Exclusive: Tom DeBlass Talks Social Media, Authenticity, and Gordon Ryan

Tom DeBlass is one of the most well-known names in jiu-jitsu. And although he owns an impressive competitive career including a black belt no-gi Masters world championship, a no-gi Pans championship, and a successful MMA career with fights in the UFC, DeBlass is quick to point out that his continued

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Kate Bacik – One to Watch – Fighter Profile

Name: Kate BacikAge: 27D.O.B: 25/05/93Nationality: PolishLocation: Croydon, London, EnglandGym: New Wave Academy, CroydonBJJ Rank: Purple BeltHeight: 5”7Weight Class: Lightweight Kate Bacik is a name that’s been popping up a lot recently not just regarding BJJ, but MMA too. Bacik is a fierce cage fighter and grappler, ranking in at purple

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How to Succeed in BJJ with Black Belt Steve O’Keeffe

Grappling Insider speaks with Steve O’Keefe a 1st Degree Black Belt under Marco Canha at Checkmat and pro MMA fighter from Kent, England to discuss his career, how he kept focused and what the key to success in BJJ is. As well as an avid Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor and pro

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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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Interview with Sam Kaye – Europe’s ONLY Disabled BJJ Black Belt

Sam Kaye is the first and currently only disabled BJJ black belt in the whole of Europe. Kaye trains at Lakes BJJ Academy in the Lake District, England under Ben Poppleton. Sam Kaye was awarded his black belt promotion back in May 2019 and has been training BJJ since 2009.

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Jack Brown Teams Up with Lionheart Initiative to Coach Sharks BJJ in Mombasa

Jack Brown is a BJJ brown belt No-Gi competitor from Scotland, who’s travels have taken him to coach as a volunteer at one of the BJJ academies over in Kenya – Sharks BJJ. Whilst looking for clubs to train at over there, Jack came into contact with the organisation ‘Lionheart

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‘Women Who Fight’ – Who Are They?

Being a woman in any male-dominated field can be tough for a plethora of reasons, but being a woman in martial arts comes with problems most can’t even imagine. Thankfully now, organisations such as Women Who Fight exists. I interviewed them to learn more about what they do, so that

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