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 […]

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 […]

‘Godfather’ of Jiu Jitsu shares his half century of wisdom

Mauricio Gomes, one of the highest ranked instructors of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, has been in Hastings to share his knowledge at a sold-out seminar writes Rob Griffin. The red and white coral Belt, known as the Godfather of British Jiu Jitsu for his efforts to promote the sport, visited the Gracie Barra Hastings academy in […]

Dedication pays off – World Champion encourages local martial artists

Talented martial artists have been promoted for their achievements in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in front of a world champion who refused to let cancer destroy his dream of competition glory writes Rob Griffin. Six members of Gracie Barra Hastings received their next coloured belts in a ceremony held at the academy’s Earl Street home and […]

Sportsmen with grit, determination and an overwhelming will to succeed

We’ve enjoyed meeting people, talking to them and finding out their story and as part of our review of 2018 we are revisiting some great profiles of local sporting heroes. There’s Stu and Tarnya Allen who are helping put British wrestling back on the map, Ross Garnett who was taking swimming lessons in 2017 and […]

Local fighters show ‘skill and determination’ at UK nationals

Ten martial artists from Hastings competed in the inaugural Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu UK National Championships writes Rob Griffin – and they all made the podium! The talented GB Hastings team scooped two gold, five silver and three bronze medals at the event in Wolverhampton. Paul Bridges, the academy’s head instructor, said he was hugely […]

Experts come together to help you ‘bullet-proof’ your body

Two leading martial artists are joining forces to give their students an extra set of skills writes Rob Griffin. Paul Bridges, head instructor at Gracie Barra Hastings, and Ed Lofts of the Fitness Loft are putting on a series of masterclasses at each other’s schools. While Bridges will provide a 16-week introduction to Brazilian Jiu […]

An eye on the prize – Georgij’s focus on BJJ is all-consuming

To describe Georgij Rogolev as driven is a bit of an understatement, Georgij sets himself a goal and lets nothing get in his way of achieving it. He’s the current champion of Europe in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – he’d set himself the goal of winning that title before he was 30 and at the beginning […]