Belt Promotions

July 6th, 2011



On Monday and Tuesday we had some new belt promotions at Carlson Gracie Essex.

Nikolas Maschas - Blue Belt
Daniel Rainbird - Blue Belt
Dom Harris - Orange Belt (Junior grade)

All three are committed BJJ practitioners and team members who have worked hard to achieve this level. We are proud to have them represent Carlson Gracie Essex on and off the mats. Congratulations.

Gradings were followed by the customary belt whippings.


Carlson Gracie Oooooossssssss

GoToTheGround 3 Report

July 5th, 2011


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-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.



GoToTheGround III

June 20th, 2011


The third Go to the Ground no-gi submission grappling competition will take place on 3rd July 2011.

This is a well organised event which we highly recomend attending. Carlson Gracie Essex has always had a good showing at these competitions. We hope to take another large team and bring back plenty of medals.

Adults, please get your entries in on the website. Registration closes midnight Thursday 30th June 2011.

Any juniors and juveniles wanting to compete, please register your interest will Alain as soon as possible.

Alex Costa!

June 1st, 2011


Great news for Carlson Gracie Essex and SDMMA, as Muay Thai coach Alex Costa has joined the Team.

Along with a new coach, we have a newly monthly training price.

Monthly Unlimited Training:

Unlimited training price includes BJJ, Muay Thai and MMA sparring sessions.

New Muay Thai Class Times:

Tuesday 21:00 - 22:00

Thursday 19:00 - 20:00

Saturday 11:45- 12:45

Alex is the current ECFF East of England K1 Champion. For those interested in MMA or stand-up fighting, we highly recommend these classes.

Ground Control Fighters Only UK Invitational Report

May 27th, 2011

 Alain Pozo Gold

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.



May 10th, 2011



Following the excellent seminar from Eduardo Goncalves on 07/05/2011, Carlson Gracie Essex held its first belt promotion session.
The following belts were awarded.

Frank Sandersan- Blue Belt
Kuba Niedzwiecki- Blue Belt
James Costa- Blue Belt
Harry Ryan - Yellow Belt (Junior grade)

These students have been all been training in BJJ and grappling regularly for over 12 months, and have all tested themselves and represented the team in competition. Huge congratulations to all on well earned promotions!

Eduardo Goncalves Seminar 07/05/2021

May 6th, 2011

Eduardo Goncalves

Location: SD Martial Arts Colchester

Date: 07/05/2021

Time: 17:00

Cost: £15

In a change to the previous announcement, Carlson Gracie Blackbelt Eduardo Goncalves will now be holding a seminar at SD Martial Arts this coming Saturday.

Eduardo has a great deal of experience, having practiced Jiu-jitsu since 1992. He was trained at the respected Nova Geração Academy in Rio de Janeiro under the motto `Discipline, Family, Respect, Education.`

A skilled competitor, Edu really made his mark in the UK at the 2010 English BJJ Open, where he scored an impressive submission victory over Rafael dos Santos in a Blackbelt superfight . Watch here. 

Edu is well known for his smooth, flowing jiu-jitsu and his mastery of half-guard. Carlson Gracie Essex is delighted to be hosting this seminar. For those experienced in other martial arts, this could be an excellent introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

The seminar will be 2 hours long, and will be followed by Carlson Gracie Essex’s first grading session. The cost of the seminar is £15.

Essex BJJ Open Report

May 1st, 2011

Carlson Gracie BJJ Essex

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

 Sarah Merriner BJJ

Need a new gi?

April 15th, 2011


Highly regarded Faixa Rua Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu kimonos can be ordered from Alain - saving on postage costs. Childrens and adult sizes avaliable.

See the full range at Faixa Rua.


New Submission Grappling Class at BKK Fighters

April 13th, 2011


Alain will be teaching Submission Grappling for MMA at BKK Fighters from 18/04/2011.

Class times:

Monday 18:30 - 19:30




BKK Fighters Gym

Hythe Quay Spurgeon Street

Colchester, Essex