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MATS 2020 Alicante Spain

Posted: February 25, 2020

MATS2020 - on the 8th February Grandmaster Zulfi Ahmed was hosting the Martial Arts Training Seminar (MATS2020) In Alicante Spain.

Where like minded school owners and students get together and share knowledge, not only in the martial arts but on how we teach and serve our students.

Events like these have proven a valuable resource to us as we are always striving for constant and never ending improvement.

Royce Gracie in the UK

Posted: February 24, 2020

Royce Gracie network seminar. - on the 19th February 2020 Royce Gracie was in the UK on a stopover to head towards Bellator MMA in Dublin Ireland.

Being a Royce Gracie instructor I always want to learn from my teacher, not only what he is teaching but also how he teaches. Royce has a way of expressing himself in a direct and obvious tone; “Do this, No… This way, That’s it.” Royce has this presence in the room and he commands every part of it. In this session we looked at a clinch from a side kick, closing the distance, wrapping your arms around the attacker and taking the back. Making sure that you head is facing down and your arm is covering your face… A healthy slap came your way if you head was showing. As Royce is relaxing he’s humour is coming out. Next came a double leg takedown. A simple technique that you think you know. A small detail corrects the whole thing. It was also great to catch up with the other Network work members. Jon Hegan (black belt) Chris Pritchard (Brown belt) and Amir Korzan (Blue belt). Theses gentleman have amazing schools and are great teachers. Royce Gracie is back in May at the Ellis Academy. If anyone would like to join us please call 01737 7671 999 or contact us through

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Training with the Oklahoma City SWAT

Posted: February 20, 2020

Back in Early October 19 I had the pleasure to attend the Royce Gracie network meeting in Oklahoma . Some of the finest individuals on the planet.

During my Visit, members of the Oklahoma  SWAT team took me under their wing and help me learn how to shoot. 2000 rounds later my technique was commented as “surprising good for a Limey”.

Most of my trip comprised of Jiu Jitsu, guns and BBQ. I had a great time. Can't wait to go back..

Top 5 Reasons Parents Love Martial Arts

Posted: February 20, 2020

There are many reasons to  sign up your child(ren) for a martial arts program. If you are a parent looking to find a program for your child that you can support, here are five reasons why parents  find martial arts is a good fit for not just their children, but their entire family!

Teaches Discipline. Martial arts teaches kids about the importance of discipline and keeping a balanced lifestyle where they can have fun, reach goals, and learn self-defense too. Through drills and mat chats, kids can learn what they need to do to succeed and how to execute it on their own! Keeps Kids Active. There is no doubt that martial arts is great exercise and, unlike more boring and repetitive workouts, the process of training in martial arts is more exciting and fun for kids. 

My Word is Law! - Self Discipline

Posted: October 15, 2018


 Many of us know that self-discipline is the single most important quality a Martial Artist can have. A disciplined person is someone who knows what to do and then does it. Someone without self-discipline may know what they should do, but unless it’s what they want to do, they often don’t do it.

The simplest way to develop self-discipline is to use the concept “My Word Is Law”. “My Word Is Law” means that you do anything and everything that you say you are going to do. The two keys to having success in the “My Word Is Law” principle are, first off, only commit to do things that you really intend to do. This means that you will be saying “no” to a lot of things that you might have said “yes” to in the past! The second key is to absolutely follow through with whatever you commit to do. If you use this strategy, you will find your self-discipline increasing multi-fold.

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