Coach: Simon Small


​Simon is pictured above achieving his British Judo Association 1st Dan Black Belt by the 'line up'.

He was the 2002 Samurai high grades Kyu grade champion defeating all his opponents by the maximum possible 10 points to take the Gold medal in the 1st Kyu heavyweight section. In the Open event he collected a bronze medal after losing in the semi-final to the eventual gold medalist. Simon has competed in many competitions, including Porthcawl Open, North Wales Open, Welsh Championships and Heart of England Championships, collecting many medals along the way.

Simon also qualified as a BJA Club Coach.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Simon was awarded his Black Belt by Braulio Estima in August 2013. He has trained and competed at BJJ events in America, Brazil, Portugal and the UK. 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt (Braulio Estima) August 2013
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt (Braulio Estima) August 2010
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt (Braulio Estima) July 2007
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt (Royce Gracie) February 2003

International Competition record:

2003 Gracie Invitational European BJJ Tournament: Runner-up

2003 Pan American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament: Bronze

2004 CBJJ Mundials Competitor

2006 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. CBJJ International Masters & Seniors. Blue Belt Absolute Bronze Medal.

2009 CBJJ International Masters & Seniors Purple Belt Senior 1. Super Pasado Silver Medal.

Member Of
Karate & Kickboxing

Simon holds Black Belts in 3 different styles of Karate. A 6th Dan in ECKA and 1st Dan in both Shukokai and Shotokan Karate. He is one of the most senior instructors within the English Contact Karate Association

He has trained and competed with success in all of the Karate disciplines of full contact, semi-contact, light continuous and free-form, and is the only person in the history of ECKA to win the National Title in all four disciplines.

A small selection of his Karate achievements are shown below.

​EKF Level 4 Head Coach Qualified Instructor.
WAKO Qualified Coach

6th Dan Contact Karate (ECKA) 
1st Dan Shukokai Karate (SKF) 
1st Dan Shotokan Karate (KUGB/JKA)
1992 ECKA National Full Contact Champion
1995 WUMA British Light Continuous Champion
1995 TSSK National Kumite Champion
1997 ECKA National Semi Contact Champion
1997 IKKC British Semi Contact Champion
2000 ECKA National Team Semi Contact Champion
2000 ECKA National Team Freeform Champion
2000 National Freeform Champion
2001 SMAC Ju Jutsu Champion
2001 ECKA National Semi Contact Silver Medallist
2001 ECKA National Freeform Champion
2002 ECKA National Semi Contact Silver Medallist
2003 ECKA National Semi Contact Silver Medallist
2003 ECKA National Light Continuous Champion
2003 ECKA National Freeform Champion

Simon has a huge wealth of refereeing experience at all levels on the Mat at Semi contact, Light continuous and freeform. He is also a qualified and experienced Ringsport referee in Full contact and K1

Simon has traveled and completed intensive training in Thailand on several occasions.
Mixed Martial Arts

Simon fought on The Grapple & Strike MMA show at semi-professional level. In a two round war with Welshman Paul Matthews, the judges declared the fight a unanimous draw.

Simon also often takes the role of “man in charge” and has referee’d on many events at amateur and professional levels. Simon has been a Cage Warrriors Referee for past few years. 
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Simon completes 'the line up'. The hard way to get your Black Belt

Simon has also competed in amateur boxing, with a couple of wins by stoppage, and was also the National Ju Jutsu Kumite Council British Champion & Northern Ireland Champion.

Along with various coaching qualifications, Simon has an up to date enhanced DBS, first aid trained and has under gone safe guard training. He continues to enhance his education through coaching workshops.

Simon hold a level 3 paediatric first aid certificate.