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It's Bedlam for Stoke's newest martial arts club

It's Bedlam for Stoke's newest martial arts club

News   •   Aug 17, 2016 15:52 BST

14 August 2016 Saw the official opening of Stoke on Trent's newest martial arts club, “Bedlam BJJ – Raspberry Ape Team”. Run by Greg Cook and Mark Little, both experienced competitors in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)

​New policy for junior & juvenile Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the UK

Press Releases   •   Aug 16, 2016 16:39 BST

The UK Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (UKBJJA), has published new guidelines for clubs and tournament organisers working with kids and young people. The junior and juvenile policy can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.ukbjja.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/UKBJJA-Junior-Policy1.pdf

Sutton-in-Ashfield’s future world Champion

Sutton-in-Ashfield’s future world Champion

News   •   Aug 01, 2016 15:06 BST

A local businessman has helped a young girl take the next step on her sporting career Shannon Williams (aged 9) from Sutton in Ashfield was recently given the surprise of her life when a businessman decided to sponsor her with £250 towards her Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training. Neil Lack of Alfreton Insurance Services made the gesture because he could see the future potential of the young star.

UKBJJA sees off British Judo challenge

UKBJJA sees off British Judo challenge

Press Releases   •   Jul 22, 2016 10:00 BST

The UK Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (UKBJJA) has strengthened its position as the national governing body for the sport of BJJ in the UK. Thanks to a formal request by the UKBJJA, an organisation set up by members of the British Judo Association in an attempt to claim jurisdiction over the sport has had to change its name from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu UK Association to the BJJ UK Council (BJJUKC).

Strength and Conditioning Tests for BJJ

Strength and Conditioning Tests for BJJ

News   •   Apr 23, 2016 19:54 BST

Test your fitness for BJJ with this complete set of field tests put together by Asaf Sitbon (M. Sc.) and under the direction of the UKBJJA Strength and Conditioning team. This is free for anyone to use to test their fitness and improve their Strength and Conditioning regime. The field test battery is especially tailored for fighters. Please send queries to the team at sandc@ukbjja.org.

Bristol martial arts gym raises £3000 for charity with 24 hours of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grappling

Bristol martial arts gym raises £3000 for charity with 24 hours of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grappling

Press Releases   •   Mar 27, 2016 21:39 BST

At a gym in Bristol a group of grapplers spent 24 hours of their Easter weekend on the mats doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the name of charity. Artemis BJJ, a member club of the UKBJJA, hosted a GrappleThon and raised £3000 for local charity One25, which supports vulnerable women, helping them to break free and build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction.

Nottingham University hosts the first ever UKBJJA University Brazilian Jiu Jitsu League Competition

Nottingham University hosts the first ever UKBJJA University Brazilian Jiu Jitsu League Competition

Press Releases   •   Mar 11, 2016 12:26 GMT

Tomorrow the University of Nottingham will play host to a landmark event in university sports, the first UKBJJA University BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) League Competition. Around 100 competitors, male and female, will be travelling from universities across the UK to compete in gi and no gi divisions. The UKBJJA has pledged to promote the sport at university level with the aim of BUCS recognition.

Martial arts, myths and the military: British Army BJJ makes good on century-old claims of the ‘World Jiu Jitsu Champion’

Martial arts, myths and the military: British Army BJJ makes good on century-old claims of the ‘World Jiu Jitsu Champion’

News   •   Mar 10, 2016 23:33 GMT

​On Saturday 12 March men and women from the British armed forces will be competing at the Army Martial Arts BJJ Championships in Aldershot. BJJ is the newest official addition to the roster of martial arts in the British military. But the display of BJJ at the weekend continues a century-old tradition of Jiu Jitsu in the armed forces dating back to an officer and showman Captain Leopold McLaglen.

Unstoppable Girl....BJJ White Belt and Student at City University Maria Rybak

Unstoppable Girl....BJJ White Belt and Student at City University Maria Rybak

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2016 19:09 GMT

The UKBJJA is launching a major campaign called “Unstoppable Girl” to get more women involved in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Meet female BJJ athlete, white belt and a Master's student, Maria Rybak.

Unstoppable Girl....BJJ White Belt Thaice Pereira who says Jiu Jitsu saved her life

Unstoppable Girl....BJJ White Belt Thaice Pereira who says Jiu Jitsu saved her life

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2016 17:18 GMT

The UKBJJA is launching a major campaign called “Unstoppable Girl” to get more women involved in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Meet female BJJ athlete, mother and Unstoppable Girl, Thaice Pereira.

Unstoppable Girl....BJJ White Belt,  Accountant and Mother of 4 Marianette Violeta

Unstoppable Girl....BJJ White Belt, Accountant and Mother of 4 Marianette Violeta

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2016 11:45 GMT

The UKBJJA is launching a major campaign called “Unstoppable Girl” to get more women involved in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Meet female BJJ athlete, accountant and mother of 4, Marianette Violeta.

Unstoppable Girl....BJJ White Belt , full time mother and PhD student Amanda Ward

Unstoppable Girl....BJJ White Belt , full time mother and PhD student Amanda Ward

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2016 11:30 GMT

​The UKBJJA is launching a major campaign called “Unstoppable Girl” to get more women involved in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Meet female BJJ athlete, white belt, full time mother and PhD student, and Unstoppable Girl, Amanda Ward.

Unstoppable Girl....BJJ White Belt and Chemistry Teacher Marina Mavrou

Unstoppable Girl....BJJ White Belt and Chemistry Teacher Marina Mavrou

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2016 09:13 GMT

The UKBJJA is launching a major campaign called “Unstoppable Girl” to get more women involved in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Meet female BJJ athlete, white belt, chemistry teacher and Unstoppable Girl, Marina Mavrou.

Unstoppable Girl....BJJ Blue Belt and Firefighter Tracy Doyle

Unstoppable Girl....BJJ Blue Belt and Firefighter Tracy Doyle

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2016 08:53 GMT

The UKBJJA is launching a major campaign called “Unstoppable Girl” to get more women involved in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Meet female BJJ athlete, blue belt, Firefighter and Unstoppable Girl, Tracy Doyle.

UKBJJA launches major sporting outreach campaign to make girls and women in the UK Unstoppable

UKBJJA launches major sporting outreach campaign to make girls and women in the UK Unstoppable

Press Releases   •   Mar 07, 2016 13:39 GMT

Today, to celebrate International Women’s Day (Tuesday 8th March) the UKBJJA (UK Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association), is launching a major campaign called “Unstoppable Girl” to get more women involved in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The launch coincides with the release of a short film Jiu Jitsu Woman. The event takes place at Carlson Gracie London, 89 Richford Street, London, W6.

Bristol BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) gym hosts a 24 hour 'GrappleThon' to raise funds for charity

Bristol BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) gym hosts a 24 hour 'GrappleThon' to raise funds for charity

News   •   Mar 02, 2016 18:37 GMT

One of the UKBJJA's member clubs, Bristol-based Artemis BJJ, will be hosting a great event on March 26 and March 27 to support charity, using BJJ to help the community. Artemis are holding a 24 hour GrappleThon to raise funds for a great organisation, One25, who support vulnerable women. Individuals will be coming from around the country to take part in this project and grapple the night away.

Top junior BJJ yellow belt on BBC Radio Kent

Top junior BJJ yellow belt on BBC Radio Kent

News   •   Mar 01, 2016 11:17 GMT

One of the UK's top junior BJJ competitors and the top yellow belt of 2015 in the UKBJJA rankings, Cameron Hibbert, was interviewed by BBC Radio Kent's Joe Pocock this morning.

UKBJJA steps up to defend the integrity of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the UK

UKBJJA steps up to defend the integrity of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the UK

Press Releases   •   Feb 24, 2016 12:00 GMT

The UKBJJA (UK Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association) today made clear its intentions to defend the integrity of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a distinct martial art and to challenge the moves by the BJA (British Judo Association) to set up a rival body to govern the sport through a subsidiary organisation, the BJJUKA (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu UK Association).

11 year old from Beckenham brings back BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) gold from California

11 year old from Beckenham brings back BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) gold from California

Press Releases   •   Feb 16, 2016 22:38 GMT

A talented youngster from Beckenham, Nia Blackman took home gold this weekend at the IBJJF Kids Pan Ams, the biggest junior BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) tournament for juniors in the world. In the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach California, Nia, who is one of the top junior yellow belts in the sport in the UKBJJA rankings and trains at New School BJJ Battesea, saw off the opposition in style to win.

Pan Ams gold is the best birthday present for BJJ star

Pan Ams gold is the best birthday present for BJJ star

Press Releases   •   Feb 15, 2016 23:16 GMT

Dali Hopkins from Hereford, who is a grey belt in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and who was named as the UKBJJA’s top junior of 2015, defended her title as Pan American champion at the biggest junior competition in the world, winning gold on her birthday.