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Seb started Ju-Jitsu in 2002 and was awarded his traditional black belt in 2013. He was then awarded his 2nd dan in 2017. In 2011 he started coaching and regularly teaches our BJJ classes. He is also a Purple Belt in BJJ promoted in 2018.
Tom has been training with Saru Ju Jitsu since 2005 and was awarded his black belt in 2016. He was awarded his 2nd Dan in 2018. He assists Josh in teaching every class in Saru HQ as well as being the head coach for the 8-11 year old classes. He also runs his own full time affiliate academy in Bridgend founded in 2018 with over 50 students training under him. He is also a purple belt in BJJ promoted in 2018.
Josh is the owner and head instructor of Saru Ju Jitsu Academy. He is a 3rd Dan Black Belt and has been studying Ju-Jitsu since 1998. He was awarded his black belt in 2009 and 3rd Dan in 2014 and has been teaching since 2007. Josh is also a Black Belt in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu under Chris Rees Academy and a purple belt in Kickboxing. Josh has a level 3 coaching course qualification under the BJJAGB.
Aaron has been training Ju-Jitsu since 1999, aged 6. He was awarded his black belt in 2010 and 2nd Dan in 2015.
He has been teaching since 2010 and now runs his own Saru Ju Jitsu affiliate academy in West Cross. He is also a purple belt in BJJ.
Cai has been training with Saru Ju-Jitsu since 2003, age 4. He was awarded his Black Belt in 2018 and started teaching on his own in 2016. He has been assisting Aaron since 2014 and they now run West Cross together with over 60 students training there.
Wes has been training with Saru Ju Jitsu since 2015 and was awarded his second brown belt in 2018. He is the head of the age 4-8 year old program and assists in all classes as well as assisting in Bridgend. He is also a Blue belt in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu promoted in 2017 and is hoping to open his own full time affiliate academy sometime soon.
Adam has been training since 2011 and was awarded his second brown belt in 2018. He is also a blue belt in BJJ, which makes him the youngest ever Blue Belt in Saru Ju Jitsu Academy being promoted just a weeks short of his 16th birthday. He assists in the Little Lemurs classes and is a member of our Elite Squad. He has been training in our adults classes since 2017 and has started competing in adult divisions.
Jamie has been training with Saru Ju Jitsu since 2016 and was awarded his brown belt in 2018. He began coaching just a few months after starting as he progressed so quickly. He assists in all classes and is head of the 2-3 year old program. He is also in charge of running the 4-8 year old competition team. He was awarded his BJJ Blue Belt in 2017.
Tom started training with Saru Ju-Jitsu in 2011 and was awarded his traditional brown belt in 2018. He began training with the adults and assisting the Little Lemurs class in 2017. He was promoted to his BJJ Orange and white belt in 2018 and did his first adults competition in 2018 at age 15 winning a Silver and Bronze. He is also a member of our Elite Squad.
*All coaches and staff are DBS checked and First Aid trained.
Gemma is the head of administration at Saru Ju Jitsu Academy. She organises all gradings, interclub competitions and kids camps. Gemma is an green belt in traditional Ju-Jitsu but decided the mats weren't for her - she does jump in occasionally though! She can be found behind the desk drinking tea and generally being the brains behind the business!
Favourite film: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Favourite animal: Whale
Idol/Inspiration: My grampa - he's the best.
Goal in the next year: Put on 5kg
Favourite technique: Arm bar - from anywhere
Favourite film: Happy Gilmore
Favourite animal: Monkey
Idol/Inspiration: My brother, Ashley Williams. Constantly testing himself against the best in the world.
Goal in the next year: Get another 2 black belts in other martial arts
Favourite technique: Knee cut entry, longstep
Favourite film: Treasure Planet
Favourite animal: Kitten
Idol/Inspiration: My bampa Trev, he brought me into the martial arts world. He would coach me in boxing every friday night when I stayed over his house.
Goal in the next year: Expand my gym in Bridgend
Bronze - Purple Belt
Manchester BJJ 24/7 Open 2017:
Gold x2 - Purple Belt
Dorest and Hants BJJ Open 2017:
Gold x3 - Purple belt
Gold Gi - Purple belt
3-0 Amateur MMA
Naga Elite Champion
Hereford Open 2017: Silver
Newquay BJJ Open 2017:
Silver + Gold
2-0 Amateur MMA
British Champion 2016
Dorset&Hants Open 2017:
Gold x2 - Blue Belt
Bronze - Blue Belt
Favourite technique: X-Guard
Favourite film: Back to the future
Favourite animal: Baby Orangutan
Idol/Inspiration: Dwayne 'the rock' Johnson - he's cool.
Goal in the next year: Compete and win at Purple belt
Favourite technique: Cross collar choke from the back
Favourite film: Warrior
Favourite animal: Wolf
Idol/Inspiration: Jocko Dillink - his focus and determination in every situation inspires me to move forward
Goal in the next year: To get UKSCA accredited (qualified in strength and conditioning)
Cheltenham BJJ Open: Gold
Newquay BJJ Open: Gold x2
Hereford BJJ Open: Gold
Welsh Sub Only: Gold
Grip Grappling: Silver
Favourite technique: Berimbolo
Favourite film: Coach Carter
Favourite animal: Sloth
Idol/Inspiration: Joshua Williams, he took my under his wing and showed me the way.. thanks to him I'm working my dream job.
Goal in the next year: Medal in a Blue belt absolute
De Souza Dojo tournament 2018:
Gold + Silver
Favourite technique: Single leg takedown
Favourite film: Tangled
Favourite animal: Tiger
Idol/Inspiration: Will Smith - he's good at what he does, always looks to improve and does good for others.
Goal in the next year: Get my traditional black belt and my brazilian blue belt
Favourite technique: De La Riva X Sweep
Favourite film: Resevoir Dogs
Favourite animal: Penguin
Idol/Inspiration: Kurt Angle, he won gold at the 1996 olympics in wrestling with a broken neck - he's the reason I love wrestling.
Goal in the next year: Improve in all aspects of my training including MMA and Judo
British Open 2016: Bronze
Dorset&Hants 2016: Gold
Newquay BJJ Open 2016: Gold x2
Newquay BJJ Open 2017: Gold
Dorset&Hants 2017: Gold x3
Roll Models 2017: Gold
Sub//Zero 2017: Gold
2-0-1 Amateur MMA
European Champion in Gi,
Bronze in No-Gi
Newquay BJJ Open 2018:
Adults Gold x2
Junior Worlds 2018:
Gi & No Gi
Newquay BJJ Open 2018:
Adults Silver and Bronze
Gold x1 Silver x1
Favourite technique: Loop choke from closed guard
Favourite film: The Greatest Showman
Favourite animal: Llama
Idol/Inspiration: My bampa, he brought me to Ju-Jitsu.. where it all started.
Goal in the next year: Get my BJJ blue belt
Favourite technique: De La Riva overhead sweep
Favourite film: Deadpool
Favourite animal: Polar Bear
Idol/Inspiration: My training partners are my inspiration, they always push me to be better.
Goal in the next year: Better myself in both Ju-Jitsu and as a person. Also, get good grades in my GCSE's