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Professor Shaun Mathews

Professor Shaun Mathews

BJJ Instructor

Shaun is a well respected Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blackbelt with his own club in Redcar. He has proven himself both as a teacher and on the mats in competition. He trains under Team Lagarto as will we at Sensei, under his guidance. Shaun started martial arts in 1990.

David Moore

David Moore

BJJ Instructor

David is an accomplished Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) practitioner, currently holding a brown belt under professor Shaun Mathews at Team Lagarto Redcar. His achievements to date include being British Masters champion, two times British champion, Scottish Open champion and a multiple Gold medallist on the UK BJJ circuit.

Craig Walls

Craig Walls

BJJ Instructor

Craig has been involved in sports for most of his life. Craig started Jiu Jitsu in 2014 after playing rugby and swimming at a high level for ten years before this. Craig also worked as a sports coach for 14 years, making him the ideal candidate to teach classes at the club

BJJ CAN SIMPLY BE A WAY TO LEARN NEW SKILLS, LOSE WEIGHT, BE MORE CONFIDENT AND BE PART OF A TEAM.

BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU (BJJ)

In the 1880’s Jigoro Kano, developed his own variation of this fighting art, Kano’s style later evolved into Judo. Although its origins can arguably be traced to Buddhist monks of India, Jiu-Jitsu in its modern form comes from Japan and was developed by Samurai on the battlefield.

A student of Kano’s, Mitsuo Maeda, emigrated from Japan to Brazil in 1914. He was assisted by a local politician named George Gracie. As a token of his gratitude, Maeda taught jiu-jitsu to George’s son Carlos Gracie. Carlos later shared his knowledge with some of his brothers, with whom he opened Brazil’s first Jiu-Jitsu academy in 1925.

The Gracie family have continued to refine and improve this art and when Royce Gracie won the first Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993 he showed the world on a global scale how important ground fighting is. He went on to win UFC2 and UFC4 against competitors much bigger than him who were using various fighting styles yet none of them could beat his superior grappling.

BJJ is not only an excellent form of self defence (which is what it was originally created for), but it offers great opportunities to compete and test your skills in regular tournaments.

If competing isn’t for you then BJJ can simply be a way to learn new skills, lose weight, be more confident and be part of a team. Everybody starts their BJJ journey as a white belt, why not give it a try with our free one-week pass – who knows where you might be in a few years!!

BJJ Fundamentals – Beginners 10 week course

We have recently added the Fundamental course to our BJJ programme to make transitioning to the normal class easier and more enjoyable. This is a ten-week course for anyone who is brand new to BJJ. You will be taught the basic principles and techniques needed to start your BJJ journey before being moved into the regular class. This will ensure that everyone hits the ground running and gets the most from their training. This is a rolling programme and it doesn’t matter when you join as long as you complete the ten weeks.

We will also allow less experienced white belts to drop in and out if they feel that they need further instruction on some of the basics or are struggling in the normal classes. Priority will always be given to brand new members and at busy times higher grades may not be able to join in if space is limited. At the end of ten weeks you will be assessed and awarded your first stripe on your belt meaning you are ready to join the main class!