Carlson Gracie Essex Head Coach - Alain Pozo
Alain Pozo is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black belt (Wilson 'Junior' Cretaro, 2013) with 17 years of grappling experience.
Alain began his BJJ training in 1996 in Recife, Brazil at the Gracie Barra academy with Master Ze Radiola. He quickly began competing; his first competition was after 3 months, a local state tournament where he was runner-up.
Alain moved to Europe in 1999 to study, where difficulties finding a BJJ academy meant he supplemented his training with judo, boxing and wrestling. After completion of his studies and some time spent travelling, Alain eventually settled in London. This is where he became one of the founding members of the infamous Carlson Gracie Team, based at The Boiler Room. Alain was witness to much of the early growth of Jiu-jitsu in the UK and is proud to have taken part in many of the early Tournaments.
In 2004 Alain moved to Florida, USA. This is where he focused on and developed much of this no-gi grappling game, training alongside many accomplished grapplers and experienced MMA fighters.
Alain began his coaching career upon his return to the UK in 2009. Head coach of Carlson Gracie Essex, Alain's students have already had a lot of success in the cage and on the mat.
Qualifications: CRB Enhanced. Child course protection. First aid.Competition Officer for the UKBJJA. Judo Brown Belt under the BJA. NAGA refree course. IBJJF Refree course.
A selection of the medals Alain has won:
1997 Silver Copa Sandro Ferraz, Brazil
2003 Silver London Open
2004 Gold Bitteti Cup, London
2006 Gold Atlantic Cup, Florida State (No Gi)
2006 Gold Martial Arts Festival Disney, Florida (No Gi)
2007 Bronze Continental Cup, Florida (No Gi)
2010 Gold London Open
2010 Silver USABJJ Europeans, Switzerland
2010 Gold Bournmouth Open
2010 Gold English BJJ Open
2011 Bronze IBJFF Europeans, Lisbon
2011 Gold Ground Control Fighters Only UK Invitational Superfight
2011 Silver NAGA Europe GI Purple-Black Belt, Paris
2011 Silver NAGA Europe NOGI Purple-Black Belt, Paris
2011 Gold NAGA Europe ADCC Advanced Division, Paris
2012 Gold IBJJF Europeans, Lisbon
2012 Gold London International Open
2012 Gold IBJJF No-Gi European Championship (NC)
2012 Silver IBJJF No-Gi European Championship Brownbelt Absolute
2012 Gold English BJJ Open
2013 Gold IBJJF Rome Open
2013 Gold IBJJF Munich Open
2013 Gold NAGA European Championship Expert Division
BJJ Instructor - Sam Gibson
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Under the guidance of his father, Carlson Gracie Surrey head instructor Steve Gibson, Sam started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2004 at the young age of 14. In February 2013 Sam was awarded his brown belt by Carlson Gracie London instructor Dickie Martin.
Ever since Sam began training, he has strived to be the best jiu jitsu athlete he can be, competing and medalling in all the major tournaments the UK has to offer. Sam has had experience training and teaching overseas in a number of countries – in 2012 Sam spent one month training in Sao Paulo with world class BJJ and ADCC competitor Claudio Calasans, and in 2013 Sam spent some time training and teaching at the MMA Israel Academy.
Sam has developed into an excellent instructor with a wealth of knowledge and techniques, and he teaches a lot of the more modern BJJ techniques that he utilises in his own game.
Assistant BJJ Instructor - Sarah Merriner
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Prior to finding BJJ, Sarah spent 5 years training in Traditional Jujitsu, where she was undefeated in sparring and groundfighting competitons, winning multiple national championships. Sarah then began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in June 2008, achieving the rank of brown belt in December 2013. Sarah is the first female promoted to the rank of brown belt within Carlson Gracie Team in the UK.
2009 BJJ British Open Blue Middleweight - Silver
2009 Abu Dhabi Pro Jiu-Jitsu World Trials UK Qualifier +63kg - Silver
2010 IBJJF European Championship Blue Middleweight - Bronze
2010 IBJJF European Championship Blue Absolute - Bronze
2010 BJJ British Open Blue Middleweight/Heavyweight - Silver
2010 Gracie Invitational Blue/Purple Middleweight - Gold
2010 Ground Control "Beat the Heat" +60kg - Gold
2011 IBJJF European Championship Blue Middleweight - Silver
2011 Abu Dhabi Pro Jiu-Jitsu World Trials UK Qualifier +63kg - Bronze
2011 Essex Open Blue Middleweight/Middle Heavyweight - Gold
2011 Ground Control Fighters Only UK Invitational Gi Bluebelt +60kg Gold
2011 Ground Control Fighters Only UK Invitational No-Gi +60kg Gold
2011 NAGA Europe No-Gi Advanced +60kg Gold (Championship Belt)
2011 NAGA Europe Gi Purplebelt +60kg Gold
2011 English BJJ Open Purplebelt -74kg Gold
2011 English BJJ Open Purplebelt Absolute Silver
2012 BJJ British Open Purplebelt Middleweight Gold
2013 IBJJF European Championship Purple Middleweight - Silver
2013 IBJJF Rome Open Purple Middle Heavy - Gold
2013 NAGA Europe Expert +60kg Gold (Championship Belt)
BJJ Instructor - James Costa
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James Costa is one of Carlson Gracie Essex's original students. Training since 2010, he attained his Bluebelt in May 2011 and his Purplebelt in September 2013. James has a remarkable talent and flair for Jiu Jitsu and a great career ahead of him. As an instructor he has played a major role in the growth of Carlson Gracie Essex - Chelmsford.
2010 GoToTheGround 001 Juveniles -65kg Gold
2010 English Open Juveniles -70kg Gold
2011 GoToTheGround 002 Novice -65kg Gold
2011 Essex BJJ Open Whitebelt -70kg Bronze
2011 Tuff Grappling Challenge -67.5KG Gold
2011 Tuff Grappling Challenge -61.5KG Gold
2011 English Open Bluebelt -64kg Silver
2012 GoToTheGround 004 Intermediate -65kg Silver
2012 Welsh BJJ Open Bluebelt -64kg Gold
2012 Bournemoth BJJ Open Bluebelt -64kg Gold
2012 Tuff Grappling Gi Challenge Bluebelt -70kg Gold
2012 Dorset and Hants BJJ Open Bluebelt - 64kg Gold
2012 IBJJF London Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship Bluebelt -64kg Silver
2012 English BJJ Open Bluebelt -64kg Gold
2012 English BJJ Open Bluebelt Absolute Division - Bronze
2013 WPJJC UK Trials Bluebelt -65kg Silver
2013 Tuff Grappling Gi Challenge Bluebelt -64kg Gold
2013 British BJJ Open Bluebelt -64kg Silver
2013 Chelmsford BJJ Open Bluebelt -64kg Gold
2013 Chelmsford BJJ Open Bluebelt Absolute Gold
2013 IBJJF Rome International Open Bluebelt -64kg Gold
Muay Thai Instructor - Alex Costa