BJJ BLACK BELT
COACHED & COMPETED WORLDWIDE
JUDO BROWN BELT
YEARS OF BOXING
& MMA KNOWLEDGE
Like most people, my story of initially training BJJ begins with an already existing passion for combat sports and watching the UFC. I had been a huge boxing fan growing up and had already been regularly training boxing at a variety of professional and amateur gyms throughout my early twenties, but as soon as MMA sunk its cage-fighting claws into me, I simply had to learn what on earth some of these fighters were capable of doing on the ground!
In late 2009, I attended my first Brazilian jiu jitsu class, at a place called BJJ School in Battersea, London. At the time it was run by a highly reputable black belt named Felipe de Souza, who would become my main instructor for the next five years. Initially I tried to balance training boxing with BJJ, but soon enough all I wanted to do was roll around on the floor trying to strangle my new mates.
Felipe rewarded me my blue belt after a year or so of regular training and competing, and then he – alongside his own instructor from Brazil, Leao 'Ze' Teixeira – awarded me my purple belt in 2012.
A year or so later, I moved from London to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where I lived and worked and for two and a half years while I competed and trained across Asia. In KL I joined the highest level gym I could find: Leverage Combat Academy, where I quickly became part of the family and soon received my brown belt from 4th degree Nova União black belt, Marcos Escobar.
In 2015 I returned to the UK to teach alongside my original teammates at what had then been renamed, New School BJJ. In the summer of 2017 I was honoured to receive my black belt from Helio Soneca, Felipe de Souza’s own first instructor from back in Brazil and simply a living legend in the sport.
Since receiving my black belt, teaching jiu jitsu to both adults and kids has become a major focus of my life, leading me to open my own branch of N/S BJJ upon moving to Edinburgh in 2019. A year later, amidst the Covid pandemic, I chose to change our club name to Low Tide BJJ when we moved into our own permanent home: Low Tide Studio in Canonmills, Edinburgh.
While growing our club and running the studio, I continue to train judo with the aim of gaining my 1st Dan (black belt) in the near future. I am also currently training to become a certified counsellor/therapist at Edinburgh College. In the coming years I hope to help my students and club members with not only their physical health, but also attain the formal skills required to provide qualified support, when needed, for their mental wellbeing as well.
I am currently offering private one-on-one sessions in the following areas:
BJJ TRAINING & COACHING
JUDO & TAKEDOWN TRAINING
STRIKING TECHNIQUES (BOXING & MMA)
FUNCTIONAL SELF DEFENCE
FITNESS & MOBILITY TRAINING
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE ADVICE
GENERAL GUIDANCE & SUPPORT
My job is to help you identify what it is you want to achieve from martial arts or BJJ and then design a plan to get you there. All of my one-on-one private sessions are tailored to your preferences and working towards these personal goals, which could be short-term physical targets, medium term jiu jitsu and fitness progression or longer term lifestyle changes.
For private session fees, bookings or for further info, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.