Can (pronounced ‘Jun’) has been training in martial arts since 1994, starting BJJ in 2006 at the Roger Gracie Academy. He is currently a purple belt under Kev Capel (a Roger Gracie black belt), awarded in March 2011.
Drawing on his academic background, Can takes a learning-focused approach to BJJ. He strongly believes in delivering lessons paced to ensure everyone can become confident before they move on. To assist students, everything is written up in full on his website, providing detailed reference material.
Can is also a well-known journalist and blogger in the Brazilian jiu jitsu community, writing regularly for Jiu Jitsu Style, Matside and GroundWork, as well as running his popular BJJ resources website, slideyfoot.com. Can is particularly proud of his charity work: his GrappleThon events have raised thousands of pounds for good causes, something he has sought to expand via GrappleThon.org. That website has since helped others to pursue their own charitable efforts, such as the $10,000 raised by the Washington, DC based BETA Academy in 2014.
Paul has been training in BJJ since January 2013 and is currently a blue belt, presented by Roger Gracie. He teaches the Wednesday intermediate class and is part of the kids class team here at Artemis BJJ, in charge of the sessions for 4-10 year olds. Paul has previously taught martial arts to kids at Hawk’s Gym in Easton: he also covers adult classes at Artemis BJJ when Can is away.
During the week, Paul works at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre as a medical physicist. Paul is also a talented artist: you can check out some of his beautiful artwork on his KASENartworks page, here. He has 2 children of his own, who he hopes will be joining his classes at Artemis BJJ!
Lisa began training BJJ in 2012 and was awarded her blue belt by Lucio “Lagarto” Rodrigues in 2014. After starting off with no confidence, poor concentration, and a lack of coordination and balance, Lisa has come a long way from someone who couldn’t even do a forward roll, and now likes to help others improve themselves using her own understanding and experiences.
Previously, Lisa has been a youth coach for BJJ as well as for judo and now teaches the women’s class at Artemis BJJ. She also covers other BJJ classes when Can is away. Lisa is qualified as a massage therapist, specialising in sports massage and relaxation massages. She provides treatments at BJJ events including Polaris, GrappleThons and jiu jitsu competitions.
Matt J first stepped on the mats back in 2007. He trained for two years before emigrating to America with his family. Although he later returned to England, he did not return to jiu jitsu for many years, believing that it was primarily for athletically gifted people.
In 2014, he decided to try again, seeking a less competitive environment for training. He found it at Artemis BJJ, as one of our first students. Matt has trained diligently ever since, earning his well deserved blue belt from Kev Capel and Can in 2017.
Matt J teaches an intermediate BJJ class on Friday nights, as well as covering classes when other instructors are away. His other love is film, which he devours in all forms. Matt has also written two feature screenplays.
Rich began training BJJ in 2012. He is currently a blue belt (presented by Roger Gracie), a grade he achieved in just under six months. A keen yoga enthusiast, Rich is a qualified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.
He is also the head coach for the Bath Spa University American Football team and works as a Learning and Development Facilitator. Away from the mat, Rich is a family man and spends his time with his wonderful wife Julie and his gorgeous little lady, Lilly. After an almost two year injury sabbatical, Rich returned to the mats at the beginning of 2016. He leads our nogi classes every Sunday from 11:00-12:00, as well as covering classes when Can is away.
Tracey has been training at Artemis BJJ since 2014, where she is currently a white belt. She was one of the original women’s class students, having been involved since the beginning. Tracey is also our Child Protection Officer, as well as helping out in the kids classes, covering when Paul and Rich are away.
Tracey has two children: her younger son regularly attends open mats. A keen artist, she is building a reputation with her tacerob brand, focusing on grappling illustrations. She is also a core fundraiser at the annual Artemis BJJ GrappleThons, taking part in all of them so far.
Federico earned his judo black belt through competition at the age of 18, having trained at his family’s dojo since he was six years old. A year later, he earned the FIJLKAM (Federazione Italiana Judo Lotta Karate Arti Marziali) qualification in his native Italy to teach judo: the educational side of the sport grew to be his focus.
He highlights a quote from Jigoro Kano as especially important to him: “I and the others, in harmony, to grow and progress together.” Federico has been training jiu jitsu with us at Artemis BJJ since 2016, where he also runs our Judo for BJJ class. Outside of martial arts, Federico holds a degree in philosophy and is a professional magician.