OUR INSTRUCTORS

Meet our team

OUR INSTRUCTORS

Nicolai "Geeza" Holt

Nicolai "Geeza" Holt

Black Belt 2nd 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).

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Roger Gracie > Nicolai Holt

Jamie Horsman

Jamie Horsman

Black Belt

 Jamie ‘Midget’ Horsman has made rapid progress from White to Blackbelt 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.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Roger Gracie > Nicolai Holt > Jamie Horsman

Nick Jordan

Nick Jordan

Black Belt

 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.).

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Roger Gracie > Nicolai Holt > Nick Jordan

John Bishop

John Bishop

Brown Belt

 

 

Matt Roberts

Matt Roberts

Brown Belt

 

 

Joanna Maple

Joanna Maple

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

Piotr Hipsz

Purple Belt

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.