Gracie Barra Bristol

Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone

Meet our team!

Nicolai “Geeza” Holt


Black Belt 1st Degree

Nicolai “Geeza” Holt is the head coach of Gracie Barra Bristol and he is proud to be the only Brazilian Jiu JItsu instructor teaching in Bristol that was promoted to black belt by a member of the Gracie family (Roger Gracie). With over 15 years of teaching experience in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Geeza understands that each student has different goals, different abilities and different needs and he is happiest when each student grows and develops in their own particular way. Geeza likes to teach the Jiu Jitsu of his Master Roger Gracie, closely follows and teaches the new developments in the sport and adheres to the legacy passed down through the Gracie Barra curriculum. Besides being an instructor, Geeza has earned many titles as a competitor including multiple time Pan American, European and Grappler's Quest Champion. (He is known as Geeza because he is a bit older than your average BJJ instructor).

JamieJamie Horsman

Brown Belt 3rd degree

Jamie 'Midget' Horsman has made rapid progress from White to Brown belt with Gracie Barra due to his extraordinary competition success. European Champion in gi at Blue and Purple belt he is also a well respected and loved instructor able to create a nice learning atmosphere in his classes. Jamie Teaches at Gracie Barra Bristol and is the head coach at Gracie Barra Knowle.

Luke Chamberlain

Brown Belt

Luke 'Mafia' Chamberlain is in charge of the Future Champions kids program. Luke is an active competitor and was the first ever blue belt awarded by Geeza. Luke teaches at Gracie Barra Bristol and is also the Head Coach at Gracie Barra Westbury.

Nick Jordan

Purple Belt 4th degree

Nick 'Bucket' Jordan is one of the most respected members of the Gracie Barra Bristol family and will always stay on the mat for 'one more roll' if anyone is up for it. He is an active competitor with local and national titles and has a brilliant memory for the techniques of BJJ. (He is known as 'Bucket' because he has trained and fought so hard on several occasions that he vomited.).

Arnaud Bouanga

Purple Belt 4th degree

Arnaud Bouanga is an active competitor and knows how to create a great learning environment. He has three of his children training at the school, (as his fourth is not yet old enough to train.)

Joanna Kruszyk

Purple Belt

Joanna is a Gracie Barra purple belt under professor Geeza. Joanna closely follows the Gracie Barra method and has recently completed the Gracie Barra Instructor Certification Program. She share her passion to Jiu Jitsu with her children and they all train together and are active competitors . She also received ' the most dedicated female student ' award two years in a raw for her hard work and dedication to the academy and community. Joanna is also an OFSTED registered childminder and a qualified teacher , she has been successfully teaching the Furniture Champions Classes for the past few years. Joanna teaches at Gracie Barra Bristol and is also the Head Coach at Gracie Barra Staple Hill.

Piotr Hipsz

Blue Belt 4th degree

Hi, my name is Piotr Hipsz, I am one of the instructors at Gracie Barra Staple Hill, I am a blue belt at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and I teach classes at Gracie Barra Staple Hill twice a week. Besides, I also teach kids classes at Gracie Barra Bristol (Redfield) and I am a student under a black belt Professor Nicolai "Geeza" Holt. My goal as an instructor is to create a learning environment where everyone is able to take away something useful which can improve self-defence, boost confidence, and bring their BJJ to another level. In addition to that, I would like to promote the BJJ lifestyle and help other people transform their lives via BJJ.