30 Dec 2015


OC Industries are a newly formed company based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They offer to print patches, logos and other designs onto your gi jacket using vinyl. I tested out their service using my recently reviewed Tatami Fightwear Estilo 5 black & black jacket.


Review - Vinyl patch printing service from OC Industries

OC Industrie s are a newly formed company based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They offer to print patches, logos and other designs onto y...

29 Dec 2015


2015 has been a particularly busy year for me. The above highlight showcases 100 drawings I created over the year, part of maybe 200 - 230 individual pieces I completed, not including rough sketches and work in progress.

Thank you to everyone who has supported my work. Here's to another exciting and fruitful jiu jitsu year ahead!


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2015 End of Year Review

2015 has been a particularly busy year for me. The above highlight showcases 100 drawings I created over the year, part of maybe 200 - 23...

19 Dec 2015


Here is my Xmas card for this year. You can read more about the drawing over on my art blog, here.

This print is available over on my Redbubble store for the Xmas edition and click here for the non-text version.

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Meerkatsu art - Red Knee Ride Hood

Here is my Xmas card for this year. You can read more about the drawing over on my art blog, here . This print is available over on my ...

16 Dec 2015


I recently designed two BJJ gis for two different brands:

The Dragonfly Kimono - Tatami Fightwear - available here
Chinese Zodiac Kimono - 93 Brand - available here.

Here are some more photos and information for both models:

Meerkatsu Art - Chinese Zodiac Gi (93 Brand) and Dragonfly Gi (Tatami Fightwear)

I recently designed two BJJ gis for two different brands: The Dragonfly Kimono - Tatami Fightwear - available here Chinese Zodiac Kimo...

12 Dec 2015


Here are a bunch of cool gift ideas that would appeal to your BJJ-loving friends/partners/relatives. This list comprises various things I've seen on the internet that I personally think are very cool and would love to receive myself (hint hint!)

In no particular order:

Holiday Season Gift Recommendations 2015

Here are a bunch of cool gift ideas that would appeal to your BJJ-loving friends/partners/relatives. This list comprises various things I...

8 Dec 2015


I have a new gi design - Orchid Dragon - which will be released on Thursday 10th December 2015 at 12noon through my store www.meerkatsu.com

The first 50 customers will receive a free gift from me - a pack of art cards for colouring in. These are strictly limited edition and printed on very thick deluxe quality card stock.

A pack of limited edition art cards - free for the first 50 customers

Here is more information about the kimono:


Meerkatsu brand - Orchid Dragon Kimono

I have a new gi design - Orchid Dragon - which will be released on Thursday 10th December 2015 at 12noon through my store www.meerkatsu....

6 Dec 2015


I was extremely honoured to receive my black belt promotion by Nick Brooks and Mauricio Gomes at the Mill Hill BJJ end of year graduation seminar and event.

Faixa Preta

I was extremely honoured to receive my black belt promotion by Nick Brooks and Mauricio Gomes at the Mill Hill BJJ end of year graduation...

26 Nov 2015


I'm offering a 20% discount off all items at my www.meerkatsu.com store from Friday 27th November through until Monday 30th November.

The deal includes all full price and sale products. It does not apply to gift certificates or shipping. Use the code at checkout once you have completed filling your cart.

Happy shopping!









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Meerkatsu store - Black Friday 2015 discounts

I'm offering a 20% discount off all items at my www.meerkatsu.com store from Friday 27th November through until Monday 30th November...

30 Oct 2015



"UKIYO-E WITCHES"
Each year I draw something for Halloween. This year, I drew an homage to the old Japanese style of printmaking called ukiyo-e, but instead of samurai fighting, I mashed it up with two witches, a little bit influenced by the poster for Wicked the Musical. It is available as a poster, print and even a coffee mug here on my Redbubble store:

http://rdbl.co/1Q02yJb



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Meerkatsu art - Ukiyo-e Witches

"UKIYO-E WITCHES" Each year I draw something for Halloween. This year, I drew an homage to the old Japanese style of printmak...

25 Oct 2015


Summary
An excellent run through of the main leg attacks and defences in gi based BJJ according to IBJJF rules. Roli Delgado is a highly rated leg lock specialist. This instructional covers the many small adjustments and details that ensure successful application of leg and foot attacks - specifically the grips and the power base required to finish the submission, while still remaining within IBJJF rules. Although biased slightly towards the straight ankle lock more than any other submission, there is enough here to arm the intermediate to higher ranked student with a much more effective leg attack game.


DVD Review - Legal Leg Locks For Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Roli Delgado

Summary An excellent run through of the main leg attacks and defences in gi based BJJ according to IBJJF rules. Roli Delgado is a highly...

15 Oct 2015



My new rashguard is now out and available to purchase at my Meerkatsu store here.

The design is a slightly tweaked version of my Heavenly Footlock T-shirt, which if you might recall, raised a very generous amount of funds for good causes back in 2013.



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Meerkatsu Brand - Immaculate Toehold Rashguard

My new rashguard is now out and available to purchase at my Meerkatsu store here . The design is a slightly tweaked version of my Heav...

10 Oct 2015



Tatami Fightwear sent me their latest colourway of the popular Estilo 5 kimono. It is exactly the same fit and materials as all their other Estilo 5 gis, so for a comprehensive review - see my write up here.

The Black & Black can be purchased from the Tatami Fightwear webstore and selected retailers worldwide.


Review - Estilo 5.0 Black & Black Gi by Tatami Fightwear

Tatami Fightwear sent me their latest colourway of the popular Estilo 5 kimono. It is exactly the same fit and materials as all their ot...

7 Oct 2015



Summary
I review three different video tutorials, each of which teach the berimbolo (among other related techniques). Each have their own strengths and weaknesses but all can offer the viewer something that will help improve their BJJ.


Berimbolo Tutorials: Gianni Grippo, Miyao Brothers, Samuel Braga

Summary I review three different video tutorials, each of which teach the berimbolo (among other related techniques). Each have their o...

4 Oct 2015


Mill Hill BJJ was host to Mestre Ricardo de la Riva all day today. He taught two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I attended the afternoon session where he covered spider guard sweeps, DLR sweeps and a counter to the smash pass. Here is an overview of the techniques he taught:


Seminar - Ricardo de la Riva, Mill Hill BJJ

Mill Hill BJJ was host to Mestre Ricardo de la Riva all day today. He taught two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I...

22 Sep 2015



Summary
Black belt World champion Dominyka Obelenyte shows off some of her favourite moves. The set is split roughly into two halves: the first showcasing seven spider guard sweeps, the second half concentrating on submissions. The most notable moves of the set are her 'Domoplata' attacks and the shoulder wrenching "coat hanger of destruction."


Information
Available from: Digitsu as a play on demand video or digital download.
Cost: $19.99
Number of techniques: 11
Running time: 23 minutes

Disclosures
I have no personal or business connection with Digitsu. I was granted media access to the complete Digitsu on demand library. All views expressed in this article are my own.


Review - Dominyka Obelenyte - Spider Variations & Domoplata by Digitsu

Summary Black belt World champion Dominyka Obelenyte shows off some of her favourite moves. The set is split roughly into two halves: t...

14 Sep 2015


Polaris Pro 2 was even better than the first event. In total, there were 6 submission finishes out of 8 matches. The entire event was a jiu jitsu nerds dream come true. The highlight for me was to watch my team mate Daniel Strauss compete against the World Champion AJ Agazarm in a drama filled contest. But there were so so many talking points - Gezary Matuda's 8 second armbar for example, of Daisuke Nakamura matching Victor Ribeiro for 14 minutes until finally succumbing to a choke - yet still ending the day with the world's biggest smile.

Photograph above by SheBeast. Visit her blog and Facebook page.

You can still watch all the matches on FloGrappling.com.

Here are all the results:

Luca Anacoretta defeats Pedro Bessa by triangle
Gianni Grippo defeats Tom Barlow by heel hook
Robson Moura and Baret Yoshida DRAW
Vitor Ribeiro defeats Daisuke Nakamura by collar choke
Eddie Cummings defeats Reilly Bodycomb by heel hook
Daniel Strauss v AJ Agazarm DRAW
Gezary Matuda defeats Michelle Nicolini by jumping armbar!
Garry Tonon defeats Imanari by heel hook

Congratulations to the organisers of Polaris Pro 2, best pro submission event EVER!!!!!!




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Polaris Professional Jiu Jitsu 2 - Results

Polaris Pro 2 was even better than the first event. In total, there were 6 submission finishes out of 8 matches. The entire event was a j...

13 Sep 2015




Summary
Online e-book published by Artechoke Publishing (other titles include Mastering the Crucifix and 3-D Jiu Jitsu.) The sit-up system is a method of escaping side control without utilising grips or shrimping. Black belt Jeff Rockwell demonstrates a complete escape system that offers more than just the one way to escape side control. The e-book format provides the reader with quick loading gifs, written commentary and a highger quality short form video. With all the rich media content, pages can be slow to load. The techniques themselves are taught very well and are valuable to jiu jitsu players of all levels.

Information
The Sit-Up Escape System is available as an ebook cloud instructional via the Artechoke website for $44USD, payable by PayPal only.

Disclosures
I have no personal or business connection with any of the authors. This e-book was purchase by me at full price. All views expressed in this report are my own.

Review - Sit Up Escape System, ebook instructional by Jeff Rockwell & Marshal D Carper

Summary Online e-book published by Artechoke Publishing (other titles include Mastering the Crucifix and 3-D Jiu Jitsu.) The sit-up...

6 Sep 2015


It is my utmost pleasure to have my team mate and prolific competitor Jack Burrell on board my small but very cool band of Meerkatsu endorsed BJJ competitors.

Here is a short interview with Jack, find out more about his obsession with pie charts and how he came to win one match listed under 'terror'.


Meerkatsu sponsors - Jack 'Gentleman Jack' Burrell

It is my utmost pleasure to have my team mate and prolific competitor Jack Burrell on board my small but very cool band of Meerkatsu endo...

I spent a fun afternoon visiting Carlson Gracie Chelmsford in Essex, UK, for their grand opening event. Carlson Gracie in the UK have numerous branches outside of their London based headquarters, this Chelmsford branch being the newest to their line up.


Academy visit - Carlson Gracie Chelmsford

I spent a fun afternoon visiting Carlson Gracie Chelmsford in Essex, UK, for their grand opening event. Carlson Gracie in the UK have num...

5 Sep 2015


A veritable who's who of grappling stars will gather in Cardiff on September the 12th for second instalment of the Polaris Professional Jiu Jitsu Invitational.

Here is the line-up:

Garry "The Lion Killer" Tonon vs Masakazu Imanari
Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro vs Nakamura Daisuke
Eddie "Wolverine" Cummings vs Reilly Bodycomb
Michelle Nicolini BJJ vs Gezary Matuda
AJ Agazarm vs Dan Strauss
Robson Moura vs Baret Yoshida
Tom Barlow vs Gianni Grippo
Pedro Bessa vs Anacoreta Luca


Get tickets to watch it live at the venue here.

Watch the livestream through online sports channel FloGrappling.

Enjoy and help support the biggest Pro jiu jitsu event in the UK - if you are online, hopefully we can discuss key moments on the play by play chatroom over at Jack Chat.


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Polaris Pro Invitational 2 - Cardiff, September 12th

A veritable who's who of grappling stars will gather in Cardiff on September the 12th for second instalment of the Polaris Profession...

3 Sep 2015


Summary
Very flamboyantly designed jiu jitsu uniform with a love it or hate it appeal, the Fabulous Gi actually fitted me very well (A1L jacket and A1 trousers), with minimal shrinkage and overall very good quality construction.

Information
The Fabulous Gi is made by Norway based company Rios Fightwear. The gi is sold via their standalone website - http://www.awesomegi.com/ priced at $135.
Or through USA website Rollmore for $159.99
The gi is a unisex model.

Disclosures
I have no personal or business connection with Rios Fightwear, all views expressed in this report are my own and reflect my personal opinions based on the sample provided.


Gi Review - The Fabulous Gi

Summary Very flamboyantly designed jiu jitsu uniform with a love it or hate it appeal, the Fabulous Gi actually fitted me very well (A1L...

16 Aug 2015



Last week I took my family on holiday in south Devon and used the opportunity to also attend BJJ training sessions at the Hybrid MMA Gym in Plymouth. Black belt Kenny Baker is the jiu jitsu instructor - with gi and nogi classes running five days a week.

Academy visit - Hybrid MMA Plymouth with Kenny Baker

Last week I took my family on holiday in south Devon and used the opportunity to also attend BJJ training sessions at the Hybrid MMA Gym...

25 Jul 2015




Choque, The Untold Story of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil Volume 2, 1950-1960 By Roberto Pedreira

Available from Amazon UK £14.53 paperback (£6.49 Kindle Edition) Amazon USA: $22.20 ($9.95 Kindle)

Writer Roberto Pedreira continues his Choque series of books with volume two, covering the history of jiu jitsu in Brazil between 1950 and 1960. As with volume one of Choque (1856-1949), Pedreira charts the events, names, places, incidents and stories via exhaustive research through Brazilian newspaper and magazine archives.


Book review - Choque Volume Two

Choque, The Untold Story of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil Volume 2, 1950-1960 By Roberto Pedreira Available from Amazon UK £14.53 paperback (£6...

18 Jul 2015



Summary
Ronda Rousey does not do humblebragging. She, plus her sister Maria, who is credited as co-author, writes it plain and straight. And in My Fight Your Fight, it's clear she certainly had a LOT of things that she wanted to get off her chest. We are taken on a roller coaster journey from young judo prodigy to the most dominant female MMA athlete in UFC history. It’s quite some story and whether you are a Ronda fan or not, there's enough here of interest to keep you entertained throughout.


Book Review - My Fight Your Fight by Ronda Rousey and Maria Burns Ortiz

Summary Ronda Rousey does not do humblebragging. She, plus her sister Maria, who is credited as co-author, writes it plain and straight...

15 Jul 2015


Summary
Goldweave jacket decorated with Japanese influenced graphics this gi designed by BJJ black belt Mike Fowler is quite simply the most beautiful kimono ever to have come into existence. Gorgeously comfortable to wear, sturdy yet still lightweight, if I could pick just one fault it would have to be the tendency for the goldweave to shrink more than pearlweaves. My sample ended up being too short in the sleeves for my long arms.

Information
Available direct from Tatami Fightwear website (from Friday 17th July) cost £110.
Also available worldwide through various Tatami resellers.

Disclosures
I have worked as a freelance designer on a number of Tatami Fightwear projects. I have had no involvement with the Mike Fowler gi. All views expressed are my own.


Gi Review - Mike Fowler signature gi by Tatami Fightwear

Summary Goldweave jacket decorated with Japanese influenced graphics this gi designed by BJJ black belt Mike Fowler is quite simply the ...

3 Jul 2015


My online store - www.meerkatsu.com - is having a weekend sale of 20% if you apply the code birthday20 at checkout.

Happy shopping!


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Meerkatsu store discount

My online store - www.meerkatsu.com - is having a weekend sale of 20% if you apply the code birthday20 at checkout. Happy shopping! ...

30 Jun 2015



Summary
Two black belts under Roger Gracie - Nic Gregoriades and Oli Geddes combine to offer this 'greatest hits' package of assorted BJJ techniques designed to offer in depth tips that have personally helped the instructors themselves during their BJJ careers. Production quality and technical instruction is excellent and the set will offer help to beginners and advanced students alike.

Information:
Available to purchase as a digital download from the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood webstore.
Price £31


Review - Progressive Jiu Jitsu by Nic Gregoriades and Oli Geddes

Summary Two black belts under Roger Gracie - Nic Gregoriades and Oli Geddes combine to offer this 'greatest hits' package of as...

21 Jun 2015



Here is a short film (3mins) I made about my instructor and the academy that I train in - Roger Gracie Academy Mill Hill in London. I hope you like it.


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Video - Roger Gracie Academy Mill Hill

Here is a short film (3mins) I made about my instructor and the academy that I train in - Roger Gracie Academy Mill Hill in London. I...

17 Jun 2015


Summary
Excellent fitting, super light gi with stylish touches and barely any shrinkage. I noted a few areas where the material started to fray, but did not worsen over time. Overall, a fantastic gi.

Information
This Suparaito was sent to me from the US Fuji store - it is priced at $134.00
Thanks also to Alfredo in Peru, who runs the El Jiujitero store

Disclosures
I have no business or personal connection with Fuji. All views expressed in this report are my own.


Gi Review - Fuji 'Suparaito'

Summary Excellent fitting, super light gi with stylish touches and barely any shrinkage. I noted a few areas where the material started ...

7 Jun 2015


I bought myself a new camera - the Sony A6000 - which takes beautiful HD footage at 60 frames per second. This means I can slow the footage down to 24 frames per second without any judder or loss of quality [as seen in the latter part of this clip]. This video is my first attempt filming video with the camera. It shows Sunday morning wrestling class at the academy where I train.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the footage. I hope to be filming more content showing the variety of classes and activities that one can train in at Roger Gracie Mill Hill.




Video - Wrestling Class at Roger Gracie Academy Mill Hill

I bought myself a new camera - the Sony A6000 - which takes beautiful HD footage at 60 frames per second. This means I can slow the fo...

5 Jun 2015


Information
Available from www.rollmore.com priced $29.99 for one pair or $49.99 for two pair pack.

Summary
Plain, no frills but excellent value grappling tights from 93 Brand.

Disclosures
I have worked on numerous fightwear design projects for 93 Brand. I have had no involvement with this product. All views expressed are my own.


Review - 93 Brand Standard Issue Spats

Information Available from www.rollmore.com priced $29.99 for one pair or $49.99 for two pair pack. Summary Plain, no frills but exc...

20 May 2015


Summary
Stylish and super practical backpack designed to carry a full gi and nogi set along with accessories and all the accoutrement necessary for a day out travelling to training or a competition. The bag was very comfortable to carry even when loaded with heavy items, I found however, the material was a bit too plasticky compared to my usual backpack (Datsusara Battlepack Mini) and the lack of a water bottle holder to be a major omission. Overall however, great value for money and thoughtfully designed backpack.

Available to buy from the Tatami Fightwear website here.
Price £39.50 (roughly $62USD)


Review: Tatami Fightwear 'Onyx' backpack

Summary Stylish and super practical backpack designed to carry a full gi and nogi set along with accessories and all the accoutrement ne...

9 May 2015


Summary
An attractively designed, soft fabric uniform with a great feel and overall fit, except for shrinkage along the sleeves - typical for goldweave fabrics - which resulted in a gi with arms too short for my personal dimensions.

Information
Available to buy from the Gawakoto Store for £100 plus shipping.

Disclosures
I have worked with Bong Abad, owner of Gawakoto, on a number of collaborative projects in the past. I have had no involvement with this product. All views expressed in this review are my own and represent what I feel is a fair and unbiased opinion of the product.


Gi Review - Kalabaw Republic Kimono by Gawakoto

Summary An attractively designed, soft fabric uniform with a great feel and overall fit, except for shrinkage along the sleeves - typica...

3 May 2015



Super15 is a brand new event based on the now popular submission only grappling super fight format ala Metamoris, Polaris etc. For this event, the '15' represents the maximum number of minutes for each fight. A win could only be called when one opponent submits another. I was asked by the organisers and Jiu Jitsu Style magazine to take photographs. Here are a few gems from the night...


Tournament report - Super15, O2 Academy, Bournemouth

Super15 is a brand new event based on the now popular submission only grappling super fight format ala Metamoris, Polaris etc. For this ...

30 Apr 2015



The Red Panda I drew for Tatami Fightwear is available now from their store, or a week later throught their worldwide sellers.

This design is the sequel to the Beijing Pandas I created for them back in 2013.

The Chinese wording (xiao xiong mao) simply says 'small panda' which is what the red panda is called in China. I wonder why not 'hong xiong mao?' Perhaps a wise Chinese studies expert can comment here to educate me?

Anyway, if you would like to read more on how I drew these critters, head on over to my art blog.

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Meerkatsu Art - Red Panda for Tatami Fightwear

The Red Panda I drew for Tatami Fightwear is available now from their store , or a week later throught their worldwide sellers. This d...

29 Apr 2015


Following on from the success of my mandrill themed t-shirt, rashguard and gi designs for 93 Brand, I have now created spats, with all new artwork.

They can be purchased on the 30th April at 11pm Eastern time over on BJJHQ.com.

If there are any left, I imagine they'll also be available on their sister site Rollmore.com and the brand new soon to open Rollmore Superstore.

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Meerkatsu Art - Mandrill To Win spats

Following on from the success of my mandrill themed t-shirt, rashguard and gi designs for 93 Brand, I have now created spats, with all ne...

19 Apr 2015



Summary
Basic, lightweight, no-frills BJJ uniform aimed at the beginner's market, this gi was comfortable, well fitting and reasonably durable, although a few cosmetic stitching issues marred an otherwise good value for money product.

Information
This gi is available from BJJ Warehouse priced at $89.99
The product comes with a free white belt.
Shipping is free within the US.
It is also available in white.

Disclosures
I have no personal connection with BJJ Warehouse. The company does stock some of my Meerkatsu products. All views expressed in this review are my own personal opinions.


Gi Review: Hypnotik Base Jiu Jitsu Gi

Summary Basic, lightweight, no-frills BJJ uniform aimed at the beginner's market, this gi was comfortable, well fitting and reasona...

3 Apr 2015


I created a stained glass window style piece of artwork showing Jesus fighting Satan.

You can buy this as a poster or art print on my Redbubble page here.

You can read more about the background to this piece here over on my art blog.

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Meerkatsu Art

I created a stained glass window style piece of artwork showing Jesus fighting Satan. You can buy this as a poster or art print on my R...

25 Mar 2015




Summary
Novel and innovative multimedia facets add extra value to this digital book covering the crucifix hold-down and submission. More than just a step by step guide, this book is also a convincing argument for viewing the position as an entire submission gameplan.

Website: http://artechokemedia.com/mastering-the-crucifix/
Price: $39.95 (Chapter two available as a free sample)
Formats: Available to read directly via the website, or as an interactive PDF.

Disclosures - I have no business or personal connection with the authors. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.


Review - Mastering The Crucifix, Artechoke Media, Digital Book

Summary Novel and innovative multimedia facets add extra value to this digital book covering the crucifix hold-down and submission. Mo...

13 Mar 2015


I created some artwork of the legendary Japanese female warrior known as Tomoe Gozen. I based my interpretation closely on an original print created between 1808-1880 by the artist Shuntei Katsukawa. You can see a photograph of the original print here.

The t-shirt was created for a fundraising Grapplethon in Bristol hosted by Artemis BJJ in aid of Equality Now.

I have a one-off, sized A2 print in full colour and one t-shirt (size Medium or Large) available on Ebay. All profits from the auction will be donated to the Grapplethon fundraising account.

The print is made with archival Ultrachrome inks on Hahnemuehle German Etching heavyweight art paper.

Bid now HERE!

Here are more photographs:

Fundraising - Japanese Female Warrior Print and T-shirt

I created some artwork of the legendary Japanese female warrior known as  Tomoe Gozen . I based my interpretation closely on an original ...

7 Mar 2015



I was asked by France-based fightwear brand Pride or Die to create a t-shirt for their company. The result is the Inner Demons t-shirt and features a 7-colour screenprint based on a twist to vintage Japanese samurai art.

You can buy it on the Pride or Die website here.



Meerkatsu art - Pride or Die 'Inner Demons' T-shirt

I was asked by France-based fightwear brand Pride or Die to create a t-shirt for their company. The result is the Inner Demons t-shirt a...

2 Mar 2015


Summary
I test out the rashguard printing service offered by FightgearUK.com a British company that will make custom printed fightwear in small numbers.

Disclosures - I have no personal or business connection with Fightgear UK. All views expressed in this report are my own.


Review -Fightgear UK, custom printing service

Summary I test out the rashguard printing service offered by FightgearUK.com a British company that will make custom printed fightwear ...

25 Feb 2015


Summary
Tatami Fightwear continue their top of the line range of regular BJJ gis with this, the number 5 incarnation of their popular Estilo range. It offers the same solid, well built characteristics of the previous Estilos with smart new graphics and an added inner yoke liner. There is also a wider side vent, something they refer to as the Y-shaped vent, although I was not wholly convinced of its functional merits.

Disclosures
I have produced a number of designs on a freelance basis for Tatami Fightwear. I have had no involvement with this product. All views expressed are my own.

Information: Available from: www.tatamifightwear.com
Price: £99



Review - Tatami Fightwear Estilo 5

Summary Tatami Fightwear continue their top of the line range of regular BJJ gis with this, the number 5 incarnation of their popular Es...

23 Feb 2015


Red belt Master Reyson Gracie (9th degree black belt) taught a BJJ self defence seminar today at our academy, Mill Hill BJJ.


Seminar - Reyson Gracie, red belt (9th degree black belt)

Red belt Master Reyson Gracie (9th degree black belt) taught a BJJ self defence seminar today at our academy, Mill Hill BJJ.

20 Feb 2015


I have two new rashguards freshly landed into my store.

Graceful Kimura is the next in my series of Japanese ladies submitting demons using jiu jitsu techniques.

Cerberus was inspired by the mythical beast guarding the gates of hell.

Available from www.meerkatsu.com store and several worldwide retailers.


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Meerkatsu Brand - Graceful Kimura and Cerberus rashguards

I have two new rashguards freshly landed into my store . Graceful Kimura is the next in my series of Japanese ladies submitting demons...

12 Feb 2015


I have a new product in the Meerkatsu store - the Kiss of the Dragon hooded top. You can buy it here: http://www.meerkatsu.com/Kiss-of-the-Dragon-Hooded-Top_p_68.html

It features a Chinese dragon, hand drawn by me and applied onto the hoodie with soft water based inks. The front features some hand drawn lettering sewn on as a piece of distressed applique. The top itself is a snug 330gsm cotton - poly mix (80-20).




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Meerkatsu Brand - Kiss of the Dragon Hooded top

I have a new product in the Meerkatsu store - the Kiss of the Dragon hooded top. You can buy it here:  http://www.meerkatsu.com/Kiss-of-t...

7 Feb 2015


Summary
A close examination of jiu jitsu positions and techniques based around the concept of opening the opponent's elbow away from their torso, ie the open elbow. This set includes a detailed breakdown of how the kimura lock and the omoplata, among others, work by focusing on the open elbow. Ryan Hall brings his usual high verbal output to the chapters, informing the viewer with a perhaps more conceptual led instructional set compared to his previous offerings.

DVD Review: The Open Elbow, Ryan Hall
Available from: www.groundfighter.com
Cost: $124.99 for three disc box set (Disc1 1hr 2min, Disc2 1hr 37min, Disc 3 1hr 34min total: 4 hrs 13mins)

Disclosures: I have no connection with either Ryan or the DVD publishers. I bought this DVD set from Groundfighter.com. All views expressed in this report are my own.


DVD Review - Ryan Hall, The Open Elbow

Summary A close examination of jiu jitsu positions and techniques based around the concept of opening the opponent's elbow away fr...


Someone asked me how many BJJ gis I have designed or featured my artwork. I had to check back at my archives because I honestly couldn't remember. The first gi I designed was back in 2011, actually two assignments came along at the same time, one for Black Eagle Fightwear to design the Raptor gi and another for Ronin Brand to design a bunch of samurai themed gi colourways. Happy days!

I'm thankful for all the brand owners who entrusted me with artwork design and for the punters who liked them enough to spend their hard earned money. Here's to many more gi designs for the future!






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BJJ gi designs since 2011

Someone asked me how many BJJ gis I have designed or featured my artwork. I had to check back at my archives because I honestly couldn...

You'd have to be living under a rock not to notice the riot of colour that is the brand, Newaza Apparel. For just over a year or so they've been rolling out crazy design after crazy design, and the people love them! I have even got onto the Newaza Express too with my own contributions - the Slow Your Roll snails T-shirt and the Season's Beatings Xmas sweater.

Newaza Apparel owner Travis Warner took a few minutes out to chat with me:-


Brand Profile - Newaza Apparel

You'd have to be living under a rock not to notice the riot of colour that is the brand, Newaza Apparel . For just over a year or so ...

31 Jan 2015



Hey, BJJ guys and girls, I bet most of you have heard many of the following irritating things that other (martial artists) have said about our beloved sport. This is my list, feel free to show it to your non-BJJ friends.


10 Dumb Things Other People Say About BJJ

Hey, BJJ guys and girls, I bet most of you have heard many of the following irritating things that other (martial artists) have said abo...

 

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