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 […]

‘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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]


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