Valor Fightwear – Shori 450 Judo Gi

Last minute judo exam swotting in my fab @valor_fightwear gi. Judo gi but bjj everyday 😉As regular readers know that as well as practicing BJJ I also train in Judo. Last year I needed a new competition gi for the British Judo Championships and had a nightmare buying a gi. A mixture of poor stock levels, import costs, gi shrinkage and in some cases poor customer service left me disillusioned with a number of Judo gi companies. So when I heard that Valor Fightwear were starting to produce judo gi’s instantly got in touch to find out about launch dates. I was even more delighted to be asked if I wished to test one out! Continue reading “Valor Fightwear – Shori 450 Judo Gi”

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Improve Your Grappling Every Time You Pee!

I apologise for the slightly clickbait title but I needed something to grab your attention and “things to do that improves your health and grappling during an office toilet break” does not exactly trip off the tongue!

As regular readers know I am far from a full time athlete and my time is precious, so I thought I’d share a quick insight into how me (and my hubby) genuinely do try and squeeze some jiu jitsu friendly activity into literally every little break that we get! Continue reading “Improve Your Grappling Every Time You Pee!”

What Makes a Good Coach?

Last minute judo exam swotting in my fab @valor_fightwear gi. Judo gi but bjj everyday 😉I recently completed my Level 1 coaching award in Judo and one of the questions asked was “what makes a good coach?”. Now it’s something I’ve pondered in my earlier career as I’ve spent a huge chunk of working life in Sports Development including as a coach educator as well as being an athletics performance coach before I discovered martial arts. So I thought it was perhaps time I put some of my thoughts to paper! Continue reading “What Makes a Good Coach?”

Grappling with a Cold

There is one competitor in BJJ that you can’t avoid or beat and thats the common cold! Unfortunately there is no immunisation against it and no instant cure. All of this I was reminded about when I was hit with a cracking bout of cold and sinusitis last week! I wasn’t just off the mats but also refusing to leave my duvet for a few days. So I thought I’d share a few tips and tricks to help you cope and recover the best you can. Continue reading “Grappling with a Cold”