Adam Adshead Vs Joao Miyao | IBJJF Pan Ams 2013 | BJJ Rotherham

31 Mar

Recently we saw Factory BJJ‘s own Adam Adshead head out to the IBJFF Pan Ams to compete with the best guys on the international circuit! and boy did he do just that he fought Joao Miyao at the Pan Ams first round.

Adam Adshead X Joao Miyao IBJJF Pan Ams 2013

Adam Adshead X Joao Miyao IBJJF Pan Ams 2013

Most would be daunted by this but Adam said

“I fought him earlier this year at the Euros and so I’m relishing a chance to get in there and fight the best guys once again”

Adam was also sporting a beautiful prototype of the Scramble Athlete Gi due out shortly and as you can see it is a thing of wonder. Adam said that the Scramble Athlete is the ” Best Scramble Gi yet!!!”

Adam Adshead x Joao Miyao IBJJF Pan Ams 2013 | BJJ Rotherham

Adam Adshead x Joao Miyao IBJJF Pan Ams 2013 | BJJ Rotherham

Here the of video Joao Miyao at IBJJF Pan Ams 2013 submitting Adam at around the 4 minute mark with an arm in Ezekiel choke. Props to Adam for  taking the fight to Joao Miyao at the Pan Ams and he said this after.

“Lost my match against Joao. Got tapped. Very first match of the day too! The guy is phenomenal. No excuses. I came to fight, I took the fight to him but ultimately came up short. 10 weeks exactly to the world’s, I can’t wait”

Even though Adam lost, he is making a great account of himself competing against the best guys in the world. But also ultimately Steel Sharpens Steel so Adam can expect big jumps in his game just from competing against guys of Joao Miyao’s level.

Adam Adshead x Joao Miyao 3 IBJJF Pan Ams 2013 | Scramble Athlete Gi | BJJ Rotherham - Image Control Industries

Adam Adshead x Joao Miyao 3 IBJJF Pan Ams 2013 | Scramble Athlete Gi | BJJ Rotherham – Image Control Industries

The Yorkshire Gripper | BJJ Rotherham



16 Mar

Scramble Grip Trainer Review | BJJ Rotherham | Lloyd Cooper

Scramble Grip Trainer unfolded | BJJ Rotherham

Scramble Grip Trainer unfolded | BJJ Rotherham

With me carrying a nickname such as the Yorkshire Gripper coined by my coach Adam Adshead, it would lead you to think I had a prodigious grip; unfortunately this wasn’t always the case and still is partially untrue. My hands kind of look the part and until I got on the Grip Trainer I thought I was tough but oh no. My grip is a work in progress which has just gotten a whole lot easier to shape up with the Scramble Grip Trainer and now to share my findings here on BJJ Rotherham.

Many thanks to Scramble for hooking me up with a sweet product.

At Factory BJJ in Manchester  we spend an awful amount of time grip fighting. Its essentially a judo concept of grips before everything , that we have adapted for BJJ and put into every position we fight from. The thought being of grip fighting until you have the combination you desire then go for it. Another key point in our motivations to focus heavily on grips is the fact that if you watch any black belt fight its liable the one who is controlling the gripping game the best is more than likely winning the fight. As a by-product of this guys in the gym have been increasing their grip strength Dangggg.

Enter The Scramble Grip Trainer

Scramble Grip Trainer Review | BJJ Rotherham


The First thing I am struck with as I open is the level of quality at first touch of the product. The material feels of a high grade. It isn’t as though scramble decided to do a rush job on this and use a cheap Gi material, they have used the same high quality 550GSM Pearl Weave you can see on marvellous display in the Wave Kimono. Before even starting to get to grips (forgive the pun) with the trainer this was a great sign of quality and reliability.

The next point I considered was the shape of the whole design. It is a simple sleeve and loop design. The point of which being the sleeve is pushed through the loop and you wrap it all around the piece of equipment you are trying to work with. However don’t let the word simple deter you here. I’ve seen many supposed “grip trainers” on the market with lots of fancy constituent parts and frankly haven’t held up to the rigours of use. The more parts you put into a product the more that can go wrong. There are just two major parts in this product the sleeve and the loop section, and these are 2 parts Scramble have got RIGHT.

Scramble Grip Trainer | BJJ Rotherham

The loop section has a padded inner which helps with spreading the tension away from stress points when used, rather than key areas taking the stress and seams bursting. Again a simple but profound addition that only makes the design work so much better.


There is also a heavy what seems to be Canvas reinforcement around the cutout loop section at the head of the product. This seems a similar type of material to which you would find lining a rucksack. So suffice to say it is more than robust enough for the job in hand and put under continual loads. The reliability of this part is further anchored by the fact that the stitching is done in an immaculate manner with none of the stitches straying outside the boundaries.

The final point I found really appealing about the product was the cuff taping on the sleeve part. They have used the same tape as the inside of the Wave Kimono, Again I know they didn’t have to but just little things like this make the Grip Trainer look like it has the quality that it carries in its prodigious strength. Scramble have delivered in this manner time and again with little added extras that set their products apart.

Scramble Grip Trainer Cuff | BJJ Rotherham

Scramble Grip Trainer Cuff | BJJ Rotherham

I also wanted to mention the weight of this product also. It might be a secondary concern for most people but I like the fact that these are lightweight and fold up nicely. Here other products have metal appendages and are considerably more bulky so become a hindrance to carry around.This for me means they can be folded away and kept in your training bag for when you need them rather than having to leave them out in the gym where you have no idea what greaseballs might end up using them.You gotta protect your stuff guys and gals

Using the Scramble Grip Trainer

Grip Dead Lifts

Before I get a whole ton of hate on this, I would not replace a regular dead-lift with a grip challenged one for functional training. However having said that I do feel it is a beneficial exercise for pure grip training strength as you can up the load and vary the amount of time you carry the bar. The one variation we found useful was increasing the floor hight of the lifter. Because of the length of the sleeve on the grip trainer it good to start on a higher platform to get more of an extension.

Grip Trainer Deadlift | BJJ Rotherham

Grip Trainer Deadlift | BJJ Rotherham

Double Grip Pull ups

GI Grip Pull UP | BJJ Rotherham

GI Grip Pull UP | BJJ Rotherham

One of the most functional of uses for the Grip Trainers is moving your own bodyweight under the stress of a Gi Grip. Being one of the most utilised movements in all of BJJ especially so when passing. This is where the variation in grips comes into play where you can alternate between Collar, sleeve and if you are brave or just super tough – spider. Personally I was shocked about how tough a few sets of Spider Grip chins were. I can literally rep regular chins for set time. But as soon as the grip trainer got involved it destroyed me.

Alternate Grip Pull ups

I like this variation a lot because it mimics needing to contract on side of your body more than the other similar to an X pass. Set up the grip trainer on one side and do the regular bar grip on the other and chin away my fren. It’s more awkward than it looks because you are going higher on one side of your body and you end up pulling ridiculous faces as I quite accurately display here.

Alternate Gi Grip Pull ups | BJJ Rotherham

Alternate Gi Grip Pull ups | BJJ Rotherham

Dead Hang Gi Grip

GI Grip Training | BJJ Rotherham

GI Grip Training | BJJ Rotherham

 As an exercise this is awesome, as for enjoyment this straight up sucks. The dead hang is fantastic for building specific grip endurance in your hands and forearms, which is perfect for those rounds that seem to go on forever and you have zero grip left to use. The static strength gained in this movement alone is very profound that I’m surprised people don’t do it more.We generally do rounds of these at the end of conditioning or sparring and just hang out for as long as possible and trust me your grip will be gone if you push yourself. I like to have a slight bend in my arms during this so I’m still activating my Biceps/Triceps during the movement rather than locking out and allowing my joints to take the strain. Even more importantly how often in Jiu Jitsu do you take a grip and fully extend your arm to locking point?? Therefore keep this in mind when you’re using the Scramble Grip Trainer

The biggest key to this is mental toughness, you have to be hard on yourself to keep going an not let go. However one good way around this is a little bit of healthy competition – put up a leader board of times doing the dead hang and you will rapidly see people staying up there longer. With your time going up and using this tool your ability to latch onto grips and keep it will drastically increase.

Farmer’s Walks

BJJ Grip Training Farmers Walk | BJJ Rotherham

BJJ Grip Training Farmers Walk | BJJ Rotherham

One of the oldest tricks in the book with respect to grip training. Similar in benefits to the dead hang with great static strength being developed in the hands and forearms. But also a solid level of endurance will be developed here. Dangle a kettlebell either side of your body and grab the Grip trainer and then go for a walk. Roll back your shoulders and keep your core tight and balanced.

The Addition of the Scramble Grip Trainers here just further pushes the functionality of the exercise. Want a solid Spider Guard ? try this for a 2 minute period and you’ll be onto a great start.

Partner Resisted Grip Drill

GI Grip Training Partner Drills | BJJ Rotherham

GI Grip Training Partner Drills | BJJ Rotherham

I really really like this exercise, not just because it is a stupidly easy way to wreck your grip but it is a realistic method of training your grip. Your partner can give you varying levels of pressure to fight against with your grip and they can dictate how hard you work rather than you deciding yourself.

Additional uses for the Scramble Grip Trainer

While experimenting with the Scramble Grip Trainer I also found a few game changing uses for it that can be used to develop your grip strength, Which I guarantee nobody else in the world is doing at the moment.

Grip Strength Water Bottle Holds

1So every time between rounds when you’re grabbing a lovely cold water refreshment you can now spend that 30 seconds working your grip strength too! It’s all about time management.

Grip Variation Gym hoovering

9Make cleaning the gym the most fun thing you can do at the end of the day? ensure your training partners health and develop a crazy squeeze!

ok so enough of the jokey nonsense and time to sum this little review up.


To say I was happy to use the Scramble Grip Trainer would be an understatement. This product firmly ticks all of the boxes that you want from a grip training aid , it is nothing overly fancy or complicated it just gets the job done.The latest colour variation is awesome. What is cooler than something that makes you stronger and comes in Ninja Black Colour??? not much!

The quality of the product finish is at a very high standard and has been cared for as though it was a full Kimono you were purchasing. Finally £20 for a grip training aid is fantastic but for the pair it becomes a non issue. Very Impressive Product.


******* DISCLAIMER*******

I am in no way affiliated with Scramble or any of their employees, nor was I paid to do this review. This is entirely my own opinion and findings based around using this product.


I am not a S&C expert these are just some of the exercises that I have found to benefit me and my training.

The Yorkshire Gripper | BJJ Rotherham | Lloyd Cooper


30 Jan

Keep improving while off the mat.

Improving – Develop or increase mental capacity by education or experience

Improvement BJJ Rotherham

Improvement BJJ Rotherham

January has been as about as bad as it could have been in regards to training for me. On New Year’s Eve on the way to work I was in a car crash when a lady pulled out of a side street right in front of us at the last possible second. It wasn’t too bad or anything but the fact that it was such a short distance by the time she pulled out we hit pretty hard. So after that my neck was pretty jacked up for a couple of weeks and had to be very careful and not train. So then after this I was just getting back into starting to spar again and then boom I get ill where I have a chest infection and carrying a fever for the best part of a week. And now I’m on my second week recovering from that. So in short January has been terrible for development for me.

This set me off thinking about how I can keep making improvements while not in full training. These next few months are my last of full time study at university in Manchester and I’ve become quite aware of how training will never be quite as good as it is now. Therefore I am trying to get as good as humanly possible before I leave. Yet having all of January out of training is in stark contrast to this. So I’ve decided to write a few ideas down about tips and tricks I’ve used in the past.

1)      Drilling – it seems such an obvious thing but one that people does not do enough. Especially so when injured or Ill. Just because you have a muscle pull it does not completely remove you from the mat. If it is only slight injuries turns up and not do the warm up or sparring but do the techniques showed in class. It will not only potentially put new moves into your arsenal but also when you do get back to full training it will mean a smoother transition back onto the mat because your timing is still dialled in.

2)      Stretch – if you are off the mat and unable to get back down try a little gentle stretching. There a lots of studies vouching for the significance and benefit of yoga to the body. So do some light stretching like the ones you do in a regular warm up so for however long you are not training your muscles are not seizing up and going into atrophy. Instead they are remaining supple and strong so as to say they are not regressing.

3)      Visualise – I did this last week when I was in bed for the full week. I couldn’t even bare to look at the computer screen for more than 5 minutes at a time. But call me sad or whatever I laid there and visualised my game and the sweeps/passes I like to execute. This causes your brain to display the same activity as when you are performing it real time.

4)      Watch Instructionals – it’s usually pretty easy to get bogged down with a lots of technique with what your coach shows you, what others on the mat show, while browsing YouTube and finally through watching instructional. It’s often too much to take in. But while off the mat it becomes easier for your brain to process a lot of technique based around one area. While I’ve been off I have been looking at the Star Wars inspired AT – AT guard which is a kind of weird but very effective open guard. It’s from Jordon Schultz’s online Instruction Law of Guard. It’s a new set of techniques that id briefly seen but never had time to process before. So now I’m looking at the techniques and mentally getting ready to start practicing them when I go back to training.

5)      Supplementary training – if you can’t spar because of a busted hand then go for a run. Or if you can’t spar because of a pulled Quad then train upper body and so on. Use the time where one area of your body is not 100% and work on another. It’s a good way to stay sharp also by keeping your body in a working state. The same thing goes for things such as ringworm. If you’ve been an unfortunate soul and you cannot be anywhere near the gym for a few weeks. Who’s to say you can’t keep doing pushups and pull-ups in your back garden after a run.

6)      Turning up regardless – the final one which I think is a big one also. It’s just turning up to the gym regardless of whether you can train or not. Steve is a member at Factory BJJ in his fifties and pulled a muscle in his leg at the weekend but instead of taking time out he demonstrated the perfect attitude by still turning up last night to take in the lessons Adam was giving. A fantastic attitude to learning. But in extension to this it’s also to stay part of the group. We spend our time training together and having a laugh as friends on the mat. So why should this stop when we leave the mat for any reason.

Check out law of Guard here

But in other better news while I am off the Mat my ever awesome sponsors Battle Gear hooked me up with their new Collegiate Tee which is an absolute bargain at £9.99.

Battle Gear Collegiate Tee BJJ Rotherham

Battle Gear Collegiate Tee BJJ Rotherham

But I also won a PHD Supplements online competition for a whole bunch of supps. Suffice to say it took the edge from being off the mat for a month.

The Yorkshire Gripper | BJJ Rotherham | Lloyd Cooper

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19 Dec

With it being the holiday season and a bit of a retrospective time of year I figured I’d get something into the form of a BJJ Rotherham blog that summed up the feeling of this time of year for me. This is BJJ Goal Setting, Everyone now is on the wind down to Christmas or just a break from the monotony of 2012. There are not any competitions or any events of real note left so a lot of people look back to what they have achieved in the last 12 months.  This is true of myself anyway  so I’m going to rant till my heart is content about BJJ Goal Setting or at least till my fingers get tired from typing this.

Image Credit

Image Credit

I was prompted into thinking like this by Facebook of all things, there was one of those super super annoying Apps popped up and it said “year in review 2012” and 99% of the time I click that convenient little X in the top corner. On this occasion I didn’t and I explored it a little, the app then showed me all of the pictures and status updates that it deemed “highlights of my year“. Suffice to say they were all BJJ related but more about my year another time.I do enjoy the fact that at this time of year more than at any other time people take the time to look at what they have achieved as a full year grouping of events rather than how you performed in your most recent competition or how you rolled in the last class you attended. The good thing when you try to do this is that it is glaringly obvious whether you had a good, bad or mediocre year. For most people I highly doubt that they get to this part of the year and think they have wholly achieved what they set out to do.

Failure to achieve goals is a large issue down to several factors.

Firstly Procrastination is a huge problem for most people. They set an adequate goal for their position but never go after achieving it. The goal could be ‘ win a competition’ yet never get around to competing, or could be ‘ lose weight’ yet never decide to begin dieting. Procrastination is a drain on your life because you are either moving towards a goal or you are moving away from it there is no staying still. So therefore if you are procrastinating about achieving your goal you are ultimately making it harder to achieve.

Similarly to Procrastination is Failure to set any goals. Not having any direction or drive to your training is a large drain on the time you spend  on the mat, but also the effect on your mindset when you turn up to training. The Sub conscious mind will choose the path of least resistance. Therefore when you turn up to training you will coast through doing the absolute minimum even without you realising you are doing it. It’s easy to get caught up in the feeling that seeing as you are not training so you can take the foot off the gas.

Another problem I see in BJJ Goal setting is people deciding upon Too Loftier Goals. This means that the person decides something is way way above their skill, expertise, experience and even economic ability to achieve for example person A who trains 2 times per week sets the goal ” I am going to win the Blue Belt worlds in 2013″. You have to be realistic on what you can and can’t achieve, It is highly unlikely that you will win the worlds when you are training so little when there is more than likely a kid from world-class pro jiu jitsu team number 1 who trains full-time and is completely dedicated to his Realistic Goal. Look at your situation from a third perspective and see what is ultimately within your grasp to achieve.

The Final problem I encounter is that people think “Goals are for Competition Guys Only”. Not true what so ever, what is true is that guys competing on a regular basis are very likely to have clearly defined goals and are moving towards achieving them but as a less experienced, lower grade or someone who isn’t in the same shape you should not let this discourage you. As mentioned in the previous point these kind of guys have goals relative to their situation. You should not be discouraged from making goals of your own because you do not compete. Try simpler goals such as ” I aim to lose X amount of weight” or ” learn this new move within the next move” or even “Train one more day per week”.

Embrace the Grind to Achieve your goals

Embrace the Grind to Achieve your goals

Every single person in this  sport should have goals relative to their situation and desires that are utterly achievable and obtainable. It will ultimately help you feel happier about what you are doing. I know this goes against the laid back nature of BJJ, but I’ve personally seen guys who didn’t have any goals and just coasted along quit because much newer people who were that little bit hungrier than them began to kick their ass. Then because they have not put serious work in towards any goals they are floundering and their EGO kicks in that they shouldn’t really be tapping to a guy training half the time they have. But its all relative isn’t it. If you have just been content to turn up and enjoy the class and if you learn something great but if not you are equally as happy as opposed to a guy who makes sure he drills everything he is shown and is constantly trying to get a move in rolling the other guy is always going to improve faster than you.

Set small goals relative to your situation. Just don’t turn up and let whatever happen in your training because usually something negative will creep in.

So before I sign off from my quite obvious rant about BJJ Goal Setting here are a few tips about setting goals and achieving them to ultimately be happier. Because achieving things feels awesome right??

  1. Will Power and Sacrifice – it’s an old cliché but nothing good worth having comes easily. So remember “Give up something good for something better” – which is better eating that burger now or being the lightest you’ve been in 10 years.
  2. Ask for advice from your coach on relative goals speak to your coach he is the one who probably has the best perspective on what you can or can not achieve before you go running off trying to win the mundials on 1 day per week training. Sometimes the best reality checks come from the guy or girl who is teaching you and it sets you on a happier course.
  3. Success is Attracted to Speed – once you have your goal all finalised and discussed don’t wait till you feel the time is right. if you wait till then it will probably never happen. So in that case start right now, today, this hour, as you are reading this – 10 push ups immediately.
  4. Baby Steps – write down your goal however big or small and write small steps backwards until your current position. 5% improvement daily is much better than 100% improvement maybe never. It also helps to get momentum going when you achieve little goals daily.
  5. Set The Stakes High – tell the whole world your goal, write it down and set consequences for not achieving it. That way Will Power becomes much easier to hold out on tempting things that get in the way of your goal.  So tell all of your peers that you are going to win that competition so they can ridicule you if you don’t turn up to train. That way there is an added incentive to perform thus making it easier.
  6. Belief – You have to believe you are going to do what you are setting out to do. If you don’t believe it in your mind rarely will the body manifest the physical movement to make it so. It’s often said (probably by Bull S**t martial arts teachers) that the mind and the body must be one. But its true you have to believe in yourself and your ability to get the job done. Again though you must have realistic goals.
  7. Passion – set a goal that drives you, that tugs at your heart-strings that pushes you through hard practice. Set a goal that you truly want. Ie I want to lose weight. Not something that you think your peers would like so you do. If you truly want to be a champion the grind of training is nothing compared to winning the Gold Medal


BJJ Goal Setting | The Yorkshire Gripper | BJJ Rotherham


4 Dec

Check out this video of Paulo Miyao at the Nogi Brasilieros. Paulo’s weight Class is Pluma(super feather) or under 64 in the GI against Brazilian standout Jackson Souza. I’d like to say what weight Jackson is but I just cant be sure. However nonetheless its an impressive difference between the two brown belt fighters. Its rare to see one of the lightest weight classes going for it in the Absolute division and even rarer to see someone going up against stiff opposition and making it an ultra competitive match.

Its also good to see that Paolo Miyao’s game plan is the same no matter the size or type of fight Pull Guard -> De La Riva -> Berimbolo.

truly hard working dude. I just think he is bad ass for diving in there!

The Yorkshire Gripper | BJJ Rotherham


2 Dec

Just about a week ago we had a seminar consisting of the heads of Combat Base UK Darren and Helen Currie, we hadn’t had the pleasure of hosting them at factory in well over a year and so it was much overdue. So coach Adam Adshead made it a priority to get them into Factory BJJ for a seminar before the year was through.  I usually do a BJJ Rotherham blog based around seminars I attend but with a bit of insider knowledge about potential promotions I decided to do another BJJ Rotherham blog but with a bit of a twist.

In the last year the student base at factory has expanded massively to well over 100 guys regularly training. For a large chunk of the new guys it was the first chance to put faces to the legendary combat base names D + H Currie.

For other white belts it was a chance to display some of the things they had learned and an opportunity to try them rolling against a Black belts for the first time. Which is always a momentus occasion in a persons journey.

On the latter end of the seminar Darren and Helen decided a few promotions were in order.

Combat Base BJJ Coaching staff

Combat Base BJJ Coaching staff

Zack, Jack, Diana , Ryan , Jordan, Neil all received their blue belts and did so on fine merit.

It then got me thinking about my own journey towards blue belt and the mindset changes the more experience I got. To be perfectly honest I have changed on a daily basis the way I think about jiu jitsu as it’s a constantly evolving thing. So for me to remember the emotions and thoughts leading upto Blue belt is a tall ask.

So I decided to ask some of the guys who got their BJJ Blue belt promotions 3 simple questions based around their progression. What are some of the common mistakes and themes during white-belt

What was your biggest challenge at white belt and in getting to BJJ blue belt?

What do you think will be the toughest thing you will face now you are a BJJ blue belt?

If you could give yourself some advice on day one of starting  BJJ what would it be?

Neil G

Neil BJJ Bluebelt BJJ Rotherham

Neil BJJ Bluebelt | BJJ Rotherham

1. The times when you feel you’ve taken one step forward, then five back! Some weeks are great and you smash your way though it; then others, ‘it’s just not there’ and some newbie, sweeps, passes or heaven forbid…taps you! You have to recognise that this may be down to injury, your mind wandering about work or anything else in your life, a lack of concentration or just plain luck. The key is not to dwell on it but keep persevering though the bad times as well as the good. So the biggest obstacle is your own mind!

2. My biggest challenge is to stay ahead! It’s very motivating actually; there is a little bit of having a target on your back but frankly, this is a contact sport so it’s fair enough! The beauty about BJJ is that it really is, to quote Liam Nieson’ about a ‘particular set of skills’…if you get very technical and your know your stuff, your going to succeed, but it does take time, like anything worth having in this life. So to stay ahead I need to think more about how my opponent will react, what are the trigger points to me making a move etc…and studying the technique nuances.

3. Similar to the first answer – don’t worry about getting beaten. It happens and if you roll a lot you’re never going to not get beaten at some point. I think the other piece of advice would be to ‘study’ more. Rolling at the gym is great but this is BJJ, it’s technical and it takes on average 10 years to get to black belt so you need time off the mat to look at videos, read the books and magazines and understand the details that will work for you and your body type. This may not be popular, but “Know your limits”. Not all techniques will work for you, but find your gold, drill it and become a master!

Jack England

Jack BJJ Bluebelt | BJJ Rotherham

Jack BJJ Bluebelt | BJJ Rotherham

1) biggest obstacle was most probably training on a regular basis, for me this is the most important factor in improving my own game, but the hardest at the same time. when I train regularly this is when I see the real gains from training.

2) iI think choosing what new material at add into my game, trying to find a balance between my established game and new material that would improve it further.

3) train hard, stick at it!

Jordan Uddin

Whitebelt blackbelt bjj sparring

Whitebelt blackbelt bjj sparring

1. IMO everyone biggest obstacle is wanting to quit, a lot of times particularly during the first 6 mouths I was just getting super down about just getting smeared into the mat but, but listening to everyone advice of “don’t play your opponents game, play your own” really helped, but you cant play your game till you have one, so also developing your game and understanding what you are good at and using what you are good at to exploit other peoples weaknesses although I was cynical at first.

2.My biggest challenge  as a BJJ Blue Belt now will be not getting dis-heartened when bigger white belts will be tapping me, its going to happen, but when it comes to progress forget everyone else they are tools to make you better, and vice versa.

3.If i could give my self advice on my first day of training i would tell myself that Adam’s advice, once you learn to play to your strengths, your lack of weight and strength will become less of an issue,is gospel.

Everyone has the ability to become a 6th degree black belt its weather you have the resilience, motivation, patience and will power to drag yourself to your goals.

Diana Gonzalez

Diana BJJ Bluebelt | BJJ Rotherham

Diana BJJ Bluebelt | BJJ Rotherham

1) what was your biggest obstacle in achieving blue belt?

My biggest obstacle was to make it all the way to that point where things started to make sense, names started to say something and I didn’t feel as lost as I felt at the beginning. Also understand that there are good days and bad days, but you always learn something.

2) what do you think your biggest challenge is now you are a blue belt?

To keep the same mentality, that this is a long run and this is just the beginning, that I have lots to learn and for that I need to work hard. Need to set some goals, build up a game, keep looking forward and never give up.

3) if you could give yourself some advice on the first ever day you trained what would it be?

“Just because you can’t do it today, doesn’t mean you are not going to be able to do it one day.”

Open eyes and ears as much as you can, and don’t worry because it all makes sense at some point, just need some patience.

Ryan Broomhall

Ryan BJJ Blue Belt | BJJ Rotherham

Ryan BJJ Blue Belt | BJJ Rotherham

1)    The biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome during my journey from white belt to blue belt is myself. As I travel further into my Jiu Jitsu journey its becoming clearer and clearer that the major key to improving and getting better is consistency of application. To sum up- if you’re not on the mat you’re not improving.

2) Well as Jiu Jitsu is growing and becoming more popular I think the stigma attached with coloured belts has lowered some what. Being relatively new to the sport myself I could possibly be speaking out of turn but in years gone by I’d imagine that seeing a coloured belt on the mat automatically showed fellow grapplers that the person had solid tekkers. This still holds true as blue belts are going to have a solid grasp of the basics and have probably found and established to a degree their style of game, but, I’ve heard it said that blue is the new white. I myself am not looking at the new belt with a different outlook. More so, to continue what I’ve been doing already.

3) Consistency. Avoid long lay off’s from training as its the key killer to progression and I feel I’m proof of that.

Battlegear BJJ Warrior Kimono on Display

Battlegear BJJ Warrior Kimono on Display

As you can see there are solid themes coming through with each person reiterating a similar point in each answer. The thing I have found is that it is not any difficult formula you have to crack to do well at BJJ its a few simple rules you have to adhere to and eliminate common mistakes in your game that others are continually making. Stick to the rules that people tell you, It seems the most cliché thing ever to just do what your coach tells you but when do people actually consistently listen when he says ” turn up, listen, make notes, don’t have an ego, play your own game, be consistent,” etc etc. These are all things we know we need to do but somewhere along the trials and tribulations of BJJ we lose sight of what counts the most.

Hope you found this insight into the path from BJJ Whitebelt to BJJ Bluebelt helpful or interesting!!

The Yorkshire Gripper | BJJ Rotherham | Lloyd Cooper

BJJ Rotherham proudly sponsored by Battle Gear BJJ

BJJ Rotherham proudly sponsored by Battle Gear BJJ



29 Nov

Check out the second episode of the Team Lloyd Irvin reality show : The Next World Champion, it offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of the team and their preparation for UFC fights and the NOGI worlds. I am honestly blown away by the professionalism that these guys display.

A key point for me was during the hurricane that battered the American eastern seaboard Lloyd Irvin said “what time is training tonight?” to which his students reply “7pm Master Lloyd” and he then goes on to say ” If the power goes out what time is training?” 7pm Master Lloyd is the reply

and finally he says “If there is heavy flooding stay at home but at 7 what are you doing?” and the guys says TRAINING

no excuses train no matter the circumstance. Puts it into perspective when people with certain goals choose to skip training because its cold out this evening or its raining pretty heavy.

The Yorkshire Gripper | BJJ Rotherham | Lloyd Cooper