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Combat Academy instructor Simon Small gains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt
12:30pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
HEREFORDSHIRE’S most decorated martial arts instructor has added yet another black belt to his already impressive collection.
Simon Small, of The Combat Academy, was awarded his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) by the head instructor for Gracie Barra in the UK, Braulio Estima, during a seminar at the Hereford club.
Small now holds nine black belts including a 5th Dan black belt in ECKA Karate, 1st Dan in Shukokai Karate, 1st Dan in Shotokan Karate and a British Judo Association black belt.
The BJJ black belt is acknowledged as the most coveted of all martial arts black belts, taking an average of 10 to 15 years to achieve. Unlike many other martial arts, it is not possible to achieve a Jiu Jitsu belt without regularly fighting in tournaments and defeating opponents. There are fewer than 130 BJJ black belts in the UK.
Small started training BJJ 11 years ago and during this time he has trained several times at the Gracie Headquarters in Brazil.
He has competed in the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Pan Am Championships in America, where he has won two bronze medals, The World Master and Senior Championships, in Brazil, where he has won one silver and one bronze medal, and the European Championships where he won a silver.
Additionally, he has also competed with success in many events throughout the UK.
“In addition to his own fighting ability, Simon works tirelessly as a coach at the Hereford Combat Academy, and the success of his junior and senior students at competitions throughout the world are a testament to his coaching,” said the Combat Academy’s Dave Coles.
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