Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Well done Robbo!

Congrats to Rob Bond, who was awarded two stripes on the old white belt last weekend from Lagarto; in addition a group photo from the new club in Bolton, only been going two weeks and lots of old students making a welcome return and a lot of enquiries about the club, so all looking positive!

Monday, 18 June 2007

Crouching Tiga Children's Grappling Event

Spent the weekend at Milton Keynes reporting on Ebe Ghansah's kids grappling event, making a report for Fighters and getting stuck in reffing, scoring and doing a demo match with Ebe's son! Ebe runs GB MK and is keen to promote more events for children to enter and the kids did their parents and instructors proud, great sportsmanship and some very slick moves for such a young age!

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Congratulations Ben and Colin!!

Congratulations to Ben Ogunby and Colin Drake who attended Lagarto's seminar at the weekend in Longridge; after a very tough session Colin was awarded three stripes on his white belt and Ben was promoted to blue (at long last!). Well done lads and Ben, no easy sessions from now on mate!!

Saturday, 9 June 2007

Lagarto seminar pix

Pix from today after the seminar at Longridge; a hot and sunny session full of sweat and hard graft!

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Team Lagarto Bolton opens its doors...........!

Had the first class tonight at the new club in Bolton, a great town centre location at Bridgeman Place, 300 yards from Trinity Street train station and 10 minutes from major motorway networks; training out of Kai Man Academy,Bridgeman Place, Bolton (next to Shell garage) classes are Tuesday and Thursday 715-830pm, £5 a session.
Had a few guys miss the class tonight, but so far the response has been very positive and I hope to build up the club over the next few months ready for Lagarto's return in September. Great to see old students and friends tonight, a good hard sweaty session - see you all again Thursday!
07871 490256 for more details and directions.

Monday, 4 June 2007

More training pix

Pix taken from Sunday class June 3rd, thanks to all who trained on a very warm and humid afternoon; thanks to Jamie Ward for bringing up a few lads and supporting the day as well!

Friday, 1 June 2007

More You Tube offerings!

Was over at Combat Base Pontefract May 30th, reporting on the Chris Haueter seminar tour at Darren Currie's gym and filmed a couple of slick techniques.

Try them in class!

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Some more pix...............

Training pix!

Dug out some pix from a training session back in January from one of my Sunday classes!

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Congratulations Lagarto!!

My instructor Lucio 'Lagarto' Rodrigues competed at the SENI 07 event in London at the weekend in one of the superfight matches, where he managed to avenge his loss at the 10K Clash against Thiago 'Monstro' Bordes (Brazilian Top Team), winning his match with a triangle submission!

Everyone at GB Pendle was delighted at the news and we wish you continued success throughout the year.

Well done!!

Wednesday, 9 May 2007

Tinguinha Extreme Open Guard DVD review

An absolute must have purchase for all serious BJJ players!

Review can be seen at

Monday, 7 May 2007

ADCC 2007

2 years flown by in the blink of an eye as the prestigious submission wrestling event was staged at the weekend over in the States.

Reports and results on

Well done Roger Gracie and Braulio Estima!

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

Useful links!

You can read all my reports and interviews and reviews on these sites, the best out there in Internet land! run by my good friends Scotty and Gumby, check it out! run by Charles M Pearson, great product reviews and techniques section. AWESOME techniques website some wicked material on there!

What you waiting for go check these out NOW!!

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Another You Tube offering!

Had a tinker about with Movie Maker yesterday, using pix from my many travels over the years. Helped me kill a few hours yesterday!

Wednesday, 11 April 2007

You Tube footage!

Found this old clip in my laptop, way back in 2004; I needed a clip for a module on my degree course, so thought I'd share it with you all!

Monday, 2 April 2007


The interclub was held at Longridge and was attended by students from GB Preston, GB Pendle, Eccles and Doncaster; white and blue belts and purple belt fought on the day, with some great matches in all divisions. Absolute division had some tasty match ups and at the end of the session a number of students called out their opponents and stepped into the middle and laid it on the line!

Four Pendle students stepped up and Ben Ogunby walked away with a silver in white belt middle weight division, well done! Danny Mc Nally competed in his first ever comp and after shaking off the nerves, fought two hard matches, lost one to submission and the other on points.

Colin Drake fought in the middle weight and Absolute and fought one of the best fights of the day, against the winner of white belt Middle weight, narrowly losing on points. Colin never gave up, even when locked in a TIGHT triangle - a fine display of guts and a never-say-die attitude!!

Congrats to all that fought on the day and pix to follow soon!

Thursday, 29 March 2007

More pix from UMA Championships!

A few more shots from the comp, with Kevin Capel from RGA and Angelo and Ryan from GBMK.

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

New UK black belt!

Word has it, that Steve Campbell was recently awarded his BJJ black belt, out in Rio, where he has been living for the past five years; a local lad hailing from Manchester, I've had the pleasure of meeting him a number of times when back from Rio and had my arse handed to me every time we've rolled!

This is great news for GBUK and for the UK BJJ scene as a whole and hope this motivates you to keep on training!

Well done Steve!

Tuesday, 27 March 2007

BJJ Interclub this Sunday!

It's Interclub time once again this coming Sunday!

12pm at the Westview Leisure Centre, Preston, Jn 31 M6 (Tickle Trout) up the hill (A59 towards Preston) to miniroundabout turn right down to main lights turn left at Machine Mart. Mile or so signs for Leisure Centre on right.

£15 to enter, white belt and blue belt categories and weight divisions on the day. Full CBJJ rules.

See ya there!

New belts from Lagarto - Feb 2007

Gracie Barra clubs from Preston, Brierfield and Stoke on Trent were put through their paces by Lagarto and Gabriel Kitober on Sunday 25th February; hard work and lots of sweat was the order of the day and everyone was pushed to the limit and at the end of the session, stripes were awarded to a number of white belts and belts were awarded to the following people:-

Colin Robinson – brown

Carl Fisher – purple
Paul Hartley – purple

Sam Grundy – blue
Walt Barnes – blue
John Stokes – blue
Adam Grayston – blue
Nigel Appleyard – blue
Jon Hand – blue

Congratulations to all from Lagarto and Gabriel!

See you on the mats!

Welcome to Barra Pendle Blog

Greetings from the Fighting Photographer, aka Carl Fisher!

Thanks for dropping by, I have finally got round to creating a blog for my club Gracie Barra Pendle, located in Brierfield, where I will be keeping you all updated on the progress of the club and the students; over the next week or so I will be posting up old interviews with BJJ instructors and reports and galleries of pix from my years on the road and on foreign soil.
Classes are on Wednesday 7.30-9pm; a monthly Sunday class 1-4pm (2nd Sunday in month unless stated otherwise) and a Monday session is scheduled for the very near future, 7.30-9pm.
For more details contact

See you on the mats!

Pix from UMA Competition March 25th 2007

Monday, 26 March 2007

UMA English Open

UMA English Open Judo Ne Waza Back to Back Championships – report by Carl Fisher

This was the first event organised by Jim Mc Sherry of the UMA (United Martial Alliance) and consisted of both junior and senior weight divisions; the UMA have a full calendar of events, including Judo and MMA events planned throughout the year.

Injuries, the bane of all jiu jitsu players, had claimed a number of my students prior to the event, which culminated in three entrants across three brackets, -75, -85 and -95K respectively. After an easy drive to the event we arrived with the junior matches still in full swing and as you would expect, with so much energy in their little bodies, one could hear the screams of the excited junior team mates well before entering the doors to the club.

Two more BJJ clubs were in attendance both representing Gracie Barra, with Kevin Capel from Roger Gracie London and Ryan Hendry and Angelo Beales from GB Milton Keynes; local and national Judo clubs were out in force representing Erdington, Crewe, Glossop, Sandbach and Katana Judo Club.

Two mats were in action throughout the day, with the referees performing an excellent job ensuring a rapid fire turn over on both areas; in the adult -75 section Roger Gracie player Kevin Capel dominated his division easily taking the gold medal, whilst Fighting Fit’s Richard Hillis took the gold in a tough -85K division. GB Pendle’s John Stokes coasted to first place, winning all matches through submission and the giant Leigh Hitchen (all 125+K of him) took gold in the +95K bracket.

Fight of the day was in the Open division between the giant Hitchen and Richard Hillis; Hillis attacked from the start and had Hitchen on the defensive and turned up the pace by securing an arm and went for the submission. Hillis turned onto his front for a reverse arm bar and you could see the veins popping out of his forehead and neck; the crowds were screaming for both men, when Hillis finally succumbed to fatigue and lost the match to a pin down, yet took the moral victory over the giant Judo player.

Overall, the event was extremely well organised with over 100 competitors on the day, well judged and refereed, with the day finishing well before 4pm, with no excess hanging around for all competitors involved.

As stated earlier a full calendar of events is on offer throughout the year and as ever, if the Fighting Photographer can make it, expect a full report on all the action!

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Peewee Boys 10 years old and belowUnder 20 kg1st Keenan CapelRoger Gracie London2nd Edwin KnightAmateur JiuJitsu Academy
3rd Nicos Lea-SprosonSilver Tigers Judo Academy
Peewee Boys 10 years old and belowUnder 25 kg
1st Daniel HemmingErdington Judo Club2ndPatrick RyanErdington Judo Club3rdLiam RowleySilver Tigers Judo Academy

Peewee Boys 10 years old and belowUnder 30 kg
1st PlaceRoss DenhamGlossop Judo Club2ndAshley HughesErdington Judo Club3rd Eric HamGlossop Judo Club

Peewee Boys 10 years old and belowUnder 35kg
1st Tom GreenoughGlossop Judo Club
2nd Alec RanfordErdington Judo Club
3rdAdam YatesSandbach Judo Club
Peewee Boys 10 years old and belowUnder 45kg
1st Thomas SlackErdington Judo Club2ndJordan DayKatana Judo Club

Peewee Boys 10 years old and belowOpen Weight
1st Ross DenhamGlossop Judo Club2nd Jordan CapperSilver Tigers Judo Academy3rd Sam BlundellSandbach Judo Club
Peewee Girls 10 years old and belowUnder 25kg
1st Lauren ErrettGlossop Judo Club2ndKelsey TenchSilver Tigers Judo Academy3rdRianne MarriottAmateur JiuJitsu Academy
Peewee Girls 10 years old and belowUnder 30kg
1st Stella Doyle Combat Base
2nd Sam Bedford Sandbach Judo Club3rdBethany BourneBulldogs Judo Club

Peewee Girls 10 years old and belowOpen Weight
1stRhiannon BaldwinGlossop Judo Club2ndAmy GaskinGlossop Judo Club3rd Kora BassingtonSilver Tiger Judo Academy
Junior Boys 11 to 15 years oldUnder 35kg
1stTom GreenoughGlossop Judo Club2nd Alec RanfordErdington Judo Club3rdThomas RowleySilver Tiger Judo Academy
Junior Boys 11 to 15 years oldUnder 40kg
1st Jack HughesErdington Judo Club2nd Alex CarterCrewe Judo Club3rdAdam YatesSandbach Judo Club

Junior Boys 11 to 15 years oldUnder 45kg
1st Thomas SlackErdington Judo Club
2ndEdward MeredithAmateur JiuJitsu Academy3rdKatana Judo Club
Junior Boys 11 to 15 years oldUnder 50kg
1stMathew HudzickCrewe Judo Club2nd Luke YatesSandbach Judo Club
Junior Boys 11 to 15 years oldOpen Weight
Jamie PearsonSt. Albans Judo Club2nd Andrew RichardsonCrewe Judo Club3rdKanijah GrossettAmateur JiuJitsu Academy

Junior Girls 11 to 15 years oldUnder 45kg
1stAbi WalkerGlossop Judo Club2ndAlison HughesErdington Judo Club3rd Inka DoyleCombat Base
Junior Girls 11 to 15 years oldOpen Weight
1st Katie WilliamsKatana Judo Club2ndHolly JonesAmateur JiuJitsu Academy Club

Cadet Male 16 to 18 years oldUnder 70kg1stGlynn EvansSandbach Judo Club
2ndJames MeredithAmateur JiuJitsu Academy
Cadet Male 16 to 18 years oldOpen Weight
1st Adam Dobbinson3k'S Bushido Judo Club2ndJames Lawerence3k'S Bushido Judo Club3rdLee BlundellSandbach Judo Club

Senior Women 16 years old and overUnder 75kg
1st Yasmine WilsonRoger Gracie London2ndCharlotte EvansSandbach Judo Club3rd Elise AstonSandbach Judo Club
Senior Men 19 years old and overUnder 75kg
1st Kevin CapelRoger Gracie London2nd Ryan HendryGracie Barra Milton Keynes3rdPeter RichardsonCrewe Judo Club
Senior Men 19 years old and overUnder 85kg
1stRichard WillisFighting Fit2nd Mark Donnelly3k's Bushido Judo Club3rd Lewis PetofalviCrewe Judo Club

Senior Men 19 years old and overUnder 95kg
1st John StokesGracie Barra Pendle2nd Nick PradosAmateur JiuJitsu Academy3rdPaul ChambersAmateur JiuJitsu Academy
Senior Men 19 years old and overOver 95kg
1st Leigh HitchenSandbach Judo Club2nd David BramwellAmateur JiuJitsu Academy
3rdPeter RowanSandbach Judo Club

Senior Men 19 years old and overOpen Weight
1stLeigh HitchenSandbach Judo Club2nd Richard WillisFighting Fit3rd Angelo BealesGracie Barra Milton Keynes