Competed at British Open 2015 this weekend

This weekend I fought in the British Open 2015 in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu side by side with my students and friends from North Wales Martial Arts Center in Rhyl and although we didnt win any gold medals, it was a great experience to hang out and see some great Jiu-Jitsu that hopefully inspired and motivated the guys from NWMA. There’s not much quality Jiu-Jitsu in Rhyl and the North Wales area where the NWMA academy is located and there is definitely a lack of black belts in the area also. In fact there isn’t any higher ranked guys around (brown and black belts) and I’m told that Rhyl and the surrounding areas is probably one of the poorest areas in Wales and Brittain in general, so its great to come here and teach both kids and adults the beautiful art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I truly believe Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be a lifesaver, as it was for myself, for anyone who trains and adopts the positive mindset and problem solving attitude that is one of the awesome side-effects of training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Unfortunately Jiu-Jitsu has also become more a way of making money for some people around here than it is to actually live and feel the lifestyle and have a true and honest pursuit for perfecting the technique and also teaching the true values of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. There’s obviously also lots good people around here who do train and practices the art.

Mmpbjj open class opponent

So that is my goal in North Wales, to teach and show what i feel is the pure Jiu-Jitsu, and competing in the British Open is a way of showing the group at NWMA that winning or losing a tournament is not what defines you as a person, it is a way to learn more about yourself and how you react to the nerves, the adrenaline and the stress that kicks in. And I want to show that the effort you put in and the mindset in which you prepare and train yourself is what defines you. And losing is not something to be afraid of, everybody loses, especially in a Jiu-Jitsu tournament where 50% of the competitors lose their first fight. I lost both my matches this weekend but that doesn’t stop me because as I wrote, losing doesn’t define me or who I am or what I preach.  In sharp contrast to a instructor in the area who signs up to the tournaments but never shows up. The stories I  hear about this guy is just amazing and I definitely want to show that that’s not the way things work in Brazilian Jiu and in life in general.

So hopefully my friends and family is proud of me no matter what the outcome is. In the end is just a Jiu-Jitsu tournament, it’s not life or death. You have to embrace the nerves, the adrenaline and always try to make it into something positive. Obviously I know competing is not for everyone, so this is more a mindset for those who sign up. I’m not talking about winning the world championship but if you sign up and you talk the talk you have to walk the walk, win or lose doesn’t matter. Doing your best and trying is what matters. Again, win or loose we’re still back on the mats the week after to improve and correct our mistakes both as a person, as an instructor, as a Jiu-Jitsu competitor or whatever it is we decide to do or to be.

MMPBJJ British Open podium

Here’s my two fights from the weekend at the British Open in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I competed in the black belt master 1 lightweight division. First fight is from my weight class and the second one from the open class. Basically my mindset when i compete is to be aggressive, go for the submission and let my Jiu-Jitsu flow. Which I feel like I accomplished pretty well, even though i lost both my fights. I’ll be back competing again soon, this time side by side with my teammates and friends from ArteSuave and of course my students , kids and adults, from my classes at Fightworld.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar in North Wales

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar in North Wales this past weekend. I spend two days teaching a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar in North Wales or more precisely in Rhyl at the North Coast right at the Irish Bay at the North Wales Martial Arts Center. The first day of the seminar was focused on basic escapes from the side-control into closed guard, butterfly guard and open guard. Then on Sunday the second day of the seminar we focused on basic guard passing giving three different options depending on the size, strenght and flexibility of my opponent.

Besides the seminar I also spend the weekend checking out some small and really cool villages in North Wales like Menai Bridge with the worlds first modern suspension bridge. I also went to Conwy to take a closer look at Conwy Castle build by Edward I in 1283.

I really enjoy visiting North Wales and we already booked my next trip from 7th to 19th of May. I will be teaching seminars on the 10th and 11th of May and also on the 17th and 18th of May. During the week I will be teaching the regular classes at North Wales Martial Arts Center and I will be available for private classes during both weekends and during the normal week days also. For more information you can contact me here on the website, on facebook or using my email address.

Thanks a lot to Gaz and Claire and all the guys and girls who showed up. I hope you enjoyed the seminar as much as I did and my positive and keep it playful approach to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. 🙂

Here’s some pictures from day two of the seminar.