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LIL DRAGONS GRADING RESULTS - July 29th 2017

Posted by [email protected] on August 3, 2017 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)
Below is a list of the students who have passed the Lil Dragons grading on Saturday 29th July with Their new belt colour. If your child is not listed unfortunately they did not pass this time. Students are graded out of 50 points for Blocks, Kicks, punches, form and attitude with a pass grade of 35 (C), 40 (B), and 45 (A). RED BELTS Harry Oakley - B Jack L - B YELLOW BELTS Matthew Denton - C Leo Bourke - B Chloe Bhambri - A Kush Perakh - C Jack W - C Ashe Crotch-Harvey - A ORANGE BELTS Pietro Bonanno - C PURPLE BELTS Jayden Prashant - A Anja Van Damme - C BROWN BELTS Myka Gillespie - A Belts will be awarded this Saturday 5th August.

Martin Hollis recieves Black Belt in BJJ

Posted by [email protected] on June 19, 2017 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)
Congratulations to Martin Hollis who received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Keith Mckenzie this weekend at the Checkmat training camp in Spain with Rico and Leo Vieria and Marco Canha in attendance. Martin has been studying BJJ for 10 years and is honoured to join the list of UK black belts under the Checkmat banner.

Meet the Team - Wes Lucas

Posted by [email protected] on July 15, 2016 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Name?

Wes Lucas


Martial Arts practiced and belts?

Traditional Shaolin Kung fu (Lau Gar) Black sash Lau Gar Kickboxing 5th degree black belt Savate Gant Blanc Eskrima 2 years Boxing Muay Thai 3 years Tae Kwon Do Black belt.


Biggest achievements in the sport?

10x British Kickboxing Champion

Represented England and Great Britain at World championship events 16 times Former European low kick champion I have had six students win gold at world championship events along with nine students go on to have solid professional fighting careers.


How did you discover training?

I started training in Tae Kwon Do at the age of six, earning my blackbelt at 12 years old, moved to Lau Gar at 13 years old under master Curtis page. After competing consistently was selected as part of GBMAA Elite and team England.



What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I have been teaching full time since 1998 and have always loved helping people achieve their goals and conquer their own fears.


Favorite food?

Most Thai food!!!

Meet the Team - Martin Hollis

Posted by [email protected] on July 14, 2016 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)




Name


Martin Hollis


What Martial arts have you practiced?


I have trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which i hold a brown belt in under Keith McKenzie, Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Freestyle Wrestling and Submission Wrestling.


How did you discover martial arts?


I started training as a child and teenager in judo and traditional jiu jitsu. When i was 18 years old i moved to London and decided to start Muay Thai in a leasure centre in Chelsea. Originally my motivation was that Thai boxing seemed a little crazy and intimidating especially at the time which was around 1998/99 where it was fairly unknown. I love the training and started going to the main gym in Bethnal Green under Bill Judd.

After training for 3 or 4 years we had started to start looking at UFC tapes. At that time the only way you could get them was from a little martial arts shop in Elephant and Castle who used to copy the recordings on VHS and sell them on about a week after it was shown in the US. The UFC decided to do an event in the UK "Brawl at the Hall" UFC 38. I had a friend who worked for talk sport and managed to get me really good seats for it. Going to see the live event sparked my interest even further so i hunted out a club that taught MMA in London and found London Pancrase in Finsbury Park under Jess Liaudin and Paul Hines.

As soon as i started training i realised (especially at that time) how useless my striking was against more well rounded fighters. I literally spent the first 3 months getting taken down constantly. This really got me motivated to imporve my ground work so along with training at London Pancrase which at the time was only 3 times a week i start training with a submission wrestler called Rob Sulski at top wrestling academy in Canada Water. This club was in a sports centre but the calibre of fighter there was amazing with some of the best MMA grappler in the country at the time training on the mat.

In around 2007 i started to train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the gi. This was mainly due to injury as years of training with larger opponents and in a more aggressive style took its tole on my body. However starting in the gi reignited a passion for grappling that was starting to dull. I have now been training in a gi for 8-9 years and every day i feel i am learning something new. Training under Keith McKenzie is an honour as he is a great friend and teacher.




What do you most enjoy about teaching?


Everything! I have always been drawn to teaching as i love to pass on the knowledge i have learnt over the past 14 years of grappling. Seeing my students grow and become great in the art and especially seeing how Jiu Jitsu can change peoples lives. As the art is 100% skill based it becomes addictive. The more time you put into it the better you get. Seeing people come to the gym out of shape and ill and in a relitively short space of time become healthy and excited about life and training is the biggest buzz i can get.


Favorite food?


For a cheat meal i love mexican and lots of chocolate.


Interesting fact about yourself?


I dont eat meat or drink alcohol. I also used to have green hair and beard :-/


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