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Meet the team

Meet the Team

Prof. Paul Bridges

Head Instructor

Prof. Paul Bridges

Professor Paul Bridges holds a third-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – and can lay claim to being one of the pioneers of the art in the United Kingdom. Having achieved a black belt in freestyle karate, he switched to BJJ after seeing Royce Gracie’s win UFC 1 and was awarded his black belt in 2009 by Marc Walder and Mauricio ‘Motta’ Gomes making Paul one of the UK “Dirty Dozen” (the first twelve UK born Black Belts).

Over the years he has competed in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships, and won gold at the first European Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship, as well as the English Open Championship. He was also crowned 2015 ADCC British Open champion in the Pro Division under 65.9kg category - defeating ex-UFC fighter Leigh Remedios before winning a thrilling final against UCMMA champion Spencer Hewitt. Paul is also a veteran of the TUFF Invitational and Polaris events, and was one of the first Europe-based fighters to represent Gracie Barra in the MMA cage.

Paul offers 1-2-1 or small group sessions - please use the contact form for more information.

Prof. Ali Bayley

Senior Instructor

Prof. Ali Bayley

Professor Ali Bayley began training Jiu Jitsu with Paul in 2002. Alongside a full time career as a teacher, gaining a Bachelors and a Masters degree, and being a mum of three, Ali continued to train and was awarded her Black Belt in March 2017. She also made the “Dirty Dozen”, as the twelfth UK born female Black Belt.

As well as developing her own skills, Ali has dedicated herself to teaching women’s self-defence classes and she has Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on the PE curriculum in the schools she has worked in.

Ali is passionate about teaching and leads on the kids programmes at the school.

Ali offers 1-2-1 or small group sessions - please use the contact form for more information.

Prof. Sam Sharples

Instructor

Prof. Sam Sharples

Zak Horsley

Coach

Zak Horsley

Kial Wilkins

Coach

Kial Wilkins

Caivan Namvar

Coach

Caivan Namvar