Polaris 3 – Poole

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Eveyone I worked with at MMA shows always used to joke that I was grappling biased. This is, it’s fair to say, true. But everytime I get to commentate a Polaris Jiu-Jitsu Invitational event, I’m reminded why I really do love the sport of submission grappling. Polaris 3 took place at the Lighthouse Centre in Poole right down on the … Read More

Polaris 2 – September 2015

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I had the honor of calling the second Polaris Grappling show this month in Cardiff. Broadcasted on the new FloGrappling network, the show featured some amazing talent including not only the worlds best veterans such as Shaolin and Robson Moura but many new stars like Garry Tonon and Eddie Cummings. Accompanied by Nick Osipczyk, I was also joined on commentary … Read More

Well that was an interesting 4.5 years!

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Nope, not ready. Nobody is ever ready…at least not in their own heads. Just as I was beginning to get happy with being really competitive at purple belt this happens! Seriously though, I haven’t been concerned about belts for a very long time but to get this awarded by my good friend Lee Doski in the presence of Carlson Gracie … Read More

Southend No-Gi 2015 AKA Standing Around is Boring

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Crashed back to earth this week after my recent high of winning the British BJJ Open. Moved briefly back up to Heavyweight to compete at the Southend No-Gi Open. Just the one match against a great competitor. Slightly frustrating for us both being left around standing for four hours despite being the only two competitors in our bracket! Nevertheless we … Read More

I Won My First British Championship!

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You guys won’t know (because I’ve been somewhat lazy in updating the blog with my thought process lately!) but I have had a complete revamp of the way I’ve been training both physically and more importantly: mentally. The result: I just won my first British BJJ Open. Why does this mean so much to me? Well other than I get … Read More

Back to Competition!

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A lot has changed in my jiu-jitsu over the past few months. Considering I’ve been at this for seven and a half years, it highlights one of the many things I love about the sport: constant change and progression. Last year generally wasn’t good for my grappling. I was waiting nearly nine months to have my torn meniscus removed. Although … Read More

IBJJF London No-Gi Open 2014

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It’s been a long road through the NHS minefield to get my knee back in good enough working order where I feel safe for competition again. Whilst at times it’s been immensely frustrating, I’ve emerged with a renewed spirit for harder training and drilling skills into the ground. This has been aided by the crack of dawn sessions I’ve been … Read More

My Interview with the ‘Eat Sleep Grow Repeat’ Podcast

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Leaving apart the fact that rather amusingly Jamie spelt ‘Jiu-Jitsu’ wrong…this was a really fun interview to do! I’m also overwhelmed by the lovely response from the facebook community – many people have heard my story before but plenty haven’t and to see it shared so well was really nice to see. Get the podcast on iTunes here: iTunes …or … Read More

New Sponsor: Valor Fightwear!

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I am very pleased to say that I, and my endeavors with the Top Control Podcast, are now sponsored by the most excellent: VALOR FIGHTWEAR. I have been particularly impressed with the products Valor have produced over the last 18 months, their excellent price point and their willingness to sponsor both BJJ and MMA practitioners. Anyone who has met Kevin … Read More