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.


Guillotines galore during tonight’s “Adults MMA class” at The MAC at Haworth

We had another fun-filled Tuesday evening at The MAC at Haworth tonight as our members came rumbling through the door to enjoy a triple-threat of classes, starting with the little ones.

First up was the “Kids MMA class” with the group taking a little time out from the regular strikes to learn how to throw a spinning kick (by request). We finished the session with wrist releases and a little rolling (jiu-jitsu sparring).

Next up was our “Mixed Stand-up class” with ladies and gentlemen working on push-kick combinations before putting it into a live drilling situation. The session ended with an extended period of pad-work and sparring (for those with mouth guards).

Lastly was our hugely popular “Adults MMA class” in which we continued with the pad-work before branching off to look at a couple of ways to set up the guillotine choke. We ended this segment with “pure gold”, something you’ll have to sign up for if you want to see what it’s all about. We ended the session with another extended rolling period.

Well done to everyone who turned up including Richard, Mark, Michelle, Cat, Matthew, Kira, Matt, Jonny, Graham, Dwight and Owen.

See you next time on the mats…


A busy Sunday morning sees side mount controls and escapes come to the fore

Another busy Sunday morning was had today at The MAC at Haworth, with the day seemingly centered around both controlling side mount from top position and looking to escape it from the bottom.

First up we had our 9.00am pad session, giving members a chance to improve their striking (punches, kicks, knees and elbows), as well as their ability to hold pads for their team mates. The session ended with ten minutes boxing sparring, something that might remain in future weeks.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu session was at 10.00am, with the class looking at how to correctly position themselves if someone is passing their guard in order to take advantage of the position to it’s fullest. From there we looked at a couple of endings, including how to jump to a triangle choke.

Finally it was the turn of the little ones and our massively popular Kids MMA class. This week we continued to work on our hooks and uppercuts before moving on to controlling side mount from the top by preventing our opponents from rolling us or pushing us off.

A big well done to everyone who attended including Adam, Ewa, Roxie, Matthew and Natasha.

See you next time on the mats…


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.


Fusion MAC @ Haworth’s first Halloween Spooktacular a massive success

Today the Fusion Martial Arts Centre at Haworth held it’s first annual Halloween Spooktacular fundraiser, with those involved looking to raise over £400 for a local childrens centre, Tree Tops. Read on to find out exactly what went down on the morning and whether we reached our goal…

The morning was kicked off with our regular Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class, as Dracula taught some “crab guard” techniques to a zombie, radioactive skeleton, Shaun of the Dead and Harley Quinn. The hour ticked by and soon the hoards of little zombies, witches, skeletons and such descended on the centre.

We started our little party off with half an hour of pad work, followed by a bunch of spooky themed games. Of course we had to play one of our favorite games, Zombies, before teaming them up with adults to give the morning a competitive edge, well done Team Zombie on the win.

Finally the raffle was a roaring success, with all prizes being drawn for in front of an excited audience. If you were unable to attend, you still might have won. A list of ticket numbers will be published shortly for unclaimed prizes. A big thanks to everyone who gave generously either directly to the fund, buying raffle tickets and especially to those donating prizes including The Black Bull, The Sun, Mill Hey Brew House, Mrs Beightons Sweet Shop and Mark Davis.

I’d like to thanks all my undead helpers on the day (Adam, Roxanne, Ewa, Chris and Matt), as well as my wife, mother-in-law and Adele. Last but by no means least I want to give a special mention to Michelle who was unable to attend on the morning but went over and above in terms of selling raffle tickets, approaching businesses for prizes and generally organising the day. A special lady.

So here’s where the fund stands at right now… (drum roll)… £549.

Thank-you everyone again and I’ll be sure to keep you all posted with regards to dropping off the check to the childrens centre and what they decide to spend the proceeds on.


High-mount arm-locks and devastating shoulder pressure taught during today’s BJJ session

A chilly Sunday morning at the Fusion Martial Arts Centre at Haworth was kicked off with the normal pad session, combining punches, kicks, knees, elbows and even the occasional clinch entry.

That was followed up with our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu hour, with our students looking at a nice little trick to counter the elbow escape, an impossible to defend arm-lock from the high mount and devastating shoulder pressure from side mount.

Last but by no means least was the turn of the kids who seem to be going from strength to strength with their gradings just around the corner. Their kicks and punches were on point this week, as was their grappling and focus. An excellent session.

Well done to all of those that attended including Adam, Roxanne and Ewa. Please remember to reserve October 30th in your calenders for our two hour “Halloween Spooktacular” fundraiser (10am-12pm) in aid of a local children’s centre. A link to our Just Giving page can be found here…

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/michael-faulkner?utm_campaign=projectpage-share-owner&utm_content=michael-faulkner&utm_medium=Yimbyprojectpage&utm_source=Facebook&utm_term=Zq6YwrbMD

See you on the mat…

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Kids transition onto the pads during this mornings MMA session in Haworth

Another fun-filled Sunday morning was had by all who attended the Fusion Martial Arts Centre at Haworth today as we rattled off back-to-back-to-back classes between 9am and noon.

First up was our padwork session, with a few familiar faces from our Bradford facility making the trek to get in some extra rounds. Even though it was a pads only session, the pad men didn’t lose sight of takedown in the sport of MMA, focusing on ways you can set up a single leg with ease.

Next up was the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) session, with this weeks focus much like last, as we looked at a couple of nice arm-lock set-ups from side mount which can quickly get doubly deep for anyone trying to escape to their knees.

Lastly we had our dedicated weekend group of kids in, great to see everyone who’s signed up to the class on the mat together for another week. This week not only did they manage to perfect the strikes they will be graded on in a straight line, but they did so on the pads as well. The lesson ended with the mount escape, guard pass, mount control sequence they will also be required to learn.

Well done to all of those that attended including Adam, Roxanne, Ewa and Matthew. Please remember to reserve October 30th in your calenders for our two hour “Halloween Spooktacular” fundraiser (10am-12pm) in aid of a local children’s centre. A link to our Just Giving page can be found here…

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/michael-faulkner?utm_campaign=projectpage-share-owner&utm_content=michael-faulkner&utm_medium=Yimbyprojectpage&utm_source=Facebook&utm_term=Zq6YwrbMD

See you on the mat…

#fusionathaworth #padsession #bjjclass #kidsmma #halloweenspooktacular #fundraiser