Farewell Fighting

AL 1Al 2Full house tonight. We started with a minutes silence in respect to Ed and then followed with an intense and energetic boxing session. What better way to say goodbye to Alessandro, who’s returning home, than the infamous Bushin Ring of Fire. In this case, 16 vs 1. Despite his arms stopping working, a few hard digs and some mishaps, he survived the ordeal. Great fun. Best wishes from all of us and keep on fighting!

3 Fallen Warriors

EdSalvoJollyI’m sad to inform you all that Edgar “Ed” Bopp has died from a fatal accident. Ed trained with us on and off for a year before moving back to Germany in August. He joins fallen comrades Jolly and Salvo that also tragically left us this year. Sad times for the Bushin tribe. We shall have a minutes silence at tomorrow’s session as a mark of respect. Please bring your black wristbands if you still have them. R.I.P.


Three heroes in the house last night. Beini, who smashed her grading and showed great, tidy form. She was aptly assisted by rapidly becoming deadly Dida who shrugged off a punch in the nose to keep fighting. The third hero was Jason who showed up on his birthday to train and help run the class. Pat on the backs to you all!

Update – Xmas etc.

Closing Session and Xmas Dinner – Bash, Drink and Gorge
On the Thurs 18th Dec we shall be having our special closing session where we bash each other up, drink sake at the closing ceremony and then stuff our faces full of turkey. I shall share some of Andy Norman’s brilliant Defence Lab stuff I recently learnt, so you can all pretend you are Batman, Jack Reacher or the Makhai.

This year we are going Italian, so Xmas Dinner this year will be at Uno restaurant in Pimlico. If you want to go, you need to do 3 things:
1. Email Stephen to let him know you are going asap (address mailed to you directly)
2. Give Stephen your menu order (http://uno1.co.uk/images/christmasMenu_2014.pdf , £27 for 3 course set.
3. Bring £10 next lesson for the deposit

Join us for a fantastic night. 7.30pm in Studio 1. Free for members, £20 for non-members. Dinner will be at 9.15pm (no grappling class)

Tuesday Session – Be Early, Start Early
As you know, the Tuesday session is now at 8.30pm in Studio until January (possibly mid Jan), while the Centre is being refurbished. It looks like the class before us finishes at 8.15pm so please come earlier and do your own warm up in the studio. We shall look to start a little earlier or 8.30pm sharp at the latest.

If you want to go to KT-MMA fight night on Saturday 22nd November, please bring your money on Tuesday so I can get you tickets. Run by Cobra Gym’s Tim Izli, it’s a new MMA format of 1 round Thai, 1 round MMA – makes a far more explosive fight. £35 per ticket, doors open at 6pm in Earls Court. Will be another great fight night!

I shall be putting together the 2015 diary over the next few weeks. The schedule will be similar to this year with 3 or 4 gradings, regular seminars and possibly summer camp. Get set for another great year!


Back in business tonight. Injuries healed up enough to start training again and hold some pads for the first time in 3 months. Class will be more intensive with more energy…just need help from you all to boost the volume up. Let’s get fighting!