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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Local fighters show their mettle in international competition

Martial artists from Hastings have returned home with a haul of medals after taking on some of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters in the world writes Rob Griffin. Talented members of Gracie Barra Hastings travelled as far as the United States and Albania in search of glory on the competition circuit. And their incredible […]

Gracie Barra students are moving on up the grades

Martial artists have taken another step towards their coveted black belts at the Gracie Barra Hastings Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy writes Rob Griffin. Four members received their next coloured belts from head instructor Paul Bridges in a grading ceremony held at the school’s permanent home in Earl Street. A further ten were awarded ‘degree stripes’ […]

Up for the challenge – martial artists show determination and courage

Martial artists have been battling each other in the soaring temperatures at a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu interclub tournament writes Rob Griffin. The submission-only event, which featured 21 thrilling matches, was hosted by the Gracie Barra Hastings BJJ academy in Earl Street. The competitors, which included fighters from sister club GB Hailsham, were matched based on […]


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