On Friday 24th August Coach Andy Grahn visited our dojang in Loughshinny, North County Dublin. Andy Grahn works at the Academy in Minnessota and currently coaches UFC fighter Jacob Volkmann.
The purpose of Andy’s visit was to conduct a workshop on “The Clinch” for our senior members. Andy explained that the purpose of the session was to give the participants a framework and structure from which to develop techniques at clinch range. The importance of a sound defence was emphasized and put into practice as we drilled escaping from and then reversing the clinch in a number of different ways.
Aside from the physical aspects of the workshop Andy took time to discuss his own philosophy of martial arts, the Gracie family being a particular influence. Aside from his Thai Boxing background, in recent years Andy has medalled at world and european championship level in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He holds a purple belt in this art from the great Pedro Sauer.
All in all this was an excellent workshop and Coach Andy came across as both a fine technician and a gentleman. Hopefully we will see him again in the future and, in the meantime, we wish Andy well in both his bjj and ufc coaching career.