Judo: 5th Dan Black Belt (Valeriy Vostrikov) Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Black Belt (Pedro Bessa) Education: BSc., MSc Sport & Exercise Science
Coaching Career Highlights Judo - Head Coach: Welsh Judo (2009-2015). Judo - XX CWG (2014), WAL first Gold in sport of Judo & 4th on medal table. Judo - Medal winners at European Cups (u18, u21 & Senior Age); medallist at IJF World Cup, Grand Prix & Grand Slam level events. MMA - Mason Jones (Pro 7-0), Josh Hudson (IMMAF European medalist 2018). BJJ: Medallists at European Championship level in IBJJF & NAGA. Polaris Professional Invitational (Eoghan O'Flanagan 2018).
Athletic Career Highlights: Judo 2 x Commonwealth Champion (2004, 2006) 5 x EJU European Cup Medalist (2001-2006) Gold - Matsumae Cup Denmark (2009) Silver - Tre-Torri International Italy (2006) Bronze - Tre-Torri Tournament Italy (Teams, 2006) Fifth Place – ‘XXIV Universiade Bangkok’ (2007) Fifth Place - XVII Commonwealth Games (2002) Seventh Place – World Cup Rome (2005) Ninth Place – 'XXIV' World Championships (2005)
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Black Belt Level) Polaris Pro 10 Winner Polaris Pro 8 ‘Undercard Fight of the Night’ Gold – NAGA European Champs No-Gi (2017) Gold - NAGA British Open NoGi (2019), Gold - NAGA Ireland No-Gi (2016, 2017 & 2018) Gold – English Open No-Gi (2016) Silver ADCC British Open (2018) Bronze - NAGA European Champs No-Gi (2016) Bronze - NAGA European Champs Gi (2016)
Josh 'Hollywood' Hudson is one of the assistant coaches at the academy.
Sporting an amateur MMA record of 6-3 Josh is the 2018 Bronze Medalist at the IMMAF European MMA Championships.
Josh’s martial arts background runs deep with both a black belt in Judo & purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Josh has picked up a number of tournament wins outside of MMA, including 1st Place at Blue Belt at the NAGA European Champs; NAGA German Open; NAGA Ireland Open & NAGA British Open.
Mason 'The Dragon' Jones is currently signed to MMA promotion Cage Warriors & sports a perfect 7-0 Professional record.
This in addition to a Professional boxing record of 3-0 & an extensive record in Judo (Black Belt) & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Brown Belt).
In Judo, Mason was a British Cadet Champion & medalled at the Dutch Open u21 & Commonwealth Senior Championships.
Mason is fully focused on his MMA career but provides coaching cover where possible to the Cardiff MMA classes & the Newport children's Judo programme.
Dan is an assistant coach at the academy. Dan started training in 2006 & has been a brown belt for over five years; making him one of the most experienced Jiu Jitsu practitioners in Wales.
Competition highlights include being British Open Champion at Brown Belt in addition to Welsh, Essex & Manchester Open titles at Purple Belt.
In 2010 Dan spent six months training in the homeland of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Wrestling Coach: Hailing from Philadelphia, USA; Chris is our latest addition to the team & the resident wrestling coach.
Having wrestled at the Universities of both Maryland & Delaware; & with over 17 years experience in various styles such as Freestyle, Greco-roman & Folkstyle; Chris brings a wealth of knowledge & experience to the team.
Chris is also available for private lessons throughout the week.