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jigoro kano

Kano was born in Japan and was the original founder and innovator of Judo. 

He was known as an educator and a visionary who started the art of jiu-jitsu to develop his strength. Kano was a diminutive man who was only 5ft 2in tall and only weighed 41kg, his idea was to develop a fighting system which didn’t rely on strength as the main attacking principle, he reasoned that by using the energy of your opponent then this method would be a more efficient way of fighting which especially had benefits for the smaller fighter against larger stronger assailants.

Kano added his own creative ideas to jiu-jitsu which were fused with combat knowledge that was handed down to him by the blood and sweat of the ancient Japanese Samurai warriors. 



Mitsuyo was originally from Japan and developed his knowledge of Jiu Jitsu under the tutelage of Kano Jigoro. Mitsuyo became an ambassador of Japanese martial arts and travelled the world Fighting and teaching; he was both a Japanese Judoka and prizefighter in no holds barred competitions. Later on he became known as Count Combat or Conde Koma, a nickname he picked up in Spain in 1908. It was also the name of the Jiu Jitsu academy that he had founded in Belem Brazil. Mitsuyo was a pioneer of Judo and Jiu Jitsu in the United Kingdom, Belgium and Brazil. Therefore Mitsuyo was fundamental to the development of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, including through his teaching of Carlos Gracie and the Gracie family. Maeda won more than 2,000 professional fights in his career. His accomplishments led to him being called the toughest man who ever lived and being referred to as the father of Brazilian Jiu jitsu.

Carlos Gracie snr

Carlos Gracie Snr was a Brazilian martial artist who is credited with being one of the primary developers of what is now referred to as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. 

Along with his younger brother Hélio Gracie and fellow students Luis Franca and Oswaldo Fadda, he helped develop Brazilian jiu-jitsu based on knowledge that was passed to him from Mitsuyo Maeda, Carlos Snr is widely considered to be the martial-arts patriarch of the Gracie family. 

He acquired his knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu by studying in Belem under Maeda and his students. As he taught the techniques to his brothers, he created a martial arts family with Hélio and with other members of the Gracie family who provided key contributions to their formidable style of Jiu-Jitsu.



Helio Gracie was a 9th degree red belt and arguably the most important figure in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu‘s history. One of the first Gracie Jiu Jitsu representatives in the 1930’s and 1940’s he was also the father and master of many fighters who carried the name of his family’s trade to martial arts’ mainstream in the early 1990’s, competitors such as Royler, Rickson or Royce Gracie. 

His lineage and legacy are among the strongest in Jiu Jitsu

Together with his brother Carlos Gracie Snr, they founded the martial art fighting school of Gracie jiu-jitsu, their first very small academy was opened in 1925 at Rua Marquês de Abrantes 106, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Their style of Jiu jitsu was later on referred to across the globe as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

According to Rorion Gracie, his father Hélio is one of the first sporting heroes 

in Brazilian history; he was named Man of the Year in 1997 by the American martial arts publication Black Belt magazine.

Carlos gracie jnr

Carlos Gracie Jnr is a Brazilian 8th-degree red and white belt Brazilian jiu-jitsu 

practitioner and instructor. Carlinhos Gracie is one of the most highly regarded Brazilian jiu jitsu coaches in the world, having been responsible for the tuition of hundreds of world champions including Hall of Fame competitors such as “Roleta” and Kyra Gracie. Carlos Jnr is the founder of the Confederação Brasileira de Jiu-Jitsu (CBJJ), also known as International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), which runs multiple jiu-jitsu tournaments around the world, including the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Pan American Championship and European Championship. He is also a co-founder of the well-known Gracie Barra team.

Carlos Gracie Junior will always be remembered as a true ambassador of the sport/martial art of Brazilian jiu jitsu and as a token of that status, he was awarded his coral belt in 2008 (7th degree), and in 2015 his white and red belt (8th degree) one of the greatest honours in the jiu jitsu world.

Ben poppleton

Ben Poppleton is the first Briton in history to receive the rank of Black Belt from 

a Gracie - (Carlos Gracie Jr). He is also a student of one of the most legendary figures in Jiu Jitsu history, half guard legend Gordo Correa. Ben has been a pupil of over 20 world champions and jiu jitsu legends and is a product of one of the most powerful academies in history (The Gracie Barra headquarters, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Ben now devotes his time to teaching the principles, ethos and techniques that make up the brand of Jiu Jitsu that has been handed down to him via the extraordinary individuals who make up our lineage.

Nathan beeby

Nathan Beeby is a 2nd Degree Black belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner and instructor. He began his training as a white belt with long time training partner Ian Moffat, they both started their tuition under Ben Poppleton at Michael Dean’s gym in Long Eaton.  Since a young age Nathan has had an interest in combat and martial arts, and gained the rank of Dan grade (Black Belt) in both kickboxing and Judo. Nathan has ensured that his own academy (LBJJ) adheres to the ethos and fighting style of the original founders of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and encourages his students to pay attention to technique, fitness and resilience of character. His academy has become renowned for its emphasis on physical fitness and its direct and hard fighting style which incorporates old school techniques. 

Since the club was established in 2005 Loughborough Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has continued to grow, acquire its own premises and continues to add new members each month. Nathan continues to commit his time to bringing on a new generation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students and instructors.