MMA shark tank puts our fighters through their paces during this mornings session

We had another busy Monday at The MAC at Haworth today, with our usual mix of morning and evening sessions keeping our members busy.

We started with our morning stand-up session, with the group warming up on the Bulgarian bags before switching to six rounds of hard, intense padwork. The hour then got even harder, as one of our fighters was put through his paces for fifteen minutes with a brutal shark tank drill.

The Kids MMA class kicked off tonight and after the initial warm-up they were put through their paces on the strikes they need to master for next weeks grading. After that it was onto the grappling, with everyone involved impressing the coach with their mount and back mount controls.

Last up was our BJJ class, soon to be twice a week from next week. Tonight we looked at closing the distance to clinch our opponent from standing and basic mount controls on the ground including the use of our hooks.

A big well done to everyone who attended the centre today including Adam, Ewa, Jessica, Jay, Paul, Ryan and Heidi.

A big shout out to our sponsors, The Fleece Inn as well.

See you next time on the mat…

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Half-guard sweep chain introduced during this morning’s BJJ class at The MAC

We had another energetic Sunday morning at The MAC at Haworth today, with a series of new moves introduced to our members during the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class.

The morning began with a little striking, with the group working their way through a Bulgarian bag warm-up before transitioning to padwork in order to sharpen up their punches, kicks, knees and elbows. The last fifteen minutes was taken up by stand-up sparring.

Next up was the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu hour, with our members getting a look at a series of sweeps from half-guard, picking the correct option depending on the behavior of our opponent. The hour wrapped up with a number of rounds rolling with each other.

The final hour was our massively popular Kids MMA class, with the group today looking at how to pass the guard should our opponent try to push us away and create distance. The session opened with striking drills, both straight line and on the pads.

A big well done to everyone who attended the centre today including Ben, Adam, Mark, Paul, Jay, Paul, Ed and Chris.

A big shout out to our sponsors, The Fleece Inn as well.

See you next time on the mat…

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A junior purple belt is crowned during our morning sessions at The MAC

We had another action packed Monday at The MAC at Haworth, with our usual mix of morning and evening sessions keeping our members flooding through the door.

The morning started with our stand-up class, giving those that attended the chance to work on their punches, kicks, knees and elbows on the focus pads. We ended the session with a little stand-up sparring.

The evening began with our Kids MMA class, with the group working on their basic striking techniques, as well as their mount controls in the grappling sections. With the grading coming up in a couple of weeks, the group is looking in good shape.

Ending the night was our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu session, with the group looking at double leg takedowns from standing and a couple of Americana arm-locks from the mount position. The night ended with a little roll.

A special shout out to Ewa Paczkowska who has trained under head coach, Michael Faulkner over the past two years. She’s come on leaps and bounds, not only able to defend herself on the feet, but is extremely competent on the ground with her grappling. She was yesterday awarded her Junior Purple Belt, passing a gruelling two hour exam in the process. Congratulations Ewa!

A big well done to everyone who attended the session over the course of the day including Adam, Ewa, Roxanne, Mark, Andrea, Tony, Heidi, Ryan and Jay.

A big shout out to our sponsors, The Fleece Inn as well.

See you next time on the mat…

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MMA sparring in full effect this morning at The MAC, submission chains from back mount revisited

We had an action packed Wednesday morning at The MAC at Haworth today, with our morning classes of Mixed Stand-up and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu keeping our members occupied for a couple of hours.

The morning began at 9.00am with the stand-up class, with the group working their way through four sets of ten on the Bulgarian bag before using the focus mits to practice their punches, kicks, knees and elbows. The session ended with some light sparring.

The next hour was grappling heavy, with the group looking at a number of submissions from the back mount position including an unusual arm-lock and the reverse triangle. The second half of the hour was taken up by MMA sparring, giving our members a chance to mix both their striking with their grappling.

A big well done to everyone who attended the centre today including Adam, Ewa, Roxanne, Mark and Alex.

A big shout out to our sponsors, The Fleece Inn as well.

See you next time on the mat…

#themacathaworth #seeyouonthemat


New Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu curriculum swings into action during tonight’s class at The MAC

It was an action packed, yet rain filled, Monday at The MAC at Haworth today with our usual mix of striking in the morning and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the evening.

The day began early with our morning group at 9.00am, who worked their way through four sets of ten on the Bulgarian bag before turning their attention to the focus pads for padwork. The session ended with a little stand-up sparring.

The evening program began with our Kids MMA class, giving the younger members a chance to work their way through a number of striking and grappling drills before playing some fun games to end on.

Finally it was our adults Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class and after tweaking a few things we launched The MAC’s curriculum for beginners. The class focused on a basic takedown from standing as well as escaping the mount position. A little rolling ended the session.

A big well done to everyone who attended the centre over the course of the day including Adam, Roxanne, Ewa, Tony, Andrea, Chris, Jay, Richard, Heidi and Ben.

A big shout out to our sponsors, The Fleece Inn as well.

See you next time on the mat…

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Guillotine masterclass fills today’s busy morning BJJ session at The MAC

A sunny Sunday morning welcomed members to The MAC at Haworth today for our trio of classes which included Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kids MMA.

We kicked it off with the pads session, an hour of punching, kicking, elbowing and kneeing the hold-moly out of our focus mits. The session also ended on a little stand-up sparring.

Next up was our BJJ session which was focused solely on catching the guillotine choke from the guard and side-mount positions. The session ended with fifteen minutes of rolling (grappling sparring).

Last up was the little ones and after a brief warm-up we focused on our basic striking combinations. The grappling part of the session looked at something new, the scissor sweep from the guard position. This session also ended with a little rolling.

A big well done to everyone who attended the centre today including Mark, Roxanne, Georgina, Jay, Heidi, Chris, Paul, Ed and Leoni.

A big shout out to our sponsors, The Fleece Inn as well.

See you next time on the mat…

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Knee-bars, foot-locks and toe-holds all the rage during this mornings grappling session at The MAC

We had another fun-filled morning at The MAC at Haworth this morning with our double header of Mixed Stand-up and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu taking the floor.

First it was the turn of the stand-up class, with the group working their way through a tough Bulgarian bag warm-up before focusing on padwork. The last twenty-minutes was reserved for some light, playful sparring.

Next up was the grappling and the group selected to look at knee-bar set-ups from side mount which also included transitions to the straight foot-lock and toe-hold. The session ended with five rounds of rolling.

A big well done to everyone who attended the centre today including Michelle, Mark, Adam, Roxanne, Ewa and Alex.

A big shout out to our sponsors, The Fleece Inn as well.

See you next time on the mat…

#themacathaworth #seeyouonthemat


Kimura/arm-lock combinations the focus of today’s BJJ session at The MAC at Haworth

We had another busy Sunday morning at The MAC at Haworth today with our regular programming of pads, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kids MMA on offer.

We kicked it off with the pads session, giving our members a chance to blast through a number of rounds on the focus/Thai pads before putting it into practice with some light sparring.

The BJJ session was littered with attacks from side control, first looking at a couple of ways to apply the kimura before switching our attention to the straight arm-lock from the same figure-four grip.

Finally it was the turn of the little ones and after making their way through, under and over our obstacle course, we focused on escaping the mount position before passing the guard. A little zombies had them running around at the end.

A big well done to everyone who attended the centre today including Adam, Roxanne, Ewa, Mark, Heidi, Jay, Paul, Finn and Georgina.

A big shout out to our sponsors, The Fleece Inn as well.

See you next time on the mat…

#themacathaworth #seeyouonthemat


Stand-up sparring and submission counters the focus of Wednesday morning classes at The MAC

We had a busy and action-packed Wednesday morning at The MAC at Haworth today with our usual hour of striking and hour of grappling taking up the majority of the time.

We kicked it off with our stand-up class, with the group blasting through four sets of ten on the Bulgarian bag before moving on to six grueling rounds of padwork. The hour finished with twenty minutes of stand-up sparring, giving the members a chance to put into practice what they’d learned.

The grappling hour was taken up by yet more submission escapes, this time focusing on two arm-triangle escapes and two escapes from the D’Arce choke. The hour finished with a number of five minute sparring rounds.

A big well done to everyone who attended the centre today including Adam, Ewa, Roxanne, Alex and Mark.

A big shout out to our sponsors, The Fleece Inn as well.

See you next time on the mat…

#themacathaworth #seeyouonthemat 


Split control from side mount included in tonight’s no-gi session at The MAC

We had a fun-filled and action packed session at The MAC this evening with an energetic Kids MMA session followed by a packed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class.

The night began with the little ones as they began to sharpen up on their skills before their gradings in June. This was in the form of their basic striking routines (kicking and punching) as well as making sure they are competent in the first three grappling games.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu session saw a record number attend the centre and after a brief warm-up we got down to looking at guard and turtle prevention from split control, as well as how to sink the deadly D’arce choke.

A big well done to everyone who attended tonight including Tony, Ben, Alain, Heidi, Chris and Ryan. A big shout out to our sponsors, The Fleece Inn as well.

See you next time on the mat…

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