Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brighton & Hove

Dorset & Hants BJJ Open

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Once again our squad got together and travelled to Bournemouth to compete in one of the best tournaments of BJJ in the calendar. The level of Jiu-Jitsu displayed was pretty good, with great fights from white to black belt. A great day in the office for our team which for the first time ever won Absolute divisions on white and blue belts! An awesome result achieved from Brett Farnworth at blue belt (also won Gold at his category) and at white belt from Rich Caplan (also won Bronze at his category); in total we went with 20 athletes and got back home with 19 medals (9 Gold!) and two trophies!! Job done and we are getting ready/looking forward for the next one.
Check photos, videos and also the “Medal Chasers” standing, which now has a new leader: Brett, thanks to his excellent performances during the last few tournaments.

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BJJ and MMA – Mixed Martial Arts

MMA classes are back at BJJ Academy

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Our winter timetable is back from Tuesday, October 07th. Good news for those waiting to try or continue their MMA training regularly. Those are two classes per week for all levels (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm); also, if you fancy to compete in MMA, speak with Coach Ivam Maciel. There are a few MMA events with MMA Amateur fights available coming up. Are you ready?!


Coach Ivam Maciel, now 2nd Degree Black Belt



After three weeks of training in Brazil, last Saturday our head-coach – Ivam Maciel – got promoted to his second degree on his Black Belt by his mentor Eduardo Brigadeiro. This shows once again how privileged we are at BJJ Academy to learn straight from the source from a genuine Brazilian BJJ Black Belt. During this trip Ivam trained at his very first academy (where he originally started as white-belt); In Rio Ivam’s training was mainly at Brigadeiro’s and De La Riva’s HQ in Copacabana. Coach Ivam is back already, teaching regularly at HQ. Come train & learn!

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Surrey Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open 2014

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Last Sunday (6th) our team went for a battle in Guildford at 1st edition of Surrey BJJ Open. Once again, those who went represented very well. Result: more shining medals to bring back home! Highlight of the day was Elias Nedir and James Davies for winning their categories with awesome display of their game. Good performance also from Darren Bushby: one more medal for his collection. He continues to lead our ‘Medal Chasers’, by a fair margin against the second place. Check out the video and a few pictures of Surrey BJJ Open below. Thanks Andy Roberts and his team for having us, we will definitely be back next year. Oss!

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Another (great) day at the office

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The formula has continue to work! Once again our squad went for battle in Bournemouth (one of the top competitions in Britain) and came back home with hands full of medals AND trophies. As for the team standings we finished in 2nd place just behind Checkmat.

Our day started with white-belts showing great understanding about the rules and primary following our strategy, which has been set during our competition classes. The hard work paid off, the name of the day was Antonio Costa who once again performed very well, however at this time done it with perfection: won his 5 bouts without given a single point away. Final result: Gold at lightweight division white belt, which was by far the largest category in the tournament with 23 people in. After this amazing performance Antonio had even more to celebrate, at the podium as well as his gold medal Antonio got promoted to Blue Belt by Coach Ivam Maciel. Hard work pays off, congrats Antonio!

As for Blue and Purple belts awesome performances from Higo Gomes (Gold at Blue Masters -70kg), Brett Farnworth (Gold at +100kg & Absolute Blue), Dave Rintoul (Gold at Blue Masters -88kg), Simon Staples (Gold at Blue Seniors -76kg), Darren ‘Drill #3’ Bushby (Gold at Purple Adult -88kg) and Paul Honnart (Gold at Purple Adult -64kg). Finally, BJJ Academy would like to thanks and congratulate every member of the team, win or lose we are all one, you gave everything on the mat and we are equally proud of you by putting yourself on the line by competing and representing. It’s an honour to have you been part of IMBJJ family.

Check out below photos, videos. For full results click here.

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more videos coming soon…

BJJ Academy Insider #13

New leader!

Our medal chasers has now an new leader! Darren Bushby has overtooken Emily Hoobs after his Gold at Chelmsford Open this weekend. Also after this weekend’s performance, Livio Dinaj has now entered his name on the list with his first two medals (2x bronze / weight + absolute division). Congrats to them, hard work pays off!

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Bournemouth BJJ Open / Special timetable 

To maximilize our time and get the most of everyone, our Tuesday & Thursday Advanced/Competition class will now be extended. If you want extra rolls, arrived earlier from 6pm before it’s class starts (technical / IBJJF rules starts from 7.30 as usual). See you on the mat! Oss

BJJ Academy Insider #12

One more week starts and we are counting the days for our next competition: Bournemouth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open on Saturday, June 14th. We are expecting to bring our full squad to enjoy this, which without shadow of doubt is one of the best competitions of the UK calendar. If you haven’t signed up yet, do it ASAP – it can be done online or ask to Coach Ivam for more info – as this tournament is likely to sellout before it’s deadline. As for our “Medal Chasers”, Emily Hoobs is still the leader, check below it’s full standings. See you on the mats. Oss!


Jiu-Jitsu in Brighton and Hove

Start training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu today!

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Learn the ‘Gentle Art’ straight from the source, from a Brazilian born Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and MMA fighter, Ivam Maciel. He teaches complete beginners class at his BJJ Academy in Brighton, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm. The class cost £10 and we can lend you a kit free of charge, so you don’t have to buy anything before you make your mind. The class is geared towards people that have never trained before. So if you want to give Jiu-Jitsu Brasileiro a try come down, you might like it*.

* If you try it once, expect to fall in love with it!

For more info give us a call 01273 411486


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Jiu Jitsu in Brighton and Hove

New generation coming up!
Last Sunday our team went to Gillingham to compete once again at TUFF Grappling Challenge. In this opportunity our squad was represented by most white-belts who were competing for the very first time. Despite that, our new generation got the job done, once again! With 5 Gold medals, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze our team scored 56 points which shows that all the hard work put on the training sessions are paying off. For the next tournaments hopefully we will be going with full squad including seniors and we hope to improve even more our team results. We are waiting for TUFF’s official result to come up as we do not know yet what position we have reached by teams. As soon those results are up, we will publish.

Medal Chasers
With two Gold medals won last Sunday, Emilly Hoobs has now reached the top of the table of our Medal Chasers Lisbon Competition. Congrats to her, and the game is still on! Come train!!

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Tuff GC BJJ Individual Results

KIDS>>White>>37 to 41kg
1st Mikail Pereira – CSA
2nd Sean Carroll – Carlson Gracie
3rd Gabrys Szeremeta – Ivam Maciel BJJ

1st Sean White – Carlson Gracie
2nd James Davies – Ivam Maciel BJJ

1st Djidi Felix – Ivam Maciel BJJ
2nd Sean Barnfield – Masters Academy
3rd Mabast Hussein – Carlson Gracie

1st Joel Smithson – Fighting Fit Martial Arts
2nd Elias Nedir – Ivam Maciel BJJ
3rd Prashant Rana – Carlson Gracie

1st Ryan Roe-Barnett – Ivam Maciel BJJ
2nd Richard Stevens – NOVA FORCA
3rd Thomas Magnitis – Carlson Gracie

1st Issam Kurdi – Carlson Gracie
2nd Joe Watson – FTG
3rd Karl Martinsonson – Ivam Maciel BJJ

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2nd Channan Walters -Gracie Barra
3rd Prashant Rana – Carlson Gracie Team

1st Emily Hobbs – Ivam Maciel BJJ
2nd Stacey Allen – Farnborough BJJ

1st Emily Hobbs – Ivam Maciel BJJ
2nd Verity Driver – Ivam Maciel BJJ

1st Luke Lofters – 99
2nd Frazer Cook – CFS
3rd Dan Fitzgerald – Ivam Maciel BJJ

5 Gold + 3 Silver + 2 Bronze = 56 points

BJJ in Brighton and Hove

As happens every year, January has been very busy for us at BJJ Academy. We are glad to welcome new people to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we truly believe that training BJJ goes beyond practising a martial art, it’s a new way of life and that’s what we offer at BJJ Academy: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle! If you are looking to start in BJJ here is our invitation, come and learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu straight from the source from a Brazilian born BJJ Black Belt and the rest of our crew.

A few of our new students gave us their feedback based on their recently experience joining our beginners program. Check it out below, it may encourage you to also start your Jiu-Jitsu journey soon!

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“I was looking for a BJJ gym to join having done a small amount at university but nothing in the past 8 years. Over those years I had kept myself generally fit through running and hitting the weights but I missed the sport and competitive aspect of some style of martial arts (I had tried a few in my younger teenage days).

I was slightly nervous turning up to Ivam’s place for the first time; worrying about what the group would be like, would I make friends, would everyone be amazing and me the annoying newbie, and a thousand other worries. All fears that were completely unfounded, from the first time I opened the door I was met with friendly smiles (even while they had a face full of armpit!), I was loaned a Gi for the day, and got one-on-one tuition from one of the higher belts for the entire session before trying my hand at sparring towards the end (in which I was truly outclassed but learnt lots) tough work but great fun.

I’ve been coming now for just over 3 months and I love it, the physical training aspect is keeping the beer gut at bay (an uphill struggle) and I’m getting stronger and more skilled with each session. Through the drilling aspect of the classes I now know what to do in common ground situations and feel confident when sparring with those in my class, even if I lose more then I win at the moment. On top of that I have started making great friends, who I meet up with outside of the gym. If you are even contemplating giving BJJ a try then I would say the Ivam Maciel Academy is the place to go”.

Jon Pass, 29 – Maths teacher and residential tutor in a boarding House


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“My name is Vim Genciana. I’m a senior Quality Assurance engineer in a high end loudspeaker manufacturing company based in the south of England. As a keen club tennis player and generally active person I’m always keen to do something to improve my fitness level.

With a little martial arts background in Japanese jiu-jitsu, judo, karate and inspired by growing popularity of UFC I decided to embark myself to a new journey, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu or BJJ. One evening, I was browsing the internet looking for a BJJ school near Brighton and came across with Ivam’s BJJ academy in Hove.  I got really excited and checked out the school soon after.

I introduced myself to Ivam who was welcoming and quickly explained to me what BJJ and his academy is all about. When I did my first class, I was impressed how helpful the students were and experienced a great sense of camaraderie amongst students as well. On top of that, Ivam’s method of teaching is technically adept. He was patient and very supportive especially when I asked him questions.

Three months on, I made new friends and learnt quite a few very useful combative skills.  Furthermore, I felt that my fitness level had improved and my self-confidence had grown significantly too!

Today, realising these intangible benefits motivates me to carry on practising BJJ. I feel really lucky and blessed that I have nearby academy to train and a great coach/friend who is supportive and guides me in this incredible journey. Oss!”.

Vim Genciana – Senior Quality Assurance Engineer


European BJJ Lisbon 2014

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For the first time, BJJ Academy Brighton members went to Lisbon, Portugal to compete at Europeans BJJ Open, and they didn’t disappoint. Our first ever Euros medal came with Tim ‘Cowboy’ Clemens at Blue Belt. Tim won three fights until reach its semi-finals where he lost on points. An awesome performance which shows once again that our team’s standards are still improving year after year, well tested, now in one of the toughest internationals competitions on the planet. Congratulations to Tim and also to the other three athletes (Ivam Maciel, JP Hamilton and Harry Dickinson) who even though did not get to the podium, represented BJJ Academy very well with great display of their abilities and hard work. This experience will definitely pay off in the future. Keep it up boys! Oss

BJJ training in Brighton

Start training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu today and discover the champion inside of you! Looking for a new hobby? Want to get fit? New challenge? Or whatever your goals are, we will help you to get it and be a CHAMPION! Our team results in 2013 were awesome, and together our team will do it again. Be part of it, join us today!

If you are a beginner you are our priority. Here at BJJ Academy everyone helps everyone, that’s what makes BJJ Academy such a special place to be. Blue, purple, brown and black belt are always around the white belts in order to assist them for whatever they need to know in order to improve their game. No ego are tolerated, we definitely train hard, however courtesy and friendship cannot be forgotten.

Here is our invitation, be part of something, take Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as your 2014 resolution, join our team, you won’t be disappointed! Classes for newbies are available (noon) at 12pm on Tuesday and Thursday and (evening) 6pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

For more information call us on 01273 411486

See you on the mat! Osss!

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