For the second time we hosted another seminar with Wellington 'Megaton' Diaz, one of the biggest names of past and present Jiu-Jitsu. It was in 2013 when we hosted our first seminar with the Gracie Humaita Black Belt.
The weekend before, Megaton had just won another title at the European Open in Lisbon and during this seminar he covered those techniques which he utilised to finish his opponents. Megaton explained the importance of timing, when to do certain moves and when to stabilise and 'bait' your opponent. For this seminar a good number of local members showed up along with some foreign guys.
An important meeting was organised for all our members on the last Sunday of September 2016. A good number of members showed up for this meeting which was held at the new tent of the Malta Judo Federation & AD and was conducted by BJJ Team Malta H/Instructor Keith Darmanin.
The main topic for this meeting was movement and the session started with various drills that were aimed to regain the guard. After, it was time for some standing passing movements like removing the hooks, smashing the hooks, etc.
At the end of the session, various members were awarded another stripe on their respective belt. Then it was time for the new belt promotions: Dr K Gonzi and M Camilleri were awarded their Blue Belt, J Vella was awarded his Purple Belt and Dr M Bonnici Mallia was awarded her Brown Belt, thus becoming the first Maltese woman promoted to Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (and the second Maltese Brown Belt after Keith Darmanin).
In December we organised another successful seminar with Mestre Rogerio Olegario, 5th Degree Black Belt. On Saturday 10th, we started with a No-Gi session followed by a Gi session during which Rogerio showed some of his favourite chain submission attacks. The next day, another Gi session took place and Rogerio focused on sweeps from mainly Open Guard, Half Guard and De La Riva. Then it was time for some stripe promotions, followed by one Blue Belt promotion of Zack Galea.