Ground n Pound
Carl Fisher 2 December 2003
Ground and Pound Ozzys Army
away in a small room in city centre Manchester, next to Van Dangs martial
arts centre, across the hall from Steve Powells academy, lies the headquarters
of Manchester Ground and Pound. When the rest of us are slogging away in our nine
to fives, Ozzy and his band merry MMA men hit the mats mid afternoon, drilling
and honing their fighting techniques, before teaching classes in the evenings.
Haluk is one of the UKs top lightweights with 5 pro fights to his name;
not one to back down from a fight, Haluk has faced some tough opposition, most
notably against Paul Sutherland at Ultimate Combat. In addition to his pro fights,
the 68K fighter has two semi pro fight wins under his belt; four amateur fights
and is a regular face at the Submission League. Ozzy has also fought on Cagewarriors
events and is now taking time out from a heavy year of fighting.
far the largest guy in the gym at 85K, Rob Mitchell is one of the clubs
most prolific fighters; already a National Thai Boxing champion, Mitchell is soaking
up the submissions like a sponge, culminating in a triangle win over Ross Pettiffer
at Cagewarriors North earlier last month. Mitchell has also fought semi pro and
holds two gold medals in the Submission League and has also fought BJJ matches
in London. Mitchell also holds wins over Glen Appleby in CW4 and Paul Daley at
Ground and Pound 3.
other stand out fighters at the gym include Danny Rogerson, victorious at UC 5
with an arm bar win over Team Colleseum fighter Matt Thorpe and Neil Barber who
also fought at UC against Dave Waters and is now in hard training in preparation
for 2004. Rogerson has also fought in Kettering, with two pro fights on the day
and has been with the team just over a year.
class is held every weekday at 2pm, so I took myself along, accompanied by the
Brazilian reprobate Roberto
Atalla; after a quick warm up, we were soon down to the nitty gritty of rolling
and after rolling with all the guys, Roberto took us through some nifty guard
passes and a few subs thrown in for good measure, rounding off a sharp two hour
session. Manchester Ground and Pound are a team of dedicated professionals, always
eager to take on new ideas and welcome outside instructors and are great bunch
of guys to boot.
are held Monday through to Friday, 6.30 7.30pm, three pounds fifty sterling.
For more info promoters and individuals can call Ozzy on 07900 238480 or email
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