Ricco Rodriguez makes his position as the head of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at The MAC at Haworth public

Former UFC heavyweight champion and third degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Black Belt, Ricco Rodriguez has today made his position official at The MAC at Haworth, a move that will certainly make the small village gym stand out among the rest.

Owner and head coach of The MAC at Haworth, Michael Faulkner said:

“It’s fantastic for the students of The MAC and those in the local area that we will officially be under the banner of the ‘Ricco Rodriguez System’, a truly great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.”


“I have personally known Ricco for many years, from his days at the Wolfslair, and his advice was a great help when we created our own unofficial in-house grappling program a couple of years ago.”


“We look forward to welcoming him to our facility for the very first time in the coming months and building on our relationship long into the future.”

In the Jiu-Jitsu world Rodriguez began training alongside the likes of Jean Jacques Machado and went on to most notably win the gold medal at the first ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in 1998 in the +99kg division. He returned the year after to take bronze in the Absolute division and in 2000 picked up the silver medal in the +99kg division.

“Suave”, as he’s otherwise know, made his MMA debut back in 1997 and after a brief spell with PRIDE over in Japan soon made his way to the UFC octagon. He reeled off five straight wins, defeating the likes of Andrei Arlovski, Jeff Monson and the legendary Randy Couture to capture the UFC heavyweight title. Rodriguez would go on to have a storied MMA career spanning almost twenty years, compiling a 53-25 (1) record.

Pads, sparring and privates the focus of our Monday morning at The MAC

We had another busy Monday morning at The MAC at Haworth today, with our striking and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu privates taking the floor.

The morning mixed stand-up class entailed a number of rounds on the pads before getting stuck into twenty minutes of sparring. Either side of that was sandwiched Jiu-Jitsu privates, with Adam and Ewa continuing to build upon their knowledge.

A big well done to everyone involved including Roxanne, Mark, Adam, Ewa, Richard and Bartosz.

See you next time on the mat…

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Pad work, advanced sweeps from guard and kids gradings carried out this morning at The MAC at Haworth

We were open this Sunday morning for our regular classes at “The MAC at Haworth”, with our members piling in for the pad session, BJJ hour and Kids MMA (which for this week included a grading).

First up was the pad session with a couple of regular faces popping over from Bradford to hit, kick, elbow and knee the pads for an hour, sharpening their skills in the process.

Next up was the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class, with the group looking at an advanced way of setting up the scissor sweep, how to use it to switch to the other side if it gets stuffed and how to take advantage of your opponent countering the double ankle sweep.

Lastly we had our little ones in for the Kids MMA class, with four of our students eligible for their first gradings. We had a super well behaved class, with the children working their way through fitness and focus drills, as well as showing off their understanding of striking and grappling. We’re pleased to report that all four children passed with flying colours.

A big well done to everyone who attended including Ewa, Adam, Cat, Chris and Matthew. Congratulations once again to those children that passed their gradings, the future is bright.

Leg-lock combinations and grading readiness the focus this Sunday at Haworth

It was a little quiet this Sunday morning at the Fusion Martial Arts Centre at Haworth, but that didn’t stop our members that turned up enjoying what was on offer from our instructors including how to combine leg-locks to finish our opponent.

First up was our pad session, giving people a chance to work off the weeks frustrations by hitting, kicking, kneeing and elbowing the pads.

Soon after we switched to our no-gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu hour, demonstrating how to combine straight-footlocks, heel-hooks and knee-bars as we look to tie our opponent in a knot.

Finally it was the turn of the kids, and with only one week to go until they are put through their paces during the first ever Sunday grading, we had the sharpening up on their basics.

A big well done to everyone who turned up including Dwight and Chris. See you next week…