Launch Day for Neil Adams MBE

Today is the official launch of Neil Adams MBE’s autobiography celebrating 50 Years in Judo. The first book in the FoxGloves martial arts line.


The book is available from Amazon for £8.99 and the Adams’ are doing a special limited edition commemorative Gi Bag. There are only 50 bags available, which come complete with a copy of the book for £30. Please contact the Adams’ directly for more information on the ltd edition bags.

This is an incredibly open book about being the best and rebuilding life after the Olympics.


Neil Adams MBE ; A Game of Throws

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It’s almost here! Fox Spirit’s first autobiography, from world famous Judoka Neil Adams MBE, published under the FoxGloves martial arts line will be available in August via Amazon worldwide.

The book is an open and honest look at what it meant to be an olympic Judoka and how Neil Adam’s rebuilt his professional and personal life afterwards. This is not a book about Judo, this is a book about what it means to be a fighter on and off the mats. This books has been a personal catharsis for Adam’s and is fantastic read that speaks to lifelong athletes and fans of a human story alike.

‘ There was a passion that effused every page and the section about Chris (no spoilers from me) had me in tears at my desk during a lunch time reading session. Not exactly a cool thing for a middle-aged man but unavoidable when reading something that raw and emotive.’  Tony Lane, read the whole review here.

There will also be a special strictly limited edition ‘Gi’ cover available direct from Neil Adams.


Upcoming Events hosted at Leicester Shootfighters

Dr Rosi Sexton will be holding a women’s only session on the 19th. These seminars are a great opportunity for women to train with a wider field of other women.


Rosi was a pioneer for women’s MMA and these sessions are well worth attending for her incredible knowledge and experience.

In early October Unorthodox Nutrition’s Mike Leng will be giving a seminar. Mike has experience helping professional and amateur fighters with their nutrition and training. This will be a small group and a fantastic opportunity.








Roli Delagado on his European Leg Lock Tour

European legal leg lock tour:

One of the best things about Jiu Jitsu or grappling arts / martial arts is that it is easy to make friends.  Especially in the combat arts because most people will share not only a passion for the art but also certain traits such as humility for example.  I almost always love going to eat or drink or just hanging out with other martial artists, especially ones that have devoted much of their lives to training.  I wanted to do a vacation in Europe but for us Americans this is very expensive.  Luckily, I had made some amazing contacts through my Legal Leg Lock APP which was the first and is the only of it’s kind.  Through these contacts I was able to leverage my skills as an instructor and get some great tour guides in Ireland, Naples and England!

You see, vacations can be so overrated, you spend a lot of time in lines to look at things you’ve seen pictures and post cards of.  Oh here is the Bridge, it’s beautiful, oh there is the Mona Lisa…. I much prefer to go and train, make new friends, pick up on the slang of the region like “taking the piss”.  I like to go and eat the local cuisine, not at the touristy district where everyone speaks perfect English and there are no locals eating because it’s three times as expensive as it should be.

Photo credit: Gen Leverton
Photo credit: Gen Leverton

When I arrived to Dublin to work with a brown belt friend of mine, David McConkey I was treated to a traditional Irish breakfast at a local hipster joint that was amazing, followed by other trips around the city and country side.  I also had the privilege of having a traditional Irish dinner (with 2 types of stereotypical potatoes lol) with his family in their wonderful home.  Without Jiu Jitsu that would have never happened.  I would have stayed downtown, set up some tours and wondered around.   Of course I saw the Guinness factory and some other bits and bots of touristy stuff.

In Italy I was picked up by my new friend Tim.  Tim is an art collector, a former Dutchman living in Napoli.  Tim, luckily was also a foodie and took me to a new spot that I would never have found, traditional fried sardines and the smallest octopus or calamari, not sure which but they were tiny and fried.  It was awesome, the main instructor, Peppe of Ground Control there also took me to the beach and around the city for some tourism. No guessing, no going to see stuff I didn’t care about, just good food and sight seeing around the Jiu Jitsu training.  I really enjoyed the going out for pizza and drinks after training with the team as well.  Drinking Peroni beer and eating like a pig.

Leicester, England was the final stop for my seminar tour.  This is my English home.  I love the ‘Lesta’ Shootfighters and the training there.  I have done some leg lock work there before and was able to catch up with my mate Nathan and visit King Richard the 3rds tomb.  We ate some amazing curry, sushi and more traditional English food as well.  Leicester is a town that Americans would never go visit, it’s right in the middle of England and one of the most diverse cities in the country.  Just being there is a unique and awesome experience for me.

In all, I was able to spend very little of my own money (relative to normal vacations to Europe), make new friends and of course spread the leg lock gospel that I was fortunate to learn and put together.  I appreciate every different culture I experienced and I don’t think that I could have experienced it any more organically.  I guess the point of this blog is to help promote the real Jiu Jitsu lifestyle.  Living life for it’s experiences and friendships not trying to cash out on the art to squeeze as much money as you can from weekend seminars.  Although we do all have to make a living, lets not forget to live a life first! In short, make a living not a killing.

New signing : Mike Leng

If you have ever tried to find decent nutritional advice as a woman you will have probably come across the following issues:

All the serious nutrition/fitness books for martial artists are by men and focussed on men.
Womens magazines, even the supposed fitness ones seem to think all we are interested in is bikini bodies, fake tans and cute training gear.
Most of the ‘serious nutrition’ articles are basically ads for some diet system or other and have no relevence for anyone who is focussed on health and fitness.

It’s an issue because while there is a lot of good nutritional advice out there, it’s hard to pick out amongst everything else and very little of it takes women into acocunt at all.

We have good news!

FoxGloves are joining forces with the powerhouse writing team of Rosi Sexton and Mike Leng of Unorthodox Nutrition who specialises in female fighters. This writing pair will be bringing out a book on nutrition aimed at women who train.


Whether you are cutting for a professional fight, looking to improve your training or just want to get your eating sorted out this will be the book you need!

We are delighted to welcome Mike Leng and Unorthodox Nutrition to the FoxGloves team.

Super Seminar 2015

A reminder and the confirmed dates folks for this years Super Seminar. This is going to be an amazing event! These coaches have such an amazing amount of experience, history and knowledge in Martial Arts it would be worth the money just to talk to them!


Even if you’ve never trained some of these disciplines, can you really afford to miss this opportunity?

The Line up:
Nathan Leverton : Grappling for MMA
Phil Norman : Ghost Elusive Fighting
Bob Breen : JKD Concepts
Anton St’James : Eskrima
Tony Davis : RSD & Krav
Matt Frost : RSD & Krav
Tom Barlow : BJJ Gi

A couple of recommendations

There are a couple of online resources I make a point of checking out and wanted to share.

Warrior Collective’s website is currently just a placeholder but you can already subscribe to them on youtube.  They check out different martial arts, clubs and are now adding tutorial videos to their channel.

Here they are visiting Leicester Shootfighters in 2014.

The other is a podcast by Jamie Rylett featuring interviews with some of the top names in martial arts and combat sports. Entertaining and informative.

Eat, sleep, grow, repeat is well worth a visit and a listen.


Events this Summer

FoxGloves is proud to announce that Leicester Shootfighters will be hosting Roli Delgado for a leg locks seminar this summer. Keep an eye on the Shootfighters facebook page for more information and to book your place.

Shootfighters will also be hosting this years Super Seminar featuring coaches Matt Chapman, Nathan Leverton, Phil Norman, Bob Breen and more in two days of martial arts training.

It’s going to be an exciting year on the mats and on the page for us at FoxGloves.


March 2015 Events

This March Leicester Shootfighters is hosting two guest seminars

1st March from 11a.m. Wayne Lakin will be giving a Judo seminar on Transitions.

21st March Rosi Sexton will be offering a free women’s only open mat followed by a seminar open to anyone.

Rosi at Shootfighters 2014
Rosi at Shootfighters 2014

Visit the Leicester Shootfighters Facebook Page for more details on how to book or contact them through the website.