Main Website Back Up and Running

The main website is now working again, here, so I won’t be updating this back-up for a while. However, this experience has reminded me to take more regular back-ups: I had it all offline up to Jan 2013, and was in the process of pulling the rest from Google Cache before the site got restored a couple of hours ago. I have no idea if the same problem might happen again, as it was due to an automated Google process. A bit worrying they can just flick the off switch like that with no warning. 😉

But, if it does, then hopefully this back-up will still be here, whereupon I’ll bring it up to date. To anyone who has subscribed to the WordPress blog, that does mean you’ll get a load of emails at that point, which is what will also have happened over the last three days as I’ve been updating. So I wouldn’t recommend subscribing to this WordPress feed unless the blog goes down again and I have to use this one. Instead, subscribe to the main site here. 😀


About Me

I won’t be updating this blog much, as it is currently just a back-up for my main site, which is over here. However, as blogspot has been acting up for quite some time now, I may well eventually transfer the whole thing over to WordPress. For the moment, most updates will be on the original site, except for my UK BJJ Map.

Either way, if you’ve stumbled across this site, here’s my usual bio. I’m a martial arts guy, in that I enjoy training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: if you don’t know what that is, imagine wrestling, but in pyjamas with more choking and joint locks.

I spend lots of time babbling on the internet about BJJ, over on my blog. I also write for Jiu Jitsu Style magazine, contributing history, interviews and reviews.

Outside of BJJ, I’m an academic (mainly 20th century poetry) with a focus on form. I’m in the process of completing my PhD thesis at the moment, where I’ve been looking at the interplay between AIDS, cancer and poetic form.

15/06/2011 – Gracie Barra Bristol

Class #403
Gracie Barra Bristol, (BJJ), Nicolai ‘Geeza’ Holt, Bristol, UK – 15/06/2011

Geeza’s class tonight handily focused on a position I’ve been showing as a drill, since I taught the class on maintaining mount a while ago. He began with that drill, where you switch into technical mount as they roll in either direction. Geeza added in two details I haven’t been emphasising: first, point your foot slightly towards their feet for better control, and secondly thrust your hips forward.

That led into two attacks from there, which again is useful: more stuff for people to try during specific sparring tomorrow, when I’ll be teaching mount escapes. The first submission is a choke, which you begin by getting your top arm under their top elbow. Grab their top collar, then push that down. With your other hand, reach under their head and grab that same top collar, which you can feed through due to your grip.

Your top arm is now going to swim behind their head. Raise the shoulder of your bottom arm and twist your grip, while simultaneously pressing your top hand into their neck (same kind of motion as in an ezequiel). Finally, thrust your hips forward to apply extra pressure: this can make a significant difference, as otherwise you might find yourself relying on arm strength.

If they manage to block your choking hand, you can instead switch to an armbar. Your top arm will reach through and grab your own gi, while your other arm will post directly in front of their face. This help prevent them escaping the attack: if you want to be mean, you can also dig the elbow of your first arm into their side. Lean towards their feet, step your leg around their head, then drop back for the armbar, squeezing your knees as usual.

There was a surprising amount of sparring for an hour long lesson, so I’m guessing we either ran over or Geeza just managed the time well. That started off with specific from mount, in weight groups. I was looking to practice the escapes I plan to teach tomorrow, playing around with different frames. It also reminded me I’m not trying the trap and roll enough from underneath: I continue to rely much too heavily on the foot drag, my favoured escape.

On top, I feel relatively comfortable getting good control with low mount and grapevines, but I’m still having trouble finishing the ezequiel. However, during my research for teaching attacks recently, I rewatched the Saulo video from Jiu Jitsu Revolution, which has been useful. Trapping that blocking arm by their side is a good goal to aim for, as that should make everything else easier to put in place.

I was also looking to practice the other technique I taught during that earlier lesson, the Roger choke. You have to move up into high mount for that (or at least you do if you lack Roger’s height), where I was getting rolled relatively often. What I should have done is switch to technical mount, as per Geeza’s drill and indeed my own drill that I’ve incorporated in my last few lessons. At the moment, I still find myself leaving too much space, getting rolled and attempting to shift to an armbar mid-roll, losing it as I flop into guard.

My back control isn’t good enough either. With one of the white belts, they basically gave me their back, but had a tight grip on my sleeves. I couldn’t free my arms, and ended up back in guard. Maintaining back mount should be another interesting lesson to teach, given my own lack of success there.

Free sparring was with Tony, a blue belt roughly my size, which is always refreshing. Lots of running escape as always, which in contrast to back control or guard passing is a lesson I’m looking forward to teaching. It will be good to see how other people work through its flaws and strengths: I’ll be keeping a particularly close eye during specific sparring on that day.


Training Log: General

In February this year, I started some major writing commitments, which meant that I could get back into semi-regular training in ZSK, as detailed above. After that academic year ended (my writing started towards the end of the academic year, which finishes in June) and before the start of this one (September), I’ve been going to holiday sessions of ZSK most Tuesdays, and also tried to work out regularly with some light weights (just 5kg dumbells), doing a few sets of 10 reps (varying exercise depending on the day – also, recently been moving to just doing 10-25 reps and leaving it at that on each, depending how much I can do) on basic bicep curls, hammer curls, Arnold press, concentration curls, the see-saw press thing, pronated and supinated tricep curls, and (when I’m in Bucks so can use my father’s weight bench) bench press (still with dumbbells though). I’ve also been trying that stomach vacuum thing, but not entirely sure if its done anything except enabled me to hold my breath longer. Whichever, I’ve been basing most of that on this site (mentioned before on Bullshido; think that’s where I got the link in the first place), which lists a whole load of exercises, the quality of which I can’t vouch for, but on a personal level at least seem to have helped with my goals in weight-training.

Anyway, back to the training log for March…


UK BJJ Club List & Map (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)

[started 15/12/2007, last update 15/01/2012]

For Scotland & Wales, scroll to the bottom of the map and click on page 2

For global, see bjjMap.com. Maps also available for Ireland, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Florida. See also the Gym Database and TrainJiuJitsu.com.

NOTE: You can click and drag that map of Brazilian jiu jitsu in the UK, as well as zoom in and out. Click on the placemarkers for further details on the BJJ club it refers to: there should also be a link for you to follow in blue at the start of the address. Click on the ‘view larger map’ link if you’re finding that a little small. Below are copies of the addresses for each Brazilian jiu jitsu club by country and county, if for some reason the map isn’t working. I’m going by postal areas and Google, so please let me know if there are any errors, like I’ve put something in Staffordshire under West Midlands, or something like that. Also note that there are specific maps for each county: click on the ‘map locations’ link next to each area in the club listing below, after the contents section.

ENGLAND

Bath
Bedfordshire
Berkshire
Bristol
Buckinghamshire
Cambridgeshire
Channel Islands
Cheshire
Cornwall
Cumbria
Derbyshire
Devon
Dorset
East Sussex
East Yorkshire
Essex
Gloucestershire
Greater Manchester
Hampshire
Herefordshire
Hertfordshire
Isle of Wight
Kent
Lancashire
Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
London
Merseyside
Norfolk
Northamptonshire
North Somerset
North Yorkshire
Northumberland
Nottinghamshire
Oxfordshire
Redcar & Cleveland
Shropshire
South Yorkshire
Staffordshire
Suffolk
Surrey
Tyne & Wear
Warwickshire
West Midlands
West Sussex
West Yorkshire
Worcestershire

NORTHERN IRELAND

County Antrim
County Down

SCOTLAND

Aberdeenshire
Angus
East Ayrshire
Lanarkshire
Midlothian
Renfrewshire

WALES

Cardiff
Ceredigion
Conwy
Mid Glamorgan
Neath Port Talbot
Pembrokeshire
Rhondda-Cynon-Taff
Swansea

In an effort to make it easier for people to find a place to train Brazilian jiu jitsu (for general beginner advice, see here), I’ll be attempting to put together a comprehensive list of UK BJJ clubs as and when I hear about gym locations in the United Kingdom – those will all be added to the above map. I’m mostly getting this from Google and BJJ forums, so its entirely possible some of the information may not be 100% accurate: please let me know if you’ve got any further details. I rely on user feedback for updates, so any help appreciated.

In terms of personal experience, I’ve been to eleven of the below BJJ locations, and would recommend all of them: the Roger Gracie Academy, RGA Kilburn, RGA High Wycombe, Nova Força Epsom, Combat Athletics, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School, Gracie Barra Birmingham, Gracie Barra Northern Ireland, Queens University Belfast Revolution Team, Gracie Barra Brighton and Andy Roberts Academy (although I should note the latter three were as part of a throwdown rather than a BJJ class.)

ENGLAND ^

Bath ^ [Map Locations]

Gracie Barra Bath
Fitness First
Kingsmead Leisure Complex
5-10 James Street West
Bath
BA1 2BX
salvo1@hotmail.co.uk
0751 568 9559

Bedfordshire ^ [Map Locations]

Carlson Gracie Mataleao (Luton)
Putteridge Recreation Centre
Putteridge
Luton
LU2 8HJ
01582 731664

Morefire BJJ (Brazilian Top Team)
The Salto Centre,
98 Camford Way,
Sundon Park,
Luton, LU3 3AN

The Tokon Academy
Broom Village Hall
High Street, Broom
Bedfordshire
SG18 9NP
davidwebb@tokonacademy.com
07742 624561

Berkshire ^

Nova Forca Bracknell
Monsta MMA
Unit 1 Garth Business Estate
Kennel Lane
Bracknell
Berks
RG42 2EW
07790 597380
shapedthought@googlemail.com

Royals Gym BJJ
63 Queen Street
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 1LT
info@royalsgym.com

Bristol ^ [Map Locations]

Gracie Barra Bristol
3-15 Heber Street,
Redfield,
Bristol, BS5 9JU
GracieBarraBristol@gmail.com

Pedro Bessa BJJ
The Sweatbox
83A East Street
Bedminster, Bristol
BS3 4EX
pedro@pedrobessa.co.uk

Italo Ferreira BJJ (Bristol)
Carrefour Health Club
Union Street
Bristol
BS1 2DF

Buckinghamshire ^ [Map Locations]

BTT Milton Keynes
Unit 310
Milton Keynes Business Centre
Foxhunter Drive
Linford Wood
MK14 6GD

BTT Slough
Farnham Park,
Beaconfield Road,
Farnham Royal,
Slough, Bucks,
SL2 3BP
zemarcello@hotmail.com

Gracie Barra Milton Keynes
Newport Pagnell Youth Club
Wolverton Road
Newport Pagnell
MK16 8HX
O7743 720034

RGA High Wycombe
High Wycombe Amateur Boxing Club
Leigh Street
High Wycombe
HP11 2QU
0790 4810 640 (Kev)

Roger Gracie Academy Aylesbury (RGAA)
Duck Farm Court
Station Way
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP20 2SQ
kevcapel@hotmail.co.uk
07904810640 (Kev)

RGA Bletchley
Total Dojo,
The Concourse,
Brunel Centre,
Bletchley,
Milton Keynes, MK2 2ES
kevcapel@hotmail.co.uk
07904810640 (Kev)

Cambridgeshire ^ [Map Locations]

Axis Jiu Jitsu UK
9-15 Harvest Way
Cambridge
CB1 2RA
07889164294
axisukbjj@hotmail.co.uk

Gracie Barra Cambridge
Hills Road Sports Centre
Purbeck Road
Cambridge
CB2 8PF
gbcambridge.uk@googlemail.com
07787648775

Gracie Barra Cambridge University
Fenner’s
Gresham Road
Cambridge
CB1 2ES
gbcambridge.uk@googlemail.com
07787648775

Tsunami Gym
2 Severn Place
Cambridge
CB1 1HL
info@pro-amfightcentre.com
01223 316887

Gracie Barra Peterborough
The Way of The Spiritual Warrior
Unit 1, Benedict Square
Werrington
Peterborough
PE4 6GD
01733 573273

Morefire ICON Jiu-Jitsu Team Peterborough
Spiritual Warrior Peterborough
Unit 22
Benedict Square
Werrington
Peterborough
PE4 6GD

Channel Islands ^ [Map Locations]

Gracie Barra Guernsey
Brock Road Youth Centre
Brock Road
St Peter Port
GY1 1RU
chris_goldsbrough@hotmail.com

Gracie Barra Channel Islands
Fort Regent Leisure Centre
Pier Road
St. Helier
JE2 4UX
robs@jfkf.com

Cheshire ^ [Map Locations]

Combat Base Cheshire
The UK AMA
Unit 1, Queens Court
Winsford
Cheshire
CW7 2BD
jamesnardone@hotmail.com

Revolution Martial Arts
Revolution Performance Centre
Unit 2/6, Meadow Mill,
Water Street
Stockport
SK1 2BU
phil@revolutiongym.co.uk

Infinite Fighting Concepts
Oak Street Mill,
Oak Street
Hazel Grove
Stockport
SK7 4EJ
07712051490

Cornwall ^ [Map Locations]

Cornwall BJJ
St Day,
Redruth
United Downs
TR16 5HY

Impact Bodmin
18, Woods Browning, Ind. Est
Respryn Rd
Bodmin
PL31 1DQ

Impact Truro
St. George’s Parish Hall
St. George’s Road
Truro
TR1

Puregrappling
Penzance Leisure Centre
St Clare
Penzance, Cornwall
TR18 3QW
kempokev@hotmail.com
07546 467 437

Cumbria^

Lakes BJJ
Fun For Kids Fun Factory,
Parkside Road,
Kendal,
Cumbria, LA9 7DU
07503170940

Derbyshire ^ [Map Locations]

Alliance UK
Riddings Martial Arts Centre
Shaw Street
Riddings
DE55 4EY
lee@rmac.co.uk
07812 990934

Gracie Barra Derby
Darley Mills
Haslam’s Lane
Derby
0800 97 74 784

Royce Gracie BJJ (Dronfield)
Upper Movement Hall
Henry Fanshawe School
Green Lane
Dronfield
S18 2FZ
07879662251 (Steve)

Tim J Maskrey
Jesters Gym
Tansley
Matlock
DE4 5FS

Devon ^ [Map Locations]

Exeter BJJ
Fitness First
Tudor Street
Exeter
EX4 3BR

Fightworx Academy
Unit 2, Parkfield House,
Teignmouth Road,
Torquay, TQ1 4EX

Gracie Barra Plymouth
Master St James’
172-174 Rendle Street
Plymouth
PL1 1TP
tom@martialartsplymouth.co.uk

SBG South West
Unit 2, 22 Clare Place,
Coxside,
Plymouth, PL4 0JW

Torbay BJJ
Castle Gym
Magdalene Road
Torquay
TQ1 4AF

Dorset ^

Poole Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy (Roy Dean UK)
Bournemouth Collegiate School,
St Osmunds Road,
Lower Parkstone, BH14 9JY
contact@k3ma.co.uk
01202 718235
Stephen: 07826 928364
Paul: 07795 577423

Poole Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy (Roy Dean UK)
Canford Heath Middle School,
Learoyd Road, Canford Heath
BH17 8PJ
contact@k3ma.co.uk
01202 718235
Stephen: 07826 928364
Paul: 07795 577423

De Souza BJJ
Bulldog Gym
250 Old Christchurch Rd
Bournemouth
BH1 1PF

De Souza BJJ (Weymouth)
Weymouth Martial Arts Centre
10 Gloucester Mews
Weymouth
DT4 7DA
desouzabjj@hotmail.com

SCRAMBLE Jiu Jitsu
GB Academy
26A Hawthorn Road
Bournemouth
BH9 2QL
monkeypalm(at)hotmail(dot)com

East Sussex ^ [Map Locations]

Alliance BJJ Brighton
King Alfred Leisure Centre,
Kingsway,
Hove, BN3 2WW
07958 485 864
info@alliancebjjbrighton.com

Brighton BJJ
25-27 Castle St
Brighton
BN1 2ND
info@bbjj.co.uk
07846 997 004

Alliance BJJ Crawley
Hut 21, Tilgate Huts,
Tilgate Forest Rocreational Park,
Tilgate Drive,
West Sussex
RH11 9BQ
07970 828 636
m.y.nabi@hotmail.com

Gracie Barra Brighton
The Brighton Judo Club
Dorset Gardens
Kemptown, Brighton
BN2 1RU
info@marciogomes-gbjj.co.uk

BTT Eastbourne
Canton Martial Arts
First Floor, 101 Bourne Street
Eastbourne
BN21 3SE
cantonmartialarts@hotmail.co.uk
01323 419779

Gracie Barra Hastings
Pinks Gym Fitness Centre
14 Claremont
Hastings
TN34
paulbridgesjj@hotmail.com
07967659867 (Paul)

Gracie Barra Hastings (Zeus Gym)
Zeus Gym, Unit M
Theaklen Drive
Ponswood Industrial Estate
St Leonards on Sea
TN38 9AZ
(Paul) paulbridgesjj@hotmail.com
07967659867

ZT Fight Skool
ZT Fight Skool
Unit 2 Hove Business Park
Fonthill Road
Brighton
BN3 6HA
info@ztfightskool.com
01273 202226

Ivam Maciel BJJ
90, Boundary Road,
Brighton and Hove
BN3 7GA
01273 411486

East Yorkshire ^ [Map Locations]

Marcus Silva (Hull)
Fitness First
Sissons Way
Clough Road
Hull
HU5 1WW
marcus.s@tri-c-a.com
07871 531467

Marcus Silva (Hull Uni)
Hull University Sports Centre
Cottingham Road
Hull
HU6 7RX
marcus.s@tri-c-a.com
07871 531467

Marcus Silva (Brough)
Triangle Combat Academy
42b Station Road
Brough
HU15 1EA
marcus.s@tri-c-a.com
07871 531467

Essex ^ [Map Locations]

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School (Essex)
Lions Den Gym
891 High Road
Ilford
RM6 4JR
bjjschoolessex@yahoo.co.uk
07843420683

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School (Romford)
New Direction Studio
7-13 High Street
Romford
RM1 1JU
bjjschoolessex@yahoo.co.uk
07843420683

Carlson Gracie Essex
Unit C – Global Park,
12 Moorside Eastgates
Colchester CO1 2TW
07792309860

Gracie Barra Essex (HQ)
Ministry of Martial Arts
7 Totman Close
Rayleigh
Essex
SS6 7UZ
01268 743 808

Gracie Barra Essex (Colchester)
BKK Fighters
Hythe Quay
Spurgeon Street
Colchester
Essex
CO1 2NS
gbessex@gmail.com
07932 229 774 (Steve)

Essex University BJJ
University Of Essex Sports Centre
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester
CO4 3SQ
07975 678285 (Camilla)

Marc Walder BJJ
Warrens Gym
Stable Block
Corner of Farnham Road & Royal Close
Ilford
Essex, IG3 8QD
07947 376177
marcwaldergraciebarra@hotmail.com

Spencer Hewitt BJJ (Rainham)
Origin Health & Fitness
A1 Sutton Business Park
Rainham
RM13 8DE
0784 732 2636

Spencer Hewitt BJJ (Romford)
Fitness First
Atlanta Boulevard
Romford
RM1 1TB
0784 732 2636

Team Ryu BJJ
Shen-ti Martial Arts Academy
29 Crittall Road
Witham
CM8 3DR
07912213871 (Lee)

New State BJJ
7 – 13 High Street
Romford
RM1 1JU
07843 420 683

David Tobin BJJ
Cranham Community Centre,
Marlborough Gardens,
Cranham, Upminster,
Essex RM14 1SR
Tel: 07736 010044

Gloucestershire ^ [Map Locations]

Fighting Fit Martial Arts
Woodmancote Village Hall
Bushcombe Lane
Woodmancote
Cheltenham
GL52 9HX
tony.terranova@fightingfit.gb.com
07721 882772

Trojan Gym
Unit 23a, Lansdowne Industrial Estate
Gloucester Road
Cheltenham
GL51 8PL
Charlie@trojangym.com
07791 597 114

Greater Manchester ^ [Map Locations]

The Labs – CFS Manchester
Fighting Fit Martial Arts
Unit 8 Red Bank Court,
Manchester,
M4 4HF

Aspinall BJJ
Bolton Olympic Wrestling Club
389 Wigan Road
Bolton
BL3 4QJ
andyaspinall@btinternet.com
07969 864640

Aspinall BJJ (Chorley)
X-Fit Gym Chorley,
Friday Street,
Chorley, PR6 0BA

Monday Evening 8 – 9.30 (No Gi Class) £6

Combat Base Bolton
Brownlow Business Park
Tennyson Street
Halliwell
Bolton
BL1 3HW

Ng Gar Tien Combat Base
Brookvale Community Centre
Northwich Road,
Brookvale
Runcorn, WA7 6PE
thefightingphotographer@hotmail.co.uk

Factory BJJ
Studio 1, Vauxhall Industrial Estate
Greg Street, Reddish
Stockport
SK5 7BR
Info@FactoryBJJ.com

Evolve Manchester
16-18 Worral Street
Salford, M5 4TH
01617952366
07921068879
m.t.inman86@gmail.com

Note: Run by SBG purple belt

Gracie Barra Manchester
2nd Floor, Bridgewater Mill
Legh St, Eccles
Manchester
M30 0UT

Manchester Jiu Jitsu Academy
Blackley Health Studio,
Old Market Street,
Blackley
Manchester, M9 8FY
info@manchesterjiujitsu.com

Team Lagarto Oldham
Bulldog Academy
Falmouth Works
Copster Hill Road
Oldham
OL8 1QD
jeetkunedo@ntlworld.com

Icon BJJ Manchester
1st Floor, 15 Chatley Street,
Manchester, M3 1HU.
Run by Icon BJJ Brown Belt Gavin Boardman.

Hampshire ^ [Map Locations]

Andy Roberts BJJ
36b Cove Road
Farnborough
GU14 0EN
info@andyrobertsbjj.com
01252544308

Kamon Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
ENSKA Martial Arts Centre
223-225 Kingston Rd
Portsmouth
PO2 7EG
info@kamonbjj.com

Gracie Barra Southampton
Unit 3 Ocean Trade Park,
West Quay road,
Southampton,
Hampshire,
SO15 1GZ

Basingstoke School of Martial Arts (Roy Dean UK)
Fort Hill Community School
Kenilworth Road
Basingstoke
Hampshire
RG23 8JQ
hall_k2@sky.com
01256 397030

Basingstoke School of Martial Arts (Roy Dean UK)
Rucstall Primary School,
Holbein Close,
Black Dam,
Basingstoke,
Hampshire, RG21 3EX
webenquiry@b-t-a.co.uk
01256 397030

Vitor Shaolin BJJ UK
Fitness First
The Pompey Centre
Fratton Way
Southsea
PO4 8SL
razorsharpchoke@hotmail.com

Herefordshire ^ [Map Locations]

The Combat Academy
Pyramid Fitness Centre
21-22 Foley Trading Estate
Hereford
HR1 2SF
info@thecombatacademy.com

Hertfordshire ^ [Map Locations]

Andy Nugent BJJ
Radburn Primary School
Radburn Way
Letchworth Garden City
SG6 2JZ
andy@andynugent.com
01462 629645

Nilton Garcia JJ
Royal Masonic School
Rickmansworth Park
Rickmansworth
WD3 4HF

The Tokon Academy
71C Wilbury Way,
Hitchin,
Hertfordshire,
SG4 0TP

Arlans Siqueira BJJ Hertfordshire
Salisbury Road
Hoddesdon,
Hertfordshire EN11 0HY
07867 511 803

Isle of Wight^

Isle of Wight BJJ
Grafton St
Sandown,
Isle of Wight
PO36 8JJ
martin@iowbjj.co.uk

Kent ^ [Map Locations]

Carlson Gracie Keddles
Keddle’s Gym, Village Hall
High Street, St Mary Cray
Orpington
BR5 4AX
info@keddlesgym.co.uk
01689 835555

Carlson Gracie Tonbridge
The Angel Centre
Angel Walk
Tonbridge
TN9 1SF
07940 872 373

Carlson Gracie Ashford
St. Marys Parish Hall,
The Church Yard,
Ashford Town Centre,
Kent, TN23 1QG

Check Mat BJJ Medway
Strood Sports Center
Watling Street
Strood, Rochester
ME2 3JQ
southernshoot@yahoo.co.uk

Dartford MMA
Westhill House
65 Westhill
Dartford
DA1 2EU

Origin BJJ @ Martial Arts Evolution
Unit 7
Station Road
Aylesford
Maidstone
Kent
ME20 7QR

Dean Taylor (Rickson Gracie affiliate)
The Studio, Holy Trinity School
Trinity Road
Gravesend
DA12
ricksonuk@hotmail.co.uk
0132 237 0029

Jaguar BJJ
Cygnet Leisure Centre
Old Perry Street, Northfleet
Gravesend
DA11 8BU
01322 370027

RGDA Kent
Infinity Gym
387b Folkestone Road
Dover
CT17 9JR
shaneburr@rgda-kent.com
01634 244708

Lancashire ^ [Map Locations]

Combat Base Lytham
The White Church
22a Clifton Drive
Lytham Saint Annes
FY8 1AX
thefightingphotographer@hotmail.co.uk

Gracie Barra Preston
1 Falkland Street
Preston
PR1 2UJ
luciolagarto@gmail.com

Lagarto Blackpool
Ashleigh Mews
20 Woodland Grove
Blackpool
FY3 9HD
info@martialartsblackpool.com
0782 444 3 669

Sukata BJJ Blackpool
The Oxygym,
130 Mowbray Drive
Blackpool, FY3 7UN
0845 481 7512

Morecambe Lancashire BJJ
Morecambe
LA4 6LL
07803 141 216

Team Warriors BJJ
Albion Mill, Burnley Rd East
Waterfoot
Rossendale
BB4 9DF

Leicestershire ^ [Map Locations]

Leicester Shootfighters
Leicester Mixed Martial Arts Academy,
Unit 22 (top floor),
St Mary’s Works,
Burnmoor Street,
Leicester LE2 7JL
leicestermma@hotmail.co.uk

Note: Mainly sub wrestling, but SBG black belt Karl Tanswell has graded people in BJJ at Leicester Shoot in the past. Resident instructors also hold purple belts in BJJ.

Capojitsu BJJ (Leicester)
Urban Martial Arts
St John Street
Leicester
LE1 3WL
07786 234 658

Lincolnshire^

Lincoln BJJ (representing Italo Ferreira)
Lincoln Judo Academy
Unit 1
Sadler Park
Earlsfield
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
LN6 3RT
07854 611996

London ^ [Map Locations]

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School Streatham
Streatham Leisure Centre
384 Streatham High Road
Streatham
SW16 6HX
bjjschoolstreatham@hotmail.com
07888675190

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School (Battersea)
Battersea Youth Sports Centre
Hope Street
SW11 2DA
admin@bjjschool.co.uk

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School (Willesden)
Willesden Sports Centre
Donnington Road
Willesden
NW10 3QX
admin@bjjschool.co.uk
These classes are for kids only at present

BJJ School (Leyton Mills)
Fitness First
Marshall Road
Leyton Mills
E10 5NH
admin@bjjschool.co.uk

Carlson Gracie London
302 King Street,
Hammersmith,
London, W6 0RR
info@carlsongracieteam.org.uk

Carlson Gracie Mataleao (London)
Stratford Judo Club
98 Gibbins Road
Newham
E15 2HU

Diesel Gym
Top Floor, Simon House
Butcher Row
E1W 3HB
cliff@dieselgym.co.uk
07765 243012

Eddie Kone BJJ
152 Lower Clapton Road
Hackney
E5
teamkone@yahoo.com
07960 932 224

Gracie Garcia Jiu Jitsu (Central London)
Yan Huang College of Martial Arts
58-60 Hampstead Road
NW1 2PY
info@bjjinlondon.co.uk
07888654922

Gracie Garcia Jiu Jitsu (South London)
Synergy Centre
220 Farmers Road
SE5 0TW
info@bjjinlondon.co.uk
07888654922

Legacy BJJ (Jude Samuel)
Arch 8,
Gales Gardens,
Bethnal Green,
London E2 0EJ
0709 227 9089

Kimura Gym
Hastingwood Trading Estate
Unit BI-B2, 35 Harbet Road
Enfield
N18 3HT

Kimura Gym Finchley
Boxclever
4a Dollis Park
Finchley
N3 1GH
kimuragym@hotmail.co.uk

London Fight Factory
82 Hanbury Street
Tower Hamlets
E1 5JL
info@londonfightfactory.net

London Shootfighters
Royal Leisure Park
Great Western Way
Park Royal
W3 0PA
londonshoot@gmail.com
020 8993 0993

Mamazinho BJJ Academy (London)
The Bay Health Club
Stoke Newington High Street
Stoke Newington
N16 0LH
0207 241 2122

Mario Reis BJJ
School of Oriental & African Studies
10 Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
WC1H 0XG
luiztosta1@hotmail.com
07590515850

Mill Hill Jiu Jitsu
33C Bunns Lane Works
Bunns Lane
London
NW7 2AJ
nhbrooks@hotmail.com

N10 BJJ
5 – 6 Summerland Gardens,
Muswell Hill Broadway,
London, N10 3QN
n10bjj@gmail.com

Eddie Kone BJJ
The Ultimate Fitness Centre
820a High Road
Tottenham
N17 DEY
info@ultimatefitnesscentre.net
020 8 885 3003

Pyramid BJJ
Pyramid Martial Arts,
1st Floor, Unit 00 Harrington Way,
Mellish Industrial Estate,
London SE18 5NR
jamie@pyramidmartialarts.co.uk
07841775868 (Jamie)

RGA at the Budokwai
4 Gilston Road
Kensington
SW10 9SL
0207 370 1000

RGA Wimbledon
Oberon Sports Ground
19 Lindisfarne Road
Raynes Park
SW20 0NW

Roger Gracie Academy
237 Kensal Road
Ladbroke Grove
W10 5DB
0208 960 1112

Roger Gracie Academy (Kilburn)
307-309 Kilburn High Road
NW6 7JR
0208 960 1112

Roger Gracie Vie Academy
122 Clerkenwell Road
Farringdon
EC1R 4DL
enquiries@rogergracievieacademy.co.uk
0207 278 8070

Zenith BJJ
Code 7,
44 – 46 Offley Road
London SW9 0LS
info@zenithbjj.co.uk

Tokei (EC BJJ)
28 Magdalen Street
Southwark
SE1 2EN
carriellojiujitsu@hotmail.com
020 7403 5979

Pedro Bessa BJJ London
Warrior School of Combat
Glen House
125 Old Brompton Road
South Kensington
SW7 3RP
ryan@warriorschoolofcombat.co.uk
07737 593 421

The MMA Clinic
29-30 St Albans Place
Angel, Islington
N1 0NX
info@themmaclinic.com
0207 226 4731

Kamon BJJ (Croydon)
The Croydon Martial Arts Academy
1st Floor ,Tram Centre
54-58 Frith Street
Croydon
CR0 1RB

Entrance opposite TKMAX
£49.00 per month or £10 per session.

KO BJJ East London
KO Annexe
Arch 8, Gales Gardens,
Bethnal Green,
E2 0EJ
info@ko-mma.co.uk

Merseyside ^ [Map Locations]

Aspinall BJJ
SKK Judo Club
Legh Street, Earlestown
Newton-le-Willows
WA12 9NH
andyaspinall@btinternet.com

Aspinall BJJ
Fighting for Fitness
16A Millingford Ind. Est.
Golborne,
Wigan, WA5 3QE
andyaspinall@btinternet.com
07969 864640

Aspinall BJJ
Rochdale Judo Club
Trafalgar Street
Rochdale, OL16 2DR
andyaspinall@btinternet.com
07969 864640

MMA Liverpool
MMA Academy
37/39 Great Howard Street
Liverpool
L3 7AN
mmaliverpool.com@mmaliverpool.com
07981980711

Aspinall BJJ (Kaobon)
Team Kaobon
Unit 1, Alfred St,
L15 2NJ
andyaspinall@btinternet.com
07969 864640

Next Generation Liverpool
4th Floor
1 Mount Pleasant
L3 5SX
nextgenerationmma@hotmail.co.uk

Wolfslair
Cromwell Street
Widnes
WA8 0QQ
0701 700 2407

Norfolk ^ [Map Locations]

BTT Norwich
Unit 3-4 Vulcan House
Vulcan Road North
Norwich
NR6 6AQ
s.cowan@ntlworld.com
01223 911968

Kings Lynn Freestyle
Pulse 8 Health & Fitness,
Tennyson Avenue,
King’s Lynn,
PE30 2QW
s-hunt7@sky.com
07527 862 501 (Simon)

Kings Lynn Freestyle
Bodylines Gym, 1-2
Southgates
King’s Lynn
PE30 5SX
s-hunt7@sky.com
07527 862 501

Northamptonshire^

BST MMA (Brazilian Top Team),
15 Osyth Close
Brackmills, Northampton
Northamptonshire, NN4 7DY

North Somerset^

Sweat FA BJJ
Unit 1, Winterstoke Road
Weston-Super-Mare
BS23 3YB
info@sweatfa.com
01934 629199
0845 855 2202

North Yorkshire ^ [Map Locations]

Gracie Barra York (Kirkbymoorside)
Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall
Market Place
Kirkbymoorside
YO62 6DA
davidkr1@aol.com
07701 057791 (Dave)

Gracie Barra York (Pickering)
Lady Lumley’s School
Swainsea Lane
Pickering
YO18 8NG
davidkr1@aol.com
07701 057791 (Dave)

Northumberland ^ [Map Locations]

Combat Base North East
Hirst Welfare
Alexandra Road
Ashington
NE63 9HF
Steve.bjj@btopenworld.com

Nottinghamshire ^ [Map Locations]

Gracie Barra Midlands
Unit 4, Botany Avenue
Botany Commercial Park
Mansfield
Nottinghamshire
NG18 5NF

Gracie Barra Mansfield
Angels Gym
Debdale Lane
Mansfield Woodhouse
Notts
NG19 9NZ

Gracie Barra Nottingham
above Minsky’s Night Club
Station Street, Long Eaton
Nottingham
NG10 1GU
robmma2003@yahoo.co.uk

Nottingham BJJ Club
The Bushido MMA Academy
Top Floor, Alfred House
Ashley Street (off Carlton Road)
Nottingham
NG3 1JG
lee@nottinghambjj.co.uk
07855 064518 (Lee)

University of Nottingham BJJ
University of Nottingham Sports Centre
University Park
Nottingham
NG7 2RD
aeyadms@nottingham.ac.uk

Elite Jiu Jitsu
Farnborough Sports Centre,
Farnborough Road,
Clifton,
NG11 8JW
07970 457709

Oxfordshire ^ [Map Locations]

Italo Ferreira BJJ (Oxford Brookes)
Oxford Brookes University
Centre For Sports?
Headington
OX3 0BD

RGA Oxford
Oxford Martial Arts Academy
381 Cowley Road (off Glanville Road)
Oxford
OX4 2BS
07906628444

Redcar & Cleveland ^ [Map Locations]

Redcar BJJ
The Coatham Memorial Hall
7 Coatham Road
Redcar
TS10 1RH
07976 59442 (Shaun)

Shropshire ^ [Map Locations]

Italo Ferreira Telford
Kyushinkai Martial Arts
Court Works Industrial Estate
Bridgnorth Rd
Madeley
Telford
TF7 4JB
07940 726 311

South Yorkshire ^ [Map Locations]

Doncaster BJJ
Doncaster Martial Arts Centre
Baxter Avenue
Doncaster
DN1 2NL
info@doncastermartialarts.info

Gracie Barra Doncaster
Contact for address details:
Tel: 07929 150521
Tel: 01302 868141
Email: ben_poppleton@hotmail.com

EK BJJ Rotherham
KMA Pearl Business Park
Hellaby
Rotherham
S66 8QL

Rotherham MMA
Unit M/N1, The Crofts Complex
Quarry Hill
Rotherham
S60 2DN
07939 972 758

EK BJJ North
Graves Tennis & Leisure Centre
Bochum Parkway
Sheffield
S8 8JR
07811 613182

Royce Gracie BJJ (Little London Rd)
Nursery Works, Unit 2c
Little London Road
S8 0UJ
07879662251(Steve)

Royce Gracie BJJ (Sheffield)
Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre
Dyche Lane
Sheffield
S8 8JR
07939 972 758 (Mark)

Gracie Barra Sheffield
The Forge Martial Arts Centre
Old Norfolk Barracks, Lancing Rd
Sheffield
S2 4EE
info@theforge-ma.co.uk

Sheffield Martial Arts Centre
284 Shalesmoor
Sheffield, S3 8UL
info@sheffieldmartialartscentre.co.uk

Staffordshire ^ [Map Locations]

Gracie Barra Stoke-On-Trent
McGovern Academy
51a Queen Street
Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent
ST6 3EH

Impact Martial Arts Academy
165-167, High St
Tunstall
Stoke-On-Trent
ST6 5EA
dave.carnell@ntlworld.com
01782 823984

Burton-on-Trent BJJ
Burton-on-Trent BJJ
Fighting Fit
300 Rosliston Rd
Burton-on-Trent
DE15 9RQ
01283 564499

Suffolk ^ [Map Locations]

Carlson Gracie Blue Wave
Bury Leisure Centre
Beetons Way
Bury St. Edmunds
IP33 3TT
windy.mail@virgin.net

Carlson Gracie Blue Wave (Ipswich)
Martlesham Police Headquarters
Martlesham Heath
Ipswich
IP5 3QS
windy.mail@virgin.net

Surrey ^ [Map Locations]

Carlson Gracie AFS
Caterham Community Centre
High Street
Caterham-on-the-Hill
CR3 5PB

Carlson Gracie (Camberley)
Camberley Judo Club
Deer Rock Road
Camberley
GU15 4EP

Novagen
Twist Gym
2-4 Mulgrave Road
Sutton SM2 6LE
micahja@gmail.com
077 1973 2443

Team Nova Força Epsom
Christchurch Scout Hall
Christchurch Road
Epsom
KT19 8NE
ricardo@novaforca.com

Team Nova Força Haslemere
67b Weyhill
Haslemere
GU27 1HN
haslemerecolosseum@yahoo.co.uk
07733112433

Legends Mixed Martial Arts
Renshaw Ind Est,
Mill Mead,
Staines, TW18 4UQ
07541589627

Tyne & Wear ^ [Map Locations]

Gracie Barra Newcastle
Elswick Park & Pool
Beech Grove Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 6SQ

Gracie Barra Newcastle
Wallsend Boys Club
Station Road
Wallsend,
Tyne and Wear
NE28 8EN

The Faktory BJJ
West 15
Whickham View
Old Benwell
Newcastle
NE15 6UN

Checkmat BJJ Sunderland
Castletown Snooker Club
Castle View
Sunderland
SR5

Checkmat Thornaby
The Dungeon,
Unit 10,
Wilson St,
Bonlea Industrial Estate,
Thornaby on Tees,
United Kingdom

Instructor: Sean Colfer (Purple Belt)

Checkmat BJJ South Shields
Horsley Hill Community Centre
Marsden Road
South Shields
NE34 6RQ
07948 722557 (Scott)

South Shields Fight Factory
Frederick Street
South Shields, NE33
southshieldsfightfactory@hotmail.com

8th Wonder BJJ
8th Wonder Training Centre
Ashquorn House
20-22 Borough Road
North Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE29 6RN
0191 2573858

Warwickshire ^ [Map Locations]

Combat Athletics
Canley Sports & Social Club
Marler Road, Canley
Coventry
CV4 8BU
07887 614 460 (Rich)

Gracie Barra Coventry
Lions Gym and Mixed Martial Arts
32-42 East Street
Coventry
CV1 5LS
02476 133861

Gracie Barra Nuneaton
The Combat & Exercise Centre
Unit 5, 118 York Street
Nuneaton
CV11 5PS
07725 529 281 (Rich)

Total Martial Arts Academy
Mercia Park
Lockhurst Lane
Coventry
CV6 5PD
lakhvinder@madahar.fslife.co.uk
07834767487 (Lucky)

West Midlands ^ [Map Locations]

Capojitsu BJJ
Synergy Fitness, Calthorpe School
Darwin St, High Gate
Birmingham
B12 0TJ
07779344103

Gracie Barra Birmingham
123 Bath Row,
Birmingham City Centre,
B15 1LS
0121 706 8465

Gracie Barra Halesowen
Principal Academy, 1st Floor Suite
Chemix Buildings, Forge Lane,
Halesowen
B62 8EB
victorestima@hotmail.com
0121 585 8534

Gracie Barra Walsall
Eclipse Martial Arts
2 Green Lane
Walsall
WS3 2BP

D-TEC BJJ
Sandwell Snooker Centre
Bearwood Road
Smethwick, B66 4DL
07904532502

Roleta BJJ Birmingham
Ramada Hotel
Sebastian Coe Health Club
Penns Lane
Walmely, Sutton Coldfield
B76 1LH
contact@roletabjj.com
0121 288 8678

Simkin Martial Arts Academy
1st Floor
133 Lichfield Street
Walsall
WS1 1SL
simkinmartialarts@yahoo.co.uk
01922 623974

Rick Dubidat BJJ
Rick Dubidat’s Black Belt Academy
Unit 1, Queens Court Trading Estate,
Greets Green Road,
West Bromwich, B70 9EG

West Sussex ^ [Map Locations]

Brighton BJJ (Worthing)
The Woodland Centre
Woodlands Avenue
Rustington
BN16 3HB
info@bbjj.co.uk

Ivam Maciel BJJ (Worthing)
St Laurence Church Hall
Brook Barn Way
Goring by Sea
BN12 4BY

West Yorkshire ^ [Map Locations]

Fulinkazan BJJ
2nd Floor,
114 Sunbridge Road
Bradford, BD1 2NE
07875 168775
info@teamfulinkazan.co.uk

Caged Steel Gym
31 Bretton Street
Dewsbury
WF12 9BJ
neil.hall@caged-steel.com

Club Venom Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Richard Dunn Sport Centre
Rooley Avenue
Bradford
BD6 1EZ
graciecombatives@hotmail.co.uk
07788838876

Combat Base Pontefract
above Contrast Decorators
Harropwell Lane
Pontefract
WF8 1QY

Gracie Barra Leeds
Unit 4 – Cape industrial Estate
Coal Hill Lane
Farsley, Leeds
LS28 5NA
tom@graciebarraleeds.com

Nova Vida Huddersfield
Nova Vida BJJ Academy
Lincoln Street
Huddersfield
HD1 6RX

True Spirit
Next to the Archway Building
Chapeltown
Leeds
07891227970 (Mabs)

Worcestershire ^ [Map Locations]

Trojan Free Fighters
Butlers Health & Fitness Centre
Farrier St
Worcester, WR1 3BH
dan.richards@trojanfreefighters.com

NORTHERN IRELAND ^

County Antrim ^ [Map Locations]

Gracie Barra NI
Valley Leisure Centre
40 Church Rd
Newtownabbey
BT36 7LJ
info@gracie-barra-ni.co.uk
07773522706 (Graham)

Kyoujin MMA
Frames Complex
2-14, Little Donegal Street
Belfast
admin@kyoujinmma.co.uk

QUB Revolution Team
Queen’s University Belfast
Physical Education Centre,
Botanic Gardens
Belfast
BT9 5EX
wacdog@hotmail.com
dasmoose@gmail.com

County Down^

Torres Jiu Jitsu
Unit 9, Milltown Industrial Estate
Warrenpoint
Newry
BT34 3FN

SCOTLAND ^

Aberdeenshire ^ [Map Locations]

Aberdeen Martial Arts Group
The Academy, Top Floor
21 – 23 Justice Mill Lane
Aberdeen
AB11 6EQ

Aliveness Gym Aberdeen
Bank O Dee Sports Centre
Abbotswell Road
Aberdeen

Angus^

Revelation Gym
22 Market St
Brechin

East Ayrshire ^ [Map Locations]

BJJ Scotland
Cluarankwai Judo Hall
New Mill Road
Kilmarnock
KA1 3JB
bjjkilmarnock@yahoo.co.uk
01505 503979

BJJ Scotland (Kilmarnock College)
Kilmarnock College
Gatehead
Kilmarnock
KA2 9AY
bjjkilmarnock@yahoo.co.uk

Rio Grappling Club
Martial Arts Centre
Next to the Grand Hall
London Road
Kilmarnock

Lanarkshire ^ [Map Locations]

Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Scotland
The Aizle, Ballat Crossroads
Balfron Station
Glasgow
G63 0SE
smcveigh@roycegracie.tv
0754 577 8783

Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Scotland (Rutherglen)
Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena
1445 Argyle Street,
Glasgow ,G3 8AW
0754 577 8783
smcveigh@roycegracie.tv

The Griphouse
Top Floor, 10 Possil Road
Glasgow
G4 9SY
thegriphouse@gmail.com

Midlothian ^ [Map Locations]

Cross Combat
19 Leven Street
Tollcross
Edinburgh
EH3 9BE
William@mma.me.uk

Gracie Barra Scotland
9a Duke St
Edinburgh
EH6 8HG
0131 467 9947

Renfrewshire ^ [Map Locations]

BJJ Scotland (Paisley)
Dobie’s Court
88 Clarke St
Paisley
PA3 1RB
bjjkilmarnock@yahoo.co.uk

WALES ^

Cardiff ^ [Map Locations]

Gracie Barra Cardiff
Cardiff Central Youth Club
Ocean Park, Ocean Way
CF24 5HF
chris4ncsbjj@yahoo.co.uk

Gracie Barra Cardiff (Penlline St)
The Ultimate Fitness Centre,
Penlline Street,
Cardiff, CF24 3DB

Pedro Bessa Cardiff
Welsh Institute of Sports
Sophia Gardens
Cardiff
CF11 9SW
pedrowbessa@yahoo.com

Chris Rees Academy Bridgend
Y.M.C.A.
Angel Street, Bridgend,
CF31 4AD

£4 per session

Ceredigion ^

Chris Rees Academy Aberystwyth
From Clarach Bay Holiday Village, follow the signs to the Show Boat. The BJJ is in the building opposite with the white door.

Conwy ^ [Map Locations]

RGA North Wales
Kinmel Bay Leisure Center
12 Rhys Avenue
Kinmel Bay, Rhyl
LL18 5
steve@lfpt.co.uk

RGA North Wales (Llandudno)
Break ‘n’ Spin Dance Studio
Unit 6, Oxford House
Builder Street
Llandudno
LL30 1DR

Gwent ^ [Map Locations]

Celtic Pride Martial Arts
Victor Road
Abertillery
bjjgreg@yahoo.co.uk

Tillery Combat
Unit 1, Glandwr Industrial Est
Aberbeeg
Abertillery
NP13 2XE
TILLERYCOMBATMMA@FSMAIL.NET
07811 177907

Mid Glamorgan ^ [Map Locations]

Fight Academy Wales
Unit 9, Cambrian Industrial Estate West Side
Coedcae Lane
Pontyclun
CF72 9EX
pedrowbessa@yahoo.com

Chris Rees Academy Caerphilly
Caerphilly Leisure Centre
Virginia Park
Caerphilly
CF83 3SW
kaimaybury@yahoo.co.uk
07817 675 776

Neath Port Talbot ^ [Map Locations]

Pedro Bessa Taibach
22 Commercial Road
Taibach
Port Talbot
SA13 1LG
KevinCox_1@hotmail.com

Pembrokeshire ^

Chris Rees Academy Pembrokeshire
DJs Night Club,
Penally, Tenby
snt7@hotmail.com (Stuart Tyrie)

Rhondda-Cynon-Taff^ [Map Locations]

Rhondda BJJ (Pedro Bessa)
Abergorki Dojo
Treorchy
Rhondda
CF42 6DB

3D MMA
Unit 7,
Rheola, Industrial Estate,
Porth,
CF39 0AD

Swansea ^ [Map Locations]

Gracie Barra Swansea
Chris Rees Academy, Ystrad Road,
Fforestfach Industrial Estate,
Swansea, SA5 4JB
Class costs are £5 or £30-50 monthly.
chris4ncsbjj@yahoo.co.uk


BJJ Blogger Map

[started 11/10/2010, last update 16/10/2010. The map itself is regularly updated]

This map was inspired by a comment on BJJ Grrl’s blog: I love getting together and training with fellow bloggers (and indeed readers of blogs), and I’m sure lots of other bloggers do too (judging by my blog index, there are at least 400 of us out there). So, the intention of this map is the help the online BJJ community meet up and train in the real world.

So, if you’re a BJJ blogger and you want to meet up to train with other bloggers (and/or blog readers), let me know your website, first name, club website and club address by contacting me. I can then stick you on the map.

Note that this is not meant to act as a general school directory: for that, I maintain a UK Club List, and there’s a global directory here.


Contact Me

Thanks for looking to get in contact with me. You’ve probably followed an old link, as my contact page has since moved here. I look forward to chatting with you. 🙂