Klaus Burton


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Kathmandu Retreat 60 tent review

I’ve been using the Kathmandu Retreat 60 tent for a while now and I noticed there’s not a lot out there about it so I thought I’d write down my experience with it. Pros: Lots of space – with 2 people there’s good room for gear inside, or keep gear in the semi-covered front part […]

Blue belt

Last night (15th) I got promoted to blue belt by my BJJ instructor Geoff Grant, I’m really happy about it! It has been a hard year for me, I lost my fiance and my home, two of my best friends moved away and some other stuff, and now this great thing happened. The belt really […]

Smart phones: An ethical comparison

I recently did a comparison of the 3 main smart phones on the market today – Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One using GoodGuide, which is a really great website that reviews products and rates them in terms of their negative impact to the environment. I went into it with a preconception […]

John Will seminar technical notes

Last night at GSW we had a seminar from the legendary John Will. He covered lots of chokes and tips from a low knee-ride position. It was really great and I think I absorbed a lot of stuff and will try to use all of it. I’m gonna write down some of the things he […]

Grappling comp

Last Saturday I went to a grappling competition in Palmerston North to support my teammates who were competing. We had a great turnout and it was really inspiring for me. I had originally planned to compete but with the staph infection and flu in the month before the event, I had only had 2 training […]

New phase

In my teenage years I was around 65KG and very fit and strong with almost no fat, then a few years ago I was 105KG with a lot of fat and had lost a lot of strength and had almost no fitness, now I’m 90KG with mostly muscle and have regained some strength and the […]


I got a staph infection on my chest and back last month and that had me out for a couple of weeks, then the flu straight after that. I’m back to full health and training now though. Last night at jiu jitsu we covered some passes and sweeps, focusing on weight placement and underhook control. […]

Fallon Fox

There’s big controversy about whether to let Fallon Fox, a post-op transgender woman, fight in MMA competitions as a woman. Opponents of this usually cite musculature and bone-density as reasons to make her compete as a man. At first that seems like a good point, it’s unfair to let people fight when one of them […]

Some personal breakthroughs

I’ve been training regularly lately, finally having a long injury-free period so I’m making full use of it! I’m doing 7am classes as well as the ones starting at 6:30pm. I’ve got my friend Duncan Stuart coming along to the night classes too which is really fun and he seems to be a natural with […]


I’m still training regularly, though I have yet to get back into the wrestling and striking aspects this year. I will look to start them again at Lockdown MMA soon but it’s about finding a balance that my body can handle. Last year my training ebbed and flowed because my body couldn’t keep up with […]

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