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19 Feb 2018


Summary
Popular Korean gear company releases another artfully decorated BJJ kimono. This gi fitted me very well and the screen printed interior design withstood a half dozen washes.

Details
Available on the Muaewear website here.
Price: WHITE U$169 / BLACK U$179

Disclosures: I have no business or personal connection with Muaewear. I was sent this gi for review and all comments are my own personal opinions.

Review: Muaewear Vital Batch #003 Gunshin (in white)

Summary Popular Korean gear company releases another artfully decorated BJJ kimono. This gi fitted me very well and the screen printed i...

28 Jan 2018


Summary
Small brand based in South Korea offers a range of novel, creatively designed fightwear. This gi model, the Deltawave, features a unique weave design plus some cool graphical elements that make for a rare and unusual gi model.

Details
Deltawave is available from the Strata online store.
Cost: 189,000 (Korean won) roughly $177USD or £125GBP
Also available in Black.
Disclosures: I have no business or personal connections with Strata.

Gi Review - Strata 'Deltawave'

Summary Small brand based in South Korea offers a range of novel, creatively designed fightwear. This gi model, the Deltawave, features ...

13 Jan 2018


Each year, Artemis BJJ hosts an annual fundraiser. The event, known widely as a Grapplethon, brings together members of the BJJ community from far and wide to roll over a 24 hour period.

This year, the event will raise funds for Tap Cancer Out - a registered charity in the USA who donate all funds to cancer research.

More details about the event can be found clicking this link. Hope to see you all there!



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Event: 2018 Bristol Grapplethon Details

Each year, Artemis BJJ hosts an annual fundraiser. The event, known widely as a Grapplethon, brings together members of the BJJ community...

21 Dec 2017



Summary
Follow up set to Volume one, this time led by brown belt Miha Perhavec. Given Miha's preference for leg attacks, this set features a lot of heel hooks, kneebars and ankle locks. It's less old school dirty trickery compared to volume one, but still contains enough legal and non-IBJJF legal techniques to keep you busy and annoy your training partners for months.

Available from: https://shop.yogaforbjj.net/products/30-dirty-volume-2
Price: $30
Note: this set is a digital download not a physical DVD


Review: 30 Dirty Volume 2, Miha's Revenge

Summary Follow up set to Volume one, this time led by brown belt Miha Perhavec. Given Miha's preference for leg attacks, this set f...

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...

 

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