Getting the fire back

Posted by on October 15, 2016 at 4:53 am

I was thinking today about the peaks and troughs we all go through with training.  Sometimes we feel like we’re rolling really well and sometimes we feel like we’re stalling.  Stagnating.  What is it that makes some sessions feel so tough and others we walk away from excited and motivated.  As a white belt you [...]

Posted by on December 11, 2015 at 6:51 am

John Will’s regular visits to our mat are always special, but November 28, 2015 was particularly memorable. The session started with the awarding of brown belts to coaches Thomas Kwok and Mark Schatzdorfer.  Brown belt is a high level grade in BJJ which few attain, and these grades are just reward for the years of [...]

Lessons from the Rugby World Cup (so far)

Posted by on October 11, 2015 at 2:52 am

Pool play is almost finished in the world cup and it’s fair to say the NZ public isn’t overjoyed at the all blacks performance so far, although most seem to agree that they looked to come good against Tonga after a shaky first half. So what’s happened up to now?  Well I’m no expert in [...]

What is Alpha MMA

Posted by on September 29, 2015 at 11:36 pm

MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world today.  As events like UFC and shows like The Ultimate Fighter have become more and more popular, interest in training in the sport is growing quickly.  However there are many people who feel unsure about making the transition from avid fan, to participant.  And it’s no [...]

The Gathering 2013 – Matt Perkins’ report

Posted by on September 20, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Two weeks ago an eighteen strong contingent from New Zealand landed in Melbourne for the 13th annual Will/Machado BJJ competition “The Gathering” with clubs GroundControl Auckland, GroundControl Hamilton & GroundControl Cambridge along with our friends from Submission Martial Arts Takapuna, GSW Martial Arts Wellington and the Christchurch Academy of Combat represented. It was [...]

Rank bonanza. 2 blues, 2 purples and 2 brown!

Posted by on December 3, 2012 at 4:51 am

John Will’s visits to GroundControl always generate excitement. His latest trip on November 24 proved to be even more significant than usual. Not only did we get the usual degree of best in class instruction in both  MMA and BJJ skills, but there was also some significant upgrading of senior ranks. It started with two [...]

Wins, Learns and upgrades.

Posted by on February 23, 2012 at 11:51 pm

It’s a been a huge couple of weeks for GroundControl.  On February 11 Shayne Young was back in the cage fighting to keep his undefeated record intact.  After weathering a storm in the first round Shane fought back hard to take out the second and show real dominance in the third to win a unanimous [...]

What a year!

Posted by on December 14, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Well another training year almost in the books.  And it was another standout.  We welcomed a host of new students onto the mat, bid farewell to some old ones and all in all had a great time rolling round hugging each other. Stand out seminars again from John Will this year in both BJJ and [...]

Last opportunity to train with one of the worlds best BJJ competitors – Book Now!

Posted by on December 2, 2011 at 4:49 am

Title: Robert Drysdale Gi Seminar Location: GroundControl Auckland, 20 Stonedon Drive Description: Rare opportunity to come and learn from one of the sports most successful competitors Professor Robert Drysdale is one of the most accomplished tournament decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts in the entire 100+ year history of this martial art. Robert was born in [...]

Yeoman boys make their MMA debut

Posted by on November 13, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Congrats to Matt and BJ Yeoman who both made their MMA debut in B-Class matches in Shurikens Rising Soldiers promotion on the weekend.  Both boys have worked extremely hard leading up to the event and it showed on the night.  Matt took an early knockdown to come back hard and dominate in the clinch and [...]