Paul Browne – Team Ryano

After a competitive day at the ‘Revolution Cup’ in-house competition in Belfast, we managed to get a quick chat with Team Ryano Purple Belt and host of the ‘Breaking Grips’ podcast, Paul Browne.   LL: How long have you been doing Jiu Jitsu and what got you started? PB: It was about 6 and a…

SBG “Roll-a-thon” 2017

SBG Belfast are keeping up tradition this year, with their annual “Roll-a-thon” taking place this Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd of September. The aim is to bring awareness to men’s mental health and addiction, in conjunction with the charity Inspire. The term “Roll-a-thon” basically means that they will be demoing technique and rolling or “light…

John Sheridan – Satori BJJ

After a day of watching some of Irelands top BJJ athletes compete at the 2017 SubOnly Summer Smackdown, we managed to get a few minutes with John Sheridan to sit down and discuss his motivations, history and where he sees BJJ going in the future.   LL: What’s your sports background and how did you…

The Art of the Tap

It’s been said that humans are competitive creatures, we like to test ourselves and our abilities against the 6 billion other bodies that roam this earth. Some people do this on a smaller scale, always trying to out do their neighbours and colleagues and prove that they are the best. This is were Jiu Jitsu…

The importance of turning up

One thing you’ll find once you wet you toes with BJJ is that no matter how bad your day has been, you will always turn it around after a training session.  I’ve been there so many times where, I’m thinking to myself, “I’ll not bother with training tonight, today’s been a crappy day, I’ll go…

Damien Mulgrave, SBG Belfast

A Friday night in Belfast city centre, Damien Mulgrave is teaching a no-gi class to a group of 20 students. The pace of the class is relaxed and as the students catch their breath they are focusing on the finer details of a guard technique Damien is demonstrating. Liam of Local Lapels took 20 minutes…

Why BJJ?

It has to be said that people are weird. Humans are a weird species. The individuality, the need to better someone or something, the competition, the love or the lack of love and the unique journeys to name a few “weirds”. But why? Why do people do what they do? what makes people tick? what…

A Brief History of BJJ

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or BJJ is a grappling based martial art where competitors use techniques to neutralise or control their opponent with the goal of forcing them to submit either verbally or by tapping out. BJJ differs from a lot of martial arts because of its non-cooperative free sparring which allows practitioners to develop their…