David Tobin is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt under Braulio Estima and Lee Catling. He has medalled multiple times at a national level, including earning gold as a brown belt and bronze as a black belt in the English Open. He has trained with Braulio Estima, Royce Gracie, Mauricio Gomes and Marc Walder to name a few. David takes a friendly and relaxed approach to teaching all aspects of BJJ, Submission wrestling and self defence.
David has 28 years of martial arts experience under his belt. He started training in Wado Ryu Karate at the age of 5 years old and teaching at the age of 12 under his Dad and 4th degree Karate Black Belt Joe Tobin. He went on to train as an amateur boxer and kickboxer in his teenage years. When he reached the age of 24 he realized there was something missing in his training. He stumbled across a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club ran by Marc Walder and the rest is history.
David truly fell in love with the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and today he passes his passion on to his students at GB havering. He received his black belt in 2014 from world renown BJJ legend Braulio Estima and continues to compete under his tutelage. He welcomes everyone at the academy to train regardless of age or ability.
David is a registered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt recognised by the UKBJJA http://www.ukbjjbeltregister.org/user.php?id=895
Craig Young (Purple Belt 3rd Degree)
Instructor (Gracie Barra Havering)
Craig has been training Jiu Jitsu at GB Havering for 5 years and in this time has put in thousands of hours of mat time. He is well known for his very technical style. Craig is an active and very successful competitor as well as a stand out Jiu Jitsu teacher. Craig runs our NOGI classes on Saturday mornings.
Gary (Blue Belt 2nd degree)
Kids Instructor (Gracie Barra Havering)
Gary is a very well rounded Jiu Jitsu practitioner with plenty of mat time under his belt. He is known for having a very good way with the kids as he is a father himself, therefore helps to generate a fun yet disciplined and safe environment for the kids to train in.
GB Southend instructor (Black Belt)
Lee on the left
Lee Catling started training at the age of 8 in the art of Tang Soo Do under Master Loke, after 4years of training lee started training Wing Chun Kung Fu becoming a instructor for the UKWCKFA, needing competition Lee turned to boxing winning two titles Essex novice and the ABA title.Lee started training in judo in 1992 gaining he's black belt from Ron Meader in 2000, around this time Lee went to a seminar run by Braulio Estima and was hooked on the art of Brazilian Jiujitsu . Training under Braulio Lee has become a black belt and head instructor of Gracie Barra Essex and now is head jiujitsu and MMA coach for the Ministry of Martial Arts.
Now training and teaching full-time Lee is passing on he's knowledge and passion for BJJ and MMA, training many local and international champions. Lee actively coaches David and aids his preparation for BJJ competition.
Head Instructor Gracie Barra Nottingham)
Braulio is responsible for the instruction of many of the UK's top grapplers on the current scene such as Kevin Webb, Luke Costello, Chiu Kwong Man, Michael Dean, Rob Stevens, Norby and Stephen Martin. Braulio is currently training for his mixed martial arts debut. MMA organization Shine Fights has signed him to a multi-fight deal.
In 2011, Georges St-Pierre invited Braulio Estima to become one of his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coaches
Braulios Grappling Achievements
ADCC super fight champion 2011
World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup 2010 (2nd place in Absolute and -83kg divisions)
World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup 2009 (2nd place in Absolute and 4th place in -95kg divisions)
2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship - 88kg and Absolute Champion
2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship - Superfight Champion
Absolute World Cup Champion - 2006
Absolute World Champion - 2002
World Champion - 2004, 2006, 2009
Grand Slam Capital Challenge Jordan - 2008 heavy weight and Absolute Champion
Pan American Champion - 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006
Absolute Pan American Champion - 2003
Pan American No Gi Champion - 2008
Absolute Pan American No Gi Champion - 2008
European Champion - 2007, 2009, 2011
Absolute European Champion - 2007, 2009
Champion of the International Team - 2003, 2007
Champion's Challenge BRAZIL X USA - 2003
ADCC Silver Medalist - 2007
World Silver Medalist - 2008
3rd placed on the World Championship - 2003
3rd placed on the World Championship - 2001