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…