Author Archives: Denis Kelly

The Purpose of Sparring and Rolling

The purpose of BJJ Sparring is to safely try out your techniques against resistance. This is not the same as fighting and I’ve found that people who are overly competitive in sparring usually make very limited progress in their training. Sparring rounds need to provide realistic resistance without being too competitive. One factor which makes […]

Erik Paulson’s CSW Training Trip Recap

I recently got back from the annual CSW Coaches Conference hosted by MMA coaching legend Erik Paulson at his gym in California. It was a great experience and I learnt so much from many high level Martial Artists. The first day we got there we trained in the regular evening classes which consisted of one […]

The right gym culture

I’ve trained at lots of gyms all around the world. I’ve trained all over Europe, in the USA, Brazil, Japan and Thailand  I have tried to pick up all the best elements of each place i’ve trained while avoiding the things I felt didn’t work. My dream was to create a gym with high level […]

Developing into a fighter

Long Term Athlete Development in Combat Sports Since the beginning of our fight team we have consistently followed a long-term development program for our fighters. The Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Program is commonly found in elite level sports but is often ignored in the world of Fight Sports. Stages in Fighter Development The first […]

Being tough on your teammates

Performance Versus Popularity One of the best lessons we learned from sports coaching expert Wayne Goldsmith earlier this year was that ‘popularity is the enemy of performance’. Popularity is easy; performance requires honesty. If you want your teammates to perform at their best you need to be honest with them even if this will make […]

The role of sparring in bjj

Recently I’ve been discussing the importance of sparring in developing the technique and skill level of new students. Will students actually improve if the do lots of sparring in place of actual technique work? Sparring Versus Training I believe that sparring is necessary but I have seen countless example of aspiring fighters who did lots […]

Being Fight Ready Part 2

This article was written with the help of Wayne Goldsmith who I have been working with for the past few months. Wayne is a sports coaching expert who has worked extensively with sports teams and organisations all over the world including Swimming Australia, the US Olympic Committee and numerous Football and Rugby clubs. http://www.wgcoaching.com/category/sports-coaching/ Why […]