13 Aug 2011
I'm still on hols in Bournemouth and itching for some more training so last night I popped in to the Gary Baker Academy, just east of Bournemouth town centre. Friday nights are run by Scramble head honcho and BJJ purple belt Matt Benyon. The Gary Baker Academy resides inside an industrial/works unit just off the main road. It's basic and gritty. When you walk in, you are greeted by a bunch of weightlifters and people with big muscles. At the back is the matted area.
Matt began class with a series of BJJ specific warm up drills aplenty. After drilling these for a 30-40 minutes we went straight in to sparring. I had a good series of rolls with everyone and I'm very impressed with the standard of the students. Matt teaches good core principles gleaned from his training in Japan, from Gary Baker and David Onuma and the guys all seem to apply their stuff very well (ie I got a thorough beating).
Afterwards Matt and I goofed around in front of the video cams, both showing off our self-designed gi prototypes (his known as the 1chiban and mine of course being the Raptor). I'll post up the video in the next week or so once I get a chance to get on my home PC.
Gary Baker Academy, 172A Windham Road, Springbourne, Bournemouth, BH1 4RA
BJJ taught Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat