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Learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at BJJ Lifestyle Team – Call 07974 303 147

We’re spending a huge amount of time developing our closed guard – working hard at killing our opponent’s posture. For us, ultimate BJJ self-defence starts and ends with the closed guard – educating our bodies to deflect power, finding angles, removing defences, shifting our opponents around with clever use of body mechanics. Re-directing, neutralising our opponent’s strength. Destroying our opponent’s posture gives us our submissions – but we go beyond that, making our attacks tough to defend.

The team’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training is presently focused on both the closed guard and sweeps. The sweeps that really work under pressure. Come along to our fundamentals class on Mondays to learn how to keep someone in closed guard – learn the triangle, arm bar and Kimura. We’ll teach you how to defend yourself – come and meet the team in Kingston – get fit, healthy and learn a new skill. For more information about beginner’s BJJ in Kingston check out http://www.bjjintheblood.com . Learn how to get someone off you if you’re mounted – at BJJ Lifestyle Team.

EBI Fan? Come and Learn Leg Attacks at BJJ Lifestyle Team

Well we teach it all – but if you want leg attack details – Gi and No-Gi training every week, long training sessions and plenty of sparring, we’re the team for you.

Beginners are very welcome, very. Fundamentals class Mondays – Gi training afterwards, No-Gi on Thursdays – two solid hours, sparring only session available on Friday nights. 50 strong team.

Always wanted to start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Join our fundamentals class and benefit from being around higher belts that are very keen to help you onto the team and progress your BJJ.

Rock Solid Leg Locks and the Defensive ‘Dig Out’

Fascinating. One word that describes BJJ Lifestyle Team’s leg locks sessions in Kingston. The ‘catch’, the defence, how to apply pressure and the finish. Add to this the defensive considerations – wow, mind-blowing. Way beyond basics – the straight footlock, these sessions are bringing so much technical enjoyment to what we do. Just superb to watch the guys sparring with leg lock finishes and clever, well-timed defence.

Join the team and benefit from a wealth of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu knowledge. Not feeling up to the main team training session? Want a slightly slower, gentle start to your BJJ? Join our Monday night fundamentals class – cost just £10. See http://www.bjjintheblood.com for more information.

Leg Locks Our Present Focus of Attention

Great feedback from the team helps us to deliver the training people are looking for. Of course what we do, is well-rounded – everybody is taught the essentials of BJJ, but just recently, we’ve been focusing our attention on leg locks under the watchful eye of Rodolfo Patello – 3rd degree black belt and leg lock expert. Fascinating, no other word for it – so interesting and pleasing those on the team that have become fans of the EBI format. 

There is an incredible amount of technical detail – so much more than grab a foot and apply strength. Posture as always king, how to secure the foot, trap the knee, use your body to see off counter attacks and all the technical detail that allows you to apply pure leverage. Awesome. The two brown belts on the team are training leg attacks and leg lock/lower body defence a full four days a week on top of their usual evening session training – and all of the knowledge gained from Patello is filtered down for everybody’s benefit.

Learn footlocks, heel hooks, knee bars and toe holds at BJJ Lifestyle Team in Kingston — Brazilian style BJJ training by the river. Oss.

Come and Join the Fun – BJJ Lifestyle Team – Kingston

Have you practiced BJJ in the past but been out for sometime? If you want to pick things back up and now is the right time to try a new team – come along! For us – BJJ is all about serious training in a relaxed environment. There are 50 people on our team – training for all of us has never been so enjoyable – we have team spirit in abundance and there are many strong friendships. If you’re looking for the highest level of instruction, a sociable and genuinely great group, want to stay fit and healthy and also progress your TECHNICAL ABILITY – BJJ Lifestyle Team is the team for you.

White, blue, purple, brown and black belts very welcome – bring your knowledge, learn from us – reap the rewards of BJJ.

We’re just three minutes walk from TGI Friday’s. Make training with us your weekly routine. Rekindle your BJJ spirit!

 

Fundamentals Class Added to Weekly BJJ Training Schedule

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for complete beginners in Kingston. Designed as an easy route into BJJ Lifestyle Team’s main training sessions – our fundamentals class is proving a great success with those wanting to focus on the basics of BJJ.

Led by Alex Pichler – an experienced brown belt, the sessions are entirely given over to learning technique – and repetition. There is no sparring. Taking place on Monday and Thursday nights between 7 and 8 pm – class numbers are low but growing, so you’ll get a great deal of attention and experience Lifestyle Team’s training atmosphere – meet all the coaches and gain valuable skills.

The cost for BJJ fundametals training only on Mondays and Thursdays is £50 a month. See the website http://www.bjjintheblood.com to find out more. The class is open to all belt levels.

Gold at the BJJ British Open for Michael Cheung

Michael Cheung is starting to take grip on the Rooster Master 1 blue belt division. This month he won gold at the British Open where he took the back of both of his opponents and submitted them. Success at the British Open follows on nicely from the gold he won last year at the Surrey Open. Congratulations – hard training paying off.

Silver at the BJJ British Open followed by Gold at the Gloucester Open

Congratulations to Richard Mackie who earlier in the month won silver as a white belt in the heavyweight division at the British Open.

Rich has now followed this up with a gold medal as a blue belt at the Gloucester Open – finishing his opponent with a Kimura in the final. Oss.

A huge BJJ week of Omoplata escapes, cross collar chokes and takedowns..

16229160_405316879808302_3063402925863731200_nMonday’s session was turbo charged with some dramatic takedowns, lots of technical groundwork detail and some big sparring performances.

A packed mat brought a strong sense of team spirit – the advanced as 16110465_829602563846301_2125288803202498560_nalways helped our BJJ beginners and we agreed our competition team planning. So proud of our big club friendly feel – people revved up to train every training session reporting that they have never felt so involved and committed to something ever before. Progress made in all ways, combining wrestling with Judo and lots of BJJ, our core focus – such a special combination – all existing at the highest coaching level.

Our Omoplata escapes were fine tuned by Rodolfo Patello who brings weekly his nearly 20 years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu experience to our mat – giving everyone, beginner to advanced, his knowledge, experience and BJJ wisdom. A privilege for all of us.

16123249_1177543972341428_4270964622158200832_nAnd we have fun – serious training in a relaxed environment brings rapid results.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays – if you want to get really good and have always wanted to learn BJJ but never quite taken the plunge – come and join us for what may well be the start of a life changing experience.

16122633_247910698974100_5253421520486662144_nWe’ll see you on the mat and build you up as quickly as possible.

Complete beginners and the advanced looking for a club closer to home or starting again – very welcome. Oss.

BJJ Lifestyle Team hits 50 strong..

Oss! Our reputation for quite outstanding coaching attracts new16344057_10154934776811081_1721491669_n members to the team – deepening the ranks. Very pleasing to see some very capable and athletically able beginners joining the team this month – all with a promising future. Judo specific BJJ is thrilling to

16343796_10154934782066081_1264245130_nwatch on Monday nights with many of the team’s more experienced members really getting the combinations off sweetly.

Those with three years experience now reaping the rewards of all their hard work and consistency. Our purple belts have done an incredible job along
16358487_10154934776691081_1969426390_nwith the more experienced blue belts – of making the new team members – total beginners – feel very welcome. Thank you.

Our King of the Hill training sessions are now often an hour-long – and provide a fun challenge to everyone with some stand-out performances.

Exciting times ahead this year with more people joining the team – some bringing prior BJJ experience to our mat – just great.

Lastly – congratulations to Piotr for his two IBJJF European championship medals – bronze in the blue belt division and gold in the Absolute. Incredible. We’re lucky to have him training with us every week.

 

 

Biggest team training session ever – 32 on the mat

thumbnail_training2BJJ Lifestyle Team booming in Kingston – high level black belt, brown belt, purple and blue belts training.

Guard breaks and passes, mount escapes, sequenced submissions – our structured week includes aggressive submissions followed up immediately by the defence for the submission.

Team size of 50 – exciting beginner, intermediate and advanced training for 2017.

 

And the winner of the funniest BJJ picture of the year is…

Rodolfo Patello – 3rd Degree black belt from Belem, Brazil!

Patello teaches every week at BJJ Lifestyle Team, Kingston – serious training in a relaxed environment.  Come and join us and learn BJJ.

If you’re interested in joining our team as a complete beginner – fill out the form below:

 

‘Brazilian Style’ BJJ Training in 2017

Standing with my teacher - Leo Negao.
Standing with my teacher – Leo Negao.

2016 has been a great year for us with lots learned from Leo Negao and Rodolfo Patello – both hugely influential in our BJJ development.

We sailed through our three-year team anniversary in September and with that came more teachings from two quite exceptional former Brazilian champion greats. imaage7Leo’s pressure game has had a very significant impact on the team’s ‘game’ and Patello’s guard has taken us all to a new level, without question.

The team has grown to such a size – topping 50 – that there are now regularly 25 people training on the BJJ Lifestyle Team mat – with very good blue and purple belts bringing years of experience.

Training sessions towards the latter part of the year have often been delivered by Diccon Lynes and Patello with Diccon teaching strong positional top game positions and submissions and Patello, teaching the counters and defences – a special combination.

Staying calm under pressure!
Staying calm under pressure!

The last few months have brought ‘Brazilian Style’  training with an internal championship and extended King of the Hill sparring sessions – something the entire team looks forward to.

'Patello' (L) and Diccon Lynes.
‘Patello’ (L) and Diccon Lynes.

2017 is expected to be our very biggest year to date with much planned in terms of further improved training methodology, the team competing at competitions and of course, lots more stand-up training and strong groundwork.

If you would like to join BJJ Lifestyle Team in Kingston as a complete beginner – come along and meet us. We offer quite exceptional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction from teachers with 20 years BJJ experience, Judo specific BJJ for takedown knowledge and Wrestling specific  BJJ – all under one roof.

imaage2We’re situated just two minutes walk from Kingston bridge and 5 minutes from Kingston station. Our first training session of 2017 is on Thursday 5th January – contact us through this site for more information.

Gold for Michael Cheung at the Surrey Open

Big Mike bosses division to take gold at the Surrey BJJ Open…

Michael Cheung and Richard Mackie put it on the line for the team at the Surrey Open, performing brilliantly – four fights between them, three wins, two by submission.15327222_549696878552129_6798835138292905599_n

Very exciting it was to watch Mike take both opponents down with an Uchi Mata. Rich also took his first opponent down with a lovely foot sweep – going on to sub his opponent with a carefully worked choke – to take bronze in an eight man division. 

Knee on stomach and mount retention

15203288_545369928984824_3843100509955420173_nAnother superb week of training with some critical grip fighting details from Jon Purssey with his BJJ specific Judo and an in-depth look at securing the triangle with an ‘S’ mount entry – taught by Diccon Lynes in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training sessions. Options were given for an arm-bar finish or a triangle submission – two of BJJ’s big moves.

Pictured: two of BJJ Lifestyle Team’s high level blue belts practicing knee on stomach, mount retention and Kimura finishes.15338620_545370075651476_7131717297611868239_n

Both have become high level grapplers – joining the team as complete beginners a couple of years ago.

If you would like to join us as a complete BJJ beginner you will be given a very warm welcome!

 

Leo Negao Back In Kingston And Purple Belt Awarded

thumbnail_img_0018ltSaturday saw the return of Leo Negao to Kingston to conduct his second Lifestyle Team Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar. 14909938_534266973428453_6498209076253814249_nA BJJ black belt for over 17 years, Leo’s seminar was three hours long and focused on building a strong guard and three side control escapes.

At the end of the seminar, Gary Hewson was promoted to purple belt by Diccon Lynes after 4 years of solid training.

If you would like to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Kingston – give us a call on 07974 303 147 to find out what we can offer you. Lots of our coaches are former high level champions and teach their skills to a wide range of beginners, those with intermediate experience – and the advanced.

Triangle Mechanics – Come and Learn This Devastating Submission

One of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s signature techniques – the effectiveness of the Triangle Choke is widely seen in the UFC. Group 1 logoAlthough relatively easy to learn, it’s the fine details that really make the Triangle submission easy to finish.

At BJJ Lifestyle Team, we focus on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques that could be relied upon in a self-defence situation. We work hard to hone the fundamentals of BJJ.

Tri finish 1 logoCome and be part of our team – our focus is self-defence, health and well-being – and our beliefs are realised through our dedication to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and Freestyle Wrestling.

The following is a video of Lyubo Kumbarov – coach and Director at BJJ Lifestyle Team in Kingston. You can train with Lyubo on Saturdays as part of your BJJ Lifestyle Team membership or on a pay as you go basis.

 

Coaching Team Further Strengthened at Lifestyle Team in Kingston

Exceptionally excited about learning Kata Guruma (Fireman’s carry) from Olympic athlete and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Danny Williams – over the course of the next eight weeks.

The Lifestyle Team coaching line-up now includes:

Hitting a No-Gi takedown..

Lyubo Kumbarovteaching No-Gi takedowns for BJJ on Saturdays between 10.30 and 12 noon. Lyubo is also available for private lessons. Lyubo’s Saturday training sessions are available to non Lifestyle Team members and cost £10 per session. Saturday training sessions are included in the Lifestyle Team membership of £60 per month – £40 for students.

Leo Negao – teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for self defence – Leo’s seminars are 3 hours in duration – exclusively for Lifestyle Team members. IMG_0009Leo also teaches in Vauxhall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 2016 will see Leo conducting several more seminars at Lifestyle Team in Kingston.

DSC03977Jon Purssey – teaching Judo for BJJ – Jon teaches on Mondays between 8 and 9 pm. All trips, throws and sweeps are very carefully chosen for BJJ. Jon is a highly experienced coach and also runs Core Judo http://www.corejudo.co.uk for children.

Danny Williams – teaching Judo for BJJ.

New to the team coaching line-up – Danny is an active high level Judo competitor and also a BJJ purple belt.

DSC03132Diccon Lynes – teaching BJJ. A teacher for many years, Diccon has received hundreds of private lessons from Leo Negao and now has over 10 years BJJ experience.

There has never been a better time to join Lifestyle Team in Kingston. We have a very complete coaching team, multiple training sessions for people to attend throughout the week with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and Freestyle Wrestling being taught by multiple time champions with decades of experience between them. The team is now 45 people strong with beginners, intermediate grapplers and those with 5 years plus BJJ experience, all training on the mat together. We’re less than ten minutes walk from Kingston station and two minutes walk from Kingston bridge.

Beginners are very welcome – call 07974 303 147 to speak to Diccon to find out what we can offer you.

 

 

BJJ Lifestyle Team Welcome Leo Negao For First Seminar

Leo’s first seminar was three hours long with a lot of attention given to detail – technical demonstrations were followed by practice and questions and answers. IMG_0009The first part of the seminar featured a strong mount defence and we were then taught how to attack the foot as a follow-up, securing the knee and forcing the opponent to roll.

Leo’s Triangle defence was broken down and built back up again, stage by stage until the team had a firm grasp of the concepts.

The mount is a particularly difficult position to escape from if the person mounted has a strong understanding of how to secure the position and submit their opponent. Leo offered several escapes based on a number of possible mount attacks – lots has been gleaned and we now have our opportunity to practice during our weekly training sessions.Group

Leo is scheduled to do another defend and escape seminar in three months time – with Side Control escapes featuring strongly.

If you would like to start learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Kingston – come and join us – there are lots of complete beginners on the mat. IMG_0031Your monthly membership fee gives you access to a former World BJJ champion, a Bulgarian National  champion and a Commonwealth Judo champion, all of which coach on our mat. Call Diccon on 07974 303 147 or contact us through our website for a prompt response and start your own BJJ journey.

 

A Very Sociable Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Team!

Friday 18th March saw lots of us visit Rodizio Preto in Putney – the well-known Brazilian restaurant. We all had a fantastic night and ate as much as we could – the meat was delicious and so was the Brazilian beer!

We’re all looking forward to our next team outing – tickets are booked to watch Polaris 3 in Bournemouth. 1016705_561742097335723_7443181327251150028_n Seeing Gary Tonon fight live is going to be exciting and there are many more talented fighters competing, Joao Miyao,  Gianni Grippo, Augusto Tanquinho,  AJ Agazarm, Jake Shields, Rousimar Palhares and others. So, we’re all fired up for April 2nd – another Lifestyle Team outing!

There are several booked onto the BJJ Globetrotters summer campuk-camp-poster-SOLD-OUT – all very excited and looking forward to being trained by some amazing instructors.

If you would like to learn BJJ and would like also to be part of a team that enjoy socialising together – look no further than BJJ Lifestyle Team in Kingston – we’re just two minutes walk from Kingston bridge! We’re enrolling new beginners all the time and there’s a discount available for students.

The coaching line-up is truly incredible – our Judo coach is a former Commonwealth champion and also a BJJ player. Our No-Gi takedown program is headed up by a multi time Bulgarian freestyle wrestling champion and our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills are passed down by one of the UK’s most formidable BJJ fighters who is a former world champion.

BJJ Lifestyle Team – more than just training.

Strong Performance At Kleos Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competition

Strong performances at Kleos Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition at the High Wycombe Judo centre – with Ben Gracie picking up a silver medal in a stacked division.

Ben walking onto the mat, focussed and ready for his first BJJ fight.
Focussed and ready for his first ever BJJ fight.

Entering his first BJJ competition, Ben (in the white Gi) had a total of four fights, submitting his first two opponents. In his first fight he finished his opponent with a head and arm triangle choke, the second opponent was also choked out and in his third fight he heavily dominated his opponent to win by a very substantial number of points.

Ben was the only competitor to submit his opponents in the early stages of his division..
Ben was the only competitor to submit his opponents in the early stages of his division..

Ben lost the final after a gritty performance but took home silver in a big division.

 

 

Charged up and ready to fight..
Charged up and ready to fight..

Richard Mackie (in the black Gi) also put in a strong performance – winning his first competition fight – in a big division.

Passing the half guard..
Passing the half guard..

 

Rich lost his first fight but recovered quickly and with a strong and determined mind, dominated his second opponent to take a points victory.

Victorious. An exhilarating feeling.
Victorious. An exhilarating feeling.

Richard’s third fight was a stand out fight in the division – truly exciting with both fighters having periods of positional dominance. Rich lost the fight narrowly, on points but put in a very strong performance against a clearly experienced competitor.

If you would like to join a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team in Kingston-upon-Thames, join Lifestyle Team. We have big plans for 2016 and beginners are very welcome.

Richard Mackie with Diccon Lynes - Team Coach.
Richard Mackie with Diccon Lynes – Team Coach.

Our large team trains just 2 minutes from Kingston bridge.

We have upwards of twenty people on the mat during our training sessions making the Lifestyle Team a fantastic place to train with a brilliant atmosphere. There are no egos and everyone is looked after and very welcome.

If you are a beginner and would like to learn the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – find out how the team runs, costs or our beginner’s program by contacting Diccon: 07974 303 147 or e-mail: bjjlifestyleteam@gmail.com

 

First Training Session of 2016 With Twenty Seven People Training

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Join BJJ Lifestyle Team and start your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle – our beginners are well looked after and learn all of the ‘basics’ of BJJ very quickly..

Happy New Year to everyone – 2016 is going to be a big year with Lyubo Kumbarov doing some week night No-Gi training sessions, Jonathan Purssey continuing with his Judo for BJJ training program and Leo Negao conducting some of his brilliant Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminars. Mondays and Thursdays will of course always be BJJ nights and Fridays continue as usual as our sparring only night – with all welcome. Saturdays are No-Gi takedown training sessions – if you can make Saturdays you will not be disappointed!

We did the looking like tough guys picture just before this one..!
Training at Vauxhall BJJ with my friend and teacher, Leo Negao..

For those that don’t already know, Lyubo is a 4 times Bulgarian Freestyle wrestling champion, Leo is a former BJJ world champion and Jonathan is a former Commonwealth and British Judo champion. I have never trained anywhere with such an incredible line-up of coaches.

2016 promises to be big in many ways – lots of our white belts will be embarking on their competition journeys and our blue belts will be getting out there again, too.

Contact me and I will answer any questions you have.
Contact me and I will answer any questions you have – 07974 303 147.

Our team size is about forty strong now and average class sizes are much bigger. Although we have one of the biggest mats I have ever trained on – I am going to enlarge the mat further still to accommodate the growing numbers on the team. More people on the mat means our training experience just gets better and better with lots of people to spar with in every weight category from featherweight through to heavyweight.

Looking forward to training with all of you sometime in the next week or so – I’m teaching defences and escapes from classic guard submission attacks so if you want to learn the finer details of a triangle or guillotine defence – grab your Gi and get down to the mat! Oss!

 

 

 

Judo For BJJ Followed By Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Monday Nights

Monday nights have become very special at Lifestyle Team in Kingston – a full 2.5 hour training session. Just over an hour of Judo for BJJ with Jonathon Purssey – former British and Commonwealth Judo champion – and over an hour of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Our Judo sessions are modern and dynamic and tailored for BJJ competition. In just five weeks, we have learned to build our techniques together – with follow-up techniques if the first sweep fails. We feel genuinely excited about the team’s competition future with many of us wanting to compete in 2016.

Standing to pass the guard..
Standing to pass the guard..

Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sessions focus on repetition of all of the key positions, transitions, submissions – defences, escapes and counters. There are always an average of 15 to 20 team members on our mat of varying different levels of experience. We are combining our Judo with BJJ and working towards transitioning from standing to the ground to take a strong first ground position.

Enjoying one of our Judo for BJJ training sessions..
Enjoying one of our Judo for BJJ training sessions..

Join Lifestyle Team in Kingston and learn takedowns in the Gi, No-Gi takedowns and the best ground work provided by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Freestyle Wrestling.

Our Judo for BJJ sessions have only just begun and it isn’t too late to join the team and reap the benefits of learning from three experienced coaches from three different grappling disciplines.

Lifestyle Team Kingston Offering Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling and Judo for BJJ

 

Make Monday and Thursday nights - plus Saturday mornings, your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training days. Start your BJJ lifestyle..
Make Monday and Thursday nights – plus Saturday mornings, your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training days. Start your BJJ lifestyle..

There has never been a better time to join us – Lifestyle Team in Kingston is now offering a triple grappling program – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Freestyle Wrestling and Judo for BJJ.

Hitting a No-Gi takedown..
Hitting a No-Gi takedown..

If you have an interest in self-defence and martial arts or just want to join a sports team to stay fit, learn a practical system and become part of a team, join us. We have a large number of beginners and the more beginners we have, the better the training experience for everyone.

Hitting a takedown in the Gi..
Hitting a takedown in the Gi..

BJJ Lifestyle Team was founded two years ago – many of our team members now live the ‘BJJ lifestyle’ and incorporate all aspects of healthy living as part of their training regime. Training consistently, they have improved their diet for health, well-being and performance, stay well hydrated, have added weekly flexibility training and feel passionate about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling as a whole.

Passing the guard..
Passing the guard..

Your first training session is free and we can lend you a Gi (the jacket and trousers we wear for training) for your first few sessions.

 

Our training week is as follows:

Mondays:

7-8 pm – Judo for BJJ with Jonathon Purssey – former British and Commonwealth Judo champion

8-9.30 pm – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Diccon Lynes – brown belt under Leo Negao

Thursdays:

7-9 pm – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Diccon Lynes

Saturdays:

10.30-12 noon – Freestyle Wrestling with Lyubo Kumbarov (four times Bulgarian national champion) – No-Gi takedowns for BJJ

Join us and become part of Lifestyle Team – we give those with a full-time job or who are in full-time education – the chance to train like a sports professional. Serious training in a relaxed environment.

Our training sessions involve a warm-up and stretch, followed by

Sparring is an essential part of our training sessions..
Sparring is an essential part of our training sessions..

technical training and practice – and towards the end of our training session – sparring to develop what we have learnt. There is no striking and we work together to improve our individual performances. For some, getting to their first training session is hard to do – they imagine that a training environment might be

Enjoying one of our Judo for BJJ training sessions..
Enjoying one of our Judo for BJJ training sessions..

intimidating or unfriendly. At Lifestyle Team we pride ourselves on our warm welcome – we want beginners to thoroughly enjoy their first training session. Everyone on the team is motivated to help beginners and we all want people to join our team.

Take the first step and contact us to experience incredible coaching and a strong team spirit at Lifestyle Team in Kingston.

The Lifestyle Team 'huddle' - reflecting on our training session..
The Lifestyle Team ‘huddle’ – reflecting on our training session..

 

Team Spirit At BJJ Lifestyle Team Kingston

As someone who moved to Kingston in 1999 – I know how hard it can be to settle into a new town and find a social circle. If you want to join a group of positive minded people who bond further every single training session – join us and learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

We teach BJJ as an art and a sport – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu also has definite self-defence application. Join the team, start your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle and never look back. Some on the team say Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has changed their life – train with us to find a new outlook, become fit and healthy and count yourself as a Lifestyle Team team member. Competition training available for the serious! Good ground based self-defence skills taught to everybody – recreational grapplers, club athletes and those with competition in mind.

Pictured: just some of the guys at the end of a Monday night training session. Our ethos is to train hard, help and support each other grow as a team and have fun.

Three Months Free Training For Blue Belts

Are you a blue belt that hasn’t trained for a while? Are you a blue belt relocating to Kingston upon Thames?

BJJ Lifestyle Team in Kingston want to add additional depth to their experienced team. We have some very good blue belts training regularly including some with four years consistent BJJ experience – we want to further strengthen BJJ Lifestyle Team and take everyone’s standard forward.

We invite blue belts to come and train with us for three months for free.

If you are interested in joining us, e-mail:

bjjlifestyleteam@gmail.com

The bigger we get as a team – the stronger we will all become.

Why I think training twice a week, every week – is the perfect training routine..‏‏

Training twice a week, every week – is the perfect training frequency in your first year or two of learning BJJ, in my opinion.

Since starting BJJ Lifestyle Team in September, 2013 – I have advised a number of people who have asked me what I think they should do to get better in the shortest possible time frame – and my advice has been – ”train twice a week, every week.”

A flag that means a great deal to me. I have been visiting Brazil since 2007 and will be visiting for a tenth time, this year.
A flag that means a great deal to me. I have been visiting Brazil since 2007 and will be visiting for a tenth time, this year.
Being the teacher at Lifestyle Team – I am on the mat every training session. I know who trains consistently and who doesn’t – and no surprise, the ones that are consistent are among the most technical on the mat. What has also become very evident is that there is no ‘magic formula’ other than – be consistent and train hard. There will always be talented people – but for the majority – success lies in consistency and the people who make the fastest gains and seem to be ahead of others in terms of success in sparring – are simply the ones that train every Monday and every Thursday.
Two of Lifestyle Team's best blue belts - both have trained consistently for over three years.
Two of Lifestyle Team’s best blue belts – both have trained consistently for over three years.

Before I continue – I want you to ask yourself the question – ”why did I start training in the first place and what was my dream.”

Certainly, for most of us the answer would not have been: ”to be average” – if you re-study the question above – notice the last word in the question.
My personal ”dream” was to be ‘good’ – really good. For lots of us the answer to the question would’ve been to one day be a black belt (and black belts are really good). 
There are two reasons I think that training twice a week, every week is perfect for those with a full-time job, or who study full-time or have a family to be with.
Training twice a week every week is manageable – so you can be consistent – the frequency is realistic and achievable.
 

Training twice a week is enough to acquire skills and keep them – training once a week is not really enough.

Still consistently practicing what I was taught in 2006.
Still consistently practicing what I was taught in 2006.

I trained consistently with a number of dedicated people at the Roger Gracie Academy in 2006. Among the small group of regulars were two guys, each with a different approach to training. The first guy was in his early 20’s, trained every session and whenever I was at the academy, he was there. The other, was 34, married and had a family. He could only train twice a week – he just couldn’t do a third training session every week, due to family commitments.

Train consistently and become not just a highly skilled grappler but also an athlete..
Train consistently and become not just a highly skilled grappler but also an athlete..
Well the guy that trained six times a week lasted about seven months and then much to everyone’s amazement, gave up. He burnt out.
Focusing on the basics consistently pays dividends.
Focusing on the basics consistently, pays dividends.

The guy who trained twice a week never missed a session – and by the time he got to purple belt, he was a killer. He was giving everyone a nightmare – including the brown belts. His secret – consistency.

Simple to work it all out – the family man was doing nearly 100 training sessions a year. There were others that trained once a week, some that would train three times a week and other weeks, do four training sessions – but they would also sometimes miss a week or even two weeks. They had a month off from time to time – if they didn’t feel like training.
The ‘killer’ maintained his twice a week every week without fail routine – and slowly but surely he moved past a lot of people at the academy.
Take my advice – if you want to get really good – my twice a week, every week – without fail approach, will serve you very well. Enjoy the journey.

2014 Was A Great Year With Many New Friends And Teammates..

I look back with fondness at the huge steps forward we have taken at BJJ Lifestyle Team in Kingston, during 2014. There are many who have completed their first full year of BJJ training. Those who have managed to train consistently have been rewarded in so many ways. Teaching has become such a pleasure and I look forward to our training nights immensely.

Don Eckley, Luke Hennessy and John Watson - BJJ Lifestyle Team's first three blue belts.
Don Eckley, Luke Hennessy and John Watson – BJJ Lifestyle Team’s first three blue belts.

I always knew that teaching would be rewarding, but I hadn’t realised just how incredibly passionate I would feel about BJJ Lifestyle Team and also, welcoming newcomers to the club. Our numbers have soared compared to our very humble first few training nights in September 2013. I feel so proud of what everyone has achieved – everyone has made good progress as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes.

Jim Lavender - BJJ Lifestyle Team's fourth blue belt.
Jim Lavender – BJJ Lifestyle Team’s fourth blue belt.

We now have some very capable blue belts who are not only very good grapplers but also helping greatly to improve as quickly as possible, our growing team of white belts. You have all made new team members feel very welcome and contributed a huge amount to their BJJ skill development. I know there are lots of white belts who feel particularly looked after and enjoy coming to every training session for the team spirit and also the great skills you are giving them. Thank you..

Some of the team celebrating another belt promotion. Thank you to Gil from Rio de Janeiro for bringing his wealth of knowledge to the team.
Some of the team celebrating another belt promotion. Thank you to Gil from Rio de Janeiro for bringing his wealth of knowledge to the team.

I would like to thank Gil from Rio de Janeiro for bringing his wealth of knowledge to BJJ Lifestyle Team. Not only has Gil been incredibly generous in terms of teaching others what he knows – he has also been a fantastic sparring partner. Obrigado, Gil – meu amigo. Well done to Donovan Eckley who in June 2014 won Lifestyle Team’s very first gold medal, fighting No-Gi at the Midland’s Open.

Donovan Eckley wins gold at The Midland's Open - first Lifestyle Team gold medal.
Donovan Eckley wins gold at The Midland’s Open – first Lifestyle Team gold medal.

Congratulations too to John and Luke for their performances in their first competition – big futures ahead of them. The team has a huge thank you to make to Lyubo Kumbarov for the amazing No-Gi takedown skills he has taught in such great detail making takedown training both enjoyable and truly rewarding. Lyubo’s guidance was invaluable to Donovan at The Midland’s Open allowing him to be in charge quickly with his takedown skills – a pleasure for me to watch – I felt very proud.

What a takedown - Lyubo Kumbarov teaches us how to hit opponents with angles and correct body positioning.
What a takedown – Lyubo Kumbarov teaches us how to hit opponents with angles and correct body positioning.

Our Saturday training sessions are equipping us with skills that I believe will be a defining factor as we compete in 2015. I am extremely excited about the new training syllabus that’s being developed and launched in January. The syllabus is being carefully designed to ensure that we are working on BJJ techniques from the top position and for when we are fighting from our backs in full or half guard – training being apportioned equally – key concepts and fundamentals key.

A quick shot of some of the team sporting the BJJ Lifestyle Team rashguard.
A quick shot of some of the team sporting the BJJ Lifestyle Team rashguard.

Incorporated into our syllabus will be further No-Gi takedown training and also more matches that begin from the standing position. Those that consistently attend the Saturday training sessions are going to be competition fit and also reaping the rewards during sparring on Monday and Thursday nights.

Meeting some of the team at Arena/Behring in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A good training partnership.
Meeting some of the team at Arena/Behring in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A good training partnership.

I also had the pleasure of meeting the team at Arena/Behring in Sao Paulo, Brazil – December 2014. Fantastic training and a great partnership coming – I’m sure I will train with them many times in the years to come. Obrigado.

Some of the team posing for an early 2014 group photograph. A new group photo is being scheduled for early 2015.
Some of the team posing for an early 2014 group photograph. A new group photo is being scheduled for early 2015.

With more and more people joining the team and a special offer of training at just £40 per month for full-time Kingston University students – 2015 promises to be a big year. If you are thinking of joining our central Kingston based Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team – use the ‘Contact Us To Find Out More’ button in the top right corner of this homepage.

Contact me and I will answer any questions you have.
Contact me and I will answer any questions you have.
Looking down our extensive mat - great times ahead!
Looking down our extensive mat – great times ahead!

Fill out the form and you will receive a quick response from me by e-mail – if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them. We train at The Sea Cadets Centre behind TGI Friday’s – beginners are our future and we would all love you to join us and be part of it. First training session of 2015 – Thursday 8th January at 7 pm.

Come on Kingston, come and learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at BJJ Lifestyle Team!

Standing outside the Excel Centre with my close friend Lyubo Kumbarov (on the right). Lyubo was a Bulgarian national freestyle wrestling champion as a cadet and junior, an amazing four times. He will teach you his incredible takedowns at BJJ Lifestyle Team.

We are a newly formed BJJ team that learn and practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from the Sea Cadets’ centre in Kingston. We’re right by the Thames, very close to Turk’s Launches and John Lewis – we are two minutes walk from Canbury Gardens – we’re directly behind TGI Friday’s – so if you live in Kingston, you must know where we are!

We are growing quickly but would like more teammates – come and be part of things. There really are so many benefits to learning and practicing BJJ. As much as anything, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will help you become fitter and more flexible – two aspects of overall health that make everyday life more enjoyable, too.

Our focus is on learning BJJ as a sport but there is also a cross-over into self-defence. Our team is all about learning together, enjoying our training, being happy on the mat and looking forward to training sessions. Consistency brings the richest rewards in all ways – finely tuned skills, comradeship, discipline and the health benefits derived from a physical activity.

Our training is geared towards realism, but there is no striking and training is progressive. We are creating a number of sub teams within our team, so the people you train with are likely to be in your weight category.

Competition training is available but there is no requirement to compete in competitions if you don’t want to. Our style is very much welcoming, we want people to enjoy training with us on a long-term basis – we strive to look after people, particularly those that are a bit nervous and don’t know what to expect. We want people to enjoy training with us and we want them to come back!

We really are at the beginning of a lifetime journey, each of us with our reason for being involved, each of us with our dreams and ambitions. If you would like to find a very enjoyable way of getting fitter and more flexible whilst learning a new skill that will give you confidence and so many other things – don’t hesitate, make contact with us through this site and start a new hobby that may well change your life.

BJJ Lifestyle Team would also like to have a women’s BJJ team – if you are looking for realistic self-defence and an incredible way of staying fit, trim and healthy – please get in touch, you are very welcome to join us.

An immensely proud moment, receiving my Brown Belt from Leo Negao..

After 7.5 years of training – I have been given my Brown Belt by Leo Negao. I am hugely grateful to Leo for absolutely revolutionising my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game – I am extremely proud to be a Brown Belt under him. Obrigado, Leo.43 years old and receiving that Brown Belt from a man I admire so much - means everything...Thanks for everything, Leo..

Thank you to all of my training partners at Leo’s club in Vauxhall who have helped me to improve so much – training with you guys is such a pleasure. I look forward to many many more training sessions together. Oss.Team Leo Negao.

And the fun bit...getting thrown as congratulations!
And the fun bit…getting thrown as congratulations!

I also look forward to passing on everything I learn from Leo to all members of BJJ Lifestyle Team. As many of you know, Leo Negao and Lyubo Kumbarov will be visiting us in Kingston to support the team.

The technical skill and teaching ability of both my teachers is simply at a professional level. Leo and Lyubo have both competed and won medals at the highest level of competition. To say that I feel honored to learn from them just doesn’t describe how lucky I feel. Come along to BJJ Lifestyle Team where you will get the very friendliest welcome.

Keeping with tradition...Oss
Keeping with tradition…Oss

The bigger we get as a team, the stronger we will all become. Join BJJ Lifestyle Team and get personally coached by two of the country’s best grapplers. We have big ambitions and we need ambitious beginners to realise our dreams.

The man who made a HUGE difference to my Jiu-Jitsu – Leo Negao

Introducing my teacher to BJJ Lifestyle Team, Leo Negao. Leo will be visiting us in Kingston to teach his Gi and No-Gi techniques – he has a relaxed teaching style which makes being part of his lessons a pleasure. I first met Leo in April 2009 – his Jiu-Jitsu was refreshing, exciting and captivating – I have learnt so much from him and feel very lucky to have him as my teacher…

Thank you to Aire Valley Martial Arts for letting me post this video.

What do BJJ Lifestyle Team training sessions involve?

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while. If I was thinking of beginning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I would be happier if I had an understanding of how I was going to be taught, what the expectation and demands might be on me and how the class might be structured. I’m going to make this a question and answer post, if anyone has further questions, please contact me through the ‘Contact Us’ page and I will be happy to answer.

Do I need to be very fit to train?

No. People that practice Jiu-Jitsu regularly, become much fitter through training. If you are worried about your physical condition, please consult a doctor before your first training session – but please don’t let your present physical state stop you from coming along. BJJ for me is as much about becoming healthier as it is about training.

What do I need to wear for my first training session?

If you have a Gi, bring it. If you don’t have a Gi, you can borrow one of the team Gi’s.

Will I be expected to buy a Gi and where can I get one?

Let’s make sure you want to continue training before you buy a Gi. If you enjoy training at Lifestyle Team you will be need to buy your own Gi. There are lots of companies selling Gi’s on-line – prices range from £60 – £110 for a good Gi. I have my own favourite Gi and will help you choose a good Gi if you want me to.

What colour Gi can I wear?

We allow white, blue and black Gi’s.

Is there a belt system and what belt will I be?

When you start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu you will be a White Belt. It takes a long time to receive belts in BJJ so you need to be prepared to be patient – there is a lot to learn and your ability is apparent because we spar with full resistance. If you train consistently, you will become more skillful and your success will be clear when sparring with others. Everyone can get there, but hard work and persistence are essential.

It took me 18 months to receive my Blue Belt – the second belt given in Jiu-Jitsu and it’s considered quite an achievement to get to this level. You will without question be considered no beginner on the ground. After the Blue Belt comes the Purple Belt – this is the first of the ‘big belts’. I started training in June 2006 and received my Purple Belt in August 2011 although I’m told it had been waiting for me for a while – but it gives you an idea. From Purple you are given your Brown Belt and finally, your Black Belt.

Likely timescales are White to Blue – 18 months to 2 years, depending on how hard and how often you train, Blue to Purple, at least another couple of years, Purple to Brown – the same again and Brown to Black Belt – probably another year, maybe more. But once you have all that skill and experience and enjoyed the journey, you’ll be a hell of a grappler and the holder of a belt that really is an incredible achievement – for many, one of a few lifetime achievements. Of course I would like to progress, but it’s not a race and when I finally get my black belt, I hope I will still have many years to proudly wear it!

Can I wear another team’s logo on my Gi? 

Fine if you want to try Lifestyle Team out – but if you want to train with us long-term, we would expect someone to become one of us. I am very keen to build a TEAM – and we will all be wearing Lifestyle Team patches. We want Lifestyle Team members to have a team identity.

Is there a warm up at the start of training sessions – how hard is the warm up?

Yes, there is a warm up, but it is designed to get us ‘warmed up’ – lightly sweating – we don’t punish people. I warm people up so that they feel relaxed and a little sweaty.

What happens after the warm up?

I teach one or two techniques. I show techniques as thoroughly as possible with lots of explanation and detail. Teaching is something I take great pleasure from and if you are in my class and interested, I will be extremely pleased to teach you. I am very patient, enjoy showing things many times and will never embarrass anybody. It’s a pleasure for me to teach and I want it to be enjoyable, comfortable and a pleasure for people to come to my classes.

Who will I practice the technique with?

You will practice the technique with a teammate, but will also have the opportunity to practice with me.

How many times will I practice the technique?

I will be expecting a strong work ethic during training sessions. I want everyone to make the most of our opportunity to train together. I won’t hide the fact that I want to make everyone as good as possible and time chatting when we could be working, is wasted time as far as I am concerned. I personally want to take my Jiu-Jitsu to the highest level I can and dream about being a very high level and technically difficult to deal with for anyone who spars with me. I am ambitious and have ambitions for everyone on the team, too.

What will happen if I don’t understand a technique or can’t get it?

Don’t worry, I have been there – everyone has ‘off’ nights and people learn in different ways. If you want to learn and are interested, I will have all the time in the world for you.

What is drilling? I’ve heard of it, do you drill at Lifestyle Team?

Drilling involves repeating techniques, movements, transitions (moving from one position to another) and building sequences into our training. I love drilling and believe it is one of the keys to success. I will build techniques up, linking them between sessions. Andre Galvao is a world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor who is Brazilian and lives in America. He believes drilling is so important, he has written a book called ‘Drill to Win’ – I subscribe to this philosophy of learning Jiu-Jitsu.

What happens after a technique has been taught and practiced?

After a technique has been practiced, we will either spar isolating the technique or put the technique into a sequence – both of which will be easy to perform and carefully explained. We will also practice positional sparring which will be very carefully explained and demonstrated.

What is sparring and how is it done? This is the bit I feel anxious about..

A lot of our sparring starts from a kneeling position. I will be pairing people up where I can, by weight. People that are much heavier, stronger and taller than those they spar with have an advantage. I will be trying to make sure that people are paired up within 5 kilos of each other. I have sparred with many people who have been 25 kilos heavier than me and it’s very difficult and can also lead to injuries.

The sparring lasts 6 minutes per match and we are likely to do several matches each per night, increasing the number we do as we become fitter and more experienced. We will also increase the number of matches we do if we are close to competing as a team at a competition.

The sparring will not involve strikes of any kind. I practice BJJ as a sport and for self defence and I teach submission only. In other words, we try to make each other give up by applying a choke or joint lock. When someone needs to give up because they can’t continue without risk of having their joint damaged or falling unconscious,  they will tap their training partner a couple of times to indicate they can’t continue. No violence or unsporting aggression is tolerated. If you want to learn MMA – you will need to find another club, we practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Will I be expected to compete at competitions?

If you would like to compete, you will be encouraged and I believe competing will provide us all with a deeper knowledge and understanding of Jiu-Jitsu. If you don’t want to compete – coming along and flying the Lifestyle Team flag would be really appreciated. There’s something for everybody and you can be just as big a part of the team without needing to compete.

What do I need to do to become a member and is there a contract?

You will need to complete an application form and a health questionnaire. There is no contract.

Will there be any training done standing up?

There is a competition focus at Lifestyle Team. All competitions require competitors to start from a standing position so we will do more training standing than most teams, however, we start a lot of our sparring sessions from the knees for a number of reasons. It can take time to bring the fight to the mat if standing and I want to maximise some of our 6 minute sparring sessions for groundwork only.

 

Learn Positional Escapes

Xande Ribeiro mounted on his opponent at the 2013 IBJJF World championships.

Positional escapes don’t come easily but once some success is consistently achieved, the answers feel simple and the difficulty and confusion are replaced by a calmness, followed by a well-practiced plan and strategy for escape. I am passionate about Jiu-Jitsu and deeper knowledge is virtually an obsession. As already mentioned under the ‘fighting from underneath’ page, I have spent a lot of time defending and escaping – sometimes having no choice but to be there, other times choosing to be there in order to practice my game. We also start much of our practice when sparring from a kneeling position – and being 5’7 and 75 kilos, faced with someone who wants the top position, it’s now easier to concede the top position and sweep when the moment is right. I would also prefer not to use strength and athleticism and so rather than pushing and shoving at the beginning of a sparring session, would prefer to take the bottom position to get straight on with practicing that aspect of my game.

When you first start practicing Jiu-Jitsu, everything is a struggle and nothing is easy – but you have to experience this to fully appreciate the beauty of technique when you finally acquire it. If we were all given techniques we could apply with no effort to learn them, there would be no wonderment.

The two big positions that we are frequently challenged with are being held in Side Control and being Mounted. Of course there are other positions that we need answers for too, and we have those answers – but becoming highly adept at escaping Side Control and removing someone who has managed to achieve full Mount on you, brings a lot of confidence.

As with submissions and their defence, positional escapes need to be practiced and honed. Rule one in my mind: stay calm, think and remain focused. Identify the difficulty and plan an appropriate escape keeping in mind that you must be switched on and aware of the need to stop your opponent from advancing still up the hierarchy of positions – the further the opponent gets, the worse your situation becomes and the opponent must be prevented from improving their position and further dominating you. Wait for the right moment, an ease up in the opponent’s pressure, a lapse in their concentration or a preoccupation with something else, a little space – a moment immediately after they expend energy when they are recovering, regaining position, when their attack and pressure is momentarily weak – and at that moment, after being patient, you escape.

Beginners often explode as soon as they are dominated and once they have exploded and spent their effort when they are at their strongest, further efforts to escape can only be physically weaker. There is no point in using all of your energy at a moment when your opponent is at their strongest – let the opponent feel safe and comfortable and allow them to sense no danger. If you try to escape at a moment when your opponent is prepared for a struggle and their weight is firmly over you – you will probably lose your fight to escape.

As beginners, we think that we need to escape from every position. There are answers to escaping all positions but they aren’t always achievable. I learnt something invaluable from Roger Gracie’s father, Mauricio Gomes when I first started training. Mauricio is a genuine legend in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and I was having difficulty escaping from Side Control and asked for his advice. What he told me I will never forget – he said, ‘sometimes you just can’t escape – so you just need to wait’. I have found out over the last seven years that often the best time to escape is when your opponent is ‘transitioning’ between positions because this is when little spaces appear. Mauricio allowed me to accept that sometimes you just can’t escape and his advice has served me well.

BJJ Lifestyle Team – Training Methodology and Focus

Featured image: Rodolfo Vieira – an exceptional champion and fantastic role model for anyone beginning sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – photo courtesy of http://www.mikecalimbas.com

BJJ Lifestyle Team – Training Methodology

My overall approach to team training will be focused on building the basics of technique, understanding principles, and repetition. I will be concentrating on laying strong foundations, building a deep understanding of the fundamentals, the little details which make a big difference, and drilling. I am a big believer in carving the neuro muscular pathways that allow us to respond quickly under pressure. To achieve this, familiarity with position needs to be built and a technique needs to be repeated many times.

I will be leading my classes with an extremely strong focus on the structure of BJJ that is the making of those most successful. There are many complicated moves that are rarely used – and time spent refining them is time that could be used mastering the concepts that make the biggest difference. I am looking forward to developing training partners that I can drill key positions and escapes with.

To summarise: BJJ Lifestyle Team training sessions will be based on mastering the fundamentals, drilling and repetition and practicing a technique for multiple sessions rather than dropping techniques and moving on. There will also be considerable time given to take downs, defences and escapes.

An insight for those thinking of joining

Rilion Gracie at a seminar in the United States – note the message at the top of the photo! Photo courtesy of http://www.mikecalimbas.com.

I trained in Rio de Janeiro in January 2007 – where I met a Brown Belt who told me that in the 8 years he had sparred with Rilion Gracie, he hadn’t managed to pass Rilion’s Guard once, incredible. The Brown Belt was 26 years old and weighed about 90 kilos – Rilion weighs 68 kilos and would’ve been in his early 40’s at the time.

BJJ Lifestyle Team will start training in September 2013, in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.

You’re reading this blog – so you must be interested. You might be thinking: I feel reluctant to go along, but I would really like to see what it’s like to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

I feel anxious and don’t know what to expect. I might get hurt, I don’t want to fight anyone. I don’t want to get punched or kicked. I don’t want to feel embarrassed, I’m unfit – I’ll join when I’m fitter.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, sometimes referred to as ‘The Gentle Art’, doesn’t involve striking of any kind. We specialise on the ground and there are many positions that we practice to dominate an opponent. Equally, there are many escapes we practice should we find ourselves being dominated. We finish fights with a submission – by submitting people. There is no striking of any kind, so you won’t need to worry about getting hurt by someone punching you.

We operate what we call a ‘tap’ system, where we ‘tap’ the person we are sparring with a couple of times in quick succession to indicate that we want to give up if we can’t continue. It’s a simple system, but one that works very well and ensures we rarely get hurt.

I started my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Journey in June 2006. During the last seven years, I’ve experienced many emotions. I have decided to start a team with the intention of creating what I believe is the perfect training environment. Training consistently is very important in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) if you want to develop your skills and that of course includes my own training. I intend to offer a training environment where we can learn together, become friends and above all else, become a team supporting each other.

It’s hard for some to get started – to try anything new for the first time – but you need to try BJJ. I’ve lost count of the number of people I’ve heard say ‘I wish I’d started sooner’ or ‘I wish I’d started in my 20’s’.

I started practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when I was 36 and it wasn’t too late – I’m 43 now and intend to train for as long as I possibly can – it’s a way of life. I believe a well-trained person of any age will dominate an unskilled younger fighter, in BJJ.

To reassure you if you are struggling to find the confidence to try a training session – I am very keen to give all team members and those that want to come along for the first time, a very enjoyable and inspiring experience – with no pressure. I have considerable teaching experience gained since I was twenty-one years old. Patience, detail and the avoidance of overload are key to ensuring people pick things up and retain what they’ve learnt – repetition and relaxation being important factors, too.

I’ve personally felt anxious before training sessions and I’m striving to make the BJJ Lifestyle Team a welcoming and relaxing place to be – so that training is something people want to do and not something they are forcing themselves to do. I know first hand, that you can only force yourself to do something for so long before you give up. If you don’t give up entirely, you’ll find reasons not to attend training sessions. I will be working hard to create an environment where people want to be.

If you would like to start your own Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey, it would be a pleasure to count you as a member of the BJJ Lifestyle Team. You can contact me by completing the short form under ‘Contact Us’.

What to expect from your first lesson at BJJ Lifestyle Team

Rafael Mendes of Team Atos in America, with a spectacular arm bar submission – I watched him compete at the ADCC in 2011…he is an incredible athlete.

What to expect from your first lesson at the BJJ Lifestyle Team. I am extremely keen to introduce people to a way of life that I didn’t find until I was 36. Training needs to be fun. If you don’t have fun you either miss classes or give up completely. My approach is welcoming, I don’t believe in grueling warm ups, I have no interest in aggression or violence and I believe that people should learn slowly at a manageable pace. Any possibility of awkwardness and embarrassment is avoided. You don’t need to be super fit, but you will get there if you train consistently. Egos aren’t welcome.

I am very keen to promote a true team feeling where we learn and develop together. My Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey started 7 years ago and I would like to build a team where those around me are just as committed and interested in the world sport BJJ scene as I am. I would like to develop training partners so that I can continue to develop my own technical ability.

If you would like to join me by starting your own journey, I would be very pleased to teach you. Lessons are starting in September 2013 in Kingston upon Thames.

Become one of the first members of BJJ Lifestyle Team

An inspiring picture of eight Black Belts and a Brown Belt at a Rickson Gracie seminar in the United States – hopefully this will be a picture of BJJ Lifestyle Team one day! Photo courtesy of http://www.mikecalimbas.com.

The BJJ Lifestyle Team will start training in September 2013, in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey . Focusing entirely on complete beginners from age 16 and upwards, the BJJ Lifestyle Team is aiming to become a close-knit team that will initially compete at White Belt level at competitions across the UK.

We will be focusing entirely on sport Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

If you would like to be part of the BJJ Lifestyle Team – please send your contact details using the form under the ‘Contact Us’ page in the menu above and you will be contacted with more details in late August.

The team will be led by Diccon Lynes who is a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Leo Negao.

Leo is from Rio de Janeiro and is one of the best Black Belts in the UK – he has been a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt for over ten years. Leo will be visiting Kingston for occasional team training sessions and seminars.

The BJJ Lifestyle Team’s technical development will also benefit greatly from the occasional involvement of Lyubo Kumbarov. Lyubo is a 4 times Bulgarian National Freestyle Wrestling champion. Lyubo will be giving the team a great insight into Wrestling takedowns without the Gi.

Leo and Lyubo are both exceptional grapplers and excellent teachers who bring a relaxed approach to the way they teach.

Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida

Current IBJJF Absolute World champion. Other top-level black belts claim he moves like a featherweight – a master of domination, uses movement to great advantage…’Buchecha’, translating as ‘cheeks’ in Portuguese seems unstoppable having recently won the Absolute at the Pan Ams – I’m looking forward to watching him in the other major competitions this year…

Come and learn in a supportive team environment

Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles piling on the pressure at the 2013 IBJJF Pan Ams – Men’s Adult Black Belt. Photo courtesy of  http://www.mikecalimbas.com.

The BJJ Lifestyle Team will start training in September 2013, in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey . Focusing entirely on complete beginners of all weights from age 16 and upwards, the BJJ Lifestyle Team is aiming to become a close-knit team that will initially compete at White Belt level at competitions across the UK.

We will be focusing entirely on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

The team will be led by Diccon Lynes who is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Leo Negao.

Leo is from Rio de Janeiro and is one of the best Black Belts in the UK – he has been a Black Belt for over 10 years. Leo will visit Kingston for occasional team training sessions and seminars.

The BJJ Lifestyle Team’s technical development will also benefit greatly from the occasional involvement of Lyubo Kumbarov. Lyubo is a 4 times Bulgarian National Freestyle Wrestling champion. Lyubo will be giving the team a great insight into Wrestling takedowns without the Gi.

Leo and Lyubo are both exceptional grapplers and excellent teachers who bring a relaxed approach to the way they teach.

If you would like to become part of the BJJ Lifestyle Team in September, please complete the following form.

Learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Kingston upon Thames

A brilliant picture for Jiu-Jitsu – teammates supporting Gracie Barra at the IBJJF World Championships in America. I hope this will be a picture of BJJ Lifestyle Team members, one day.

What to expect from your first lesson at BJJ Lifestyle Team. I am extremely keen to introduce people to a way of life that I didn’t find until I was 36. Training needs to be fun. If you don’t have fun you either miss classes or give up completely. My approach is welcoming, I don’t believe in grueling warm ups, I have no interest in aggression or violence and I believe that people should learn slowly at a manageable pace. Any possibility of awkwardness and embarrassment is avoided. You don’t need to be super fit, but you will get there if you train consistently. Egos aren’t welcome.

I am very keen to promote a true team feeling where we learn and develop together. My Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey started nearly 7 years ago and I would like to build a team where those around me are just as committed and interested in the world sport BJJ scene as I am. I would like to develop training partners so that I can continue to develop my own technical ability.

If you would like to join me by starting your own journey, I would be very pleased to teach you. Lessons are starting in September 2013 in Kingston upon Thames.

Starting in September 2013

Pictured above, ‘Buchecha’ – Absolute champion of the world.

If you would like to find a fantastic way of keeping fit and healthy, join the BJJ Lifestyle Team and learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Kingston upon Thames. The sole focus of the team is the study of sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, often referred to as ‘BJJ’. The team’s focus will be training for competitions. In addition to our competition focus, we practice what is known as the ‘BJJ Lifestyle’. As Team Coach, the BJJ Lifestyle is important to me for health and well-being  – my interest lies in developing technically in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, following a healthy diet for optimum sports performance and overall health and stretching for maximum sports performance to try to stay injury free. If you would like to try this wonderful art and sport, I would be very pleased to hear from you. Classes are starting in September 2013 and will be held in Kingston upon Thames.