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 6-0), 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) Gold – NAGA European Champs No-Gi (2017) 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 the children’s MMA coach.
Sporting an amateur MMA record of 6-3 Josh is the 2018 Bronze Medalist at the IMMAF European MMA Championships.
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 the NAGA European Champs; NAGA German Open; NAGA Ireland Open & NAGA British Open (Blue Belt).
Mason 'The Dragon' Jones is currently signed to MMA promotion Cage Warriors & sports a perfect 6-0 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.
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Dan is an assistant coach for the children's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program. 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.
Jason is one of the assistant coaches at the academy & runs classes in both the adult & children's programme's.
Jason is a purple belt in BJJ & specialises in leg-locks; having achieved victories over many higher ranked opponents in events such as GRIP Grappling.
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 & folkestyle; Chris brings a wealth of knowledge & experience to the team.
Chris is also available for 1:1 lessons throughout the week.
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