Elite Athletes

The UKBJJA is committed to supporting the development of elite athletes at all levels and in all categories to ensure that UK BJJ players perform their best on the national and international scene.

 

The UKBJJA is dedicated to the development of elite talent within the UK BJJ community and has several initiatives to support top competitors. UK BJJ athletes have enjoyed considerable success at an international level in recent years with several athletes securing European and World titles, and the UKBJJA wants to ensure that UK BJJ continues on this upward trajectory.

 

Vanessa English - Gold Purple Feather - 2013 Worlds

Vanessa English - Gold Purple Feather - 2013 Worlds

In order to support successful BJJ players, the UKBJJA profiles all the top-ranked athletes, updating their pages monthly to give them exposure to the media and potential sponsors.

 

 

Ranking pages

UKBJJA Ranked Athlete Pages....click on the image to view the profiles.

 

Last year the UKBJJA in conjunction with Faixa Rua sponsored the top five athletes to go to the IBJJF European Championships and is looking to match this sponsorship deal in 2016, and provide more avenues of support. See below for details.

elite team

High Performance Coach Braulio Estima with the 2015 sponsored team and members of the UKBJJA board. (From left to right: Dave Coles, Ashley Amos, Braulio Estima, Janis Rietskins, Sam Gibson, Lee Renaut, Dickie Martin)

 

The UKBJJA has a team dedicated to the development of elite athletes. the Elite Perforamce Team - world-class BJJ practitioners Braulio Estima and Victor Estima, Sports Injury Specialist Sam Newell, Sports Psychologist Rebecca Hill, Sports and Conditioning Coach Russ Board, and Nutrition Specialists Ben and Kirsty Sulston. The top-ranked male and female adult athletes at the end of 2015 will not only benefit from financial support, but will be able to attend a dedicated elite training camp with seminars from the team.

2016 Sponsorship Package 

The following package is available to the top ranked male and female adult athletes in each belt at the end of 2015. 

  • Financial support to attend the IBJJF Europeans in Lisbon
  • A pre-Europeans training seminar with top BJJ athletes and High Performance Coaches Braulio and Victor Estima
  • A Strength and Conditioning seminar and individual fitness assessments from coaches working with the UKBJJA, with ongoing strength and conditioning seminars every 3 months
  • An injury prevention seminar from Sports Injury Specialist Sam Newell
  • A nutritional assessment from Nutritional Advisor Kirsty Sulston and a nutritional plan drawn up by Ben Sulston
  • Advice on mental preparation for training and competing from Sports Psychologist Rebecca Hill
  • A pack of healthy snacks from Sulston's Kitchen to take to Lisbon
  • UKBJJA tracksuits

The following is on offer to the top ranked master and senior athletes at the end of 2015.

  • Strength and Conditioning advice from coaches working with the UKBJJA
  • An injury prevention seminar from Sports Injury Specialist Sam Newell
  • A nutritiona advice from Nutritional Advisors Kirsty Sulston and Ben Sulston
  • Advice on mental preparation for training and competing from Sports Psychologist Rebecca Hill
  • A pack of healthy snacks from Sulston's Kitchen to take to Lisbon
  • UKBJJA tracksuits

 

 

Meet the Elite Development Team....

 

Strength and Conditioning Advisor
Asaf SitbonStrength and Conditioning Advisor

Asaf Sitbon has been working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for athletes in a variety of sports since 2005; training fighters, football and basketball players. He completed his B.Sc. in Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the Wingate institute in Israel while working as a Strength and Conditioning supervisor for pre-military cadets. In 2012 Asaf relocated to London where he completed his M.Sc. in Strength and Conditioning at Middlesex University. Asaf has been actively involved in various martial arts since 2003, both as a coach and as an award-winning fighter. He trains daily at Carlson Gracie London and in his free time enjoys reading and spending time with friends.

Nutritional Advisor
Ben SulstonNutritional Advisor

Ben spent the first 8 years of his career as a chef working in some of the best restaurants and hotels around Europe including numerous Michelin star restaurants. Here he gained invaluable experience in flavour combinations and the use of seasonal ingredients. Following this he went to work for Compass Group, the largest catering company in the world. During this he has competed with the Compass Culinary Team winning numerous awards for his cooking including gold and best in class at Hotelympia, the largest cooking competition in the UK. He has cooked for the Queen of England and developed many new concepts that have all been nutritionally analysed and implemented within Compass Group. Most recently Ben has completed a Foundation Degree in Culinary Arts covering nutrition and product development. This has led to the development of the brand, Sulston’s Kitchen. Sulston’s kitchen started with a YouTube channel sharing easy to follow recipes for nutrient dense meals and snacks. More recently Ben has started to produce boxed meals and snacks for athletes at BJJ competitions.

High Performance Coach
Braulio EstimaHigh Performance Coach
Nutritional Advisor
Kirsty SulstonNutritional Advisor

Founded by Kirsty Sulston in 2015, Physical Being is the culmination of a lifetime spent working to understand the human form and its potential for performance in a wide variety of athletic settings. Kirsty has a long professional background in dance and more recent practice in BJJ. She is a Personal Trainer and Nutritional Advisor working as a Strength & Conditioning Coach out of Tonbridge, Kent. Kirsty works with clients to ensure nutrition programmes are tailored to body type, metabolic rate and personal goals, and – knowing that human beings are so much more than just a mechanical system – programmes are structured to educate the client on habit and choice reinforcement behaviour to support athletic performance.

Executive Officer + Sports Psychology Expert
Rebecca HillExecutive Officer + Sports Psychology Expert
Sports and Conditioning Coach
Russell BoardSports and Conditioning Coach

Russell Board has been involved in the fitness industry for over 10 years working in a variety of roles. In 2009 Russell re-trained as a teacher at Exeter University specialising in secondary physical education. Securing his first teaching post at Easton and Otley College meant re-location from Exeter to Norwich. Russell is UKSCA accredited and most recently completed his MSc in Strength and Conditioning at St. Mary’s University Twickenham and now provides specialist coaching for elite and emerging athlete through Evolution Strength and Conditioning. Russell is also heavily involved in coach education in the eastern region and is the programme leader for the sports coaching degrees at Easton & Otley College. Russell is a Purple belt with ICON Jiu-jitsu under Jose Marcello Rodriguez and when he’s not training he enjoys surfing and triathlon.

UK Medalists at International Competitions
Greg Creel - Silver Black Belt Master 1 Super Heavy - 2015 Europeans

Greg Creel - Silver Black Belt Master 1 Super Heavy - 2015 Europeans

Rob Connor - Silver Black Belt Master 4 Middle Heavy -  2015 Europeans

Rob Connor - Silver Black Belt Master 4 Middle Heavy - 2015 Europeans

Dickie Martin - Double Gold Black Belt Heavy and Absolute - 2014 World Masters

Dickie Martin - Double Gold Black Belt Heavy and Absolute - 2014 World Masters

Vanessa English - Bronze Brown Belt Adult Absolute - 2014 Europeans

Vanessa English - Bronze Brown Belt Adult Absolute - 2014 Europeans

Vanessa English - Gold Brown Belt Adult Feather - 2015 Europeans

Vanessa English - Gold Brown Belt Adult Feather - 2015 Europeans

Vanessa English - Gold Purple Adult Belt Feather - 2013 Worlds

Vanessa English - Gold Purple Adult Belt Feather - 2013 Worlds

Cameron Hibbert - Bronze Yellow Belt Junior - 2015 Pan Ams

Cameron Hibbert - Bronze Yellow Belt Junior - 2015 Pan Ams

Patrick Baker - Bronze Purple Belt Master 3  Medium Heavy - 2015 Europeans

Patrick Baker - Bronze Purple Belt Master 3 Medium Heavy - 2015 Europeans

Euros Medal 2015

Euros Medal 2015

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