It's pretty cool that we have the same color mats as well as this professor.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Our first Saturday training! Training report.

What a great training session today.  I was super impressed with everybody's focus and enthusiasm to learn.

Today was all about turtle and back attack.  We worked on 2 sweeps from turtle position.  Everyone handled this movement very well.  The next step is to drill it faster to commit the sweep to muscle memory.  

Back attack is always a favorite!  We worked on our seat belt grip and setting hooks to maintain control.  We then progressed to the Crucifix Attack!  Everyone was able to perform the attack today.  I'm very happy that everyone is absorbing the basics as well as the higher level techniques. Well done everyone.

 Excited to get to work.

Ready to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

 Working on the forward roll.

Working on his forward roll

Working on his forward roll

Working on his forward roll

Working on his forward roll

Somebody loves back attack!

Enjoying learning back attack

Showing the sweep from turtle.

Experiencing a sweep from turtle position

Experiencing a sweep from turtle position

Experiencing a sweep from turtle position

Experiencing a sweep from turtle position

Experiencing a sweep from turtle position

The boys drilling the sweep.

Drilling a sweep from turtle position

Working on the turtle sweep motion.

Learning the first movements to sweep from turtle position

Having a go!

Trying the turtle position sweep for the first time

Next level for the older boys.
Working on the Crucifix Attack.

Crucifix Attack

Crucifix Attack

Getting a well earned stripe! 

Getting a stripe

Finishing up.

Finishing class

Friday, 3 November 2017

Auckland Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Grand Opening

Auckland Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grand opening tomorrow 4/11 at 10am.  These are exciting times and I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. 

We will have a special visitor join us for class.

Make sure you have a good breakfast and a big drink of water at least an hour before coming to class.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Training Report:

Happy Halloween everyone!

Aidan and I had our first training at our new dojo.  We are so happy to have such a nice and tidy place to learn and practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

We worked on sweeps from the guard position.  I tested Aidan to see what he could remember since we've had a bit of a break.

Aidan showed me hip bump, pendulum, scissor and spider sweep.  He also remembered how to change from spider sweep to a triangle attack.  I was impressed with his technique. 

We cooled down with a good stretch session. 

Check out the photos of our new school. 
Auckland Kids BJJ

Monday, 30 October 2017

The big day is coming! Auckland Kids BJJ will have it's first class tomorrow at 4:30pm.  It should be a spooktacular training session.  Aidan and I are planning on a massive trick or treating session after training.

We're looking forward to seeing everyone again. 

That's all for now.


Sunday, 29 October 2017

Auckland Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is now offering classes for children from 5 to 12 years old.  We are located at Level 1, 38 Monmouth Street, Grey Lynn. Look for the Koshinkai Akido Dojo sign.
Google map link:

We are working on our own signage so watch this space for updates.

Contact me for more info at or ring me at 020 412 29618.