As part of ongoing efforts to provide BJJ seminars that are accessible to everyone, the UKBJJA is holding its first Disability Jiu Jitsu training camp.
The UKBJJA, the National Governing Body for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is proud to present this tailored
BJJ seminar, organised and led by our Disability Officer Gina Hopkins.
Designed to cater specifically to people with disabilities this event creates an inclusive
space and caters to those with physical disabilities and neurodiverse individuals, aged 16+.
With training led by two guest instructors; Sam Kaye and Dan Strauss, the seminar will provide a
relaxed environment for both experienced and new BJJ practitioners to practice and build
confidence in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
We are very thankful to our partners and everyone’s support in making this happen. We have done
our very best to make this a fully accessible event and cater to a variety of individual needs. To
allow for adaptive training approaches and support the diverse training needs of individuals on the
day Adaptive Martial Arts CIC has donated a number of training dummies and BJJ Gi’s for participants to use.
Neil Williams, Chair UKBJJA said: “Brazilian jujitsu is a sport which provides a wealth of benefits
physically and mentally, this also seeps into positive changes in our lives off the mats. We feel it is
important that this advantage of our sport is made accessible and available to all and we are
delighted to be able to offer this event as just one of our initiatives towards that goal.”
“We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who has been able to make this possible, including
the tireless work from Gina Hopkins the UKBJJA’s Disability Officer and Omied Khakshour
UKBJJA&’s Director for Wales, the charity Adaptive Martial Arts CIC for providing practice dummies
and the Sport Wales National Centre for hosting us and supporting making this event accessible.”
Gina Hopkins, UKBJJA Disability Officer and Founder of AMA CIC said: “This is a fantastic
opportunity which we need to take advantage of to empower our disabled communities. With the
backing of the Governing Body it is sure to create a welcoming place and opportunities for
everyone. I’m very proud to be part of this and hope to bring the joys of BJJ to many more people.”
For more information please contact Disability@UKBJJA.org
Learn more about the work AMA do and visit their website.