Can (pronounced ‘Jun’) has been training in martial arts since 1994, starting BJJ in 2006 at the Roger Gracie Academy. He first became a BJJ instructor in 2011 and is currently a brown belt under Kev Capel (a Roger Gracie black belt), as well as a qualified First Aider.
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, along with 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, with events in the USA, Germany and Belgium, among other countries.
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 BJJ instructor for children and a judo teacher: she now runs 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 purple belt from Kev Capel and Can. Matt is the BJJ instructor for our Thursday class in Clifton, plus covering classes when instructors are away. His other love is film, which he devours in all forms. Matt has also written two feature screenplays.
Dónal is a familiar face on the BJJ tournament circuit, not only as a competitor but also as a respected referee. If you want to succeed in competition, then Dónal has the knowledge and experience to help you reach your goals.
Outside of BJJ, Dónal is a qualified counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy: to find out more about his work in that area, go here.
Having been a competitive swimmer for 5 years at Greenwich Swimming Club, Jade already had a solid background in sport. She’s also got creative skills to go with her athleticism: in 2012, Jade co-founded a film production company, Lonely Dreamers, housing her film projects, alongside working with educational charities.
Erick is in charge of the Sunday nogi class, as well as being part of the kids instructor team and regularly covering the nogi classes on Sundays. Outside of BJJ, he enjoys playing guitar and singing, writing his own material. When the weather allows, Erick can be seen performing on the streets of Bristol, if you’re lucky. 😉
Tracey has been training at Artemis BJJ since 2014, where she is currently a blue belt. She was one of the original women’s class students, having been involved since the beginning. Tracey runs our kids class, which her younger son also attends. She is also our Child Protection Officer.
A keen artist, she is building a reputation with her tacerob brand, focusing on grappling illustrations. She is a sponsor and core fundraiser at the annual Artemis BJJ GrappleThons. Tracey is also involved with Adaptive Martial Arts, an organisation which helps injured and disabled people to train BJJ.
Sam hails from New Zealand, where he began learning judo at Judo Kong in Auckland during 2006. He initially started his BJJ training in Bristol around 2009, before joining Artemis BJJ not long after we were founded.
He is currently a purple belt under Kev and Can. Sam has numerous interests outside of BJJ, ranging from art and music through to juggling. He runs our Thursday night classes.
Kirsty began training BJJ in 2013. She was one of the original Artemis BJJ women’s class students, starting with us back in 2015 when Can was still teaching the women’s class. Before that, Kirsty had already been training in grappling for some time, attending sessions of both aikido and BJJ. She is currently a blue belt under Can. Kirsty is part of the women’s class instructor team, along with covering other classes when instructors are away.
Outside of BJJ, Kirsty is a skilled musician, playing alto sax and vocals in her band. She also has a degree in Engineering, leading to her current profession as a mechanical design engineer.
Greg started his grappling journey at Artemis BJJ in January 2017, where he is currently a blue belt. He’s had a lifelong interest in martial arts, beginning with karate as a child, then a brief stint of Japanese jujitsu. That was followed by a longer commitment to muay thai, but after breaking his foot before his first amateur fight, Greg moved on.
The classic Gracie challenge matches and the Rickson documentary Choke sparked Greg’s interest in BJJ. Off the mats, Greg is a keen musician. He sings, plays guitar and cajón (a type of drum from Peru). From Dublin, Greg originally trained to be a teacher, but now works as a chef. He’s in charge of our Monday 18:30 session.
Photo credits: Lisa Chappell, Tracey Robinson