Hi guys, welcome to our monthly newsletter. Let’s look at what’s been happening during May and what’s in store for June…


We recently learned that the first 90 days of training a martial art is the most likely time for new students to quit. We’re not sure if this is true for BJJ but it got us wondering: what do you wish you had known when you first started?

What would you teach yourself if you could go back to your first day training?

We’re going to be looking at this over the coming weeks then we’ll be making some content for the website and social media. This will help newbies to understand what to expect, give them some tips, things to think about or make it feel more comfortable turning up to training.

So let us know – what would have made it easier for you? Being shown how to tie your belt? Some tips for rolling? Concentrating on going slowly when first learning a new technique? Or something else?

If the team can let us know via our Facebook page, this would be really helpful for our future marketing efforts. Thanks!


Good luck to all the students competing at the Bournemouth Open this weekend. It’s great to have a team going to these events and great to see the progress everyone making.

I would encourage everybody to compete at least once. Not only is it great for the club – as it shows our growing presence – and for the team as everybody supports each other, it’s also great for individuals. Competing really helps to focus your BJJ “game” and train that bit harder, your confidence will improve as you push yourself to do something great and you will learn how well you can use your jiu-jitsu under pressure.

If you would like to compete or are not sure whether you’re ready to compete just come and speak to me and I’ll be happy to talk you through it and give you some feedback.


Around 10 members of the team will be travelling to the major BJJ competition Polaris Pro in August to watch some of the biggest names in the sport competing. Once again, it’s great to see the members of the club doing things socially; we are more than just training partners, we are a family!

A big thanks to James Stagg for organising this.

If you are interested in coming to future events such as this keep an eye on the Gracie Barra Yeovil community Facebook page.


Just a reminder that on Sunday the 9th of September, Dan Strauss (also known as ‘The Raspberry Ape’) will be on the mats at Gracie Barra Yeovil as part of his 2017 ‘Butterfly Guard Tour’.

Dan is a Black Belt under Roger Gracie. He is a British and English champion at black belt, NAGA elite European champion and a number one ranked black belt by the UKBJJA.

He’s been invited to and competed in the world’s biggest submission grappling tournaments such as Polaris pro, ADCC and the Eddie Bravo Invitational.

This seminar will be a ‘Pre Book Only’ event and the cut off date is the 31st of August. You will not be able to sign up on the day or after the 31st of August.

‘Early Sign Up’ entry to this seminar is £35 up until the 31st of July. After this date, entry will be £40.

Please remember that we do have a limited amount of mat space and will only be able to cater for a certain number of people. To avoid missing out, get yourself booked onto the seminar as soon as possible.

Dan has visited us at Gracie Barra before and everyone had a blast as you can see from the photo below.

For more info see the Gracie Barra Yeovil Facebook page.

That’s it for now, I look forward to seeing you all on the mats in June.