Head Instructor - Chris Rees

Chris is a black belt under Braulio Estima and an official instructor under the Gracie Barra Association. He was the first instructor in Wales to be awarded the rank of black belt. He has over twenty years of martial arts experience and also holds black belts in traditional Ju-Jutsu, Shotokan Karate and Aikido.

Chris has been teaching martial arts to children and adults since 2002 and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2004. You can expect to be guided through your BJJ practice from beginning to end with each technique broken down and fully explained in a relaxed, safe and friendly atmosphere.

Chris runs the Swansea academy and is also available for seminars or private (solo or group) lessons in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, submission wrestling/nogi, wrestling and mixed martial arts.

   Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Braulio Estima (17/12/11)
   Japanese Ju Jutsu 1st Dan by Anthony Rigdon (1999)
   Aikido 1st Dan under Gwyn Jones (1996)
   Shotokan Karate 1st Dan under Barrie Mainwaring (1991)

   1997 Southern Open Submission Grappling Championships (<75kg) - Bronze
  
1997 British Open Submission Grappling Championships (<75kg) - Silver
  
1998 Southern Open Gi Championships (<80kg) - Gold
   1998 Northern Open Submission Grappling Championships (<80kg) - Gold
   1998 Midlands Open Submission Grappling Championships (<80kg) - Gold
   1998 British Open Submission Grappling Championships (<80kg) - Gold
   1998 British Open Submission Grappling Championships (open weight) - Gold
   1998 European Invitational Submission Grappling (open weight) - Gold
   2000 Midlands Open Submission Grappling Championships (100kg+) - Bronze
   2000 Southern Open Submission Grappling Championships (<100kg) - Gold
   2002 British Open Submission Grappling (open weight) - Gold
   2003 British Open Submission Grappling (open weight) - Gold
   2007 Member of the UK purple belt team vs. Team Brazil at the
          CBJJ European Championships
   2007 Competed in the inaugural 10k Ground Clash
   2008 Gracie Invitational (purple belt <88.3kg) -
Bronze
   2008 Gracie Invitational team event - Bronze
   2010 IBJJF European Championships (brown belt masters <88.3kg) - Bronze

   2011 British Open (brown belt <88.3kg) - Bronze
  
2013 IBJJF European Nogi Championships (black belt <85.5kg) - Bronze

 

 

Instructor - Rob Taylor

 

 

Rob started training in January 2005 and is now a black belt under Braulio Estima. He has over 7 years experience of assisting Chris with classes and 6 years experience teaching his own classes.

Rob runs the Cardiff academy and also the Bridgend and MAT Academy affiliates, he is also available for seminars or private (solo or group) lessons in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission wrestling/nogi.



   Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Braulio Estima (30/08/13)

   2006 Welsh Open Grappling Championships (<80kg) - Gold
   2007 British Submission Grappling Championships (<80kg) - Gold
   2007 Grapple & Strike Amateur League Welterweight Champion (<77kg)
   2009 Celtic Open BJJ (purple belt open weight) - Silver
   2009 British Open BJJ (purple belt <82.3kg) - Silver
   2010 IBJJF European Championships (purple belt masters <82.3kg) - Silver
   2010 Hereford Open (purple belt <82.3kg) - Silver
   2011 Welsh Open (purple belt <76kg) -
Gold
   2011 Hereford Open (purple belt <76kg) - Gold

   2011 British Open (purple belt masters <76kg) - Gold
  
2011 North West Open (brown belt <82.3kg) - Gold
  
2011 British Nogi Open (brown belt masters <79.5kg) - Gold
  
2011 Hereford Open (brown belt <82.3kg) - Gold
  
2011 Midlands Open (brown belt <82.3kg) - Silver
   2012 English Open (brown belt masters <82.3kg) - Gold
   2013 British Open (brown belt masters <82.3kg) - Silver
   2014 British Open (black belt masters <82.3kg) - Gold




Assistant Instructor - Ash Williams 

 

Ash started training in May 2007 and is currently a brown belt under Braulio Estima. He teaches in Cardiff and Swansea and also teaches jiu-jitsu at the 3DMMA affiliate. Ash is also a black belt in traditional ju-jitsu. He is available for private lessons in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission wrestling/nogi.

 





   Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt under Braulio Estima (21/11/12)

   2007 (Dec) Combat Academy Nogi Championships (<65kg) - Gold
   2008 Bristol Open (white belt <64kg) - Silver   
   2008 Welsh Open (white belt <64kg) - Silver 
   2008 (May) Combat Academy Gi Championships (>71kg) - Bronze

   2009 British Nogi Open (intermediate <67kg) - Silver   
   2010 Welsh Open (blue belt <64kg) - Gold
   2010 Spartan Grapple Challenge (advanced <68kg) - Bronze
   2010 Nogi Welsh Open (intermediate <67.5kg) - Gold
   2011 Welsh Open (purple belt <76kg) - Silver
   2011 Welsh Open (purple belt open weight) - Silver

   2011 British Open (purple belt <70kg) - Gold
   2011 Spirit Challenge 2 BJJ Open (purple belt <70kg) - Bronze
   2011 Spartan Grapple Challenge (advanced <68kg) - Gold
   2011 Spartan Grapple Challenge (advanced open weight) - Gold
  
2011 British Nogi Open (purple belt <68.5kg) - Gold

  
2011 Hereford Open (purple belt <70kg) - Gold
  
2011 Hereford Open (purple belt open weight) - Gold
   2012 Spartan Grapple Challenge (advanced <68kg) - Gold
   2012 Spartan Grapple Challenge (advanced open weight) -
Gold
   2012 Hereford Open (purple <70kg) -
Gold
   2012 Hereford Open (purple open weight) -
Gold
   2012 Gracie Barra Compnet 14 (purple belt <70kg) - Gold
   2012 Abu Dhabi Pro Trials (purple <65kg) - Gold
   2012 Abu Dhabi Pro Trials (purple <74kg open weight) -
Bronze
   2012 Irish Open (purple <70kg) -
Gold
   2012 Irish Open (purple open weight) -
Gold
  
2012 Scotia Cup (purple <70kg) - Gold
  
2012 Scotia Cup (purple open weight) - Gold
  
2012 Welsh Open (purple <70kg) - Gold
  
2012 Welsh Open (purple open weight) - Silver
  
2012 British Open (purple <70kg) - Gold
  
2012 Bournemouth Open (purple <70kg) - Gold
   2012 Hereford Open (purple <70kg) -
Gold
   2012 Spartan Grapple Challenge (advanced <68kg) -
Gold
   2012 Bristol Open (purple <70kg) - Silver
   2012 Bristol Open (purple open weight) - Gold
   2012 Nogi Welsh Open (purple <76kg) - Gold
   2012 English Open (purple <70kg) - Gold
   2013 Hereford Open (brown <82.3kg) - Silver
   2013 Bristol Open (brown <70kg) - Gold
   2013 Welsh Open (brown <82.3kg) - Gold
   2014 Rome Open (brown <70kg) - Bronze
   2014 European Nogi Championships (brown <67.5kg) -
Silver
   2014 Copenhagen Nogi Open (brown <67.5kg) - Gold
   
2014 Zurich Open (brown <76kg) - Silver
   
2014 British Open (brown <70kg) - 
Bronze
   2014 NAGA Germany (elite nogi <67.5kg) - Gold
   2014 NAGA Germany (brown <70kg) - Gold