A winning start to 2017

Here, at Ippon Gym, we started the New Year with a bang and a winning streak from the MMA and Muay Thai team.

First up were Sally McCarthy and Tommy Barlow, both fighting at the Rampage show in Kent. Sally took the chance to step back into the ring after a 3 year break and fight for a WBC National Title (52 kg) against a very technical Yasmin Nazary. The hard work, sweat and tears from fight camp paid off and Sally won by KO in the 2nd round, stopping Yasmin with a head kick. You can watch her in action below.

Tommy demonstrated a class act of technical Muay Thai winning the fight by unanimous decision.

Last weekend, on 11th of March our MMA coach and brown BJJ belt holder Andy Kerr retained his Shock n Awe Welterweight title against Chay Ingram by 10 finger choke in the 3rd round. Andy remains unbeaten is his last four visits to the cage and with his strong, south paw stand up and skilled ground game, he is a daunting prospect for any opponent brave enough to share the cage with him.

Andy Kerr Shock a Awe Welterweight Champion

Photo credit: Graham Finney Photography

Skock n Awe also saw Adam Conroy finishing his MMA bout with another strong win for Ippon.

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Photo credit: Graham Finney Photography

Lastly, Mason Hobbs won his boxing bout against a strong Rikki Beale by unanimous decision at VCBC (The Vantage Charity Boxing Challenge) event at 02 Bournemouth. Mason is only 18 but his passion for this sport and determination earned him 9 wins and only two losses in 3 years of training.

Mason Hobbs

Next up, we have Molly McCann Fighting at Cage Warriors in Liverpool on April the 1st. Her opponent is yet to be confirmed but Molly is ready to face whoever Cage Warriors throw at her. We have no doubt that molly will come back with another win for Ippon.

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Judo Jeff at Polaris 4

polaris 4

Rising jiu-jitsu promotion Polaris returned on Saturday, the 29th of October with another event at Poole Lighthouse and according to Sherdog Polaris 4 might have been the best one yet for the U.K. based show.

Two of our coaches, Jeff Lawson and Ben Dyson competed at this event with Jeff gaining a very quick victory over Paul Bridges with a spinning arm bar and Ben loosing to Tom Breese by unanimous decision.

Jeff Judo Lawson

Jeff Lawson on Polaris 4

Jeff has made a name for himself on the UK scene for throws straight into an arm bar and this is exactly how he stole the show on Polaris 4. In his interview, Paul Bridges said he had never been submitted this fast, ever. You catch watch Jeff’s fight below.

Jeff was a part of preliminary card with bouts being 10 mins in duration. You could win by either submitting your opponent or by judges decision. Judges were scoring for effective attacks and aggression, escalating positional control and effective counter attacks and dynamic escapes with any stalling passivity and poor sportsmanship counting against the fighters.

Matches included:

Reyce Asesimba vs Dylan O’Brien
Janis Riekstins vs Miha Perhavec
Phil Harris vs Spencer Hewitt
Paul Bridges vs Jeff Lawson (54 mins 40 seconds in)
Marco Canha vs Ross Nicholls

The replay of Polaris 4 will be available on the Polaris Pro Invitational website.

Complete Results of the Main event are:

Tom Breese defeated Ben Dyson via decision

Dominyka Obelenyte defeated Yas Wilson via decision

Charles Negromonte defeated Eduardo ‘Teta’ Rios via decision

Nathan Orchard defeated Masakuazi Imanari vs rear naked choke

Dillon Danis defeated Jackson Sousa via inside heel hook

AJ Agazarm defeated Minowaman via triangle choke

Garry Tonon defeated Gilbert ‘Durinho’ Burns via inside heel hook

Fernando ‘Terere’ defeated Vitor ‘Shaolin’ Ribeiro via decision

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Polaris 3 at Poole Lighthouse

We are proud to announce that our BJJ coaches Jeff Lawson and Ben Dyson have been chosen to complete in the next Polaris 3 on April 2nd, the world’s most exciting live Jiu Jitsu event!

Jeff Lawson, our Head coach holds blacks belt in both judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  After finishing his professional MMA carrier with 10 wins and 5 losses, Jeff started competing in BJJ and recently came back with a Bronze medal from The Europeans having won a couple of tough bouts.

Ben Dyson, brown belt holder, has been practising and competing in BJJ since he was a teenager. With many BJJ and MMA wins under to his name, Ben is ready to showcase his experience and technique in couple of weeks’ time.

Polaris started in 2015 by bringing a variety of well-established athletes from different styles and generations. Multiculturalism was the key to Polaris’ success last year, and they have not rested on their laurels. The Polaris 3 card is better than ever before.

The event is full of high standard matches and BJJ Heroes including NO GI World champion Garry Tonon, Brazilian grappler and MMA fighter Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares  and UFC fighter Jake Shields to list a few.

Is the BJJ world champion Gezary Matuda going to try to arm bar her French opponent Laurence Fouillat? Ge is known for having one of the most exciting styles of fighting in the women’s divisions with arm bar being her favourite technique. Her style earned her numerous titles, such as the Pan American and world championships in the black belt category. Laurence is a strong opponent and incredibly accomplished grappler with wins at the FILA World Championships and the World Cup.

There are some exiting matches to be seen and only one winner! If you a BJJ practitioner or supporter this event should be at the top of your priorities.

Polaris 3 Line up

The full line up has been confirmed and includes:
PRELIMINARY CARD – 16:00 UK TIME

10 Minutes Matches

Submission Only

Alain Pozo x Micah Atkinson (NO GI)

Vinicius de Castro x Greg Creel (GI)

Keith McKenzie x Jeff Lawson (GI)

Adam Adshead x Phil Harris (NO GI)

Travis Newaza x Ben Dyson (NO GI)

MAIN CARD – 18:30 UK TIME

15 Minutes Submission Only

Joao Miyao x Yukinori Sasa (GI)

Geo Martinez x Dan Covel (NO GI)

Darragh O Conaill x Jon Satava (GI)

Gezary Matuda x Laurence Fouillat (GI)

Bruno Frazatto x Gianni Grippo (GI)

Augusto Tanquinho x Eddie Cummings (NO GI)

AJ Agazarm x Jake Shields (NO GI)

Rousimar Palhares x Garry Tonon (NO GI)

Polaris 3 Tickets

The event is taking place at Poole Lighthouse.  Tickets can be purchased directly from the Lighthouse: https://lighthousepoole.co.uk/3166/Book-online/3543

More info can be found on Polaris website: http://www.polaris-pro.org/

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European Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship 2016

We’ve only been back for a week but the European Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship we attended this month seems like a distant memory.

The European Championship is the most prestigious and largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament held in Europe by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. This championship has taken place since January 2004, each year in Lisbon, Portugal. Recently the event moved to a new and bigger location, Gymnasium Pavilhão Multiusos de Odivelas which has a capacity of close to 5,000 seats. In 2015, the European Jiu-Jitsu championships become the world’s biggest BJJ event with 3,400 registered competitors compared to 2,300 in 2014. This illustrates a huge growth in European Jiu Jitsu in recent years.

It was a fantastic team event and after many extremely tough fights we came back with two bronze and one silver medal.

Here are our results:

WHITE / Master 1 / Male / Medium Heavy

Przemyslaw Antonowicz Euro 2016

First – Robin Hau – BJJ Globetrotters

Second – Przemyslaw Antonowicz – Ippon

Third – Alisdair Gavan – Ippon

Third – Mario Eichler – Dino Team Magdeburg

BLACK / Master 2 / Male / Middle

Jeff Lawson Euro 2016

First – Rogerio Yoski Suto – Impacto Japan B.J.J.

Second – Maciej Ireneusz Linke – Gold Team Fighters

Third – Jeff Lawson – Ippon

Third – Jose Carlos Hissa Granja – Nova União

The full list of results can be found here: http://static.ibjjfdb.com/Campeonato/000490/en-US/Results.pdf

Both Images ref: http://www.ibjjf.org/

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5th Southern Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Open

The 5th Southern Brazilian JiuJitsu Open was the last BJJ competition of the year and one of the most existing events to watch.

You can watch the highlights from this event with loads of subs, crazy sweeps and take downs below.

Regular Team Points All Divisions:

1st PHOENIX FT 68
2nd CHECKMAT 37
3rd MAD HATTERS 26
4th IPPON GYM 22
5th NEWPORT MMA / PEDRO BESSA 17

Out of 9 completing we brought home 4 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals.

Ippon Team Results:

Andrew Heap – White – Master – Light – Silver

Alisdair Gavan – White – Master – Medium Heavy – Bronze and Bronze in Absolute

Steve Doniney – White – Senior – Medium Heavy – Silver

Ashley Bodman – Blue – Adult – Middle – Bronze and Gold in Absolute

Pawel Famurat – NOGI -Blue – Senior – Under 78kg – Silver

Maciej Ploch – NOG – Purple – Adult – Under 70kg – Gold and Silver in Absolute

Simon Wickson – Blue – Master – Light – Bronze

Rob Lack – Blue – Senior I – Medium Heavy – Gold

Charlie Elysee – White – Master – Middle – Gold

Our BJJ team is currently getting ready to compete at the European Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship in Lisbon In January.

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Christmas Opening Times

The Ippon Gym opening times over the festive season are as follows. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

23rd December – classes as normal. 

  • 6.30 -7.30am BJJ
  • 12 noon – Open mat BJJ
  • 4.30 – 5.30 Kids Thai Boxing
  • 5.30 – 6.30pm – Circuits
  • 5.30 – 6.30pm – MMM Beginners
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm – MMA
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm – Thai Boxing
  • 7.30 – 8.30pm – Sparring

24th December – Closed

25th December – Closed

26th December – Closed

27th December – Closed

28th December – Closed


29th December – adult classes as normal. No children classes. 

  • 6.30 -7.30am Circuits
  • 5.30 – 6.30pm – BJJ Beginners
  • 6.30 – 8.30pm – BJJ

30th of December – adult classes as normal. No children classes. 

  • 6.30 -7.30am BJJ
  • 12 noon – Open mat BJJ
  • 5.30 – 6.30pm – Circuits
  • 5.30 – 6.30pm – MMM Beginners
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm – MMA
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm – Thai Boxing
  • 7.30 – 8.30pm – Sparring

31st December – Closed

1st January – Closed

2nd January – Closed

3rd January – Closed

Gym reopens on the 4th of January.

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