Thank you to all the students, family and friends who attended the SPMA Christmas Party this year! About 100 people attended our party at Dee Why Beach. Everyone enjoyed the BBQ and kids were entertained with the playground.
SPMA presented their 4 annual awards at the Christmas party. Congratulations to Adult competitor of the year Byron Cowell, Adult most improved of the year Olivia Ukmar, Kids competitor of the year Oliver Silvestro and Kids most improved of the year Emil Iivonen.
Congratulations to the 150 students at Concord and Moorebank who graded in Kids BJJ, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing. At Concord new BJJ black belts were awarded to Richard Arpad, Luke Martin and Daniel Keating and 2nd Degree Black Belt to Ben Power. At Moorebank Michael Acolentaba was awarded his BJJ Brown Belt and in Muay Thai Byron Cowell and Luke Standing were awarded their Black T-Shirts. Check out all news and photos on SPMA Concord and SPMA Moorebank Facebook fan pages.
I presented Shaher Khan with his BJJ Black Belt on 7th August. He is the 12th student at SPMA to achieve this rank. Shaher started his training in 2007. Since then he has won many Australian and Pan Pacific BJJ titles from white to brown belt and has qualified fore the World Pro Gi Championships twice beating black belts. He has yet to medal at the World Championships but it is only a matter of time. Thanks to everyone who attended the presentation.
Congratulations to all my students at SPMA Concord and Moorebank who graded in BJJ, Muay Thai Kickboxing and Kids BJJ. Stand outs included Matthew Hunt and Dan Stoll receiving their Brown Belt in BJJ, Andrew Mills and Joey Belfiore receiving their Purple T-Shirts in Thai Kickboxing and Maria Topic receiving her Green Belt in Kids BJJ. Check out the SPMA Concord and SPMA Moorebank Facebook fan pages for all the photos.
Here is an article from MMA Kanvas about my fight in May at UFC Adelaide, teaching at my two Sydney MMA gyms and mental toughness.
Peter Theodosiou from the Inner West Courier Inner City edition talks with me about my up and coming UFC match in Adelaide, my love for coffee and much more. Read here for the full article.
I hope everyone had a very Happy Easter. I flew in to Albuquerque arriving Easter Sunday to continue my fight camp at Jackson-Winklejohn MMA. I got time to chill out a bit on Sunday and shopped at my favourite supermarket Wholefoods. I stocked up on a lot of good food to help me get through all the training. I start training Monday morning at Jackson-Winklejohn's MMA gym. Looking forward to it!
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas with their families. I went to midnight mass and then spent the day with my family and friends hanging out and eating and eating and eating haha. On Boxing Day I went to watch The Hobbit – Battle of the Five Armies and also Night at the Museum 3. I enjoyed both movies. I’m teaching on a limited schedule and will be back full time teaching Monday 5th January. I’ll squeeze in some shopping, beach time and more movies with family and friends in between, I wish you all a Happy and safe New Year.
I ran BJJ gradings and BJJ and MMA seminars at my affiliate schools in Kemps Creek, Minchinbury, Macquarie University, Girraween, Brisbane, Mackay, Yeppoon and Rockhamptom. I also awarded a BJJ purple belt to Mackay MMA head of school David Garnham. All the students at all the affiliate schools did fantastic. That is a great credit to the students for putting in the hard work and also the instructors for teaching them the techniques of my syllabus.