I’m Finally Back On The Mend!

Josh PalmerRandom Thoughts, Training

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I have always known that at some point in my grappling exploits I’ll acquire a significant enough injury to keep me out for a lengthy amount of time. I’ve had close calls before of course: a seriously pulled pec major courtesy of a Judo Olympian, a nasty bout of cellulitis from an infection in my arm and a ‘slight’ fracture … Read More

My Interview with the ‘Eat Sleep Grow Repeat’ Podcast

Josh PalmerBJJ, Knowledge Is Power, MMA Musings, Random Thoughts, Training

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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!

Josh PalmerBJJ, MMA Musings, Random Thoughts, Training

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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

Artemis BJJ – Charity Grapplethon 2014

Josh PalmerBJJ, Grappling Events, Training

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Artemis BJJ – Charity Grapplethon 2014 for ‘Kinergy’. As I had to drive past Bristol on the way back from CW in Swansea, I decided to make a point of stopping by the Grapplethon on the way home. Great groiup of pople raisinng money for a good cause. After being up for 18 hours straight I’m sure a fresh me … Read More

Leicester Shootfighters Charity Open Mat 2014

Josh PalmerBJJ, Grappling Events, Training

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Another February rolls around and it’s time for the annual Charity Open Mat at Leicester Shootfighters under the watchful eye of Nathan Leverton. As usual some excellent socialising and grappling took place along with some brilliant impromptu teachings from Nathan and Judo Commonwealth Champ Wayne Lakin. Overall £350 was raised for the ‘MIND’ charity! Added bonus I dispatched the evil … Read More

A Word From My Professor: No Zen Jiu-Jitsu

Josh PalmerBJJ, Knowledge Is Power, Training

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Two and a half years ago I achieved one of my biggest accomplishments to date. A purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under this man: This is Wilson Junior. He’s the head instructor for Carlson Gracie here in the UK and he is ‘Old School‘. I mean that in the sense that, true to the Carlsons lineage, he aims for utter … Read More

Win Some Lose Some – AWOL 2

Josh PalmerBJJ, MMA Events, Training

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I have had a busy couple of weeks! Think I’ve earned a bit of a rest before we start building towards the English Open 2013 on 24th November, UCMMA Contenders on December 14th and the whole slew of awesome Cage Warriors shows that are scheduled to top off the year. A few weeks ago I wrote a piece about my … Read More

An Exercise In Performance Anxiety – UCMMA Norwich 21-09-2013

Josh PalmerMMA Events, Training

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Well I finally got around to doing something that vaguely resembles an MMA match. Note: I said match since given the rule-set limitations I don’t personally think you can call a c-class Amateur bout a ‘fight’ anymore than you can any single discipline competition. It’s just semantics but I know how touchy some people get about it. I’ve been kind … Read More

Wrapping Up CWFC 59

Josh PalmerBJJ, MMA Events, Training

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The first Cage Warriors title tournament is in the books and blimey did that makes things all the more interesting! Check out the review video of all the nights action: I was also very lucky to be able to get some quality training done whilst I was over in Wales. On the Friday night after the weigh-ins UFC fighter John … Read More

Immaculate Submission Only 2013

Josh PalmerBJJ, Grappling Events, Training

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So I finally got around to competing for first time since the Europeans Championships back in October 2012. I’d been looking forward to this event as it’s a rule set I really like and I’ve been cutting weight really successfully again using a Leangains approach. Training and dieting has been on point and I was pretty confident that competing in … Read More