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Chairman
Dickie MartinChairman

Dickie started training BJJ in 2000 at the Budokwai in London after his lifelong friend Simon Hayes encouraged him to try the martial art. Working as a derivatives trader at the time, he trained consistently hard while juggling a career in the City. In 2001 he became one of the founding members of Carlson Gracie London and he was awarded his black belt in 2008 by Wilson Junior. In 2010 he gave up his career as a trader to manage Carlson Gracie London full time and teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is an active competitor with British titles at blue, purple and back belt and is a two times World Masters champion at black belt, winning gold in 2011 and double gold in 2014. Now a second degree black belt under Wilson Junior, he has been the Chairman of the UKBJJA since its inception. In addition to his BJJ career, Dickie has also been a local councillor for Mortlake and Barnes Common since 2010.

CEO + Principal Council Officer
Kat HillCEO + Principal Council Officer

Kat started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2009 in Oxford after watching MMA to see what the martial art was like, but soon started competing and training seriously. She is now a purple belt under Dickie Martin at Carlson Gracie London and competes regularly at national and international level, with a bronze medal at the World Championships and several British and English titles. She also runs and teaches at Carlson Gracie Oxford, a gym which she started in 2014 and whose head instructor is Sam Gibson. She has always enjoyed being active, having danced for 16 years, played competitive hockey, and rowed at school and university but BJJ is her passion. Kat is a full time academic specialising in the history of early modern Germany and has a Masters and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. Currently employed as a lecturer at the University of East Anglia, she also published her first book in 2015.

Treasurer
Simon HayesTreasurer

Simon Hayes has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since the sport arrived in the UK and has 15 years’ experience. As a second degree Black Belt he is one of the UK’s highest graded home grown athletes. Simon’s competition career includes a European Gold Medal at Purple Belt and he continues to compete today in the senior divisions. He is a lifelong martial artist having started with Judo at 7 years old in which he holds a 2nd Dan BJA Black Belt. He also spent 10 years practising Taekwondo. He is a world renowned Sound Mixer in the film industry and received an Oscar in 2012 for his ground-breaking work on Les Misérables. His hobbies are BMX riding and all sectors of health and fitness. He has a keen interest in the history of UK Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Secretary + Head Referee
Dave ColesSecretary + Head Referee

Dave has a Master’s Degree in Sports Science and worked as a lecturer of physical education and outdoor activities for 15-years. In 2011 he quit his teaching job in order to teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu full time. He first attended a BJJ seminar with Carley Gracie in the late 1990’s and entered his first BJJ competition in 2002. In the same year, Dave took off his British Judo Association 5th Dan black belt, put on a white belt, and started making a 2-3 times a week round trip of 120 miles to train BJJ under Braulio Estima. In 2010 Braulio awarded him his black belt and he remains a student of Braulio to this day. In 2003 Dave fought in the IBJJF Pan-Ams held in America, and in the same year in the IBJJF World Championships held in Rio de Janeiro. He has subsequently travelled to train and compete in Brazil on eight occasions. Additionally he has competed on many occasions throughout the UK. Dave has been involved in providing competitions for the UK BJJ community for over 12 years. He runs the highly successful Hereford BJJ Open, British Open (Juniors and Juveniles) and has acted as an advisor to some of the biggest BJJ events in the UK. As a qualified IBJJF referee Dave has officiated at several IBJJF championships and continues to mentor new referees through the UKBJJA referee programme.

Area Officer for Wales
Neil WilliamsArea Officer for Wales

Neil is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Pedro Bessa with under whom he has trained since 2007. He is an instructor and owner of a non-profit Judo and Jiu Jitsu academy based in Rhondda Valley, South Wales, Combat Training Centre CTC (Pedro Bessa BJJ Rhondda). He also organises the Welsh Kids BJJ League, with Pedro Bessa black Belt Greg Creel. Neil has been Involved in martial arts and combat sports since childhood but found BJJ after retiring from playing rugby and fell in love with the art and sport. He has worked in an advisory capacity for some of the biggest Jiu Jitsu clothing companies in the world, dealing predominantly with athlete sponsorship and global distribution. He current works as a Business Analyst in the financial sector for Lloyd’s banking group), but has previously worked as a manufacturing and production manager and a global process engineer, covering China, US, Hungary, and the UK.

Area Officer for Northern Ireland
Pete LaveryArea Officer for Northern Ireland

Peter Lavery has been the owner of Kyoujin gym in Belfast since 1994. He holds black belts in Japanese Ju Jitsu with Bushi Kempo jiu jitsu and Tai Jutsu kai . He is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt under Rodrigo Mediros and a member of BJJ Revolution. He has also been an MMA referee since 2001 and sits on the technical committe of the UKMMAF. He was previously president of the Irish branch of IMMAF. Apart from my day job, he works as a stage technician with stage crew Ireland,working with some of the film crews and concerts such as MTV and the last Dracula film,when they arrive in Belfast. He is a big fan of psychobilly and rockabilly music and plays double bass with his band, gigging regularly around Ireland.

Area Officer for London and England
Nick BrooksArea Officer for London and England
Area Officer for Scotland
Garry ChristieArea Officer for Scotland
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