10 Sep 2017


Summary
Ten times World Champion Roger Gracie finally releases instructional content in the form of Roger Gracie TV, a subscription only site that offers techniques and sparring videos. Most content is taught by Roger himself, but there are also a large number of videos taught by elite instructors. This review describes the content of the site and offers a few personal opinions on how it compares to other jiu jitsu learning platforms.

Information
Available online at: www.rogergracietv.com
Cost: £14.99 (GBP) a month / £144 (GBP) a year.

Disclosures: I have no business, financial or personal affiliation with Roger Gracie TV. My own instructor was promoted to black belt by Roger and I have met and trained with Roger a few dozen times.

Review: Roger Gracie TV

Summary Ten times World Champion Roger Gracie finally releases instructional content in the form of Roger Gracie TV , a subscription onl...

25 Aug 2017


My new BJJ Kimono design - the Grey Wolf - is available now at www.meerkatsu.com
It is an all grey coloured gi with black details. The jacket features an inner yoke lining where I've applied my drawing of a fierce wolf face. On the exterior, there are little wolfie designs and decals. The trousers are lightweight ripstop cotton and the jacket is a nice light 475 gsm pearlweave cotton. The entire package comes with a cool wolf gi bag.

Meerkatsu Brand: Grey Wolf BJJ Kimono

My new BJJ Kimono design - the Grey Wolf - is available now at www.meerkatsu.com It is an all grey coloured gi with black details. The j...

18 Jul 2017


Tonight I visited a group in my home town who run an English Martial Arts club. It was so awesome! I've sort of heard of bits and bobs about indigenous fighting arts, for example Cornish wrestling or Catch Wrestling. But there are guys who have looked at the historical side and tried to bring these arts alive by training them.

I got to play with medieval weaponry, tried some bare knuckle boxing, grappled a few old English wrestling moves. We even did a bit of an old English art called shin kicking (it's a real thing, or it was). It was hilarious fun and real eye-opener. Plus it was so much fun whacking, strangling, kicking, hitting and punching without having to worry about RULES!

Chatting with the school owner, Frank Docherty, he explained that a lot of their system stems from texts written during the 15th Century. Every country around Europe developed their own indigenous fighting arts. More than just learning how to hold and swing giant blades around, the system he teaches is based around core fighting concepts - especially those around distance management and angles of attack and defence. Even in our short conversation tonight, I realised there was a lot more in common between the old and the so-called new combat arts.

It was a great eye opener for me. If you get the chance to check out the gang or other local indigenous fighting arts, I really recommend you check them out too.



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English Martial Arts

Tonight I visited a group in my home town who run an English Martial Arts club. It was so awesome! I've sort of heard of bits and bob...

25 Jun 2017


Summary
This set features 35 'fun' techniques that border on the fringes of acceptable sportsmanship (yet are still IBJJF legal). They have been chosen by BJJ black belt and Yoga for BJJ star Sebastian Brosche. This set also includes a few bonus techniques from BJJ brown belt Miha Perhavec. Although marketed as a 'dirty techniques' set, it isn't as dirty as you might imagine. I consider it more like a primer of 'old school' pain and pressure style techniques. When you view the whole set, you also get the fun bonus of being entertained by Sebastian and Miha's amusing bromance double act.

Information
Available as a digital download here: https://30dirty.com/
Cost: $30
Chapters: 35 techniques

Review: 30 Dirty by Sebastian Brosche (with Miha Perhavec)

Summary This set features 35 'fun' techniques that border on the fringes of acceptable sportsmanship (yet are still IBJJF legal)...

29 May 2017


Summary
A concise yet highly detailed overlook at a variety of yoga and mobility movements designed specifically for jiu jitsu practitioners (and other grappling arts). In a manner consistent with his approach to his BJJ technique videos, Nic Gregoriades takes a very concept based approach and shows the major exercises that he himself practices. Nic's personal approach and lengthy explanations to each drill mark his product differently to Sebastian Broche's Yoga for BJJ program. Unlike the latter (and Youtube yoga video in generals), Nic's set is not a 'follow me along' class video. Instead, it is more like a seminar where he shows techniques and how to do them, but you are left to repeat the flows and drills in your own made up routine.

Details
Yoga for Grapplers is available as an online purchase for £62 on this link here.
Video duration: 2 hours 36 minutes

Review: Yoga for Grapplers by Nic Gregoriades, Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood

Summary A concise yet highly detailed overlook at a variety of yoga and mobility movements designed specifically for jiu jitsu practitio...

26 May 2017


I've been very fortunate to be asked to be interviewed on many occasions. Here is a list of appearances and mentions of me or my work within the BJJ media and blogger scene:

16th May 2017 - Panda's Odyssey
BJJ traveller Robert Barker visited my club, Borehamwood BJJ and conducted a video interview.


For more interviews...read on:

Meerkatsu Media Appearances

I've been very fortunate to be asked to be interviewed on many occasions. Here is a list of appearances and mentions of me or my work...

19 May 2017



Buy tickets here.

I cannot wait for this one to happen!
The highlight so far for me will be watching my nogi instructor and long time team mate and friend Daniel Strauss who will be fighting against Jake Shields. But I'm pretty sure all the matches on the card will be as thrilling as the past Polaris events.
Expect photos and report from my come the day.


Polaris 5 is coming to London!!

Buy tickets here . I cannot wait for this one to happen! The highlight so far for me will be watching my nogi instructor and long tim...

7 May 2017


Exactly one year ago today I launched Borehamwood BJJ. How time flies! At the time, I did not have any long term goal or plan other than to simply initiate a little training group here in my home town. Looking at the members I have with me today, I’m incredibly proud of their progress, dedication and commitment to the art - many of them were there with me on that very first day.

Borehamwood BJJ - One Year Old today!

Exactly one year ago today I launched Borehamwood BJJ. How time flies! At the time, I did not have any long term goal or plan other than ...

2 May 2017


Three new T-shirt designs just landed in my store today - check them out here.

More photos and background to these designs:

Meerkatsu Brand: Kabuto Kittens Tee, Fundamentals Tee and Owloplata Tee

Three new T-shirt designs just landed in my store today - check them out here . More photos and background to these designs:

19 Apr 2017


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gyms all over the world are universally proud to display their group team photos. A good team photo is a front window to the wider world. But the presentation can vary quite a lot so I thought I'd take a look at the different approaches gyms take when it comes to the group photo and offer some of my own commentary on the topic:

From Formal to Crazy, 6 Different Jiu-Jitsu Team Formation Photos

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gyms all over the world are universally proud to display their group team photos. A good team photo is a front wi...

18 Apr 2017



This amazing film about Roger Gracie has been over ten years in the making.

You can buy it (video on demand) here - http://www.bantamfilms.com/tradition/

Film maker Daren Bartlett is a true artist. Tradition is beautifully edited and produced. It captures a truly golden period in sport BJJ. The intimacy he depicted made me feel I was literally right there seeing, feeling, hearing, sensing every moment. It is wonderful stuff. Please watch it!



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Film: Tradition, Rise of a Gracie Fighter by Bantam Films

This amazing film about Roger Gracie has been over ten years in the making. You can buy it (video on demand) here -  http://www.bantam...

I just participated in the 2017 Bristol Grapplethon run by Can Sonmez, owner of Artemis BJJ at MyGym in Bristol. This year our efforts were focused on raising funds for SARSAS (Somerset & Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support).

Can has run these Grapplethons since 2012 and I've been a keen supporter, contributor and participant for each of these events. Follow on for some photos and commentary about my experiences this year...

Event report: Bristol Grapplethon 2017 Another Successful 24 Hour Fundraiser!

I just participated in the 2017 Bristol Grapplethon run by Can Sonmez, owner of Artemis BJJ at MyGym in Bristol. This year our efforts we...

8 Apr 2017


Two new rashguard designs have just landed in my store!
Twilight Omoplata & Red's Revenge
They both come in unisex cuts but also there is a very small stock of women's cut sizes for the Red's Revenge model.
Buy them here: www.meerkatsu.com -> store -> rashguards.

See more photos:

Meerkatsu brand: Red's Revenge rashguard and Twilight Omoplata rashguard

Two new rashguard designs have just landed in my store! Twilight Omoplata & Red's Revenge They both come in unisex cuts but als...

6 Apr 2017




I'm very pleased to announce the publication of my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Animal themed colouring in book.

You can buy it here on Blurb (UK link but check the top right corner for your own territory).
I have priced it at £9.99 UK pounds plus postage and packing. The best thing is to first select your country or language option (top right corner on blurb.com) and then search for 'Meerkatsu'

It is print on demand, so it takes around a week to arrive. If you are new to Blurb, sometimes they offer a discount for your first order. Check the Blurb landing page for details.

Read more about this project:

BJJ Animal Alphabet Colouring Book by Meerkatsu

I'm very pleased to announce the publication of my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Animal themed colouring in book. You can buy it here on Bl...

28 Mar 2017



Summary
Jiujitsu.net is the online subscription learning site owned by black belt Dan Lukehart. It currently comprises over 600 videos with around 20-30 added monthly. Lukehart teaches most of the techniques but there are also a small number of guest instructors, such as Paulo and Joao Miyao.

There are two major selling points with jiujitsu.net: narrated competition footage analysis and the flow chart style open ended learning system.

Lukehart is possibly among the best at analyzing competition footage. His teaching style is also highly concept driven and much of the content on jiujitsu.net places emphasis on positions, transitions and flow with very little emphasis on submissions. If you enjoy both those facets to learning BJJ, then this site is well worth your time.

Review: JiuJitsu.Net

Summary Jiujitsu.net is the online subscription learning site owned by black belt Dan Lukehart. It currently comprises over 600 videos...

17 Mar 2017


UPDATE!
This auction is now finished and the final winning bid went for a staggering total of £1560!!!
Many thanks to the winning bidder. The print is currently winging its way to you.


This is a signed, one-off edition art print, of my Graceful Kimura illustration. It measures 80x60cm and is printed onto 240gsm natural white archive quality paper. The highest bidder on Ebay will have the print delivered to them via post in a roll tube (ie the auction does not include framing). All profits from this item will be donated to the 2017 Bristol Grapplethon, which this year will be raising funds for sarsas.org.uk.

You can bid for the print on Ebay here from 17th March 2017. The auction will last 7 days.

[I only auction these prints once a year, read about previous year's charity art print auctions: 2016, 2015,  2014 and 2013].






Art print auction - the Graceful Kimura

UPDATE! This auction is now finished and the final winning bid went for a staggering total of £1560!!! Many thanks to the winning bidde...

6 Mar 2017


15th April 2017 we're set to embark on our next annual Bristol Grapplethon where we roll over a 24 hour period and raise funds for charity. It's a great event and so much fun meeting fellow jiujitsu enthusiasts from clubs all over the UK. This year we're raising funds for sarsas a charity dedicated to assisting and supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Fund raisers who raise a certain amount will become eligible for this limited edition t-shirt designed by me.


Read more about how to join the fundraising team and how to pop in for a friendly roll here at the Artemis website.

Come join us for a roll or twenty!



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Fundraising: Bristol Grapplethon 2017

15th April 2017 we're set to embark on our next annual Bristol Grapplethon where we roll over a 24 hour period and raise funds for ...

28 Jan 2017



Summary
Roll out mats are the perfect solution for people like me, instructors who require mats for part time use that are easy to transport, store and set up. I have been using these mats for over 7 months and they are perfect for my current needs. The most impressive aspect, aside from their portability, has been their durability and ability to withstand and absorb breakfalls and other high impact activity. There are of course some compromises and niggling little aspects to using these mats but the cons are more than outweighed by the pros. Read on for my full and detailed report.

Review: Roll Out Mats

Summary Roll out mats are the perfect solution for people like me, instructors who require mats for part time use that are easy to tr...

24 Jan 2017



Summary
Beyond Technique 2 is the sequel to the popular first volume of BJJ concepts by Nic Gregoriades and Kit Dale. This follow up alters the structure by adding many more examples of the concepts as applied to BJJ techniques compared with the previous volume. The usual high production values and easy to understand delivery from the two black belts ensures this set is a valuable addition to students regardless of level.


Availability
This video is only available as a digital download, see the JJB Store.
Cost: £40GBP (about $50USD)
Length: 1hr 15mins

Review: Beyond Technique 2, by Nic Gregoriades and Kit Dale

Summary Beyond Technique 2 is the sequel to the popular first volume of BJJ concepts by Nic Gregoriades and Kit Dale. This follow up a...

14 Jan 2017


The folks at London based company Full Guard Gear kindly sent me their latest product - soap and skin lotion. Here is a bit more information along with photos:


Review: Full Guard Soap

The folks at London based company Full Guard Gear kindly sent me their latest product - soap and skin lotion. Here is a bit more informat...

 

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