Kids Sports Relief Challenge

In March our little monsters were set the challenge of raising £250 for Sports Relief. To do this they had to test how many throws they could complete in 5 minutes. They did a fantastic job practicing their throws before hand and an even better job on the day completing 131 throws between them. They also did a great job collecting sponsorships and managed to smash their target and raise £434 for Sports Relief. We’re really proud of their hard work and the money they raised will make a big difference for people that really need it. Check out their throws in the video below.

No-Gi English Open

Last month some of the Hillingdon BJJ team headed to Dartford to compete in the No-Gi English Open. They had some good fights and demonstrated some great progression. Raj took Bronze in the purple belt light weight division and Dan took Gold in the white belt heavy weight division. Well done to all that competed.

Success at the Junior Nationals

Last weekend 4 of our boys travelled up to Wolverhampton to take part in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Junior Championships. This is the biggest junior championship in the country and this year it hosted over 400 competitors.

The hard work the boys had put in training for this competition was evident on the day. They performed amazing and all of them managed to fight their way onto the winner’s podium. Romeo Husbands Khan took Bronze in the J1 under 27kg category and Kai Hajaj took silver in the J1 under 30kg category. The Pintili brothers Christian and Robert both became British Junior Champions, with Christian taking gold in the J1 under 38kg category and Robert taking gold in the J2 under 46kg category.

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Rodger Receives his Black Belt from Roger Gracie

We are really proud to say that our Head Coach, and founder of Hillingdon BJJ Rodger Middleton was awarded his black belt last Friday. As well as teaching kids and adults at Hillingdon BJJ, Rodger trains at Roger Gracie Academy Gymbox under Cesar Lima. Both Cesar Lima and Roger Gracie were there to award Rodger his well deserved black belt. We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Rodger on this massive achievement and also to say thank you for encouraging and sharing what you have learnt and continue to learn with us.

Well done Rodger! OSS!

Rodger Middleton, Cesar Lima, Rodger Gracie

 

Hillingdon BJJ’s First Invitational

Hillingdon BJJ were happy to host out first competition on Saturday 26th September. It was an invitational primarily aimed at those preparing for upcoming comps and and also those who may not have competed before. The event was for white belts and blue belts only. It was a good first experience for many of the fighters in a casual friendly atmosphere. Congratulations to all the competed especially the medalists. Thank you for making the event so successful, we look forward to seeing you at the next one.

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English Open Championship

November saw many of the Hillingdon BJJ family enter the English open. We had competitors take part in both the kid’s and Adult’s weekends. We had some really strong performances, in particular with the kids who all had medals round their necks and smiles on their faces by the end of the day. For many of our team members it was their first national competition and they performed to a very high standard. Medalists were as follows:

Kids

Eden –   Silver

Kai-   Bronze

Romeo-   Gold

Ambika-   Silver

Lennard-   Silver

Lauren-   Silver

Jack-   Silver

Adults

Wiktor-   Bronze

Fiona-   Gold

Syed-   Bronze

Ella-   Bronze

 

 

3 golds and a bronze

In the last 3 weeks, 3 members of Hillingdon BJJ team won 4 medals between them. First was Eve Middleton winning gold at the Southern England Kids League in Farnborough Hants. Then her sister Fiona doubled up with 2 golds in the Roll Model tournament in Stoke on Trent. Finally, Raj Dosanjh won a hard fought bronze at the Kleos No-gi in High Wycombe.

Gradings and Ross Nicholls visits Hillingdon BJJ

A couple of weeks ago we had a visit from Ross Nicholls and Alan Ball who train with Rodger at RGA Gymbox. Ross has won countless golds nationally as well internationally and is one of the top competitive black belts in Europe. He taught us some useful techniques working the butterfly guard and also sparred with everyone. It was a great session and we thank them for all the tips they gave us. We also celebrated some members of the team being graded. Congratulations to all those that progressed to the next grade particularly Eve who was promoted to Green belt and Andras who was promoted to Blue belt.

Hillingdon BJJ success at the British Open

Last weekend members of the team drove up to Coventry to compete and support those competing in the BJJ British open. It was a fantastic weekend of Jiu-jitsu with strong performances from all in the HBJJ team. I’m happy to say that out of 9 competitors we came away with 6 medals. In the Adults competition both Andras Szeles and Fiona Middleton took bronze, Rodger Middleton took silver and Kris Tunkiewicz took gold repeating his white belt British open success at blue belt level. Both our Junior competitors Eve Middleton and Jack Galland gave impressive performances to win gold. IMG_2742IMG_2790