Hand in hand with toughness, goes it's close relation - 'bottle' . Here in the North-East, that's what we call courage. The intestinal fortitude to see the job through. There are a whole load of Jiu-Jitsu slang words and expressions attributed to Carlson Gracie senior, the trainer of my teacher Crezio de Souza. One of … Continue reading What it takes – Casca Grossa
The pejorative term 'Creonte' is constantly thrown around and discussed in Jiu-Jitsu circles, but is broadly misused and misunderstood. To comprehend the true meaning of the term one must look to it's origin. "Não sou de ficar mandando letrinhas em redes sociais, mas venho ouvindo muito o termo CREONTE, o tempo vem atribuindo significado … Continue reading Creonte
The soreness is starting to set in, but I don’t want the Russians to see that I’m in pain when the promoter summons me. “somebody wants to meet you, come, come” The short, rounded black man at the table eagerly awaits our attention. He and Luke, my cornerman, are as far as I can tell, … Continue reading Moscow
When you imagine being a prizefighter, your mental imagery is probably cribbed from HBO 24/7 boxing montages and UFC all access. Thrilling, action packed moments of excitement and glory. It’s mostly just waiting around though, in varying degrees of discomfort. I can’t move my neck. I’ve had to cradle my head between both hands in … Continue reading Euston
I've had a few folks ask me what the qualities are that make a champion. Every trainer is going to have a different take on what they value most, but for me there's one quality that I value over all others. When I was a kid my old man told me a great story. I … Continue reading What it takes – the coffin nail, king of qualities
It’s a very attractive idea to lay out a universal standard for rank promotion, as in theory that ought to both raise and maintain standards. In reality what generally happens in many martial art systems is that belt criteria gets distilled down to a syllabus- a checklist of techniques known and practiced.
The North East has been on the UK Muay Thai map since the beginning. While some of the old gyms are still furthering the sport and producing talent, the younger upstarts are making waves and creating champions. Here are 6 of the best places to train in the North East today. Northern Kings, Newcastle Founded … Continue reading 5 of the Best Places to Train Muay Thai in the North East
Creating a good wrap for Boxing, MMA or Muay Thai is an essential skill for the combat sports practitioner but also one that takes a little time to learn
Fight Store North, the new name for Fight Store Newcastle is certainly the longest running dedicated Martial Arts Store in the Newcastle and Gateshead area
A year later I moved into the centre of Newcastle and we built a community website called MMA Newcastle. A lot has changed since then and we felt it was time to go full circle.