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New Kid’s League Coming 2016

We will be hosting the North East England Kids BJJ League next year, at our new dojo. The kid’s league will take place on the second Sunday of every month, starting in February 2016. The full list of dates is shown below. This is a UKBJJA ranking event for kids aged 4-15, and juveniles aged 16 and 17.

For more information, and registration links, join the Facebook group.
North East England Kids BJJ League

Origin BJJ Team at VS Grappling

On Sunday, Origin BJJ headed to the VS Grappling No-Gi tournament, and it was a successful day all around with some good performances from seasoned competitors and first-timers alike.

Congratulations to:

  • Phil Nelson – Silver in Beginner Feather
  • Benjamin Nzoh – Silver in Beginner Lightweight
  • Seb Jones – Silver in Advanced Heavy and Silver the Advanced Absolute
  • Piotr Lejwoda – Silver in Beginner Ultra Heavy and Silver in the Beginner Super Heavy – thanks for stepping up to take on a much bigger opponent on short notice!
  • Adam Paul Sanderson – Bronze in the Advanced Medium Heavy

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Also well done to Jordan Cooper for gold in the Advanced Lightweight division, and to Luke Young and Andrew Mastaglio for winning their early matches in tough divisions.

We’ve been focused on gi training over the winter months, so it was nice to see people willing to have a go at no-gi. Well done to everyone who took part, and best of luck to everyone who is heading down to the British Open this weekend! Take it easy this week so you head in on-weight and injury free.

Please Support the UKBJJA

Origin BJJ is now a member of the UKBJJA, which is an established not-for-profit, democratically run organization that has been working with Sport England for a long time to become the officially recognized governing body for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the UK. The organization offers several benefits for clubs and members, including public liability insurance for clubs, member-to-member insurance for individual members, ranked tournaments, and more.

Earlier this year, the UKBJJA sent the highest ranked athletes from each weight class to the IBJJF European Open. They have plans to offer more support to more athletes, of all ages, in the future.

The UKBJJA are doing great work, and we recommend that anyone who plans to compete on a regular basis, or anyone who wants to support British competitors, becomes a member of the association. Membership costs just £10 a year, which is a great deal compared to NGB membership in many other sports, and you can sign up online.

Registration is not compulsory, and you can continue to train and compete without it, however we encourage those who are able to do so to support this association and the work they are doing.

Get £5 Off Custom Mouthguards at Gumz

After a gi, a gumshield is probably the most important purchase for anyone who does a lot of BJJ. Boil in the bag mouthgards are rubbish. Even the expensive ones don’t fit that well and just get in the way.

You might think that you can get away with training without using a gumshield because you’re not getting punched in the face, but accidental kicks and knees are a hazard of the sport and after ten years of grinding your teeth together during headlocks they will get worn down and damaged. The rest of your body will heal up, but your teeth won’t.

Gumz.co.uk do a line of custom gum shields, and are offering a £5 discount with the code FBCOM. The cheapest variant is £15 after the discount. That’s for a gum shield with the Gumz branding. You can get clear gumshields or single colour ones for a little more, or spend extra for custom designs.

It’s a good idea to get a new custom gumshield made every couple of years because your teeth move around naturally. You may not notice it at first, but when you get a new custom fit one you will be able to feel the difference.

Holiday Timetable

I hope everyone had a good Christmas!

The timetable for the week leading up to the New Year is:

Monday: BJJ – 7pm

Tuesday: No Sessions

Wednesday: BJJ – 12:00 – No Evening Session

Thursday: No Sessions

Friday: BJJ – 6pm | Nogi/MMA – 7pm

Saturday: BJJ – 1pm

For up to date timetable information and other news, follow us on Facebook

Best of luck to everyone with their goals for 2015, both on and off the mats.

Teesside Interclub Results

Teesside InterclubWell done to everyone who took part in the Teesside Interclub on the 21st December. It was great to see so many people turn up, especially given the early start on a Sunday so close to Christmas. Thanks to Scott and Shaun for helping with transport so that we could send a decent-sized team of people down. Thanks also to Scott for the great photography, and for recording people’s matches.

The interclub was well run and had a great atmosphere, so it was a great way to end the competition year.

Congratulations in particular to the guys who took home medals:

Maruf Miah: Gold in his division in the gi; an impressive showing for what was only his second competition.
Andy Mastaglio: Silver in his division in the gi and a good run in the absolute.
Jordan Cooper: Gold in his division in the gi and bronze in the no-gi
Andy Clarke: Bronze in his gi division; a great return following an injury.
Phil Nelson: Silver in no-gi at <70KG.

Commiserations to Aaron for the mix-up with weight divisions which meant that he didn’t get any matches this time around. Thanks for sticking around and providing coaching and moral support for the rest of the guys!

Thanks to Jamie Taylor and Martin Ashton for putting on a great day. Interclubs like this are a great first introduction to competition, and a lot of fun for more experienced competitors who are looking for some extra mat time.

Merry Christmas everyone, and here’s to more enjoyable team outings, and more success on and off the mats in the New Year!

Christmas Timetable

Happy holidays everyone!

The revised timetable for December is:

Monday: BJJ – 7pm

Tuesday: No Sessions Over Christmas and New Year

Wednesday: BJJ – 12:00 – No Evening Session

Thursday: No Sessions Over Christmas and New Year

Friday: BJJ – 6pm | Nogi/MMA – 7pm

Saturday: BJJ – 1pm

For up to date timetable information and other news, follow us on Facebook

Versus Grappling Tournaments for 2015

The Origin BJJ competition team has been nice and active over the last few months. It would be great to see that continue into 2015. Competing can be expensive, and not everyone has the time or resources to travel to Birmingham, Nottingham, Glasgow or the other competition “hubs” to compete. It’s no fun travelling all that way to find out that you’ve only got one match, either.

That’s why we’re planning five tournaments with Versus Grappling this year. These tournaments will be held locally, and will have affordable entry fees. They’ll be repêchage, so win or lose you’re guaranteed at least two matches. This gives everyone a chance to test their skills in competition against people of their own size and ability from local clubs.

If you’re entering a competition for the first time, then joining a local event is a good way to find out whether you enjoy the feeling and atmosphere of a competition. You’ll have the support of your team mates, and there will be plenty of upper belts on hand to offer advice and encouragement.

The schedule for 2015 is:

Date Event
8th March 2015 Newcastle BJJ Open Spring Tournament (Gi)
9th May 2015 Versus Grappling 6 (No-gi)
11th July 2015 Newcastle BJJ Open Autumn Tournament (Gi)
3rd October 2015 Versus Grappling 7 (No-gi)
5th December 2015 Newcastle BJJ Open Winter Tournament (Gi)

For a full overview of the year, including other competitions further afield, check our competition calendar. Good luck, wherever you choose to step on the mats!

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