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Robert Drysdale

Robert Drysdale was born in Provo on the State of Utah, United States of America in 1981. He moved with his family to Brazil when he was just 6 years old, and began training Jiu-Jitsu during his late teens (17)…

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Richie Martinez

Grappling caught Richie’s attention back in 2011. After watching his brother Geo (who was 3 months into his training) tap every opponent at the Gracie Nationals tournament in the blue belt division, Richie decided to join his sibling at the 10th Planet…

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Jack ‘Tank’ Shore

The UK scene is loaded with talent and Jack Shore is one of a few fighters that really stand out. Shore has made a name for himself beating solid competition the later half of his career and winning the Cage…

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Shane Jamil Hill-Taylor

Shane Hill-Taylor first started competing in 2005, immediately falling in love with the tournament aspect of this martial art/sport. His interest expanded further once Shane witnessed (from the sidelines) his first IBJJF World Championship back in 2009. He decided then…

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William Tackett

William Tackett is one of the best up and coming grapplers in the world today. He is the current Fight 2 Win brown belt champion. He began training in 2009 and has gone on to win the IBJJF No Gi…

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Tim Spriggs

Tim Spriggs is a professional Jiu-Jitsu fighter, coach and businessman. Over the past two decades Tim has won multiple world titles in both Gi and NoGi while traveling the world teaching his techniques. Several of Tim's students and private lesson…

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Tanner Rice

Tanner Rice is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”, who became known as the first American born athlete to be promoted by the respected Alliance coach. Rice earned the rank at the age of 19, after…

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Jamie Scott

Jamie Scott was born and raised in East London. He is a lifelong martial artist, having dabbled in boxing and karate as a kid. During his preparation for a professional MMA bout, Jamie experimented with the rubber guard, which led…

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Jamie Creates

Jamie is a Glasgow based videographer that specialises in martial arts content. He has worked on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu events throughout Scotland and England. Jamie makes create eye-catching, explosive content that showcases some amazing Jiu Jitsu, not just from some…

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Ashley Williams

Ashley was awarded his black belt, while still standing on the podium of the British Open in 2015, a competition he had won. The belt was tied around Ashley’s waist by long-time coach Chris Rees and Braulio Estima, becoming (at…

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Greg Creel

Greg is a BJJ Black belt and head coach at Celtic Pride MMA. Greg started training in BJJ in 2005 and has competed and refereed at numerous events over the last 15 years. Greg is an accomplished MMA coach focusing…

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Jamie Hughes

Competing out of Celtic Pride Martial Arts in Abertillery, South Wales, Jamie Hughes has become one of the strongest grapplers in the country over the past few years, competing in major Jiu-Jitsu promotions such as Polaris and Figure four grappling.…

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Elisabeth Clay

Elisabeth is a Brown Belt competitor for Alaska in the USA. She has just won World No Gi weight and absolute having received her brown belt a few weeks before. She has previously been on the podium at Pans and…

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Halldor Logi Vallson

Halldor is an Icelandic black belt under Gunnar Nelson. He is a multiple Icelandic national champion and active competitor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu all over the world. Halldor currently holds three titles on prestigious grappling shows. Halldor is the Head…

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Dean ‘The Boogeyman’ Lister

Lister started wrestling in high school, and became the high school division wrestling champion and a U.S. National Sambo Champion. Shortly after graduating from high school, Lister visited the Fábio Santos Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in San Diego with his wrestling teammates, and became very interested…

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Wim Deputter

Wim is 38 years old, 2nd degree blackbelt under Felipe Costa, Brasa. He has been training martial arts for 29 years and BJJ for about 20. Wim is an active competitor and has been competing for about the same time.…

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Millie Horkan

Milly Horkan, 19, represented England in the junior MMA world championships in the Jr Women’s Flyweight league. She defeated Megan Hamill, representing Ireland, based on a unanimous decision, awarding her with her first world championship title. After starting her martial…

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Teanna Taylor

Teanna Taylor is a blue belt under Stealth BJJ. Based in Madrid, she co-runs Stealth BJJ Oporto and Stealth BJJ Aluche, the only two bilingual clubs in the city. She also co-runs Jits and the City, a project that provides…

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David McNicol-Jones

David has 20 years service uniformed service experience and is the co-founder of Kernow BJJ, founder of Disaster and Crisis Response Org Rescue Global and is an advisor to many national disaster management agencies. David is also an international speaker…

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Simon Dugdale

Simon started his martial arts career at the age of 13, starting with Taekwondo and moving into Karate at the age of 18. Simon discovered MMA through the UFC early events and the Ultimate Fighter Series, which inspired him to…

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Callum Lea

Callum Lea is the Founder of Sporting Minds UK, a charity that seeks to raise awareness and provide support for positive mental health in sports people aged 16 to 30, based in the United Kingdom. Sporting Minds UK's goal is…

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Rob ‘The Panda’ Barker

Panda has spent 2 years travelling the world training BJJ and experiencing the different cultures each country has to offer. Having trained in various martial arts Panda has focused on BJJ in recent years, being awarded his Purple belt in…

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Hannah Stewart

Hannah is a Yoga teacher and mobility specialist her list of accolades include: Yoga Alliance Senior Instructor Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainer FRCms (Functional Range Conditioning mobility specialist) RYDI (Registered Yoga Detour Instructor) With over 9 years teaching experience Hannah has…

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Lorna Davies

Lorna has been training BJJ at Carlson Gracie Ashford since 2017. She is an active competitor and without doubt one of the rising stars of the CGA competition team. https://www.instagram.com/pdlorna/

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Mark ‘The Otter’ Wright

Mark has been training BJJ for just over a year having started in 2018. He has managed to injure almost every muscle and joint in his body so far, lost all of his hair and gained a nickname, The Otter.…

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Dan X Biddle

Dan is a Purple belt under Laurie Dodson at Carlson Gracie Ashford. Having started training martial arts in the mid 2000's Dan has focused on BJJ. He assists with both children's and adult classes at Carlson Gracie Ashford. https://www.instagram.com/danxbiddle/

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Steve ‘Chez’ Ladley

Steve is a Black belt under Laurie Dodson, having trained in various martial arts for some 20 years Steve had focused on his BJJ training over the last 12 years. Steve has competed at national level winning a number of…

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Ian 'The Golden Cobra' Hall

Ian ‘The Golden Cobra’ Hall

Ian was awarded his Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in December 2018, having gone from white to black belt in 8 years. Ian teaches an advanced class at Carlson Gracie Ashford every week as well as being an active…

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Laurie Dodson - Black Belt

Laurie Dodson

Carlson Gracie Ashford head instructor Laurie Dodson is the founder of Carlson Gracie Ashford and it's first black belt. He received it from Wilson Junior, the man who he has studied from over the last decade. Dodson began training in…

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