Russell Brand Promoted to Purple Belt from Chris Cleere

British actor, comedian and activist Russell Brand has received his purple belt from Roger Gracie Black Belt Chris Cleere. Brand was awarded his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blue belt back in July 2019, under Roger Gracie Black Belt Kev Capel at RGA Bucks with Mauricio Gomes and Roger Gracie also in

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Bryony Tyrell: Nurse by Day, Pro Fighter by Night (Fighter Profile)

Name: Bryony TyrellAge: 41DOB: 07/10/79Nationality: BritishLocation: Southampton, EnglandGym: New Generation Martial ArtsCoach: Lukasz ChilareckiBJJ Rank: Purple BeltHeight: 5”4BJJ Weight Class: 54-60kgMMA Weight Class: 52kg Bryony Tyrell is a pro MMA fighter and purple belt BJJ competitor from New Generation Martial Arts, Southampton, England. Bryony has been entertaining martial arts since

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Jackson Sousa Suspended from Checkmat, Dropped by Sponsor Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Amid numerous allegations of sexual harassment and a pattern of sexually inappropriate behavior, black belt competitor Jackson Sousa has been suspended by Checkmat, released from associations with gyms, and dropped by one of his sponsors, Shoyoroll. The allegations against Sousa, made by multiple women, describe Sousa as being predatory, manipulative,

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Ex Powerlifter Mark MacQueen: First Comp at Blue Belt – Wins the Absolute

“Had my first comp as a blue belt, and my first match as a blue belt was against a black belt.” Grappling Insider speaks with ex world champion powerlifter Mark MacQueen about his tremendous win in the absolute division at Grappling Industries in Manchester last week. Alongside him in the

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Roll66: Sean Flynn Does 66 Rolls in 6 hours for Charity

Sean Flynn, (@championofchampions on Instagram) is a BJJ Brown Belt from Watford, England who has been training jiu jitsu for 14 years, starting at the Roger Gracie Academy in London, now training at Premier BJJ in Harrow under Chris Foran. Recently on 25th July, Flynn decided to challenge himself with

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Polaris Squads: Meet Dan Strauss, Team UK/Ireland’s Denim-Clad Strongman

Dan Strauss is a bit of a renaissance man. A podcaster, combat sports commentator, BJJ black belt, and aficionado in the manly art of traditional strength training, Strauss returns to elite-level jiu-jitsu competition this weekend at Polaris Squads: Team USA vs. Team UK/Ireland. A Polaris veteran, this will be Strauss’

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Interview with BJJ Metal Band – Kimura!

“I want to play some fu*king tournaments man. Grappling Industries – hit us up! We want to play a tournament!” Kimura! have recently been a highlight in the grappling news, for their (obvious link to BJJ) debut single release, and they are a four-piece heavy metal BJJ-influenced comedy band from

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Fighter Profile: Sam Kaye – Europes Only Disabled BJJ Black Belt

Name: Sam KayeAge: 29D.O.B: 07/11/91Nationality: BritishLocation: Lake District, EnglandGym: Lake District BJJ AcademyCoach: Ben PoppletonBJJ Rank: Black BeltHeight: 5’8Weight: 76kgBJJ Weight Class: Lightweight About Sam Kaye Sam Kaye is a BJJ black belt under Ben Poppleton and trains at Lake District BJJ Academy in England, or ‘Lakes BJJ’ as it

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