N0-Gi BJJ/Submission Wrestling
Our No-Gi BJJ & submission wrestling classes are challenging, intense, technical , and a LOT of fun.
All levels welcome to join in & let our experienced coaches assist you.
Click HERE to see when our adult No-Gi BJJ & submission wrestling sessions take place, and book into classes.
Our No-Gi classes are suitable for all levels - whatever stage of your grappling game your at. If you want to improve your ground game & overall fitness...No-Gi is a great session to attend!
Whilst Gi and no-Gi BJJ are very similar overall, the styles and way both classes are taught can be quite different. In standard BJJ classes a gi is worn, & a lot of set ups and grips are based on using the gi material. There are many manoeuvres that cannot be achieved in no-gi classes and vice versa. *e.g lapel or worm guard is impossible in no-gi.
No-Gi classes are intense, hard work.... and a lot of fun :) Come along and give it a try!
BJJ black belt
Judo black belt
Strength & Conditioning trainer & Kettlebell instructor
Strong Wrestling background
Silviu's experience in martial arts started when his father, a professional wrestler, began training him at just 6 years of age! Silviu's wrestling skills developed under a fun but gruelling daily programme involving wrestling with bears and learning from the knowledge & expertise passed on from his father.
Silviu's arrival in the UK broadened his martial arts knowledge further as he discovered a different world of grappling. First it was BJJ, which he says 'blew his mind', and soon after that Judo got him fascinated with its elegant strength. Silviu says at the beginning it was challenging for him as he had to put aside years of wrestling knowledge and start with a beginner's mind, learning BJJ techniques and then the same with Judo later on.
Each discipline came with its own set of skills, rules and principles. Once he understood them and got comfortable with them however, he quickly progressed in both and is now a black belt in both BJJ and Judo.
Silviu feels that his combination of cross training & grappling skills combined has helped him master his game. He's a professional competitor in Judo, BJJ (Gi & No-Gi) , & Submission Wrestling.
His Advice for anyone whatever stage your at of your grappling journey is..."Success doesn't come from one day to the next. It is achieved with consistency, dedication and patience. Grappling skills do not come overnight, but know that every time you practice you will improve and you will progress. And remember: at no point one stops learning! We are students for life!"
BJJ black belt
Judo black belt
Personal Training Coach
Wizard of technique explanation to all student levels
Tom holds a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Roger Gracie and is a 1st Dan black belt in Judo. He started both disciplines at the Budokwai, where he still teaches to this day. Thomas teaches adults and children's classes at the academy and places a large emphasis on fundamentals and efficient application of technique. He believes that Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone and if you give it time and patience, no matter how big or small you are, you can become a much stronger version of yourself. Tom says 'Remember a black belt is just someone who never gave up!'
Michael Pharoah aka Mikey
BJJ brown belt
Trained & coaches in Striking, Thai Boxing, Boxing, Wresting, BJJ, No-Gi BJJ, No-Gi Wrestling
Specializes in No-Gi
Mikey is an active BJJ & No-Gi Competitor, whose previously won Gold & Silver medals in a variety of local & regional competitions. He works & rolls regularly with high level No-Gi partners & is currently Brown Belt level in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ray Stevens Academy, where he's been training for over 12 years.
Mikey teaches No-Gi BJJ & No-Gi Wrestling classes at the academy and his style of teaching is cooler than an ice cold beer! Mikey loves to take concepts from different lineages and bring them into his classes which members describe as high energy & with an upbeat pace.
Mikeys passionate about teaching and says his ultimate goal is to make each person the best they can be!