Category Archives: GrappleThon

Any posts discussing a GrappleThon event, which is a charity BJJ sparring marathon where at least two people are rolling at any point over a predetermined period, raising money for a good cause. There is more information over at GrappleThon.org.

SARSAS: A brief introduction to their important work

SARSAS logo grapplethonThis year, we will be supporting local charity SARSAS for our annual GrappleThon event. Artemis BJJ instructor Tracey, who is part of the team running our kids classes, has written a short piece explaining the important work done by SARSAS. Find out more on their website

Helpline volunteer SARSAS grapplethon
Helpline volunteer

SARSAS are a specialist support service for people in South West England who have experienced any kind of rape, sexual assault or sexual abuse at any time in their lives.

SARSAS services include a helpline, one-to-one support, counselling and e-support, all of which are free and confidential.  They have over 40 trained volunteers and 26 paid staff.  Last year, over 4000 calls were made to the helpline and over 500 emails responded to.

The support they give to survivors is life-changing.  It gives them an opportunity to be listened to, believed and supported to rebuild their lives.

counselling room SARSAS grapplethon
Counselling room

Statistics from SARSAS show that in the South West, 1 in 5 women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime and over 60 serious sexual assaults take place every week.  Numbers using SARSAS services are increasing, including a significant rise in 13-17 year olds.

Please donate to this wonderful organisation, so they can carry on helping people who desperately need support. We are almost halfway to our fundraising target for SARSAS: if you’d like to help, the donation link is here.

Details of Artemis BJJ Charity GrappleThon 2017 For SARSAS

Poster for Artemis BJJ GrappleThon 2017 by MeerkatsuWhat: The concept behind a GrappleThon is very simple: at least two people are grappling at any one point over a predetermined period.

When: 14:00 on Saturday 15th April 2017 until 14:00 on Sunday 16th April 2017.

Where: At our central location in St Paul’s, which is MYGYM Bristol, Unit 4B Dean Street, Bristol, BS2 8SF

How: To take part, simply turn up and roll. If you want to earn a fantastic custom Meerkatsu t-shirt (kindly provided by Tatami Fightwear), there’s only one way: join the fundraising team on MyDonate! Full guide on how to do that here.

Why: We will be raising money to support SARSAS. They provide an essential helpline for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. To learn more about SARSAS’s important work, have a read of their website, here.

Donate: Head to our MyDonate team page, here.

Press: Take a look at the Artemis BJJ press page for upcoming articles and interviews about the GrappleThon (as well as previous events), here.

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, renowned BJJ apparel brand Tatami Fightwear, top BJJ artist Meerkatsu, upcoming BJJ brands Tacerob and KASENartworks, plus of course our awesome hosts, local fitness specialists MYGYM.

For the top fundraisers, we will also have a range of prizes and goody bags (thanks to The Grapplers Gift), as well as customised shoes from KASENartworks. If all that isn’t enough to tempt you down, Lisa Chappell is once again offering free massages, plus Strength Lab are due to return to share some awesome fitness knowledge with us. 🙂

Bristol #RollForNichole at Artemis BJJ

Last month, the jiu jitsu community sadly lost Nichole Ossman. Her friend Averi Clements wanted to do something to honour her memory, coming up with the idea to #RollForNichole. The aim was to bring BJJ schools together around the world, raising awareness of mental health. Supporting your team mates can have a much bigger impact than just sharpening up their mount escape: you might even save their life.

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Artemis BJJ did our small part, holding a #RollForNichole during our Friday and Sunday open mats last week. There was a good turnout, with grapplers joining in from various academies. Thanks to everybody who came down to show their support: hopefully all the participants not only had fun and picked up some good tips, but also gained a renewed commitment to being there for students who might be struggling with mental health issues.

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For a longer write-up, head over to slideyfoot.com.

One25 visit to the Artemis BJJ women’s class

One25 Visit to Artemis BJJ women's BJJ class Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Bristol

Last Wednesday, we had a visit from the good people at One25, the charity we supported at this year’s GrappleThon. Three women joined us on the mats to learn a couple of fun submissions. Lu also presented us with a certificate to celebrate our fundraising: the total was almost £6,000 in total!

It looked like they all had a great time (there are more pictures over on our Facebook page), so hopefully we’ll see them again soon. The women’s BJJ class is held at Artemis BJJ every Wednesday from 18:25-19:25 and your first week is free, so you have nothing to lose. For more details, click here.

GrappleThon 2016 for One25 is a big success!

This year for the first time, our annual GrappleThon was over two legs in two different locations. We began in Bristol at our home in MYGYM, with numerous clubs taking part. Our wonderful returning sponsors gave us lots of support once again, with Seymour ‘Meerkatsu’ Yang popping down in person to take part in GrappleThon 2016. The Tatami Fightwear shirts were well received, with Laura winning the grand prize of a GIMONO gi. Lisa Chappell was also back to massage, a very popular choice for all the aching grapplers on Sunday morning.

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The massages continued into the second leg of GrappleThon 2016, held a couple of weeks later at the London Wing Chun Academy, along with a ‘donate to play’ arcade and plenty of healthy food on sale. Mike Cowling organised an excellent event that helped to boost the fundraising grand total even higher. At the time of writing, we’ve raised over £5,000, which climbs to a fantastic £6,000 including gift aid (you can still donate here). Very well done to everyone who has taken part across the two One25 GrappleThons, whether that was fundraising, rolling and/or donating!

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There are full write-ups of both events over on slideyfoot.com, here and here.

Guest Blog – Visit to One25

by Tracey Robinson

In the run-up to our GrappleThon in support of One25 next week, Artemis BJJ student Tracey headed down to their offices (a short walk from MYGYM) to talk to them about their wonderful charity work. 

Visit to One25 for Artemis BJJ GrappleThon 2016A morning at the One25 drop-in centre gave me a wonderful insight into the work they do.  There are 3 ways they help women who are trapped in street sex work:

  • Van outreach. The van goes out 5 nights a week around central Bristol and offers women food, first aid, warm clothing and a chance to sit in the van to talk if they want.
  • Drop-in centre. This is open in the afternoons and caters for their basic needs… hot meal, shower, laundry & free clothes and a weekly health clinic.  There are also creative activities available: cooking, sewing, writing etc.   Plus, an opportunity to have someone listen to them, be a friend and help build up their self-esteem.

Visit to One25 for Artemis BJJ GrappleThon 2016

  • Women wanting to move away from working on the streets are linked up with the casework team, who support each woman to take steps to improve their life.  This could be finding them somewhere safe to live, rehabilitation, re-connecting with family etc.

80% of the women that use One25 are homeless or are in unsafe accommodation.  They are usually malnourished, have neglected their health and many are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.  One25 takes care of all their needs, both immediate and long-term.   The work they do is outstanding and worthwhile, as demonstrated in Andrea’s story:

Andrea’s Story

 

 

 

Free massages when you take part in the GrappleThon!

Grappling for 24hrs is hard. That much BJJ results a lot of aches and pains. But there is an answer. She’s called Lisa and will once again be offering free massages on Sunday morning (27th March). Perfect after a tough night and day of sparring.!

Remember, you can still join the fundraising team, not only raising money for a wonderful charity, but also putting you in the running for some great prizes (including your very own GIMONO gi)! To get the full details for the GrappleThon, click here. To learn more about Lisa, click here.

Details of Artemis BJJ Charity GrappleThon 2016 For One25

Artemis BJJ Charity GrappleThon for One25

What: The concept behind a GrappleThon is very simple: at least two people are grappling at any one point over a predetermined period.

When: 14:00 on Saturday 26th March 2016 until 14:00 on Sunday 27th March 2016.

Where: At our central location in St Paul’s, which is MYGYM Bristol, Unit B Dean Street, Bristol, BS2 8SF

How: To take part, simply turn up and roll. If you want to earn a fantastic custom Meerkatsu t-shirt (kindly provided by Tatami Fightwear), there’s only one way: join the fundraising team on JustGiving! Full guide on how to do that here. If you want to keep updated via Facebook, the event page is here.

Why: We will be raising money to support One25. They support vulnerable women, helping them to break free and build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction. To learn more about One25’s important work, have a read of their website, here.

Donate: Head to our JustGiving team page, here.

Press: Take a look at the Artemis BJJ press page for upcoming articles and interviews about the GrappleThon (as well as previous events), here.

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, renowned BJJ apparel brand Tatami Fightwear, top BJJ artist Meerkatsu, NZL based gi innovators GIMONO, local fitness specialists MYGYM and purveyors of premium hygiene products, Idee Pure.

Thanks also to Lisa Chappell, who will once again be offering free massages to all grapplers taking part. David from MoveStrong is also offering up his services for free, giving you the opportunity to try out kettlebells and kaatsu training. Both of them will be down on Sunday morning, don’t miss it!

Finally, we’ll be tying in with the UKBJJA #UnstoppableGirl campaign, which aims to encourage women into BJJ. So, if you’re a woman in Bristol (or you can get to Bristol), the upcoming One25 Charity BJJ GrappleThon would be a great opportunity for you to try out BJJ. There will be lots of other women from various clubs around the country, meaning you can ask questions, learn some technique and (if you want to) give sparring a go, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Give it a go!

Mini-GrappleThon at Artemis BJJ on Saturday 12th December


On the 12th December, Artemis BJJ will be taking part in the ROLLforROWW event, organised by Chantelle Martin over in the US. She’s set up a global GrappleThon, with clubs from around the world holding simultaneous charity open mats to support Reach Out Worldwide. ROWW is a non-profit set-up by the late Paul Walker (who also happened to be an avid BJJ practitioner).

The donation link is here. If you’d like to take part in the sparring, check out the event page over on Facebook. Everyone is welcome! We’ll be running our charity open mat from 12:30-16:30 at MYGYM, who have once again kindly agreed to let us use their venue.

Successful International Women’s Day GrappleThon for Equality Now

Artemis BJJ Bristol Brazilian Jiu Jitsu GrappleThon 2015 Group Shot Equality Now International Women's Day

Grapplers from around the country gathered at MyGym in Bristol for International Women’s Day, with the aim of rolling for twenty-four hours to support the charity Equality Now. It’s always great seeing the BJJ community get behind a good cause

So far, we’ve raised almost £3,000 for Equality Now (you can still donate, here). Thanks to everybody who came down to roll, especially those who went the extra mile and got stuck into fundraising. Special thanks to our fantastic sponsors, Seymour ‘Meerkatsu’ Yang, Tatami Fightwear, MyGym and Gimono!