PANKRATION ACADEMY – News & Updates
Written by Emir Alagic from Team Edson Carvalho Bosnia.
The best thing about BJJ in my opinion is that it changes people in a good way. Because this, a lot of us don’t want to stop training even when we go on a vacation. A BJJ gi is only two more kilos in our baggage, but you know that if you bring it with you, there will be an adventure.
When i decided to spend my vacation with my family in Germany, I knew that I would bring it. The plan was not to visit as many academies as possible, but to visit a local academy in that area that I was going to and see what it would look like if I lived in that area and trained on regular basis.
I was going to Dusseldorf (Germany), so i googled about bjj in that area. I already knew about Checkmat team in Cologne because I had was attended a seminar of profesor Petar Schira in Sarajevo, which was a very cool 5 days seminar organised by Arena BJJ from Sarajevo. So ggogle gave me two locations where I could go to. I went on facebook and sent a message to both teams that that I found. I didn’t get any response from one team (i don’t blame them) other one was PANKRATION ACADEMY Checkmat Dusseldort. I got an instant response from Dimitrios Kotsidis their HEAD COACH who is a purple belt under Chico Mendes. Thats how I found the academy that i was looking for.
In our first training, I was glad to see that in this team they like guests and don’t just treat them as a targets, which was good because i ate a lot that day. After politely introducing myself and warm uping, we started to work on techniques. In this team they are very open minded, so they brought one luta livre guy to show some leg locks which are not allowed under ibjjf rules for lower belts which was good and funny at a same time. This was good because from my experience sometimes a lot of us while focusing on competitive bjj under ibjjf rules forget and leave our legs exposed or maybe it’s just me. :)
Am 26. und 27.04.2014 kam unser Meister und Checkmat Europe Headcoach Chico Mendes für Seminare in unsere Akademie.
Wie nicht anders zu erwarten lernten wir großartige Techniken und Konzepte,welche uns sehr bei unserer bevorstehenden NAGA Teilnahme helfen werden.
Zudem hatte PANKRATION ACADEMY Headcoach Dimitrios Kotsidis die Ehre durch Chico Mendes zum Purple Belt graduiert zu werden.
Neben ihm wurden Assistant Coach David Micah, der Akademie Auszubildende Noel Osei und Leon Schelbach zum Blue Belt graduiert.
Es war für alle ein besonderer Tag welche man nicht oft im Leben erlebt.
2013 hat ein zweitägiges Seminar (30.- 01.12) mit Chico Mendes erfolgreich stattgefunden.
Das Seminar war für alle Teilnehmer ausgesprochen lehrreich, eine tolle Erfahrung und gleichermaßen ein riesen Spass.
Zum krönenden Abschluss wurde unter der Leitung von,
Head Coach: Chico Mendes ( Head Coach CHECKMAT Europa und Mitgründer von TEAM CHECKMAT )
Instructor: Dimitrios Kotsidis
TEAM CHECKMAT GERMANY gegründet.