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Carlson Gracie Essex – The New Era

Friday, February 1st, 2013

9th Legion Training Centre


To support the continued growth of our excellent team, Carlson Gracie Essex has made the move to a new purpose built training facility in Colchester.

Carlson Gracie Essex has had numerous sucessess in BJJ and MMA competition in the last two years. Working alongside Carlson Gracie Team UK, we have won many team trophies and have had students and instructors medal in major IBJJF Championships.

We also have a growing team of dedicated beginners eager to train and learn. We are so proud of every single team member and how much we have achieved in such a short time.

We are absolutely dedicated to our students, and wish to offer the best service possible. The only way forward for us is to build a new environment focused on YOUR needs.

9th Legion Training Centre will soon be offering Muay Thai, Wrestling and more Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes, as well as a range of fitness options. The BJJ class timetable for Adults and Juniors has already started, and we have had a great turnout for our first week.

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Unit A2, Seedbed Business Centre, Wyncolls Road, Colchester, England

Beginner’s BJJ Class

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012


Carlson Gracie Essex is pleased to announce that from Tuesday 17th July a new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Beginners class will be added to the current timetable at SD Martial Arts, Colchester.

•     Classes will be every Tuesday 18:30-19:30

The beginners programme will be focussed on teaching the fundamentals of Jiu-jitsu at a pace and intensity appropriate for the complete novice.

Classes will also be suitable for those currently training other martial arts who wish to learn the ground aspect of fighting.  These classes will also be an excellent introduction for those wishing to train a martial art for the first time and to prepare aspiring BJJ practitioners for more advanced training.

You can train BJJ to:

•        Get in shape

•        Reduce stress

•        Have fun

•        Acquire a new skill

•        Learn to defend yourself


“I am a 44 year old child protection social worker with 4 children and a grandchild. I have not done any exercise for 10 years. I began BJJ 3 months ago and I attend 2 private sessions a week with Alain Pozo as I am unable to get to the classes.

It was a little scary going to the gym as I imagined it being full of super fit people with big egos to match. Of course there are many very fit people; however I couldn’t have been more wrong as it turned out to be a friendly and welcoming place.

My fitness levels have increased so much and I am feeling more confident. I am eating healthily and I have lost a stone in weight and 3 inches off my waist, hips and thighs. I have a stressful job but when I leave my sessions I feel distressed and happy.

BJJ has changed my life and I have definitely got the BJJ bug, I would go every day if I could. I would recommend BJJ to anybody of any age, fitness level or background, just take the plunge, you won’t regret it. I would also recommend Alain as he is a fantastic trainer!”  Tracey


 “4.5 months ago I made one of the best decisions in my fitness life and that decision was to start Brazilian Jujitsu (BJJ). If someone would have told me that it would start to develop into a lifestyle I would have doubted them. However almost 5 months on it has become a big part of my life and helped me to focus on areas in life; like training hard, diet, conditioning, pushing myself and weight loss. During the time I have been training BJJ I have lost a total of 9 kilos!

 From day one head coach Alain Pozo makes you feel like one of the team, and its his passion for the BJJ lifestyle that translates through to his technical, coaching and conditioning knowledge. Unlike some martial arts I have trained in before there is little room for ego or attitude in classes, and the camaraderie between the students is what helps to push yourself when you feel you’ve got nothing left in the tank, makes you want to eat well and live well. It’s not often you find environments in life where everyone around you wants to better their previous performance but at Carlson Gracie Essex it’s clear to see.” David

Venue Change – BJJ Chelmsford

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012


Carlson Gracie Essex, Chelmsford gym will be moving venue.
From Monday 2nd July we will be located at a purpose built dojo with a fully matted area.

Class times:

Monday 21:00-22:00

Friday 19:00-20:00

Saturday 11:30-12:30

Chelmsford City Martial Arts Centre
Unit 21 & 22
Waterhouse Business Centre
2 Cromar Way
Waterhouse Lane

Head Coach is Alain Pozo and assistant coach is James Costa.
For more info

New Chelmsford Classes

Thursday, March 1st, 2012



In addition to the current classes, Carlson Gracie Essex are excitied to launch new classes in Chelmsford commencing 5th March.

From 2nd July the classes will be located at Chelmsford City Martial Arts Centre.

Class times:

Monday 21:00-22:00

Friday 19:00-20:00

Saturday 11:30-12:30

Chelmsford City Martial Arts Centre
Unit 21 & 22
Waterhouse Business Centre
2 Cromar Way
Waterhouse Lane


£8 pay as you go.
Monthly 1 x class £26, 2 x class £45, unlimited classes £65.

Students and Juniors
£6 pay as you go.
Monthly 1 x class £21, 2 x class £40, unlimited £55

Parking avaliable on site. Please supply reception with your car registration.

For more details email:


New Classes Coming

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011


Alain will now be teaching BJJ classes on Saturday mornings at Ipswich Kickboxing Academy (home of Blue Wave Martial Arts in Ipswich) from 20th August 2011.



Class times:

Juniors:  10:30-11:30

Adults:  11:30-12:45


Unit 2 Tudor Works,22 Turret Lane
Ipswich  , IP4  1DL. 

Alex Costa!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011


Great news for Carlson Gracie Essex and SDMMA, as Muay Thai coach Alex Costa has joined the Team.

Along with a new coach, we have a newly monthly training price.

Monthly Unlimited Training:

Unlimited training price includes BJJ, Muay Thai and MMA sparring sessions.

New Muay Thai Class Times:

Tuesday 21:00 – 22:00

Thursday 19:00 – 20:00

Saturday 11:45- 12:45

Alex is the current ECFF East of England K1 Champion. For those interested in MMA or stand-up fighting, we highly recommend these classes.

New Submission Grappling Class at BKK Fighters

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011


Alain will be teaching Submission Grappling for MMA at BKK Fighters from 18/04/2011.

Class times:

Monday 18:30 – 19:30




BKK Fighters Gym

Hythe Quay Spurgeon Street

Colchester, Essex