Dedication being rewarded with results – medal glory for Gracie Barra Hastings

Fighters from Gracie Barra Hastings have returned with six medals from the All Stars Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Southern Pro tournament writes Rob Griffin. The team claimed five silver medals and a bronze at the competition, which was held at the Hornchurch Sports Centre in East London. Zak Horsley got off to a flying start in […]

Thai gold… Marky’s big tick off his bucket list

Martial artist Marky Straughan has fulfilled his long-held ambition of fighting abroad – and even came away with a stunning victory writes Rob Griffin. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt, who trains at the Gracie Barra Hastings academy in Earl Street, entered the Copa de Bangkok championship in Thailand. And not only did he win […]

Dan and Craig claim ‘Southend gold’ as Hastings fighters clean up

Fighters from Gracie Barra Hastings Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy have returned with a haul of silverware from a competition in Essex writes Rob Griffin. The team scooped two gold, two silver and one bronze medal at the event, which was held at the Chase Sports and Fitness Centre in Southend. Dan Young continued his impressive […]

Keeping tradition alive… Paul’s bringing iconic British wrestling to his gym

For Paul Bridges tradition is important, a lifelong martial artist he believes it’s vital to learn from the best; from those who understand what they are teaching at the most fundamental level. One of the UK’s leading Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors Paul hasn’t got to where he is today without putting himself through some tough […]

‘Slayer’ Kial triumphs again with gold in Guildford

Teenage martial artist Kial Wilkins has struck gold at a prestigious Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition in Guildford writes Rob Griffin. The 19-year-old, who trains at the Gracie Barra Hastings academy, won both his fights in the gi purple belt featherweight division at the Surrey Open. In his first contest, Wilkins was in total control and […]

To the victors go the spoils

Fighters from Gracie Barra Hastings returned from the Brighton Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament with an incredible haul of 15 medals writes Rob Griffin. The team picked up two golds, eight silvers and five bronze medals from the annual event, which featured both gi and nogi divisions. Photographers Noah Moralis, Caivan Namvar and John Rose caught […]