HELPING YOU REACH YOUR
Gracie Barra Roundhay Leeds, we’re not your typical martial arts academy….
Our aim is to develop better people and an even better community for those we share it with. We want to do this in an environment that feels to you like a second home.
We believe that Jiu Jitsu is for everyone and offer programs for anyone aged 4-64 (and a little older if you’re game)!
We’re not a place for fighters but support those who wish to compete, and if you’re neither….well that’s great too.
You won’t find anyone punching thin air or breaking blocks of wood. There are no chants or strange noises. No one-inch punch or superpower. No black belts aged 10.
Just high level Brazilian Jiu JItsu delivered in an amazing facility right in the heart of YOUR community. Oh… did we mention the great coffee and free wifi??
OUR PROMISE TO YOU
Prior to establishing Gracie Barra Roundhay Leeds, Professor Mike served our country for 20 years both within Her Majesty's Royal Marines and in a front-line operational role within the MOD.
Awarded his black belt in 2017, Professor Mike has trained and competed worldwide and believes that solid fundamentals and being dominant positionally underpin any effective Jiu Jitsu game.
Away from the mats Mike is married with 2 children and lives in Roundhay. He is currently training to row solo across the Atlantic ocean to raise money for the Leeds Cares charity.
Tiernan De souza
Starting Muay Thai at age 5, Tiernan is a lifelong martial artist. At 20 he entered training to become a Royal Marine Commando but ultimately left 2 years later.
Looking for new challenges he started BJJ at the beginning of 2018. A year and a half later, with a fresh blue belt in hand, Tiernan set off to meet other martial artists and experience BJJ gyms around the world. He even spent some time managing Gracie Barra Bondi in Sydney!
T believes in the underlying philosophy of martial arts and sees it as the ultimate tool for self-development.
All You Need To Know
frequently asked questions
Check out this short video of Professor Mike answering the top 5 questions people ask before they start Brazilain Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)
Absolutely! We’re passionate about ‘Jiu JItsu for Everyone’ and can scale or adapt any technique to suit everyone’s needs. For inspiration and reassurance check out this video
Our adult classes last for 60 minutes with our kids classes reduced in duration depending on age. All of our classes include a thorough warm up, self-defence technique, sport Jiu Jitsu techniques and specific live training. Our more experienced team members also gain access to separate live training classes which can vary in duration. Contact us to find out more about all the programs we offer.
We’re committed and passionate in providing a safe place for you and your family to train and connect with others. For that reason we have put together the following hygiene & health promise which goes beyond recommended guidelines and aims to inform and protect us all.
Just like everything in life, you get out what you put in. We understand however that with increasingly busy lives, time is precious. We believe, through many years of experience, that a minimum commitment of 2 training sessions per week is needed to see consistent results and improvements.
Great question! At Gracie Barra Roundhay Leeds our instructors have over 35 years of experience in martial arts. As part of the Gracie Barra family each instructor must complete an annual Instructor Certification process which includes enhanced DBS and Sports First Aid. We also love Jiu Jitsu and pride ourselves on providing the best training, facilities and instruction you’ll find in our city!
No. We specialise in Brazilain Jiu Jitsu. Check out this video of Professor Mike explaining why we don’t teach striking in our academy.
No. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a modern martial art by comparison and therefore has developed techniques and fused disciplines to ensure its effectiveness for self-defense. We won’t teach you anything that doesn’t work…you’ll put all of the things you’ve learned into practice in each and every class.