Copa De Bangkok, 2017

One of the most anticipated BJJ events in Bangkok is the ‘Copa de Bangkok’ held next to the National Football Stadium in Siam. With my limited experience, I did not enter this year, but many of my training partners took part. It was a bit of a trek in the sweltering heat from the skytrain to the stadium, but it was worth it, not only to support the team, but to see competitive BJJ up close. There was some stiff competition this year but our team battled hard and were victorious, under the guidance of our instructor and referee, Prof. Adam Shahir Kayoom.

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Well, this happened…

Well, this happened tonight. Anyone who has done jiu jitsu knows how hard it is not only to step onto the mats, but to reach this first landmark. A lot of blood, sweat, chokes and tears went into getting this far. One thing I have realised, even at this early stage, you will have good days and bad days, you will get ‘smashed’ rolling and get tapped frequently, but you must persevere and learn from every experience. Believe me, it’s worth it. Thanks to all who have supported and encouraged me from day one and thanks to Prof. Adam Shahir Kayoom for my promotion. Here’s to many more stripes and belts! Oss. #jiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsu #bjj #bjjlifestyle #graciejiujitsu

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Academy Moved!

My Coach, Prof. Adam Shahir Kayoom, recently moved the Q23 academy to a new Gym based in a hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok. There was a lot of work needed to convert the then yoga style room into a BJJ academy. But, with some serious blood, sweat and tears the place is looking amazing. First class was tough, fun and, as usual, sweaty…

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Settlin’ In…

Ok, so I have a few classes under my belt, I’m learning a few new things, trap and roll, cross collar chokes and shrimping, shrimping and more shrimping. I’m starting to see why people get addicted to the art. Not only the amazing techniques, using leverage over power, but the ‘family’ atmosphere where other students connect with you almost instantly and are always more than willing to help. They have all been there and know how hard it is, but they also know how rewarding it is once you start to understand a few principles of the art.

One thing you must remember when doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – leave your ego at the door…

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My First Class…

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After a few months of building up the courage to step on to the mats, I finally took the plunge, and, honestly, it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I collapsed with exhaustion and shoulder burns after about 1 hour and thought, maybe this is not for me…

I rang my wife and told her the situation, her response was, ‘you’ve just spend a fortune on a gi and you’ve paid for a month in advance, you’re going back…’

I’m glad she gave me that kick up the arse. I went back, and after my second class and a few chokes later, I was addicted…