Archive for the ‘Competition Results’ Category

Kerry Masarati wins at KAYO-MMA

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Saturday night saw Carlson Gracie Essex fighter Kerry Masarati win via unanimous decision in her highly entertaining two-round amateur bout at the KAYO-MMA event in Watford.

In front of a huge crowd Kerry showed her striking dominance in the cage, as well as scoring takedowns and managing to fend off any submission attempts by her opponent on the ground.

Kerry has worked hard with the team these past few months to improve her grappling in preparation for this fight, and has expressed thanks to everyone who helped contribute to this win.

We look forward to seeing more wins in the future. Oooossss Carlson Gracie!

GoToTheGround 3 Report

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011



-84kg Novice Gold -  Daniel Rainbird
+60kg Juvenile Gold -  Dom Harris
-60kg Juvenile Gold -  Kieren Hopgood
Female Mixed Silver -  Kerry Masarati
-84kg Novice Silver -  Dom Harris
-70kg Intermediate Bronze -  Shane Ruffell
-92kg Novice Bronze -  Nikolas Maschas
-77kg Novice Bronze -  Tom Baillie
-65kg Novice Bronze -  Kieren Hopgood

A huge congratulations to all the guys who competed at the weekend. Despite their young ages Kieren, Dom and Harry Ryan made the difficult step-up into the adult divisions for the first time in an open competition and conducted themselves fantastically, all winning fights. They have a bright future in the sport.  Frank Sandersan demonstrated a dangerous submission game in the intermediate division before having to withdraw due to injury. Ryan Carter won two fights via a smooth triangle to armbar combination. After 3 hard fights James Costa ceded the bronze to his teammate via the most amusing fight of the day ( Kerry proved her potential and will to fight in her first grappling competition against a more experienced opponent- this is only the beginning. Daniel, Shane, Tom and Nik the Greek put on great displays of BJJ to win their medals.  All competitors displayed true Carlson Gracie spirit and made their coach very proud.

Carlson Gracie Essex also brought along a junior grappling team from Colchester, eager to put their skills to the test in tournament. They put on some great matches and clearly enjoyed themselves. Special mention to Anthony Ozer – who, at only five years old, may be one of the youngest no-gi competitors in the UK.

A massive THANK YOU to the organisers for putting on another great competition, and all the supporters from Carlson Gracie Essex who came along to help and cheer along your team mates.

Injured Paul Harper making himself useful working the table.



Monday, June 6th, 2011

This past Saturday saw Carlson Gracie Essex and SDMMA fighter Paul Harper continue his undefeated run in MMA and win the UCF Featherweight Title Belt! Paul again displayed his jiujitsu skills with a quick submission via armbar at 1min22secs of the first round.

Carlson Gracie Essex and Coach Alain Pozo are incredibly proud of Paul, and look forward to seeing him continue his rise up the UK Featherweight Rankings.

Special thanks to Carlson Gracie Blackbelt Demetrius Ramos and fellow Carlson Gracie MMA fighter Mark Armstrong, who alongside Alain and Shane Ruffell prepared Paul backstage and stood in his corner for this bout.

Watch the fight HERE

Paul Harper runs MMA sparring sessions every Wednesday at 20:15 – 21:15. These are open to everyone who trains in the BJJ or Muay Thai classes. The sessions are included for those paying Unlimited Monthly Membership or cost £6 pay as you go. 

Ground Control Fighters Only UK Invitational Report

Friday, May 27th, 2011


Sarah Merriner and Carlson Gracie BJJ Essex head coach, Alain Pozo travelled up to the Birmingham NEC on the weekend to represent Carlson Gracie Revolution Team at this event.


Sarah Merriner - Gold - Female +60kg Bluebelt

Sarah Merriner - Gold - Female +60 kg No-gi

Alain Pozo - Gold - No-gi Super Bout v.s Simon McGovern

Sarah competed in both the gi and no-gi events. She won all her fights, two by submission, and did not have a point or advantage scored against her. Sarah remains undeafeated in no-gi submission grappling.

Alain won in a no-gi superbout against the high level Gracie Barra Lagarto Brown Belt Simon McGovern.

Also, a special mention for friend of Carlson Gracie Essex, Claudio Henrique, who also won his no-gi super bout against RGA Black Belt Nick Gregoriades.

Congratulations all.

Essex BJJ Open Report

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Well done to all the Carlson Gracie Essex competitors and a big thank you to all those who came to support.

Sarah Merriner - Gold - Blue belt -69kg + - 74kg combined.

Daniel Rainbird - Bronze - White belt -82.3kg.

James Costa -  Bronze - White belt -70kg.

Franky Sanderson - Silver - White belt -76kg.

Excellent work by Franky, taking 2nd place in a 36 man division. Paul Harper showed fantastic sportmanship, allowing James Costa to fight for bronze when they were unlucky enough to meet each other in  an earlier round. Paul was on great form today,  winning one of his fights with a beautiful arm-bar.

Darren Fullbrook and Tom Baille made us proud, both showing some excellent jiu-jitsu and lots of determination in their first gi competion. We are expecting great things in the future.

 Carlson Gracie Oooooossssss


Dynamite 3 Sub Grapple 10 April 2021

Monday, April 11th, 2011

 Excellent results for Carlson Gracie Essex at the Dynamite 3 interclub tournament.

-86kg Gold - Daniel “Ginger” Rainbird

-80kg Gold - Frank Sanderson

-70kg Silver - Paul Harper

-65kg Gold  - Kieron “Mini-me” Hopgood

-65kg Silver - Daniel “Jet Lee” Jones.

Carlson Gracie Essex is very proud all the competitors today. Some great displays of BJJ. Special shoutout to Paul Harper, who won  5 fights by submissions, including a fantastic gogoplata. Paul draw in his other 3 matches. Also to Mini-me who, at just 14 years old, fought and won in an adult division.