The great UK BJJ pilgrimage
I have set myself a quest! - to train at every single BJJ club in the UK. Why? because every competition I goto I always meet a bunch of awesome people and really enjoy myself. Everytime I spar or fight someone new I learn alot. And I believe exposing yourself to as many different styles and methods of teaching is a great aid to learning.
There are around 150 or so clubs. I am going generally by Slideyfoots very very usefull map.
As part of the pilgrimage I will buy a patch from each club and put it onto a gi, as a sort of trophy/showpiece for UK BJJ
A UK gi company called Faixa Rua has sponsored me for the quest. Providing me with 2 gi's and a MASSIVE A5 gi to put the patches on.
Ive also already started my quest, with great results so far. The clubs have been awesome and have so far given me free lessons and free patches.
To help save a little time I am including clubs previously visited (just need to get their patches). Nova forca in epsom, my club in farnborough (andy roberts academy) and RGA HQ.
Since announcing my quest on another forum I have visited RGA wimbledon run by Ray Stevens (Olympic silver medalist in judo, BB in BJJ). And Italo Ferreira in Worcester. I will be hoping to attend multiple clubs in one day when I start on london properly. And the other bigger cities.
The pilgrimage is going to take a very very long time but its going to be awesome fun.
Check out my blog in my signature to see further updates, but ill be putting up my adventures here as well as they happen.
That's pretty cool. Good luck on your questing. May your adventures yield you lots of xp!
how long will you be spending at each location?
Just a lesson, perhaps 2 if I am just visiting that club and they got them back to back.
When I went to Italo's I showed up to the no gi class wearing a gi, after some sparring he ended up basically giving me a private lesson for an hour. After giving his guys some drills to do.
Absolutely fabulous, I love the idea!
(I also sort of envy your amount of free time/finances to be able to do this...)
Good luck on your travels and keep us updated.
Yeah, and don't forget to include Slovakia when you're done with the UK BJJ clubs and decide to follow up with a European tour... ;-)
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Is there a possibility of preparing an information index-booklet for the future bjj enthusiasts, like the addresses and websites of the schools you visited, names of the instructors etc, provided that it has not been done before.
(I should take a closer look at slideyfoot's works)
Might be a huge step in promoting bjj in UK.
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Cool!! Thats a great idea. You'll no doubt pick up alot of new skills this way. Good luck with the UK Tour.
Also how was Ray Stephens Class i was thinking about taking a look myself?
Really good! definitely give them a look. Ray was there but had another blackbelt instructer take the class. Guy called Marcio. Nice bunch of guys that train hard, and as its early days for the club tons of room to roll with. Nice place.
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reindo - Check slideyfoots map :) - its got addresses, websites and often names to. Not to mention a pin point of where the club is, the google map can also give u directions from wherever you are coming from.
This is a great thought. I wish I had the wherewithal and funds to do the same thing in the United States, granted the journey would probably be impossibly big and expensive given the size of the US and the lack of decent Pub. Trans. Anyway, take progressive pictures of the A5 so we can watch it fill up with patches!
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