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Easter Opening Times

18/04 Good Friday, 6pm: Beginners as normal; 7.30 till 8pm: Open Mat

19/04 Saturday & 20/04 Sunday: Closed

21/04 Monday: 6 till 7.30pm: Open Mat session all levels welcome

22/04 Tuesday back to normal schedule.

BJJ Academy wishes all our team a great Easter! Oss


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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

1st Karl Martinsonson – Ivam Maciel BJJ
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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Let’s celebrate 2013!


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The year of 2013 is pretty much gone and we at BJJ Academy will always remember this as one of the best years we had so far. Our family got much bigger and as usual our students represented very well our team in big and small comps. Our team became mature and our performance in competitions shown that progress. We manage to bring some trophies back home (1st place at Dorset & Hants Open) and obviously plenty of medals!

Last Saturday (07th December) we took some time to get together and award those who made part of this great year… Some students got stripes, some finally reached new belt… but at the end of the day, the most important thing is to see how close we are from each-other and how the family spirit is always the priority for this club. We train together, we compete (even through BJJ is individual sport) together… and we celebrate TOGETHER!

Check below a few shots from our Winter Grading 2013. Have a great Xmas and awesome 2014! Oss!!











English Open 2013

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Once again BJJ Academy Team worked hard to be part of one of the greatest competitions in the UK calendar: English Open BJJ Championship. Another fantastic event, good for the competitors, good for the clubs and mainly foremost, awesome for the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the UK. Coach Ivam Maciel says: ‘I always tell my students how lucky they are to have events like English Open, Bournemouth and Dorset & Hants Open, to go to… I wish I had opportunities like this when I’ve started my jiu jitsu journey. You guys must enjoy it and feel privileged to have such a nice setup, venue, everything running in time, great atmosphere, etcetera… don’t take it for granted, get involved.. enjoy!’.

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Ivam Maciel BJJ Academy Competition Team represented! This year finished on the TOP 5, putting it’s name on the mix once again. BJJ Academy medalled in every belt they’ve competed (white, blue, purple and black) and also with the female squad! Three girls = three medals! It shows that BJJ Academy’s standards are not far from the big clubs from the capital and keeping the good work this will only get better!

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It has been a couple of years since Coach Ivam last competed with Gi. Going up to this comp, Ivam had four weeks training camp, which was S&C with Christian Vila at Brighton Kettlebells plus BJJ in house with guests as London Open champ Tolly Plested. Ivam also made weekly trips to Bournemouth to train with Alex De Souza and Luiz Finnochio and to London rolling at Fight Factory with Manxinha Ribeiro. Hard work pays off, weight in before the fight 75.6kg and despite been out of competitions for a while, Ivam’s return left good impressions.

Semi-Final – Ivam Maciel faced Luc Lamude. Playing safe Ivam invested on his guard game until find a space for sweep or sub, and after lead by a sweep 2-0, three minutes before the end, Ivam manage to capitalise with a arm-twist sub from triangle position. Next Ivam would face Jack Magee who beat Luiz Finnochio at the other Semi by 6-2.

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Final – The 2013 English Open Adult Black Belt Final had action from the beginning to it’s end. As both Ivam and Jack pretty much knowing each other’s game (as they trained together in the past). It started with both pulling guard, with Ivam deciding to get up and playing from top. The fight went like that for most of the time, with Ivam scoring two sweeps and two guard passing. After been down by 10-0 on points, Jack went for everything or nothing, tried a triangle and arm-bar from guard both well countered by Ivam, and at the last minute when everything looked like decided, Jack capitalise on Ivam’s technical mistake and pulled a tight triangle from full guard to win his first gold at Black Belt. After the bout Ivam say: ‘No excuses, I made a mistake which cost me the Gold medal. I will be back, congrats to the new champ’.


English Open Team Results 2013

1. Carlson Gracie Team
2. Gracie Barra
3. RGA
4. Nova Geração UK
5. Ivam Maciel BJJ

lineIndividual Results

Black Adult Male Under 82.3KG

First Jack Magee Gracie Barra

Second Ivam Maciel Ivam Maciel BJJ

Third Luc Lamude Lamude BJJ

Purple Senior Male Under 76Kg

First Simon Roberts Carlson Gracie Team

Second Michael Pring Vitor Shaolin Portsmouth

Third JP Hamilton Savory Ivam Maciel BJJ

Blue Adult Male Under 94.3KG

First Darren Bushby  Ivam Maciel BJJ

Second Marcus Kay RGA

Third Ewan Fairweather RGA

Blue Senior Male Under 94.3KG

First Daniel Carruthers Carlson Gracie Team

Second Sam Samagh Ivam Maciel BJJ

White Adult Female Under 69KG

First Hana Shokr Gracie Barra

Second Morena Brandao Grace Garcia

Third Amy Richold Ivam Maciel BJJ

White Adult Female Under 74KG

First Lacey Rogers Tigers Lair Submissions 101

Second Nikita Mayfield Ivam Maciel BJJ

White Adult Female Under 79KG

First Paula Ireland BKK Fighters

Second Emily Hobbs Ivam Maciel BJJ

White Adult Male Under 64KG

First Jack Greening The Combat Academy (Dave Coles)

Second Chris Maxwell Ivam Maciel BJJ

Third Sean Whyte Carlson Gracie Team

White Master Male Under 76KG

First Matteo Centurioni Gracie Garcia

Second James Forrest Ivam Maciel BJJ

Third Hicham Er Rafass Carlson Gracie Team

BJJ Academy Insider #15

Strength and Conditioning classes at BJJ Academy

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In order to improve our BJJ/MMA training program, IMBJJ Academy is now welcoming Coach Christian Vila, (UFC veteran Oli Thompson’s coach) and one of the best in the business when you talking about Kettlebells, S&C specific training for BJJ and MMA to join our team. Christian will be hosting regular classes, every Monday (at 1.15pm) straight-after our popular Submission Wrestling session. Good news for our members, who can join S&C classes FREE as part of your membership. If this class gets busy we will add Wednesday as well, so, show your support! By the way, if you are not member you pay £5 per class.

If you are willing to compete or simple improve your game, S&C is a key factor which can make a difference. More than work physically it will give you the edge mentally. You must commit to a regular training programme, if you do, results will definitely come. Classes start next Monday (4th November), see you on the mat!


More gold medals!

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Another Golden weekend for IM BJJ Academy Competition Team; Congrats to Dave Rintoul, Dawid Birecki, Fraser Cook, Sam Samagh, Darren Bushby and Harry Dickinson on their results on the last few weeks. Champions are made, not born. Keep the good work guys! Oss

We are the Champions!

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What a blessed weekend we had. After years of hard work we finally earned our first title in the team’s competition. It’s our second podium this year (we got 3rd place in Gillingham a few months ago). Those results show once again how competitive our team is, and it makes even more special if you think who we are competing against. UK today has, perhaps the most successful clubs in the Europe’s BJJ scene, loads of clubs from here are getting international prestige and delivering great results. For us, a new and relatively small club from Brighton it’s a privilege to be able to step on the mat to compete against those giants. For this reason the time to celebrate is over, it’s time to get back to the drawing board, correct our mistakes and keep it up, because things won’t get any easier.

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Dorset and Hants BJJ Open 2013
Team Results

1st Ivam Maciel BJJ

2nd Carlson Gracie Team

3rd De Souza Dojo / Ippon

4th Checkmat

5th RGA Mill Hill

IMBJJ Individual Results

10 Gold Medals: George Jackson, Dave Rintoul, JP Hamilton, Simon Staples, Darel Bushby, James Forrest, Higo Silva, Aftab Miah, Ross Milton and Piotr Wysocki

5 Silver MedalsJames Hill, Tim Clemens, Fraser Cook, Antonio Costa and Jacek Krawczyk

5 Bronze Medals: Harry Dickinson, Nicholas Fielding, Dawid Bireki, James Forrest and Justin McGibon

If you are looking to start in Mixed Martial Arts, come have a taste of the diversity and quality that our club has to offer. All the three elements of MMA (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and Wrestling) are now taught under the same roof at BJJ Academy in Portslade. Check out below our classes and feel welcome to come along regardless your skill level.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes

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Coach Ivam Maciel / 1st Degree BJJ Black Belt

Our BJJ curriculum just gets better every week. With the intro of our ‘Drills system’ our students are developing their game much quicker and with much more quality, beginner class never been so beautiful to watch with great matches and most important everyone enjoying themselves. Those classes are open to new members every Monday-Wednesday and Fridays at 6pm.


Kenshiro Muay-Thai

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Coach Kenshiro Moyston / Muay Thai and Kickboxing Black Belt

Learn the ultimate form of striking from the man himself. Classes are available to everyone: Ladies can enjoy Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9.30am with Muay Thai Fitness, it’s fun and results come quick, sweet doesn’t lie! For the MMA enthusiasts Kenshiro is in ta house on Tuesday at 7.30pm with Striking for MMA.


MMA, BJJ and Muay Thai in Brighton

What a great first week we are having. With Kenshiro Moyston recently joined our team, our students could have a little taste on how much diversity and quality our club has gained. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay-Thai and Wrestling; the three of main elements of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) are now taught under the same roof by three of the best on their own style in East Sussex. The dream has come true and we are waiting for you!

Kenshiro Muay-Thai

Learn the ultimate form of striking from the man himself. Classes are available to everyone: Ladies can enjoy Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9.30am with Muay Thai Fitness, it’s fun and results come quick, sweet doesn’t lie! For the MMA enthusiasts Kenshiro is in ta house on Tuesday at 7.30pm with Striking for MMA.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Our BJJ curriculum just gets better every week. With the intro of our ‘Drills system’ our students are developing their game much quicker and with much more quality, beginner class never been so beautiful to watch with great matches and most important everyone enjoying themselves. Those classes are open to new members every Monday-Wednesday and Fridays at 6pm. Check out our full timetable on the link above.


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