Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Welcome to NTU Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the fastest growing club at the University – the sport is a fun and effective self defence based in a friendly environment.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is completely alien to the majority but can be summarised as a grappling martial art that focuses on controlling an opponent of greater size, strength and aggression with superior leverage, grip and position. It has been titled one of, if not the most effective form of self-defence in the world.

The club has an influx of novices every year, so don’t feel like a lack of experience should put you off. Likewise, if you’re experienced, we have a group of competitors to keep you on your toes.

NTU BJJ have been crowned UKBJJA National Champions (the bi-annual national competition) for the last three years running, which we have been fortunate to host for the first time in 2019. We are proud of this status and need some new recruits to maintain it.

We work inclusively. Men, women, fresher, final year, the club welcomes everybody, and all are encouraged to represent the University at competition with categories open that range from Beginner (first year of training) to Advanced. But no pressure! We have a host of members that simply train for self-defence, fitness and fun.


Head coach, Sean Coates, is a 5-times British champion, European silver medallist and 3-times World bronze medallist. Sean currently trains under No-Gi world champion Victor Estima as a brown belt at the highly regarded Gracie Barra, Nottingham.

No-Gi coach, Giuseppe Lannucci, is a brown belt with 20-years wrestling experience that builds solid foundations for your Jiu-Jitsu game.

Gradings do take place throughout the year so your commitment could see you progress through the belts.


We train four times a week, with sessions at both City and Clifton campus.

Monday 20:00-21:30 (Open Mat/Head coach Sean Coates) @ City, SU Hall.
Wednesday 12:00-14:00 (No-Gi) @ Clifton, Lee Westwood Studio.
Friday 16:00-18:00 (Coach Giuseppe Lannucci – No-Gi) @ City, SU Hall.
Saturday 11:45-14:00 (Head coach Sean Coates – Gi) @ City, Studio.

Taster sessions

The club host coached taster sessions during Welcome Week if you want to give Jiu Jitsu a try. Follow us on social media for more information around the time or drop us a message via email if you want to know more.

How to join

NTU BJJ offer an incredible price of an annual fee at £110 broken down to £80 in the first term and £30 in the second.

Sports kit information

Specific kit isn’t an essential, simple tight-fitted gym wear is acceptable. It is reminded that there are no shoes allowed on mats. Gum shields are recommended for sparring.

Upon request it is possible to purchase NTU BJJ rashguards (supplied by SubGuards) and NTU BJJ gi’s (supplied by Progress), which are mandatory from term 2 for Saturday sessions. Just speak to one of our committee members who can help you through the process.


President – Will Lambert
Treasurer – Peter Thew
Secretary – Joe Horn
Social Sec – Toby Littler
Social Sec – Matt Burfoot

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Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418