Tuesday, 17 March 2020

UPDATE

Hi just to let you know that we have decided to shut the clubs down for two weeks as a precautionary
measure because BJJ is a contact sport.

We are doing our bit as a club to help flatten the curve of the virus in New Zealand. Flattening the curve means limiting the rapid spread of the virus by reducing physical contact with people, washing our hands regularly and avoiding large crowds.

Like we have said before this is all a precautionary measure only. We have made this decision now because we can, many other clubs might follow a similar approach or might likely in the near future. 
This is to the health of our people, and in fact of all New Zealanders forefront in our minds. 

We feel that we must play our role and take a more proactive action in containing the spread of the virus in Aotearoa. 
Our number one priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of our people and their families.
How can you help?
CLUB RULES:

- If you have travelled self isolate yourself and those that travelled for three weeks, that means not coming in contact with others that have not travelled with you i.e. your kids, partner, going out shopping etc. Please do not put strain on the already overloaded health workers.

- If you had family coming from overseas and you have been in contact with them above rule applies. - Avoid large gathering if you see too many people at some places, avoid that area come back later.

- If you are sick stay home, do not put strain on your immune system or pass it onto others. The COVID-19 virus attacks the elderly and people with immunity issues i.e. when you are sick. Consider taking a flu vaccination.

This is in place for the next two weeks, at which point we will reassess them. 
In the meantime can you all register your interest with HELLO CLUB with $0 so we can keep in touch and keep a place for you when we reopen. https://aucklandbjj.helloclub.com/register…

Thank you for understanding and take good care. Remember, these are only our thoughts follow the normal NZ NATIONAL PANDEMIC PLAN. Please have a chat to your instructors if you have any concerns.



Monday, 16 March 2020

Update

Covid-19 and Aucklandbjj
Hi at Auckland BJJ we have been keeping a close eye on this novel virus.
We have increased mat cleaning to after every session and we will also do the following.
1) no new members or trial classes starting Monday the 15 March and probably continuing for at least a month.
2) all current members that are unwell are to stay away from training. Instructors will tell you to go back home if they see you sick and wanting to train, so don't make them do this. We all want to be a healthy as possible before covid 19 comes so please don't spread any other illness in the dojo.
3) any members who are self isolating or decide they don't want to come to training. Please email us to let us know. We support you, and because we have a no contract system feel free to stop payments. We will also hold your place in classes when we return to normal.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Interview with Jay (Coach of the Junior Squad)

Q: Hi Jay, Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. 
Can you please elaborate a bit on your background? and what made you train BJJ?
A: Kia Ora, well I started training BJJ when I was in my last year of university and working nights as a Bouncer. I started off just want to learn a few submissions for self-defiance, not long after finishing university I became a Corrections officer. By this time, I was really getting into BJJ and feel in love with the Art.  Last year I change jobs again and now work as a high school teacher.

Q: We are lucky to you have stepping up as the coach for the Juniors Squad (Kids class at Sandringham). 
It is not often that a club has a school teacher involved with the kid’s program. 
Can you tell us what made you become a school teacher but also about other school you were involved in teaching and also developing BJJ?
A: I feel blessed to have the opportunity to give back to the club and the art which has helped me in my life in so many ways. In my work as a corrections officer I stood at the bottom of the cliff, working with young adults whose life had taken them on a negative path. 
I wanted to really get involved and try help people not to head down that road. I knew I couldn’t do this working in the criminal justice sector, so I retrained for another year at uni to become a teacher and now I try to stand at the top of the cliff. 
My first go at coaching was back at my old high school De La Salle College, the main motivation for setting that up was because I always say to myself “I wish I had BJJ when I was at high school”. 
BJJ has been a powerful life changing tool for me, through BJJ I learnt so many life skills, like never giving up. That is something I want pass on to our youth.


Q: We have watched you teaching the kids classes. On top of following our ten week curriculum, I noticed that you have created lot of "games" and drills" to adjust to the attention span of the students. 
Where did you get the idea from and can you elaborate?
A: that I owe to teachers training, at university we learnt to chunk information up and create activities that are connected to what you are trying to teach. 
All the games I incorporate in the program are based around movements and skills necessary in BJJ. 
Play is one of the best was to learn new skills and stay young, I fully believe that.  

Q: We are family oriented and want the whole family to train together. 
On top of that our $30 family package were everyone in the family trains together. 
Can you give us some example of students that are taking advantage of the special family package?
A: we have around four families that are on family packages. It is so amazing to see parents who bring their kids along to train but they themselves become inspired to get into to BJJ and jump on the mats. 
I feel the family package is a great way for families to grow together. 
We have a new family from Tahiti that have just joined us, at first we had just the three sisters training but as their dad watched more he really started liking it and now he trains with us in the adult’s class.   


Q: We have grading for kids such as stripes and belts. It helps the students to set goals and achieve them. 
I heard of other clubs charging for grading for stripes and belts. 
When do you have grading and how much do you charge?
A: we don’t charge our kids for grading. I feel charging kids for a stripe on a belt puts unnecessary financial pressure on families. 
Most our families have more then one kid training with us, and we feel that seeing how happy the kids are when they are rewarded for their hard work is the best payment ever!
We are planning to have a graduation at each the end of each term.


Q: Why do you think kids should train BJJ?
A: through BJJ kids learn how to persevere and overcome challenges, that is a key life skill that will flow into other areas of their lives, through this Kids learn to become self-disciplined. 
Also, I have learnt in my life that there may come a time when we may need to protect ourselves, though we focus on sports BJJ this translates into self-defiance situations. 
I fully believe that all kids should have some basic self-defiance skills.


Q: Do I need to buy a uniform straight away? How much do they cost?
A: not at first no, it’s best to try the kids out see if it is something they want to get into. 
But at some point you will need a Gi, they range in prices, most are well over $150. 
But we are lucky that we have head coaches that try to reduces the costs for kids and get ours made, which we sell for $80

Q: What does your classes usually consist of?
A: At the start of training we do warm-up games, break falls, and take-down drills. 
Then we stretch and get into the technique of the week.  
once the kids have a basic grasp of the moves we do some situational rolling and finish up with a final game.

Q: Do you have an age range for the Sandringham location?

A: Yes, at this point our age range is from 10-16 years old however, we review this case-by-case. 

Sunday, 8 March 2020

The one hundred dollar challenge

Congratulations to Adam for winning his division at the inaugural SJJIF Oceania championship.

Adam also won our 100 dollars challenge for the most submissions as well.

Years ago, we decided to reward our competitor with the most competitor that has the most submissions during a competition.

In case of a draw, then both competitors would split the cash.

Even if the competition format is point system, we always want our competitors to strive to finish by submission instead of points.

Hence the cash price of 100 dollars.

Also, the club refunded half of the entry fees for our competitors and it included half or their membership fees which they had to pay to the SJJIF New Zealand Federation.




Family discount at Sandringham

The classes for our Junior Squad are filling up in Sandringham.

We offer a special deal for family.

It is $30 per week on automatic payment for the entire family.

We have Dad, mum and siblings taking advantage of this special offer.

The parents can always attend our adult classes which starts after our junior class on Monday and Wednesday.

We want families to train together.

Having your kids doing the same activity together save the hassle of the parents having to drive around for each separate activity.

Having the parents training BJJ has also many bonuses.

The parents are getting fit and also are learning the martial art and are able to help out their kids in their new martial art.

Please come down for a free class or email us if you need more information.



Sandringham Classes 

Taking new members. Beginners welcome.

Junior Squad (kids from 10-17 years old) during school terms
Mondays and Wednesday from 4.30 to 6 pm.

Adults:
Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm

Where:

The classes are held at St Martins Church Hall 


 681 Sandringham Rd,

 Sandringham, 

Auckland 1025