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Team UK Athlete Profile: Reece Doran

Team UK Athlete Profile: Reece Doran

Blog posts   •   May 27, 2017 09:38 BST

​The World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship 2017 will be taking place in Long Beach, California from May 31st to June 4th. As always, there will be a good contingent of UKBJJA athletes heading out to win some medals for the UK. In the run up to the competition, we will be profiling some of these athletes. Wish them luck! Athlete Profile: Reece Doran

Team UK Athlete Profile: Kat Hill

Team UK Athlete Profile: Kat Hill

Blog posts   •   May 26, 2017 13:36 BST

The World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship 2017 will be taking place in Long Beach, California from May 31st to June 4th. As always, there will be a good contingent of UKBJJA athletes heading out to win some medals for the UK. In the run up to the competition, we will be profiling some of these athletes. Wish them luck! Athlete Profile: Kat Hill

Team UK Athlete Profile: Sean Cotes

Team UK Athlete Profile: Sean Cotes

Blog posts   •   May 26, 2017 09:31 BST

The World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship 2017 will be taking place in Long Beach, California from May 31st to June 4th. As always, there will be a good contingent of UKBJJA athletes heading out to win some medals for the UK. In the run up to the competition, we will be profiling some of these athletes. Wish them luck! Athlete Profile: Sean Cotes

UK Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (UKBJJA) launches major sponsorship drive

UK Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (UKBJJA) launches major sponsorship drive

Press Releases   •   May 11, 2017 07:30 BST

On 11 May 2017 UKBJJA will unveil a range of commercial rights packages which will be available for sponsorship by brands or companies with an interest in sponsoring the UK’s fast growing martial art. This represents the UKBJJAs first ever major commercial drive to build the brand.

UKBJJA appoints Msgworks as PR and Marketing Partner

UKBJJA appoints Msgworks as PR and Marketing Partner

Press Releases   •   May 10, 2017 08:30 BST

Newcastle based agency Msgworks has been appointed by the United Kingdom Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (UKBJJA) as their PR and marketing partner. The appointment comes at an important time for the UKBJJA as it moves towards formal Sport England recognition and launches an important new sponsorship drive.

High stakes for Lancaster’s Martial Arts Entrepreneurs

High stakes for Lancaster’s Martial Arts Entrepreneurs

News   •   Apr 24, 2017 08:00 BST

A former teenage poker prodigy and award-winning young entrepreneur has turned his hand to martial arts, opening Lancaster's newest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) academy. He and his colleagues have been shortlisted for the prestigious University Entrepreneurs Challenge.

UKBJJA members set to raise thousands for charity

UKBJJA members set to raise thousands for charity

News   •   Mar 23, 2017 09:16 GMT

Bristol, UK. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) students from all over the country will gather together on the 15th April to grapple and spar with each other non-stop over a 24 hour period. The Bristol GrappleThon is now in its sixth consecutive year of running. It has also become a powerful platform for raising funds that support important local charities.

Essex school girl honoured by MP for her Jiu Jitsu skills

Essex school girl honoured by MP for her Jiu Jitsu skills

News   •   Mar 22, 2017 09:33 GMT

10 year old Lois Marsh of Colchester has been sent a letter of achievement by her MP for her performance as a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) athlete. Colchester MP Will Quince wrote to the youngster after reading about her success at the BJJ Junior European Championship, in which Lois won a gold and a silver medal.

Announcement: Junior Competitions 2017

Announcement: Junior Competitions 2017

News   •   Jan 28, 2017 10:00 GMT

This year, the UKBJJA National Rankings in 2017 will be based on results from the following competitions: The Bristol Open - 20 Feb UK BJJ Junior National Championships - 6 March The Bournemouth Open - 11 June The British Open - 15-16 May The English Open Juniors - 16 October Celtic Open - October date TBA The Nottingham Open - 27 November

The amazing growth of women's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - 11 amazing facts

The amazing growth of women's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - 11 amazing facts

News   •   Jan 20, 2017 20:11 GMT

The 2017 European Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship is currently underway in Lisbon. Over 4,000 competitors from across the world are competing in the biggest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament this side of the Atlantic. This article highlights 11 amazing facts about the dramatic rise of the women's divisions at the competition.

Top Ranked Athletes 2016

Top Ranked Athletes 2016

News   •   Jan 16, 2017 17:14 GMT

The results are in and we are pleased to announce the top ranked athletes of 2016! The full list is below. In the near future we hope to publish profiles of all these great athletes. Meanwhile, huge congratulations to them all and here's to a very competitive 2017!

Second University Brazilian Jiu Jitsu League - Nottingham, 11th March 2017

Second University Brazilian Jiu Jitsu League - Nottingham, 11th March 2017

News   •   Jan 16, 2017 12:58 GMT

The second ever UKBJJA University BJJ League is coming to Nottingham on 11th March. We are planning for this to be the biggest and best BJJ event for UK university students and staff. Early registration is now open!

From back pain to black belt - Southampton's Graham Day overcomes the odds

From back pain to black belt - Southampton's Graham Day overcomes the odds

News   •   Dec 14, 2016 12:03 GMT

A Southampton man has just been awarded a coveted black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu despite a spinal condition that could have left him crippled. On 4 December, 2016 Graham Day (44) from Southampton was awarded his black belt in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), despite a debilitating degenerative spinal condition that could have left him in a wheelchair.

1000 rounds of sparring for PTSD Charity

1000 rounds of sparring for PTSD Charity

News   •   Dec 08, 2016 10:24 GMT

On 30 November, members of the British Army Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team sparred for 1000 rounds in 24 hours to raise money for PTSD The British Army BJJ team started their marathon effort in Farnborough, Colchester and Catterick. The event was to raise money for Combat Stress – a military charity that supports service personnel and their families.

East Sheen Youngster brings home European Gold

East Sheen Youngster brings home European Gold

News   •   Nov 24, 2016 09:37 GMT

Billy Hayes (14) from East Sheen in South West London has added to his growing medal collection by taking a hard fought gold medal at the prestigious Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Junior European Championship, which took place in Wolverhampton on 20 November, 2016.

​From the Favelas to the Valleys: Welsh Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club gets a visit from Rio

​From the Favelas to the Valleys: Welsh Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club gets a visit from Rio

News   •   Nov 17, 2016 12:59 GMT

On November 1st, Pedro Besa BJJ Rhondda hosted a very special visitor for a seminar in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Fernando Augusto “Tererê” is a 7 time world champion in the sport and a legend in his home country of Brazil. He was in Wales to deliver a seminar and raise money for the Tererê Kids’ Project – a charity set up to help poor kids in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro via the sport of BJJ.

Final of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Kids’ League comes to Cardiff, 13 November 2016

Final of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Kids’ League comes to Cardiff, 13 November 2016

News   •   Oct 27, 2016 14:00 BST

The final of Wales’s largest kids’ martial arts league will be held at the Western Leisure Centre in Cardiff on 13 November 2016. Well over 120 junior athletes are expected to compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) at the Welsh Kids’ BJJ League, which runs alongside the Celtic BJJ Open tournament for adults.

Need to lose weight? Get grappling!

Need to lose weight? Get grappling!

News   •   Oct 27, 2016 11:19 BST

An Aberdeen man tells about how he lost 13 stone in weight thanks to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Levi Bunyan, 28, a freelance illustrator and designer from Aberdeen, claims he has a new lease of life after dedicating himself to the sport. As well as losing weight and becoming fitter, regular training has helped him overcome anxiety and shyness.

How a Brazilian martial art became a lifeline for one Sheffield woman.

How a Brazilian martial art became a lifeline for one Sheffield woman.

News   •   Oct 24, 2016 09:00 BST

​An athlete from Sheffield has just returned from a unique Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) training camp in Tenerife. Maia Holmes was offered a sponsored place to train at the prestigious Bulldog Gym in Tenerife, at a camp run by black belt, Ben Poppleton. She claims that BJJ quite literally saved her life, helping her to overcome debilitating depression and anxiety.

New martial arts programme gets Newcastle youngsters rolling

New martial arts programme gets Newcastle youngsters rolling

News   •   Oct 19, 2016 09:00 BST

​A new programme designed to get young people active and involved in sports has started at a Newcastle Upon Tyne martial arts studio. Get Rolling is a six week programme backed by Tyne & Wear Sport and Sport England designed to give people between 14 and 25 a taste of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ).