Today I had the great privilege of acknowledging a new black belt. The credit belongs to Richard Shore, and the rest of the Tillery Combat Academy. The students and coaches there are phenomenal. I’m very proud to have been there to be a part of awarding Darrell James his BJJ black belt this afternoon. 



Congratulations to all our Phoenix BJJ team members who competed this last weekend at a White / Blue belt only competition.

A special note of congratulations to one of my regular training partners here in Bournemouth and Fundamentals coach Carl Sweetman for taking silver in the Blue Belt division. Well done Carl!

Advice for advanced students

I was listening to an interview with Pavel Tsatsouline on my way to work and one of the questions he was asked regarding strength athletes resonated strongly with me as a Jiu Jitsu practitioner and I thought was good advice for us all but especially those of us who have been training for a few years now.

He was asked if he had any advice for advanced students?

He answered “Yes, Advanced students should avoid getting distracted. They should focus on refining the basics. Really dig deeper into BASICS! In my opinion that’s what separates the best from the rest.”

Advice on dealing with a Bad Day on the mats (or anywhere for that matter)

“Having a bad day in the gym is in no way a bad thing. Although it’s frustrating, those are the days you build character and learn a lot about yourself as a fighter and a warrior.
So next time you’re having a bad day in the gym find a way to work through it with the mindset that it is an opportunity to build yourself.
Enjoy the grind.” Enson Inoue

Iron sharpens iron 

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27.17.

Always great to see and learn from Master Terere and get together with our Phoenix teammates. 

Big congratulations to my friend and training partner Jimmy on receiving his First Degree on his Black Belt today!