Travel Tips for BJJ Adventures

I wrote this blog originally in the summer of 2016, but as I’m planning for my next BJJ adventure I thought it would be worthwhile updating it with some of my latest tips!

As before I’m not going to be focusing on the how to find somewhere to train abroad. For that Sally Arsenault has done a really useful blog regarding finding an academy on your travels. This blog is going to be covering some of my travel tips for keeping yourself organised with your packing and prepared for competition. Continue reading “Travel Tips for BJJ Adventures”

Finger Taping & Hand Care in BJJ

My new @rainhafw finger tape arrived just in time for the most important night of the week #compclass #gripfight #nowhitetapeI’ve been asked a couple of times in the gym why I tape my fingers. The simple answer is that I have sprained a single finger on both hands previously. Each time was a freak accident linked to being tired and having my grip broken (either in Judo or BJJ training. Each time they really hurt and were sore for quite a while. They also left with slightly deformed fingers. Since it happened I’ve taped both of them to protect them from further injury. So with this in mind, I thought it was time to share my thoughts on hand care. Continue reading “Finger Taping & Hand Care in BJJ”

Scramble 3-Way Mitsu Holdall – Review

This summer I had to finally admit that my gym bag was giving up the ghost.  Plus the fact I had broken the zip for a second time really made it clear to me! So when my coach (and Scramble sponsored athlete) Adam Adshead did a shout out to pre-order the new Scramble Holdall I thought it was destiny calling me! Even better was that they arrived literally the day after launch – there is nothing better than going training and walking out with new tricks and new kit! Continue reading “Scramble 3-Way Mitsu Holdall – Review”

Transgendered Competitors in BJJ

The internet forums have been full of discussion recently regarding transgendered females and BJJ competition. As someone who could potentially compete (and has) competed in the same category as a transgendered female, I’ve listened to the debates with interest.  It made me want to dig deeper into the topic to try and make sense of it both for myself and thought it might be useful to share what I found to help other people. This isn’t a simple topic that I could skim over so I make no apologies that this is one of my longer blogs!  Continue reading “Transgendered Competitors in BJJ”