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13 Dec 2017


Just landed in my store, a whole bunch of new products! I was worried they wouldn't appear this side of Christmas, but if you're fast, you might just be able to order and get them delivered before the 25th if you live in the UK. For the rest of the world, we'll definitely be happy to send them, but can't guarantee they'll arrive before the end of the year (we always say shipping can take up to a month.)

Visit: www.meerkatsu.com

More photos of the new product line...

Meerkatsu Brand: New Hoodie, Rashguards and Spats

Just landed in my store, a whole bunch of new products! I was worried they wouldn't appear this side of Christmas, but if you're ...

12 Dec 2017



Summary
Black belt Nelson Puentes offers a broad repertoire of techniques to illustrate four jiu jitsu themes. The techniques and the concepts are straightforward enough to apply to beginners yet deep enough to offer experienced grapplers plenty of food for thought. The techniques range from takedowns to sweeps to guard  play and guard passing, submissions and defensive work. All are connected by the concept-led focus. This e-book format gives readers useful background text to read as well as animated gifs and full form videos to view.

Available
This title is an online cloud based e-book via the Artechoke Media website.
Priced: $50


Review: Isolate to Dominate, by Nelson Puentes / Artechoke Media

Summary Black belt Nelson Puentes offers a broad repertoire of techniques to illustrate four jiu jitsu themes. The techniques and the c...

4 Dec 2017


Following the success of my first BJJ themed colouring book (see here) I decided to create a sequel. This volume is based around familiar folk tales, children's stories and nursery rhymes, all given the jiujitsu twist that is the hallmark of my work.

The book is available now through Blurb: http://www.blurb.com/user/Meerkatsu
Blurb is a print on demand publisher. Each country will have its own local printer so check the website closely for pricing and shipping estimates. If you want it before Christmas I recommend ordering it before 11th December to allow time for it to be printed and shipped in time.

Here is a promo video:


Fairy tales were a genre that was ripe for jiu jitsu inspiration. Many of the story subjects end up having to fight off nasty enemies. If only they knew jiu-jitsu, maybe for some of them, the outcome would be different?






I hope you'll enjoy this book as much as you liked the first one. I'd love to see your coloured in works so hashtag #meerkatsu in your social media posts online. Thanks!


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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Storybook - Colouring book by Seymour Yang

Following the success of my first BJJ themed colouring book ( see here) I decided to create a sequel. This volume is based around famili...

3 Dec 2017


On Saturday I attended the Welwyn Garden City leg of Ricardo de la Riva's UK tour. It was an amazing seminar filled with nuance and detail that is expected from a true master of the art. Genuinely walked away with a head full of new stuff to think about and to try over the coming weeks and months. More about the seminar..

Seminar: Ricardo de la Riva, Welwyn Garden City, UK

On Saturday I attended the Welwyn Garden City leg of Ricardo de la Riva's UK tour. It was an amazing seminar filled with nuance and d...

26 Nov 2017


I took a gang of my students from Borehamwood BJJ down to the English Open this Saturday. Three of the team competed and scored some very very impressive results. The Mill Hill Team as a whole won a hugely impressive third place in the teams trophy. And a few Meerkatsu sponsored competitors also won themselves gold medal bling! Mini report:

Tournament: The English Open 2017

I took a gang of my students from Borehamwood BJJ down to the English Open this Saturday. Three of the team competed and scored some very...

11 Nov 2017

When coach is teaching, where do you place yourself? Are you a get up and walker? Or a stubborn sitter?

Most times, coach will tell students best place to sit in order to see the technique, but if not, the optimum place to sit is where coach is directing his gaze and vocal delivery at the start of the technique. If coach can see you, he knows you can see him.

Of course there will always be parts of the detail that are obscured wherever you sit, but coach will know this and reveal those parts the second or third repeat of the technique. It is easier for him to do so if everyone is seated roughly in the same place.

In a large room with high ceilings, acoustics can be terrible, so sit where you can both see and HEAR coach talk. Don’t be afraid to get up and move to a better place even in the middle of the coach’s delivery. Another problem with large rooms are that some of them have structural pillars so obviously don't sit behind them.

Sitting closer is of course good, but I’d say if you can reach out and touch the coach, it’s probably too close. Ask questions if you couldn’t see something properly.

At very large gatherings and seminars, you sometimes don’t get much choice where you sit due to the large numbers of people. In such cases, coach should rotate and pivot around to show those behind him during his second or third repeat of the tech, but there will still be a natural ‘front’ when he begins.


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Teaching: Where best to sit in the dojo

When coach is teaching, where do you place yourself? Are you a get up and walker? Or a stubborn sitter? Most times, coach will tell stud...

27 Oct 2017


That’s me in the photo lifting a weight. Something I have never ever done before. Not seriously anyway. A long time ago I did try to do a dead lift, once. But, at age 48, I’ve only now started to give lifting weights a serious consideration. I can't believe I've left it until now to do it! In this article, I report on how I found my first session...

Starting Out Strength Training

That’s me in the photo lifting a weight. Something I have never ever done before. Not seriously anyway. A long time ago I did try to do a...

16 Oct 2017



Summary
In depth look at the knee slice guard pass and a neat round up of the Spider Guard by active competitor and top ten ranked brown belt Erin Herle. This set excels in its level of depth and detail of  the knee pass and offers a good set of spider guard attacks. The techniques are ideal for those who, like Erin, require a reliable gameplan that suits the smaller grappler.

Details
Available through Digitsu On Demand only here.
Price: $29.99


Review: Flamingo Knee Slicer and Spider Trap, Erin Herle

Summary In depth look at the knee slice guard pass and a neat round up of the Spider Guard by active competitor and top ten ranked br...

13 Oct 2017


Every so often I give my students a mini-lecture on the best practice when rolling. I feel it is important to remind everyone of the reasons why we roll and how best to do it.

In short, I think you get the best out of your limited time sparring by aiming for a specific goal. It could be a mini goal like say wanting to hit an armbar from the closed guard. Or it could be a wider aim, for example, trying to play a pressure style passing game or other more concept focused goal. Whatever the aim, having some sort of focus will be a much more effective use of your time.

A lot of rolls have a fair amount of wasted time however. Tying your belt, tucking your gi together, re-tying your hair, chatting, stalling, refusing to engage, running away, wiping away your sweat etc etc. All these things happen and easily avoided or ignored. One could easily waste 2 or 3 minutes of a five minute rolling bout not actually rolling. That's poor time management.

For me, the most important part of any roll is the very first hand slap and fist bump. This gesture is not merely a greeting or old tradition. I view it as an agreement, an understanding...that I and my partner will roll with the aim of trying our very best but without hurting each other.

Often you'll see more experienced, equally matched grapplers engaged in a to and fro sparring match, each smoothly countering and defending and attacking one another with great fluency. This isn't actually hard to do, it just takes a little practice and mat time. Sparring is a skill one cultivates over time, much like any other part of jiu jitsu training. In the video above, I narrate as I go along. The aim is to reveal my thinking and plans of action to observer so they can see how I deal with problems and opportunities mid roll.

Anyway, these are my own personal thoughts. Another instructor may feel differently. That's perfectly fine, jiu jitsu is a huge entity and can happily accomodate all sorts of methodology when it comes to training and teaching.

Thanks for watching!


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Teaching: How To Roll in BJJ

Every so often I give my students a mini-lecture on the best practice when rolling. I feel it is important to remind everyone of the rea...

10 Sep 2017


Summary
Ten times World Champion Roger Gracie finally releases instructional content in the form of Roger Gracie TV, a subscription only site that offers techniques and sparring videos. Most content is taught by Roger himself, but there are also a large number of videos taught by elite instructors. This review describes the content of the site and offers a few personal opinions on how it compares to other jiu jitsu learning platforms.

Information
Available online at: www.rogergracietv.com
Cost: £14.99 (GBP) a month / £144 (GBP) a year.

Disclosures: I have no business, financial or personal affiliation with Roger Gracie TV. My own instructor was promoted to black belt by Roger and I have met and trained with Roger a few dozen times.

Review: Roger Gracie TV

Summary Ten times World Champion Roger Gracie finally releases instructional content in the form of Roger Gracie TV , a subscription onl...

25 Aug 2017


My new BJJ Kimono design - the Grey Wolf - is available now at www.meerkatsu.com
It is an all grey coloured gi with black details. The jacket features an inner yoke lining where I've applied my drawing of a fierce wolf face. On the exterior, there are little wolfie designs and decals. The trousers are lightweight ripstop cotton and the jacket is a nice light 475 gsm pearlweave cotton. The entire package comes with a cool wolf gi bag.

Meerkatsu Brand: Grey Wolf BJJ Kimono

My new BJJ Kimono design - the Grey Wolf - is available now at www.meerkatsu.com It is an all grey coloured gi with black details. The j...

18 Jul 2017


Tonight I visited a group in my home town who run an English Martial Arts club. It was so awesome! I've sort of heard of bits and bobs about indigenous fighting arts, for example Cornish wrestling or Catch Wrestling. But there are guys who have looked at the historical side and tried to bring these arts alive by training them.

I got to play with medieval weaponry, tried some bare knuckle boxing, grappled a few old English wrestling moves. We even did a bit of an old English art called shin kicking (it's a real thing, or it was). It was hilarious fun and real eye-opener. Plus it was so much fun whacking, strangling, kicking, hitting and punching without having to worry about RULES!

Chatting with the school owner, Frank Docherty, he explained that a lot of their system stems from texts written during the 15th Century. Every country around Europe developed their own indigenous fighting arts. More than just learning how to hold and swing giant blades around, the system he teaches is based around core fighting concepts - especially those around distance management and angles of attack and defence. Even in our short conversation tonight, I realised there was a lot more in common between the old and the so-called new combat arts.

It was a great eye opener for me. If you get the chance to check out the gang or other local indigenous fighting arts, I really recommend you check them out too.



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English Martial Arts

Tonight I visited a group in my home town who run an English Martial Arts club. It was so awesome! I've sort of heard of bits and bob...

 

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