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Zero G V3 Review

A high quality, low cost Gi that looks equally at home on the mat or in the workplace.

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Tatami is one of the front runners in the ever growing BJJ Gi Industry. It is tough in any industry to remain consistent and stay ahead of the game; however Tatami have reinforced themselves as a true leader of the Gi game with the release of the Zero G V3. The 3 stands for the 3rd model in the series and is a sturdy, lightweight IBJJF approved Gi.

A snippet from the Tatami website:

Tatami Fightwear Australia
Eat, breathe, sleep Jiu Jitsu

Tatami Fightwear was established in 2009 by Gareth and Lee to address a need for good quality BJJ equipment at affordable prices. Gareth, a brown belt in BJJ was involved in teaching children and adults in deprived areas and found it increasing difficult to find good quality equipment at prices his students could afford. That’s when Tatami Fightwear was born. Since then Tatami Fightwear have worked tirelessly to build a good brand reputation, get better quality products and support academies and shops around the world.

Let’s get to the review.
WHAT YOU’RE GETTING

Tatami Zero G – Version 3

I will be reviewing the A3 White Gi

I am 92 kgs and 184cm tall, or 202llbs and 6’1

DESCRIPTION:  

Jacket Details

475 gsm Pearl Weave
Rubberised Collar to stop moisture absorption.
Single Piece Jacket for reinforced strength and comfort
Tapered Fit
White w/Light Blue Contrast Stitching and Tape

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Pants Details

11 oz ripstop cotton
Double reinforced
Woven Patch
Light Blue Cotton Stitching

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FIRST LOOK IMPRESSIONS:

At first look I instantly loved the Gi with its bright white with light blue contrast instantly drawing me in. (I actually seen my coach training in one of these and decided I would buy it on looks alone) They also make a Black with Blue contrast which has equal sex appeal to its white counterpart. Upon opening the bag and feeling the Gi for the first time I was supremely surprised to feel the softness of the Gi and could not wait to put it on, so much so that my wife was embarrassed when I went to put it on to go to the supermarket.

FIRST WORKOUT AND ROLLING PERFORMANCE:

The “tapered” fit of the Gi was extremely comfortable. This was the first Gi I bought in A3 after a bit of weight loss, I was still sceptical about how it would fit, worried that it would be a little on the tight side, however there was no issue and the Gi fit nicely with plenty of room to move. It quickly became one of my favourite GIs and was quickly patched up as my competition Gi. The weight of 1.5kgs also aids when weighing in.

Rolling in this Gi was a pleasurable experience its light weight and ability to breathe meant I didn’t find myself overheating or sweating as much as normal. The feedback from my training partners was also all positive with the softness of the Gi and collar being noted time and time again. In my opinion there is nothing worse than gripping a collar and coming to the fast realisation that there is some type of sandpaper hidden in there.

FIRST WASH AND FIT:

I have read a little bit about this Gi and despite the comments that people have dried it in the dryer with no shrinkage observed I still couldn’t bring myself to risk it. Being winter here in Australia means that most of my Gis I own take up to 24 hours to be completely dry so when this was dry in 4 I was pleasantly surprised. I wash all of my Gi according to the instructions on the tag and with this is states 30c wash. This Gi has come up like new after ever wash and looks exactly as it did the day I got it, I have even spilt blood on the Gi and was upset at the fact thinking my pristine white Gi was destined to have a blood stain on it but too my surprise it came out with no evidence left behind.

THE GOOD:

1.     Will not shrink on you after a wash allegedly even if put in the dryer.

2.     Bright White with Blue contrast is eye catching and classy.

3.     Priced well against the current market of lightweight Gis.

5.     Remains white and doesn’t hold contaminations of you rigorous training sessions.

 THE BAD:

1.     I am yet to find anything bad with this Gi

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I have purchased a few different Tatami Gi and they have all been of the highest quality. This is the first light weight Gi I have tested out and am extremely happy with its performance. I look forward to training more in this Gi as the weather starts to heat up down under. Its Lightweight construction makes it great for the travelling practitioner as you will not take up half a suitcase and be forced to pay exuberant excess baggage fees.  I purchased this Gi from MMAFightstore.com.au and the service I received from these guys was second to none which is very rare to find in the retail industry these days. A quick review of the website 5 out of 5 and recommend anyone to them. As for the Gi I will give my first 5 Gi review to the Tatami Zero G V3. 5 Gis out of 5.

If you haven’t already got yourself a Tatami Gi why not head over to http://www.tatamifightwear.com to take a look at the Zero G and everything this top brand have on offer.

Thanks for reading,

The Rolling Reviewer

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First review of BJJ Globetrotter Rash Guard

When I was asked to review the first release rash guard from BJJ GLOBETROTTERS I was excited to say the least. I have been following Christian Graugart and his brand on social media ever since reading his book, not long after I started my own journey into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The BJJ Globetrotter has been around a fair while now and was born with a once in a lifetime trip around the world training at as many gyms along the way. They have an awesome set of common values that clearly resonates through the ever growing fan base attached to them.

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Here is a little something they put on the site that really shows what the brand is about:

BJJ Globetrotters offers an alternative to traditional affiliation within Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Membership of the community is open for anyone (both individuals and gyms), and there are basically no requirements to join, other than to spread—and agree with—the message 🙂

The members don’t represent a specific person, academy, instructor or lineage. They are merely a world-wide community of people, who share a common set of values:

  • We don’t pay each other any affiliation fees
  • We wear any patches we like on our gis
  • We are free to represent any (or no) team in competition
  • We encourage training with anyone regardless of affiliation
  • We are willing to promote anyone who deserves it—members or not
  • We arrange camps, seminars and visit each other for training and fun
  • We believe everyone is equal both on and off the mats
  • We strive to enjoy life, people and the world through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

One thing I must say about this Christian and his brand it the fact he is willing to give back to the Travelling Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community by providing sponsorships to build their foundations and achieve the trip of a life time that allowed him to start the brand.

Let’s get to the review.

WHAT YOU’RE GETTING

BJJ Globetrotter Rash guard – First Release Rash guard

I will be reviewing the XL Rash guard

I am 92 kgs and 184cm tall, or 202llbs and 6’1

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DESCRIPTION:     

 a. The artwork combines bright colours with a beachside backdrop and an old VW with a surfboard on top; one can’t help but see the casakickapoo theme that features heavily in the Globetrotter camps (annual summer camp).                  

b. The artwork is 100% sublimated and will not crack, peel or fade even after heavy and prolonged usage.

c. The fabric is high quality and reinforced with flat lock stitching for comfort. There are no seams in the underarms and the tags are also 100% sublimated for maximum comfort.

 Specifications

  • 80% Polyester and 20% Spandex
  • Machine wash cold
  • Hang dry
  • Do not iron or dry clean 
  • Have the possibility to shrink a little depending on wash method.

FIRST LOOK IMPRESSIONS:

As soon as I open the parcel that was sent the rash guard was a stand out in terms of artwork and quality. The rash guard is smooth and has yellow stitching to add that little extra pop to the already bright design. I can’t wait to be able to train in these products. The feel of the rash guard without even trying it on are amongst the softest I have felt. All the products seem to have been prewashed so there are no remnants of chemicals, which means, I am going to train in this right now! A + for the first impressions.

FIRST WORKOUT AND ROLL:

The fit and feel of the rash guard is amazing, just as soft as I had imagined while holding them straight out of the package. The rash guard has a strip around the bottom of the rash guard which will lock onto a pair of spats or if worn without spats will lock under your fight shorts. This is something that was appreciated by not just me, but everyone else on the mat. My belly isn’t on any wonder of the world lists, people won’t travel across the world to see it slip out mid roll that is certain.

The other cool thing about both the rash guard was the fact that I stayed warm during training. I can almost guarantee anyone who has trained No Gi once or twice knows that feeling once you start cooling down the rash guard can sometimes make you feel cold however I did not experience that at all. Between rolls with the next training partner I stayed warm and did not experience the “cooling off” effect. The rash guard stood up during the hard training and after one hour of rolling I was still warm (not to hot) and I was completely rash and cut free which is always a bonus. Rating: A+ for my first workout and roll impressions.

FIRST WASH AND FIT:

After the first wash I was still impressed as ever with both the rash guard I actually trained again a second time the following day with the rash guard under the Gi. I accidentally left it  in the washer on the second wash and my wife threw them into the dryer. Like an honest man on a winter’s day minimal shrinkage was noticed however IT STILL FIT! I would not recommend doing that often due to possibly of shortening the life of the rash guard but I was amazed that it held up and still looked as good as the day I received them. The fit was still amazing and I use it almost daily. Not only for BJJ this rash guard would look great out amongst the waves however the middle of winter in Australia and I am a wimp when it comes to cold water so no surfing for me.

THE GOOD:

1.     Will not shrink on you after a wash.

2.     Awesome Graphics to set you apart.

3.     The artwork is 100% sublimated and will not crack, peel or fade!

4.     Great price for what you are getting.

5.     No infections or rashes to be seen whilst wearing this product.

6.     Will be the best looking guy or girl on the mat on No Gi night.

 THE BAD:

1.     Recommended to hang dry, so do not forget to pull it out of the wash before class so it will dry in time.

2.     Sizes run a little small so if you are in-between sizes order up, worst case scenario send it back for a free exchange.

3.     It is a little harder to hold submissions due to the slickness of the material although this could be the lack of No Gi training that I do. 🙂 (Typical with any         rash guard but it will improve the little technical details.)

4.     You have to wait for it to arrive at your house. (Although postage from Denmark to Australia was not exceeding 2 weeks).

5.     May have to use your BJJ skills in a real life situation if worn outside the gym. (Fighting off members of the opposite sex who are in love with your item)

6.     May run out of room for all your trophies won for “best dressed” at events.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I have purchased a few different items from BJJ Globetrotters and everything has been of great quality. Christian has done a great job building his brand into a worldwide movement with patches and gear popping up all over the place. The rash guard I reviewed was the first release that was made however I can honestly say that the quality of the gear that comes out of Globetrotter HQ is second to none matched by their service sees this rash guard in particular get 4 Gis out of 5.

If you haven’t already head over to www.bjjglobetrotters.com to take a look sign up for FREE and why not even take a look at the other quality gear they have on offer here http://www.bjjglobetrotters.com/product-category/rashguards/

Thanks for reading

The Rolling Reviewer

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State Titles Recap

Hi Guys

So anyone that follows me on social media would be aware of how I went at the State titles. Taking a silver in my weight class and a bronze in my open. As I have said before its not about gold for me when I compete in Jiu Jitsu, of course it is a nice feeling to have the hand raised at the end of my match, however I am a realist and I am fully aware that is not always going to happen. The test of stepping onto the mat is where I get the real joy and believe me this comp was a test.

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In my matches at the State titles I learnt so much about Jiu Jitsu and finally have an understanding of why it helps and what it means to slow down. I came out of the gates at full speed and tried to maintain it going for submission after submission. Where my opponents sat back and waited for their opportunities, whether that was to pass, sweep, mount it didn’t matter everything they done was calculated and timed to what felt like near perfection. My game has been in my opinion very heavily submission focused which didn’t help me on the weekend. I was outclassed by superior opponents. IMG_6576

I look forward to getting back onto the mats after my time back up at work and focusing on my positional and transitional areas of my game, gaining, holding and if necessary reclaiming dominant positions throughout rolls rather then working for submissions all of the time.

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Another thing that happened at this competition was my daughter Elise took first place in her division. Winning both of her matches on points. She never ceases to amaze me does Elise, if she sets her mind to something then you best believe she is going to do anything within her power to achieve it. Her drive and determination at such a young age is a great thing to see, and an excellent trait for someone so young to have, it is starting to show through in her little sister also who just wants to do everything that Elise is doing. Both Nicky and I are so proud of our little princesses and although I can definitely wait for them to grow up, I look forward to seeing the young ladies they will develop into as time goes on. IMG_6587IMG_6572

I have mentioned in the past that my wife has started to train, I finally got a picture of her in her GI training in the garage. Not the best picture and if you do not see another post from me you could probably presume I am dead. 🙂
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Thanks for reading

Until next time (Maybe)

Luke

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WHAT A RIDE (A 3 month update)

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Holy Shit….. It’s been only 3 months since my first blog entry. So much has happened not only since my first session on the mats almost a year ago but since starting the blog. I honestly don’t know where to start it has been an absolute whirlwind and I can’t believe how fast time has gone. In the past 3 months I have met so many people through the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Those of you who have been following my journey would have seen the Free Rollers events that I have been arranging here in Perth. After the first event and its positive feedback I have decided to put a little more time into arranging more for the future. I still aim to hold an outdoor open mat once every 2 months, but the initial idea of being able to move around from location to location has been put on hold until I can do a couple of things, get a trailer and get more mats. This may take a little time as I will need to save a little bit of money to be able to purchase this gear. I have also had plenty of ideas to shoot from Free Rollers and look forward to sharing these with you as they start to develop rest assured I aim to keep things fresh. One thing is very certain; I am excited with the endless possibilities that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has already been able to provide me.

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I would like to thank a couple of people in particular, my wife for having the patience with me as I have thrown myself 110% in to my Jiu Jitsu journey which has now become my families Journey, one I couldn’t be happier to be on with them. The other person I would like to thank is Jo, my coach. When I first came up with the idea I consulted no one and off I went, by the time I stopped and had a think about it, it was too late to pull out, I had gone past the point of no return, however as with a lot I have done in the past I had reached the point of self-doubt. Here I was a person who had been training 4 months and I was arranging an open mat for the entire Western Australian community to be a part off. Who was I to be doing this? How were people going to see me? I had a chat to Jo one night about all of my doubts and she re assured me that what I was doing was a positive thing and that she was behind it 110% although as with everything you do in life there is going to be doubters, don’t worry about those people just embrace the positives. Taking in this advice I proceeded with the first event and well the rest is history. You can read about the first event here. https://myjourneythroughbjj.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/free-rollers-perth/

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The first Free Rollers event drew attention not just here in Perth but across Australia and also on the International level. I received support from Christian Graugart of BJJ Globetrotters, I was lucky enough to receive a bunch of giveaways for the day which were well received by the people who turned up in support. The event was covered in BJJ Legends magazine, which in turn led me to land a position writing for this dedicated online BJJ publication. My blog has developed a truly global following being seen across ¾ of the world.

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This is far more then I could have imagined, my blog and Free Rollers now has the continuing support of the BJJ Globetrotters, Meerkatsu, Connection Rio BJJ Hostel and the official sponsorship deal that was struck between Free Rollers & Break Apparel. I was not only lucky enough to secure a sponsorship for Free Rollers but also a personal Sponsorship for myself. I look forward to a great relationship with Mike and the entire Break team as this quality brand continues to expand its reach and becomes a powerhouse in the BJJ & Surf clothing arena.

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I have had a little bit of time to think about my journey and where I want Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to take me, however I have come to the conclusion that for myself the best journeys in my life have been the ones that are unplanned, so continuing in that spirit I will continue to train, compete where and whenever I can, I will continue to arrange Free Roller events and all in all I will just take the brakes off let go of the wheel and see where I end up. Remembering the most fun is had on the journey not at the destination.

As for the coming weeks I will be competing at the 2015 WA State Titles GI, once again I have no perceived outcomes for the day except to go in have an absolute ball doing something that I truly do love, I look forward to meeting more people on the day, I look forward to seeing some quality Jiu Jitsu and as always I look forward to watching my daughters compete. After the State titles I would like to aim at competing at my first IBJJF competition in the Melbourne Open.

That’s it for today`s update, thank you for your support, I look forward to continuing my journey with you all and sharing whatever is around the corner. You can also follow my journey at the following links.

https://www.facebook.com/LukeFreeRoll

https://instagram.com/luke_free_roll/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Rollers-Perth/343901789133874

Until next time.

Luke

THE TRAIN RIDE

This post is not specifically about Jiu Jitsu, however if you are like me you can relate absolutely anything back to it. This is something I wrote in June 2013 the next morning after it happened. It is one of those events that were life changing for myself in many ways, from the very first moment I stepped onto the boat until now. It was also crucial in closing a chapter in my book of life after 13 years in the Defence force I often thought a lot about the “WHY” factor and this event finally answered that for me. Please enjoy the read and feel free to leave comments and share with your friends.

Have you ever given up something to achieve your dreams?

Let me take you back its April 2009 my first daughter is 5 months old and we are about to get on a plane for 4.5hours from Melbourne to Darwin. She has never flown before and both my wife and I are stressing about how she will go. Fast forward a month I am about to conduct my first boarding since having my daughter. Not thinking anything about it I go about my business as usual. I get onto the boat only to be confronted by a little girl crying, and I mean absolutely losing her shit. She is about the same age as my daughter. Now usually I would of scoped the whole situation out assessed how many people were on board, made sure my team members were on safely, and if there were any direct threats. In this moment of unprofessionalism everything I had been trained to do went out of the window and the father in me came out. I took the girl from her parents; she stopped crying almost instantly and gave me a massive smile. It was in this moment I had realized what I done. I gave her back and went about my business.

Back on our boat that night I was thinking about everything that happened and what that parents girls had been prepared to do to achieve their dream of raising their family in a safe environment. Not only did they spend everything they had to do it but they left behind family members, houses, communities, and their culture. Not to mention risking not only their lives but the lives of the most precious goods; their children, and here I was stressing about a 4 hour flight on one of the world’s safest airlines?? Their journey was made up of sneaking out of Afghanistan across into Pakistan down to Malaysia to Indo and onto Australia and I can guarantee not one of those legs were as safe as ours, not to mention the baby girl would of been two months old when they left.

That is what I call giving up everything to reach where you want to be in life!!

Now usually we would take these people to Christmas Island hand them over and be done with it not to ever know what happens to them most of the time the get settled in a community not dissimilar to what you see on the news trying to enforce the same way of living in our towns as what they left their own country for.

Jump forward to June 2013 4 years later. I am out of the navy and I get on a train to come home from work. Upon boarding the train I look around and notice a Middle Eastern family (mum and two children) sitting next to the only spare seat. I take up the seat and notice the mother staring intently at me. After about 5 minutes she asks me in broken English Australian Navy? I tell her no. She asks again. I reply not any more although yes I used to be. It is at this moment I look down at the little girl and she smiles at me. Instantly I realize the smile and cannot believe what is going on. The mother then confirmed what I thought was happening by telling me she remembers me from when we caught them and bought them to Australia. She was so thankful that we had caught the boat that day; they had lost family members on trips before and feared the same fate. Her husband had been working two jobs and attending night school to learn English and she too was now learning English. Her family have integrated into a community similar to yours and mine and were trying their hardest to fit in to the Australian lifestyle. She couldn’t thank me enough although the smile from her young girl said so much more than any words could.

Not only was this family prepared to give up everything to achieve their dream of raising their young kids in a safe environment, when they had achieved it they continued to work just as hard to achieve more. They were thankful for what they now have and were not afraid to show thanks.

Take whatever message you want from this and apply it to any area of your life, but know that if you are prepared to do absolutely everything within your power there is NO reason that you cannot achieve your goals no matter what they are. Just remember when you make it never forget where you came from and who helped you along the way.

You never know when you may take that train ride into the past!!!!

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(Above) The reason I do what I do.

Interview with Jess Fraser of Australian Girls in Gi

Brown belt Jess Fraser is the founder and driving force behind Australian Girls in Gi.  She is fiercely proud to be the leader and organiser of this groundbreaking group ~ which is currently (& forever will be) club and affiliate neutral.

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Hi Jess, Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak with us!!!

Tell us a bit about yourself. How long have you been doing BJJ, and why did you start?
My name is Jess Fraser, I’m a Melbourne based brown belt training out of Dominance Mixed Martial Arts (come visit!).
I have been training BJJ since 2010. I started BJJ because I wanted to be a badass. Physically, mentally, emotionally. I might be still working on all of that but I am absolutely loving the journey.

Who would be your biggest influences both locally and internationally throughout your time in the BJJ Community?
My biggest influences have been my coaches and team mates. They are essentially the sculptors of the artwork that is my game.
Everyone is involved but most prominently my coach, David Hart, is the guy. He gave me my guard. Its pretty easy to spot that when you see me roll.
Martin Gonzalez, my partner of 5 years is also a huge influence on my game. It is predominately his direction for my top game. Dave influences technical knowledge and is more open to my development & experimentation generally, Martin is competition prep, very strict, very serious, very uncompromising. Its an awesome combo, the best of both worlds. Both support me unwaveringly.

Internationally, black belt and World Champion Sophia McDermott-Drysdale. She’s the inspiration and the trail blazer. She made me believe that Aussie girls can do just as well as the overseas girls. At competition and at quality of technique generally. She is super well rounded, smart, a mother, a business owner and ass kicker. Very influential on my goals.
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You head up the AustralianGirlsInGi organisation, tell us more about AGIG and how it came to be what it is today?
Australian Girls in Gi is the largest female only grappling community of its kind in the world. We are a community group that aims to boost the retention of females within our sport. The group has a public Facebook page and website but the most important work of the group happens in a closed doors, female only, online group on Facebook. We use it as a forum. It is safe, moderated and welcoming.
Here the 900+ Australian female members support each other, organise training, ask questions, become leaders, educate each other and share in their passion for the sport. Its an amazing thing to be a part of, let alone lead.
To explain how we got here and to the incredible place we are today would take me hours. TL:DR version..first there was only a few. If you build it, they will come. haha. Our most recent event (Camp #5) hosted 120 women for 3 days. It was mind blowing and record breaking.

You have a round robin format competition coming up this weekend in Perth, how many competitions do you run annually and what is the average age of the ladies competing?
I run many competitions for a few different organisations each year but only one annual female only AGIG Comp. Each year up until now it has been hosted in Melbourne. I am extremely excited about bringing the event to Perth as the ladies scene in Perth is exploding. There are such strong numbers due to the tireless work of the ladies at Legion 13, also the AMMA Angels as well as our sister group, Babes N Belts.
I wanted to give the women of WA the event that they deserve, totally dedicated to them, to show Australia that we see what they are doing and we want to reward it. Each of the AGIG events has girls from as young as 4 all the way through to women in their 50s. Its pretty special.

What piece of advice would you give a lady thinking of giving Jiu-Jitsu a go for the first time?
Grab a friend and phone a club. Almost every gym will have a free drop in to trial the class. Ask lots of questions over the phone before you come in. And don’t worry if you feel like you don’t know whats going on – if you’re having fun on that first night, you’re doing it right.
Also, don’t be disheartened if you see no other women on the mats on your first day. The guys are awesome, wait n see, they’re honestly the coolest pack of big/little brothers ever and they’re soon to be your family. All they want to do is help you. The giving nature of this community is something that will blow your mind. Trust me. Just jump in. You wont regret it. Its the best thing I was ever bonkers enough to try.
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What are the future plans for AGIG?
We’re headed to the Gold Coast for a huge open mat two weeks after Perth (first weekend in June). Then we’re headed to the AIS for Wrestling Camp that next weekend.
We’re also headed to Bali in July as a group. Rolling, surfing, eating, sleeping. Check Facebook for details. All welcome, men as well!

Every month there is always an event and in a different State. We’re waiting on a venue to be finalised before we announce a crazy huge event coming in Sydney but its going to be amazing. Stay tuned and follow our page for more.
Currently all the profits from Australia wide events are being pooled by myself and Hope Douglas (purple belt, myBJJ Sydney). Our goal is to afford to fly in a top Brazilian black belt female from the States with the money so that we can run a series of seminars Australia wide for our group members. Its going to be epic.

For anyone reading today who may be interested how can they get in touch with AGIG or if they are international do you know of any similar organisations?
Definitely head to AustralianGirlsInGi.com there are ‘get involved’ sections for both Australia and International that can link you to everything we’ve found over the past 5 years – including how to find the members group on Facebook.

Thanks very much for your time Jess look forward to hearing more about AGIG in the future, is there anything else you would like to add?
Make sure to get your entries in for the Round Robin tournament this weekend. You CANT register at the gate so jump in now!

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FREE ROLLERS PERTH

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On the 27th of April 2015 the Western Australian BJJ Community came together to take part in an event that hadn’t been done before in Perth. It was an Open Mat hosted at the pristine location of Rockingham Foreshore. The idea was thought of after reading the BJJ Globetrotter by Christian Graugart.  I decided to arrange a free event to not only bring the community together as one in a friendly non-competitive, non-affiliated environment, to meet new people within the community and to promote the art to the general public. Being rather new to the BJJ scene there was obvious trepidations about inter-school rivalries and the like, however the day went off without a hitch. With many comments coming back in about how good the vibe was on the day.

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 The event started at 1000 and was started off with 2 pairs on the Mat, A self-proclaimed Mat Rat and  Blue Belt, A 6 year old white belt Elise and Josephine Masiello (Black Belt, IBJJF Masters World Champion 2014). The quietness on the mats didn’t last long as everyone started to get into the spirit of the day and started rolling. The highlight of the day for me personally was seeing a young girl 12 years old Yellow Belt(Lexi) approach a Purple belt Johan Schoonbee (Strike MMA ) for a roll neither of the two had met before but the Johan accepted and had a fun roll with Lexi and showed her a few tricks that she later put too good use on this particular White Belt.  There was a wide variety of people attending with about 8 different gyms having people attend. Every belt was well represented with a great amount of knowledge and technical skills on display. With the more technical guys not afraid to show the not so technical guys and girls a few new tricks of the trade.

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Not only were the mats full from 10 till 1430 but the overall awareness was raised with general public walking by stopping with a coffee for a look, the odd person also asked plenty of questions about what was going on. Over the period of the day it is estimated that upwards of 50 people of all ages took to the mats to roll and enjoy themselves. A professional film crew filming the documentary “Tap Early Tap Often” were on location. The documentary takes a look at a local guy Anthoney Pietroboni a White belt who has been training BJJ after a Spinal Fusion and his journey into BJJ. Plenty of footage was taken and interviews were done with the majority of rollers happy to appear on camera.

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Over all the event was a success and Free Rollers Perth will be hosting more events in the near future. If you are travelling to Perth, Western Australia and maybe interested in taking part, head over to our Facebook page for a look at the group and what is happening with our next events. We are hoping to hold these events at least every two months at outdoor locations around Perth.

The event would have been a lot harder to arrange if it was not for the help of several people including Helen Sarcich, Kingi Turnbull, Anthoney Pietroboni, Aaron Cadd for the use of their mats to help accommodate the numbers on the day, My beautiful wife Nicole Docherty and Jac Qui Photography for capturing the day on film. Josephine Masiello for supporting me in hosting the event when I started to doubt the idea and spreading the word to her extensive network within the BJJ community.

 To everyone above mentioned THANK YOU, also to everyone who showed up, rolled and had a great day thank you very much it was great to meet you all. I look forward to your continuing support with further events.

tomscoob