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by Matt M ~ posted August 5th, 2016

Scrambler Tom Breese and a Hammer

by Matt M ~ posted August 1st, 2016

Congrats to UFC welterweight and Scrambler Tom Breese on winning both his division and the open at Kleos grappling last weekend. Prize for the absolute was an amazing Mad Max themed war hammer.

New Gi’s, much excite.

by Matt M ~ posted July 28th, 2016

We’re looking forward to getting these bad boys in stock very shortly.

The black standard issue is identical to the white standard issue with the same patch pack. Depending on how popular it is we may make different colourways in the future! IBJJF legal dependant on where the patches are placed.

The navy athlete 2 is made to the same specification as the other athlete’s and is a lightweight but durable gi ideal for competing in, and it’s IBJJF legal!

Scrambler Ben Dyson wins the Newaza Challenge London!

by Matt M ~ posted July 18th, 2016

A massive congratulations to Scrambler Ben Dyson who won the inaugural Newaza Challenge in London this weekend. This was an 8 man knockout, no-gi, no time limit, sub only tournament held at SENI 2016.

There were some great matches and some exciting finishes.

Full results:

Bradley Hill beats Arya Esfandmaz via verbal submission

Ben Dyson beats Sam Green via kimura.

Jamie Scott beats Michael Hawkins via heel hook.

Tom Breese gets a bye due to Paddy Pimblett being late.

Semi finals:

Ben Dyson beats Bradley Hill via Japanese necktie.

Tom Breese beats Jamie Scott via shoulder lock from the back.

Final:

Ben Dyson beats Tom Breese by kneebar in the final.

Superfight.

In a special superfight, Oliver Tazo beats Paddy Pimblett via heel hook.

Oli Geddes – Footlock Mastery

by Matt M ~ posted July 14th, 2016

Scrambler and Roger Gracie blackbelt; Oli Geddes has just released his Footlock mastery instructional.

As well as being a prolific competitor with over 600 tournament matches, Oli is one of the best instructors we know.

This instructional is based strictly on IBJJF legal techniques from white belt and above. For beginners, it’s a very good, detailed look at an often neglected submission technique. More advanced players will enjoy the positions Oli shows – including the 50/50, outside hook ankle lock and the overhook x-guard.

Check out some reviews below:

 http://meerkat69.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/review-footlock-mastery-by-oli-geddes.html

http://podium-bjj.com/home/foot-lock-mastery-a-digital-download-from-oliver-geddes/

http://shebeastbjj.com/oli-geddes-footlock-mastery-review/

 

You can purchase by following the link below:

https://footlock-mastery.myshopify.com/

Polaris 3 highlight video!

by Matt M ~ posted July 13th, 2016

We had an absolute blast at the last Polaris event. We will be sponsoring their 4th event which is confirmed for later this year. Check out this cool highlight of Polaris 3 which dropped today.

More information about Polaris can be found on their websiteFacebook or Instagram.

Positive Options.

by Matt M ~ posted June 29th, 2016

A big congratulations to Scrambler Fred Greenall who took double gold at the Empire Grappling Event last weekend.

 

In addition to being a badass, Fred is also the owner and head coach of Positive Options.

Positive Options provides Jiu Jitsu workshops on location to schools in the Wakefield, Leeds and Bradford area. We provide what is known in education as “alternative provision”, which covers lessons or activities for pupils who cannot access the mainstream curriculum for a variety of reasons, such as behaviour issues, school exclusion, teenage pregnancy or illness.

Since these children often miss large parts of typical schooling, the challenge is to provide a high-quality programme that is still educational. For us, this means a 6 – 12 week programme of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for self-defence where students choose their favourite techniques, break them down and create a self-defence DVD.  This way, we don’t just teach them self-defence (although we believe this is incredibility important for all young people) but also valuable Information Technology (IT/ICT) skills such as storyboarding, filming and editing to build confidence, develop life skills and increase engagement with education.

It’s all pretty exciting and a dream come true for us since we get to teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to young people and spread the love of our fantastic sport (and yes, play with computers). But it’s not easy: most schools are very sceptical about teaching some of their most challenging students “fighting” and so we end up doing a lot of taster sessions to prove what a powerful tool martial arts is for developing self-control. There are, of course, a lot of misconceptions and barriers to break down (“So…do you train UFC?”) and finding schools that are open minded enough is slow and difficult work. That said, the school’s we’ve worked with think it’s a really cool idea!  Here’s what they’ve had to say about us:

As a school we have never accessed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu before and, even from the initial meeting with Fred, I knew that this would be something from which the children would benefit hugely.

Over the six sessions Positive Options has really shown our children how to control their frustrations, be calm and in control and show discipline in situations that may lead to upset.  The DVD project was particularly effective as it gave our students the opportunity to learn some new skills.

Fred really built a rapport and positive relationship with our pupils and as we work with children who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties this is essential to help them engage and build an interest.

The delivery was accessible to all and the pupils and staff at our school have nothing but good things to say about Fred and the activities/techniques he taught the children.

Finally, the programme has been so successful that we have commissioned Positive Options to continue providing alternative provision this term and next year as the children have been engaged, happy and have enjoyed every minute.

Mr David Kiss, Assistant Headteacher, Park Primary PRU

I would urge any schools to experience this fantastic, dynamic and exciting programme. All of our pupils have emotional, social and behavioural difficulties yet all of the pupils involved in the sessions had nothing but good things to say and are excited by the prospect of Positive Options returning!

Daniel Phipps, Behaviour Manager, Ellar Carr PRU

If you work in schools and want to know more about the benefits for pupils involved in our programme, we’ve outlined some things that will make sense to you (and very few others) below:

– Improved attendance at school. What we offer can be described as ‘personal development’ workshops, focusing on aspects such as self-esteem, confidence, self-management and teamwork, as well as specific elements such as personal health and fitness. This increases students’ engagement with education making them more likely to gain 5 GCSEs. In addition, students may be motivated to continue with their education or training or enter employment post-school.

– Improved behaviour. Students learn and apply new skills, including how to be an adult and how to cope with people.

– Improved confidence with attainment of new skills. Pupils learn to cope with levels of frustration as others are learning new skills alongside them. Strategies for how to cope in difficult or challenging situations are transferable to helping students in preparation for work, the rhythm of work, speaking with respect to others and being resilient in the face of setbacks.

– Improved motivation. Workshops can be run so that pupils must first demonstrate attendance at core curriculum lessons to be eligible. Pupils feel a sense of achievement as they progress from the beginners’ curriculum to more advanced techniques. Fitness is also assessed and awarded through ‘gym awards’.

There are advantages for schools too:

– It’s cost effective. We can run our workshops on site so there are no transport costs or costs for additional staff.  This also means that schools do not ‘lose contact’ with their students as sometimes happens when using outside providers.

 

– It’s complementary, not alternative.  For GCSE students, workshops can be run in ‘options’ time, meaning lessons are not missed and students have equal opportunity within the options process.

 

Finally, we’d just like to thank all the guys at Scramble for their support. This really is a lifestyle choice, though often there’s not much life and very little style. Running Positive Options is only part of the picture; we still work regular jobs part time and run a BJJ academy in the evening. Without the support and encouragement of the BJJ community we would have packed this in a long time ago. So thank you!

 

To find out more about our alternative provision programme or training at our academy, please contact us at info@mypositiveoptions.com or visit our website www.mypositiveoptions.com.

 

OSS

 

 

PTSD and BJJ

by Matt M ~ posted June 20th, 2016

You may remember we shared a story about Scrambler and USMC Veteran Robert ‘Cozmo’ Consulmagno and how training BJJ has helped him to manage his PTSD. We were excited to see the US Deptartment of Veterans Affairs share his story the other day as well as short video.

Jenna Marbles learns Jiu-Jitsu

by Matt M ~ posted June 15th, 2016

Check out this video of YouTube star Jenna Marbles being taught some BJJ by her boyfriend Julien, lots of Scramble on show! Also big congratulations to Julien on getting his blue Belt Recently! You can follow Julien’s Channel here

 

Modified Triphasic Routine For Grapplers and MMA Fighters (Low Axial loading)

by William Wayland ~ posted June 9th, 2016

Heres a program for you if you struggle with conventional squats or movements that place a lot of pressure on your back.

I’ve been tinkering with the triphasic format (focus on specific eccentric, isometric and concentric movement) for a while now, trying different exercise selections and matching the program to the needs and requirements of the athlete. The biggest  modification is the proper application of stress, minimising negative stress while trying to get positive adaptive stress. Sometimes I’m thrown a curve ball that means I have to ditch preferred exercises and try something different. I won’t go into too much detail about the triphasic method (shiny new website) as that has been done to death!

Here is a triphasic routine I’ve used that tries to strip out axial loading (loading on the top of the spine) which grapplers with bad necks and spines can have problems with. Applying Dan John’s ‘Armor Building’ idea for fighters our two main movements become Zercher Squat and Snatch Grip Deadlift. Below is a 2 day template if you were to add a third day, I suggest tempo based single leg work and a week off between Isometric and Concentric weeks. This program is just a jumping off point and totally modifiable.

Eccentric Block

Eccentric 2-3 Weeks
Day 1 Triphasic 80-87.5%
Tempo/notes
Day2 Dynamic 90%+
Tempo/notes
Main Movement
+Jump option
Zercher Squat 3 x 3 @ 80-87.5
6010
Snatch Grip Deadlift
Work to a heavy single then take off 10-15% and perform 3-4 doubles.
Regular
Upper Push/Pull
Weighted Ring Push-up 3 x 6
Pull-up 3 x 6
Overhead Flyes 3 x 10
6010
6010
Push Press
Work to a heavy single then take off 10-15% and perform 3-4 doubles.
For every set of Push-Press do a set of Rows
Regular
PC/Hamstring
Hip thrusts or Romanian Deadlifts 3 x 5
6010
Direct Hamstring Work
GHR/Slides
Regular
Core/Arms
Heavy Single Arm Farmers Walks
Tri/Bi work
Time or Distance
6010
Roll outs
Tri/Bi work (thick grip)

Isometric Block

Isometric 2-3 Weeks
Day 1 Triphasic 80-87.5%
Tempo/notes
Day2 Dynamic 90%+
Tempo/notes
Main Movement
+Jump option
Zercher Squat 3 x 3 @ 80-87.5
1310
Pause Bottom
Snatch Grip Deadlift
Work to a heavy single then take off 10-15% and perform 3-4 doubles.
Regular
Upper Push/Pull
Weighted Ring Push-up 3 x 6
Pull-up 3 x 6
Overhead Flyes 3 x 10
1310
1310
Pause top
Push Press
Work to a heavy single then take off 10-15% and perform 3-4 doubles.
For every set of Push-Press do a set of Rows
Regular
PC/Hamstring
Hip thrusts or Romanian Deadlifts 3 x 5
1310
Direct Hamstring Work
GHR/Slides
Regular
Core/Arms
Heavy Single Arm Farmers Walks
Tri/Bi work
Time or Distance
1310
Roll outs
Tri/Bi work (thick grip)

Concentric Block

Concentric 2-3 Weeks
Day 1 Triphasic 80-87.5%
Tempo/notes
Day2 Dynamic 90%+
Tempo/notes
Main Movement
+Jump option
Zercher Squat 3 x 3 @ 80-87.5
Fast
Use bands or Chains
Snatch Grip Deadlift
Work to a heavy single then take off 10-15% and perform 3-4 doubles.
Regular
Upper Push/Pull
Weighted Ring Push-up 3 x 6
Pull-up 3 x 6
Overhead Flyes 3 x 10
Fast
Fast
Push Press
Work to a heavy single then take off 10-15% and perform 3-4 doubles.
For every set of Push-Press do a set of Rows
Regular
PC/Hamstring
Hip thrusts or Romanian Deadlifts 3 x 5
Fast
Direct Hamstring Work
GHR/Slides
Regular
Core/Arms
Heavy Single Arm Farmers Walks
Tri/Bi work
Time or Distance
Fast
Roll outs
Tri/Bi work (thick grip)
 

 

This is an ongoing series of blog posts from William Wayland of Powering Through, who works with UFC and other high level combat athletes. Twitter. Facebook