Basics are Basic

Well, they are not actually. Basics are hard work, very technical and, quite frankly, boring. But they are the foundation of everything we do. The more you do them, and do them well, the better your whole fighting game becomes. This week we worked on tight guard stances plus jabs and basic kicks. It’s great to see that the sparring in class saw a real improvement in form and, more importantly, winning the fight. Even working arm bars in grappling are useless if you haven’t got basic posture, positioning and set ups right. I’ve been lucky over the years in that I never get bored of basics, always wanting to improve each and every punch and do as many reps as possible…because I know it will make me that bit better than the next guy. Perfect practise makes perfect!

Bushin’s First Black Belt

Congratulations to Jason Man, who successfully passed his grading today, Jasonbecoming Bushin’s first black belt. A gruelling 4 hour grading that encompassed the whole syllabus through to black belt, including stand-up fighting techniques, grappling, sticky hands, weapons, stickwork to name but a few. Plus over 20 rounds of various technical and free sparring including the brutal 2-on-1 to finish. Put to the test, Jason showed great knowledge, skill and determination despite being pressure tested and taken out of the comfort zone a number of times. Great support from the Bushin crew, who deserve a special thanks, plus congratulations to Dean who also passed his Yellow I in fine form. A great day and the certificate in hand is something to be hugely proud of. Well done Jay…we hope to be the first of many.

Counting Down

We’ve been working on all parts of the syllabus through to black belt this week to help Jason out with his grading practise. Angle defence and counters, juho techniques, clinch, groundwork and ground locks, trapping, close quarter boxing, hubud/chi sao etc, weapons and stickwork. Lots to do. Jason will be doing Bushin’s first black belt grading and putting the whole syllabus to the test. 2pm on Sunday in Cobra Gym. Will be great to watch so come along and support…

Grapple, Slam & Roll

Wow! What a great grappling seminar. One of the best we’ve done. Went through all the stand-up pummelling, clinch and takedowns. Then follow-up to different mount and finishes. Chucked in some guillotines, anacondas and brabo chokes to boot. Lots of relaxed, technical sparring all the way and then finished with free sparring from stand-up to ground. Some great techniques and lovely submissions from a solid group. Well done guys!