Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructors
I started my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training in under Roy Dean in 2007. In 2014 I continued my training under Jeff Lawson and currently hold a bjj brown belt. I was very active on the tournament circuit at purple belt and in 2015 became the British Champion and finished the year as the no.1 ranked purple belt master in the country. As well as being very active myself I am also very proud that both our junior and adult programs are being very successful on the tournament circuit to.
After years of a very on/off relationship with martial arts I began training seriously in 2009 at gods of war mma where I first fell in love with grappling, i haven’t stopped since that day.
I focused the majority of my training there on no gi grappling, my last 2 years with them were exclusively no gi.
Since that time I have always taken every opportunity to learn from different people & always base any travel destinations on the quality of bjj.
I have travelled to learn from some big names including, Robert drysdale, Jeff glover, firaz zihabi & Kurt osiander.
I will always be looking to add names to that list & expand my learning for as long as the matts will have me.
I am a purple belt and have been training for just over 5 years at bsma.
I have competed at most of the uk opens and have won gold at blue belt and purple belt at the bournemouth and surrey open I’m not a regular competitor but I do like to test my shelf now and then.
I’m a big de la riva player and the triangle choke is my favorite submission.
Over the last few years our club has grown so much so teaching now and then has increased and I love it and hope to continue to become a better teacher and competitor.
I started my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey quite by accident really. I was eager for my son to start a martial art from a young age to help build discipline, self-confidence, to have fun and to a learn a skill that could see him avoid trouble should he ever be confronted by a bully.
I decided on BJJ, but as any parent will know, if your child really doesn’t like it, they simply won’t continue to go. I didn’t have to worry as he loved the classes. In fact he loved them so much I thought I might as well give it a try too. A short while later I had the opportunity to support Kevin with the children’s classes. I am very passionate about children being involved in sports and currently I am also a rugby coach for a local children’s team.
Watching the children go on their own journeys has only added to my passion for Jiu Jitsu. Fast forward several years later since taking my son to that first trial session, I am now also joined by my youngest son. During this journey, we have shared many achievements in being awarded some stripes, a few belt promotions and a number of medals from competitions along the way.
On a personal level it has been one the most rewarding, challenging and humbling experiences of my life. Parents will understand the feeling of being proud about watching their child achieve something. I consider myself very fortunate to now be part of an extended family, that I get to experience these moment of pride every time I step onto the mats.
I began training jiu jitsu with Kevin at BSMA in 2012 to help supplement my skills as a self-defence trainer for the MOD. Since then I have had great success in teaching the many street-applicable aspects of Jiu Jitsu to over 300 police firearms officers and local women – all of whom can dramatically benefit from understanding and practicing BJJ’s core principles and techniques.
As a UEFA qualified football coach and experienced trainer, I enjoy teaching the self-defence side of the sport, as well as training in and encouraging others to develop their skills and knowledge of the rapidly growing ‘Sport of BJJ’.
I began my Martial Arts training at the age of 15 in Taekwondo. I gained my 1st Dan Black Belt in 1996 and currently hold the rank of 5th Dan Black Belt. As well as extensive training I also undertook a teaching apprenticeship during 1998 – 2000 where I taught and managed over 250 active students in Sioux City, IA USA.
This was invaluable in gaining the experience to teach a quality martial arts program to both children and adults. Since my return I have run a successful school in the Basingstoke area.
I have won golds in many local and national tournaments and although retired from competing myself I still enjoy supporting and coaching my students to tournament success