Christmas Timetable – Fighting Fit Stone Gym

Even though all we want for Christmas, is training (I’m pretty sure that’s how the song went), I’m afraid that cannot always be the case. So here is the training times over the Christmas break, returning to normal come the New Year.

Monday 22/12/2014
18:30 – 19:30 MMA

Tuesday 23/12/2014
20:00 – 21:00 MMA

Sunday 28/12/2014
11:00 – 12:00 Circuit Training

Monday 29/12/2014
18:30 – 19:30 MMA

Tuesday 30/12/2014
20:00 – 21:00 MMA

Thursday 01/01/2015 – All Classes Back to Normal

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Fighting Fit Elite 2000

Yesterday marked the opening of a brand new club in Stafford. Fighting Fit now has a grappling and submission wrestling class teaching out of Elite 2000 sports centre on St Patrick’s Street, near the town centre.
The opening night was a huge success, with 17 people taking to the mats. A fantastic mixture of regular students and complete beginners, partaking in numerous effective techniques followed by extensive sparring.

The class will now be running every Friday 18:00-19:30 for beginners and 19:30-21:00 for advanced. Of course, if anyone thinks they can survive the full 3 hours, they are more than welcome.

For more information, contact a member of Fighting Fit through the contact us page.

Grappling Scout – Stockport

Last Friday I packed up my wrestling boots in search of Catch Wrestling. From my brief experience at the Snake Pit in Wigan I met a very experienced and respected instructor by the name of Ian Bromley, one of only a few in the UK who can teach Catch as Catch Can.

I contacted Ian before attempting my trip from Stafford to Stockport to visit his gym, and he was more than welcoming. So I jumped on the Crosscountry train and headed to Stockport.

The gym is roughly 1 mile away from the train station, so perfect walking distance. Once I had found the industrial site, it did take me just shy of an hour to actually find the gym itself, but once inside, wow, the level of the guys there was incredible.

Unfortunately, Ian was unable to make it to class that evening so I was left with the very effective Kev Morrissey and his group of wrestlers.

The session itself featured no drilling, only sparring. Lots of sparring. So….much….sparring. Not that I’m complaining, but wow I was sore for the rest of the weekend.

Would I go back? In a heart beat. The level of the people training there is exceptionally high, and I can only put that down to the guys in charge.

Till then, I’ll go nurse this black eye a bit more.

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Grappling Scout – Congleton

Through the fantastic network that we are a part of known as the BJJ Globetrotters, through various chance connections, I met an inspiring grappler called Jodie Bear. Jodie, as luck would have it, doesn’t live too far away from Fighting Fit, only the next county up.

From befriending her on Facebook and all that jazz I found out she was running a charity Grapple at her gym in Congleton. I kept this at the back of my head for a week or 2 till eventually, it became too much, and I just had to go see what they were getting up to.

So, last night I packed up my Gi and drove all the way up to Congleton to Warrior Martial Arts, arriving at roughly 00:30. Walking inside, it was eerily quiet, especially considering their event of choice was a 24 Hour Roll. I saw numerous bodies, sleeping in various uncomfortable positions around the gym, and a few of the hard core and brave still rolling around on the mats. I was instantly greeted by the gyms owner and main Coach, Keith Hipkiss. A friendly gentleman, despite it being the middle of the night after what must have been an awfully long day, he invited me to go get changed and grab a partner.

At this point I spotted Jodie, our first actual meeting, grappling with a rather nimble and agile Purple Belt on the floor (more on him later).

Taking to the mats, I had my initial roll with this purple belt. He had, the softest Gi, known to man. Wow. It was deserving of a complement, which he apparently hears quite frequently. It wasn’t until after the event that I discovered this purple belt was actually SlideyFoot, a very well known and accomplished grappler in the UK, who I had actually known about for the best part of 4 years. I wish I had made more of an effort!

Either way I then had some fantastic rolls with those who had managed to stay awake, including teaching some of my unorthodox techniques to those who would listen. I have been invited back to go teach at some point, so I look forward to that.

Jodie and Keith informed me that they are actually attending the Fall Camp in Copenhagen next month, so I look forward to a lot more interesting rolls with them in the not so distant future. That’s of course if I don’t make it back to Congleton before then.