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Andy K said:
Awesome interview, Helen is a fantastic coach and it is great to see her getting recognition on the net!
# 9 December 2009 at 10:34 am
# 9 December 2009 at 11:05 am
Great interview, Helen is a fantastic coach and never too busy to help any of her students with any aspect of their game. She’s definitely one of the clubs biggest assetts.
Enlightening interview, well done Helen.
# 9 December 2009 at 11:10 am
Paul K said:
Really good interview Helen,just want to say that I enjoy traininig with you and Darren every week the coaching in the gym and out at comps are brilliant. Great gym, team and coaches.
# 9 December 2009 at 12:11 pm
Adam Adshead said:
Helen like everyone else has already said is awesome to roll with and learn from. I’d urge anyone in the area to go and train with both her, Darren and their guys. Nice to read a little more of the history side of the story too
# 9 December 2009 at 12:26 pm
Danny Aranha said:
Great interview, Helen is a great Jiu Jitsu player and an awesome teacher
# 9 December 2009 at 12:37 pm
Great interview with an inspirational grappler. I just wanted to reiterate the point Helen made about the students at Combat Base Pontefract being friends, alot of gyms claim this but I know of few gyms that have it as strongly as these guys and gals do. An incredibly welcoming gym.
# 9 December 2009 at 12:46 pm
Leo Kirby said:
# 9 December 2009 at 12:52 pm
A fascinating insight into an awesome coach and a great ambassador for her art/sport. If BJJ was recognised as a mainstream sport maybe Helen (and Darren) would get the kind of wider recognition and appreciation they deserve!!!
# 9 December 2009 at 1:17 pm
Mark R said:
Great interview and great coaches in both Helen and Darren, also great club to train at , friendly and supportive..
# 9 December 2009 at 2:27 pm
stephen paynter said:
Great Interview, great coach. Hope to see Helen and Darren up north soon.
# 9 December 2009 at 6:00 pm
Ryan Hunter said:
Brilliant interview,Helen is a fantastic teacher & her movement on the ground is awesome think she is half monkey.ha ha.
# 9 December 2009 at 8:42 pm
Helen is the most technical bjj’er that I have rolled with. Not sure I agree with the bit about the warm up though
Nice to see that she is getting some of the recognition she deserves.
# 9 December 2009 at 8:54 pm
Lee F said:
Its a honour and a privilege to train at Combatbase. Great people, great atmosphere, amazing teachers and always fun.
# 9 December 2009 at 8:55 pm
craig j said:
Inspiring interview helen! Its been sometime but it got the old war drums beating again. Helen and Darren are truly amazing coaches they are both passionate about jujitsu and they are willing to share everything they know to make you a better grappler, thank you
# 9 December 2009 at 11:28 pm
Paul LS said:
I had the privilege to train with Helen and Darren for only about 6 months or so before I had to move away through work…Rolling with Helen is a lesson in BJJ! I’m bigger and much stronger than her but I ended up almost in a foetal position so I didn’t give her an arm or neck to tap me out! She doesn’t stop moving and you can’t hold her down! Her technique is spot on because it has to be…
I knew straight away these were people I wanted to train with.
Great gym, great atmosphere (‘Cagefighters’ need not apply!) and great learning!
I miss you guys!
# 11 December 2009 at 7:20 pm
Paul H said:
Helen is such a good instructor even the Combat Base grappling dummy is a high level purple belt. It has tapped me twice – I kid you not… be afraid…be very afraid!
# 12 December 2009 at 3:26 am
Richard L said:
No! Don’t tell everyone. Helen and Darren are ours!
Great atmosphere, training, and coaching. Always helpful and patient.
A bit painful watching a big lad try and muscle Helen though(but they rarely get anyware).
# 12 December 2009 at 1:35 pm
Ed Drysdale said:
Excellent interview Helen. Really enlightening stuff, just like your game and coaching. Hope everyone at Combat Base Pontefract are keeping well. See you soon.
# 14 December 2009 at 10:32 am
Great interview, loved the spirit of technique over strength. As a guy I fully agree that we need to think more about our game, than using strength. When I initially started I used to go in like a bull, but now I’m using more technique than ever. Thanks Helen, a great interview.
# 30 December 2009 at 11:06 am
Helen is a great technician and a pool of knowledge, i am so glad i started training with combatbase again, fantastic instruction
# 5 January 2010 at 3:51 pm