Sunday, 15 September 2019

Training report: Questions & Answers for Fundamentals and surprise graduation

This week, we covered questions and answers for fundamental.

The advanced students drilled their favorites techniques on Tuesday.

On Thursday, Stu taught rubber guard which was the most favorite guard during our facebook questionnaire.

For questions and answers, we covered the pro and cons of breaking the guard standing instead of breaking the closed guard on our knees.

We also covered arm bar from closed guard and arm bar defense.

On Thursday, we had a surprise graduation for our 2 new students (Patolo & Valentino).
They train at De la Salle College where Jay is currently working and teaching Nogi BJJ.

We are still taking new students for our Sandringham location at the moment.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

NZ Open Gi National Championship 2019

Hi Team,

Do not forget about the next event at the end of  this month.

It is the National GI competition organised by NZ Grappler and sponsorsed by Hyperfly NZ

Saturday 28 September
203 Kohimarama

for more information,

Please read the rules as per below link as they are using SJJF

Training report: The turtle position & Stu becomes North Island Judo Champion (Master division)

We covered the topic of turtle for fundamentals and deep half guard for Advanced Topic.

Turtle is not considered dominant position but it is plays a great part in BJJ.

It gives you an option to avoid getting your guard pass.

But also, under SBJJF rules and points system, it could be rewarded by 2 points for sweep and they recognise as a sweep (compare to the IBJJF)

The Judo throw of the week was Osoto Gari.

Next week we will be teaching questions and andswers

Also, Auckland University Judo Club team competed at the North Island Judo Championship on the week end.

Stu won his division at under 90 kilo (Master).

Great to see the rest of team hard work paying off:

Kane with U100kg, U90kg golds and an Open Silver,
 Quentin with an U66kg bronze
 Phoebe with a senior women's U52kg gold.

Stu Veterans U90kg gold and Open silver
*Quentin Veterans U73 30+ gold
*Tank Veterans U73 30+ silver
*Fabio Veterans U73 40+ gold
*Aly Senior Boys U66 gold

For more information on Auckland University Judo Club

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Winter dinner at the Yakitori House restaurant

Last Saturday, we organised a dinner at the Yakitori House restaurant located at 18b Shortland Street,
Auckland, New Zealand.

While the name of the restaurant is Yakitori which means grilled chicken, they do offer a wide variety of skewers like beefs, seafood and vegetable skewers options.

The restaurant also offer other Japanese traditional dishes like Sashimi, Sushi, Tempura, Donburi, Nabe.

The bar setting makes it ideal for a casual dinner for a sport club.

We definitely will be back for future social events.

Thanks Kan for looking after us.

Monday, 26 August 2019

Future Kimono is looking to sponsor New Zealanders

You could the next person being sponsored!

After signing up Gordon Ryan, I just asked the company what they are planning next..
Future Kimono actually signed up more athletes which we cannot disclose their names at the moment due to their previous contracts finishing soon.
The new athletes are based in USA and Brazil.

The good news is that they are looking for local talents to represent their brand in NZ.

Actually, I like the concept of developing grass roots BJJ and give the opportunity to the older and new up coming talents of New Zealand.

I would suggest that you contact them directly via facebook or instragram.

It could be a NOGI competitor and/or a GI competitor.

Please see links for more information.

Blog on why and how to get BJJ sponsors

Sunday, 25 August 2019


Spring is just around the corner.
If you want to start learning BJJ or if you stopped for a while and are thinking to start again, just drop by for a free class and email us if you need more information.

We do not have contracts and do not use the discount strategy so we are not offering any form of discount if you join us for spring.

We have two main location for adults (Epsom & Sandringham) and one main location for kids (Grey Lynn).

Below are some videos about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Expanding in Auckland: 6

We have 2 locations where we teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to adults.
The first one is Epsom:
6 Woodhall Road

Second location is Sandringham:
681 Sandringham Road

We also have an affiliate school that specialize in teaching kids in Grey Lynn:
38 Monmouth Street

Our students are also teaching in another 3 locations and spreading the knowledge and techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Judo.

Ben is teaching Judo and BJJ in Howick (Howick College).
The club is for their students only.
Ben is also beginner Judo Coach at Auckland University Judo Club

Jay is teaching wrestling and BJJ Nogi in Mangare.
He is teaching at the De La Salle College.
The club is for their students only.
Jay is a former student of De La Salle. He happily donates some of his time to teach the new students

Garth also started teaching BJJ in Meandow Bank / St Heliers
He is teaching at the Kawa Dojo (Zen Do Kai)
Garth is also the kids Judo Coach at Auckland University Judo Club

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Dinner at Tanuki Restaurant & Seminar

Before you start thinking that I just spend my weekend drinking, eating and blogging about Japanese restaurant in Auckland.

I have another valid excuse for our trip.

Last Saturday, we attended the mid winter party hosted the Uni Auckland Judo club.

The event was held at the Tanuki Sushi & Sake Restaurant.

As most readers would know, we have a strong connection with the Judo Club as we teach at BJJ at their location.

Also, many of students cross train in both arts.

It was the first event held after the departure of Rick Sensei.
From memory, the dinner consisted of: salmon & mushroom miso soup, sashimi of snapper, salmon and tuna, noodles, rice with salmon, ice cream with Japanese treats.

Then after dinner, we decided to walk down to the Yatikori House to have a "couple" more jugs of beer and end up celebrating Stu birthday as we went over midnight.

Stu, Fern & Weeman also attended a BJJ seminar on Thursday: 9 time World Champion, 5 time Abu Dhabi champion, 2017 ADCC champion Beatriz Mesquita 

Stu will be covering the techniques from the seminar which were mostly around the knee slice guard pass.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

An evening at the Yakitori House

akitori (Japanese焼き鳥) is a Japanese type of skewered chicken. Its preparation involves skewering the meat with kushi (), a type of skewer typically made of steel, bamboo, or similar materials. Afterwards, they are grilled over a charcoal fire. During or after cooking, the meat is typically seasoned with tare sauce or salt.

Last Saturday, we took our coaches and their better half (wife or partner) for a dinner.
The goal was to thank the coaches but mostly their spouses to let them train at night.

The location was the Yakitori House.
Their manager is Kan.
He is Judo black belt who trains at the Auckland University Judo Club.
We have been friends for years and we always receive us a warm welcome and special attention from him.

He also set up a menu that included:
Salmon Sashimi
Deep fried Chicken (kara-age chicken)
Chicken and cheese yakitori
Chichen tender thigh met yakitori
Big chunky salmon yakitori
A vegetable sets of yakitori for the vegeterian.
Fried dumpling
Deep freight camenbert
Fried Squid tentacles
Prawn tempura set
Deep friend Moro bar named Moro Dog

We washed down all the food with Orion beer, sake and Japanese Sochu.

You can check their information on the below link

The first picture is the team posing with Kan.

I did not take pictures of the food we consumed but I decided to post some pictures from their facebook page just to give an idea of how nice is the food.

We are thinking to take all the team for a mid winter party.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Training report: Back Position

This week, we covered the topic of the back position for fundamentals.
This position is considered on the best position and is rewarded by 4 points (same the mount position).
We covered couple of escapes and many submissions from the back.
My favorite submission is the bow and arrow choke.
We also introduce the straight jacket system from John Danaher.
This system was created to trap one arm with your leg which means you have one hand to finish your submission attempt.

We are still taking new students at both locations.

Beginners welcome.

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Graduation pictures for Semester One 2019

Once again, we hosted our graduation at our Sandringham's location.

We also invited our friends from ETK and their BJJ coach Kula to celebrate the end of semester one.

We also had the traditional pizzas party afterward (over 370$).

Looking forward to the semester two and finish the year strong.

If you want to start training or have stopped for a while, please come down or email us for a free class.

All levels welcome.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Auckland Kids BJJ program

Are you looking for a kids program for your kids?

Please check out our affiliate club called Auckland Kids BJJ.

Coach Adam Evans focuses on teaching kids from 5 to twelve years old.

Taking new students

Come and join us for the new semester 2.

Even if you are running late, we are always taking new students trough the semester.

We have classes available from Monday to Thursday at 2 locations.

No contract

20 $ in weekly automatic payment.

Beginners welcome.

Sandringham Classes 

Please come down for a free class or email us on for more information

Taking new members. Beginners welcome.

Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm


The classes are held at St Martins Church Hall 

 681 Sandringham Rd,


Epsom Classes: 

Please come down for a free class or email us on for more information

Taking new members. All levels welcome.

Tuesday and Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm

 6 Woodhall Road, Epsom, Auckland, NZ

Taking new students for the new semester

Year 2019

Semester 2

Monday 24 June:
Graduation for Semester One

Week 1 (Starts Tuesday 25 June)
Fundamentals: Mount

Week 2 (Starts Monday 01 July)
Fundamentals: Back

Week 3 (Starts Monday 08 July)
Fundamentals: Side Control

Week 4 (Starts Monday 15 July)
Fundamentals: Knee on the belly

Week 5 (Starts Monday 22 July)
Fundamentals: North South

Week 6 (Starts Monday 29 July)
Fundamentals: Guard Submissions

Week 7 (Starts Monday 05 August)
Fundamentals: Guard passes

Week 8 (Starts Monday 12 August)
Fundamentals: Guard sweeps

Week 9 (Starts Monday 19 August)
Fundamentals: Top half guard

Week 10 (Starts Monday 26 August)
Fundamentals: Bottom half guard

Week 11 (Starts Monday 2 Sept)
Fundamentals: Turtle

Week 12 (Starts Monday 9 Sept)
Fundamentals: Questions and Answers

Week 13 (Starts Monday 16 Sept)
Fundamentals: Mount

Week 14 (Starts Monday 23 Sept)
Fundamentals: Back

Saturday 28 September

Week 15  (Starts Monday 30 Sept)
Fundamentals: Side Control

Week 16 (Starts Monday 07 Oct)
Fundamentals: Knee on belly

Week 17 (Starts Monday 14 Oct)
Fundamentals: North South

Week 18 (Starts Monday 21 Oct)
Fundamentals: Guard submissions

Week 19 (Starts Monday 28 Oct)
Fundamentals: Guard Passes

Week 20 (Starts Monday 04 Nov)
Fundamentals: Guard sweeps

Week 21 (Starts Monday 11 Nov)
Fundamentals: Top Half guard

Week 22 (Starts Monday 18 Nov)
Fundamentals: Bottom half guard

Week 23 (Starts Monday 25 Nov)
Fundamentals: Turtle

Week 24  (Starts Monday 02 Dec)
Fundamental: Questions and Answers

Week 25  (Starts Monday 9 December)

Graduation for semester Semester two on Monday 09 December at Sandringham

Wednesday 19 Dec is last day of class at Sandringham
Thursday 20 Dec is last day of class at Epsom

Restart classes to be confirmed

Monday 06 Jan 2020 at Sandringham
Tuesday 07 Jan 2020 at Epsom