About Us

The CGA Podcast is hosted by Sam Hall & Nick Daynes, both train at Carlson Gracie Ashford in the UK http://www.bjjashford.com/

Sam Hall is a Brown Belt under Laurie Dodson, Sam was awarded his Brown Belt in 2018 and started his training in 2010. Sam runs his Personal training business alongside his training and Jiu Jitsu.

Sam teaches multiple classes at Carlson Gracie Ashford every week including the children’s programme and the Introduction to BJJ course (with his brother and black belt Ian Hall), as well as offering private lessons for one on one or small groups.


Nick Daynes is a Purple Belt under Laurie Dodson, Nick started training in 2007 and after some years off the mats was awarded his Purple Belt in 2019. Nick travels to train in Poland most years and along with competing is hoping to visit more gyms and training camps going forward.

Training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has become a huge part of Nick’s lifestyle and one which he hopes will become a larger part as his training and learning continues. Nick runs an open mat once a week at Carlson Gracie Ashford and is keen to progress this to an instructional class when he is ready.