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Team Members

Professor:   Victor Estima
Rank:     Black Belt

I have been training and teaching the gentle art for most of my adult life. One of the things that makes me happy is to see the students improving so many different aspects of their life, such as confidence, determination, self control, and discipline. I am constantly looking to better my self and thats what I like help my students to achieve. You can only look in to your own journey and improve it, instead compare with others. This way you can find the brilliance you once thought was impossible.


Professor:    Gareth Neale
Rank:     Black Belt

I have been training martial arts through all my life. I found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu then I knew I found what I was looking for. I am a regular competitor of the sport, competing all around the globe against some of the toughest opponents in the world. I love to teach and see our students improve, being a part of their training makes me happy. I hope to continue with the growth of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the UK, by teaching and inspiring others to learn.


Coach:    Vanessa English
Rank:    Brown Belt

Since starting from the very beginning as a white belt, I am now a sponsored athlete competing at an international level, having British, European and World titles under my belt, and also a coach here at Gracie Barra Nottingham. My Jiu Jitsu journey began as a means to keep fit whilst learning a new skill and self-defence. I’ve always been the type of person who is willing to try new things and have dipped my toes in the water of many different activities, but never did anything capture me like Jiu Jitsu did. I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made to dedicate my life to Jiu Jitsu, and now want to pass on my knowledge and experiences to others in hope that they’ll benefit in a similar way. Training Jiu Jitsu teaches you more than just Jiu Jitsu, and the physical skills you learn are just a small percentage of the whole.

I only strive to learn and accomplish more and more, one day at a time.


Coach:    Jamie Paxman
Rank:    Purple Belt

Jiu Jitsu for me means a passion, enjoyment and a challenge. With it constantly evolving you can only follow suit in the development of the sport which is the beauty of it, providing me a constant learning curve with goals and targets to achieve but also at the same time been creative.

I began my Brazilian jiu-Jitsu journey when I was studying at college, being overweight I wanted to lose some weight and get in shape. Becoming a fan of MMA, at the time I was fascinated with the ground aspect and researched what it was. I looked for the closest academy and got hooked within 5 minutes! Finishing college I took a gap year to pursue a possible chance of further myself in the sport, now 5 years on, I’m teaching and competing.
Besides Brazilian jiu-Jitsu and competing as my main hobbiy, I really enjoy eating all types of food from around the world. In my spare time I take interest in Motorsport’s and extreme sports.


Programme Director:    Harnaik Birring
Rank:    Blue Belt

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has grown to be one of the most important things in my life. I was fascinated by the ability of a person to physically control an opponent without the use of strikes. For me, it’s a life time passion in which I constantly strive for excellence. Following the passing of my father, I decided to embark on a lifetime pursuit of happiness, and pursue jiu jitsu as a career. I graduated university with a degree in Sports and Exercise Science and shortly after was offered a position by Professor Victor to work at Gracie Barra Nottingham as the academy’s programme director. Now I get to live my dream, working for Gracie Barra and training jiu jitsu every day.

When I’m not training jiu jistu I like to watch football, live bands, and spend time watching movies with my family and cats.


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