Attending Black Belts

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Lake District BJJ Camps has a plethora of high level blackbelts that regularly attend the camps. These people are more than happy to answer your questions, solve your issues and make sure you understand the techniques that are being taught. 

During the Open Mat and sparring times, feel free to ask these guys to roll or train with you! We don’t play politics at the camps! Everyone is there to learn, improve, and grow and as most of these guys are instructors too, they always enjoy helping you learn and progress.

Ben Poppleton

3 Decades of Jiu Jitsu,

4th degree Blackbelt,

Head of Gordo Jiu Jitsu Europe

Blackbelt awarded by Carlos Gracie Jnr,

The Original Lake District BJJ Camps Instructor!

Instagram: Benpoppletonbjj

Facebook: Ben Poppleton BJJ Tenerife

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Sam Kaye
Europes 1st Disabled Blackbelt
1st Blackbelt in Cumbria
Head Coach and Owner – Lake District BJJ Academy (your first point of contact for any camp)
British Champion Blackbelt Masters 2021 
Pantheon and Grapplefest Veteran

Instagram Phantomofthemats

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Jon Nicholson

 

1st degree Blackbelt under Marcos Nardini

 

Head BJJ Instructor – D Unit Combat sports hub

 

Scottish Rep of Gordo Jiu Jitsu Europe

 

2 times European Masters Champion Brown Belt
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Duncan Wharam
 
1st degree Black Belt under Ben Poppleton
 
Head BJJ Coach at Sheffield Shoot Fighters
 
Hellishly strong beard game!
Dave ‘Speedy’ Elliott
 
3rd Degree Blackbelt under Marc Walder and Mauricio Gomes 
 
Team Origin BJJ 
 
Self confessed Tattoo Collector

 

Instagram speeditu_7185

 

David ‘Mooch’ Moore 
Head Coach at Sensei Darlington
Blackbelt Under Shaun Matthews
Naga Belt winner masters
Mutiple time british champ at Purple and brown
Enjoys the Lakes Camps because ‘Sam makes good coffee’ 

Owner Hardlife fightwear on Instagram and FB

John ‘Staffordshire’ Stokes
2nd Degree Black belt 
Judo Blackbelt
Head Coach Milltown BJJ

Doesn’t like tall people!

Instagram Mill_town_bjj

 

Rich Golland

 

7 Hills BJJ Sheffield

 

1st Degree Blackbelt under Ben Poppleton

 

Connoisseur of the Baseball bat choke
Pete Hall

 

Gordo Jiu Jitsu Rippon/Combat Kings

 

1st Degree Blackbelt under Ben Poppleton

Probably the toughest dude that doesn’t like competing!

Martin Bolo Folan

 

Ronin BJJ Leeds

 

Blackbelt under Ben Poppleton
Grant Cruickshank

 

Head of Origin Jiu Jitsu Scotland

 

Blackbelt under Dave ‘Speedy’ Elliott and Marc Walder

 

30 years martial arts, 10+ years BJJ

 

Claims to be almost as broken as the cripple that runs the camps!
Ritu Elliott-Dewan

 

Blackbelt under Marc Walder and Dave ‘Speedy’ Elliott

 

Origin BJJ 

 

Mum of 5

 

Self confessed TikTok Addict and prankster!
Martin Gorzala

 

2nd Degree blackbelt under Ben Poppleton

 

Owner Senshi Academy Leeds

 

6 time National Champion

 

3 time Masters European Champion 
Adam Giggle

 

Blackbelt under Ben Poppleton

 

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Scissor Sweep Savant 
Billy Beckers

 

Blackbelt under Dave ‘Speedy’ Elliott

 

Head coach of Janus Jiu Jitsu

 

Founder of the Dundee Mixed Martial Arts Youth and Community Sports Association

 

School Manager ‘Shooters Dundee’

 

Ricardo Luiz De Souza
 
Blackbelt under Andre Ramos
 
Lake District BJJ Academy
 
British Absolute Champion Masters 2021
 
European Champion Brown Belt
Leigh Remedios

 

Blackbelt under Ben Poppleton

 

VT Jiu Jitsu

 

UFC Veteran

 

Polaris Veteran

 

UK MMA Pioneer
Ash Fletcher

 

Blackbelt under Ben Poppleton

 

Gordo Jiu Jitsu Cannock

 

Grapplefest Veteran