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MEET THE TEAM

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PROFESSOR
GARETH NEALE

School Owner and Head Instructor

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Gareth's Martial Arts career began back in 2002, training in several disciplines including Freestyle Wresting, Muay Thai, Filipino Martial Arts and Jeet Kune Do.

One year later, he made his first mark on the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition scene when he achieved Second Place at the 2003 Gracie Invitational Championships in London. He was awarded his Blue Belt by Mauricio Gomes shortly after.

Several years of successfully competing at the highest level world wide saw that Gareth was awarded his Black Belt by Victor Estima in 2012. By this time he had already established himself as an International Multiple Medalist in both IBJJF and UAEJJF. Some of his career highlights include becoming British Black Belt Champion in the 2013 British Open, Medalist at the 2015 No-Gi European Championship and most recently, Medalist at the 2023 European Championship.

Alongside competing, Gareth continued his love of teaching as a Professor and 3rd Degree Black Belt, having spent 10 years at Gracie Barra Nottingham with Victor Estima. Then in April 2021 - 17 years into his BJJ career - with a strong sense of wanting to give back to the community, Gareth took the opportunity to open his own Gracie Barra School in Neepsend, Sheffield.

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PROFESSOR
GAVIN BARNACLE

Gavin has been training for 8 years and began his teaching career 5 years ago. His experience at both GB Nottingham and GB Neepsend, means his knowledge of the sport is deeply technical and highly developed.  Gavin offers private training and already has a well established track record of coaching competitors to achieve success, both in the UK and internationally.

COACH
MOLLY SUMMER

Coming from a background in stunts, circus and acrobatics, Molly began her Jiu-Jitsu journey 3 years ago and took to it straight away.  It wasn't long before she was assisting in kids classes and is now our lead Kids Coach.  Molly's passion for helping the next generation explore their potential through the art of Jiu-Jitsu, means she is highly regarded by students and parents alike.

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NUSH NEALE
Programme Director

Nush will be your first point of contact as she oversees the School's admin and general enquiries. Although she works both on site as well as remotely some of the time, Nush is always just a phone call away.

RIO & TOKYO
School Mascots

Resident Gracie Barra Ambassadors,
always on hand to offer free cuddles!

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WE ARE GRACIE BARRA
At Gracie Barra Neepsend, Sheffield you are part of an incredible extended family.  Here you join a team that will help you embrace your quest for self-discovery and develop skills to meet the challenges of life like a black belt.

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WHY GRACIE BARRA
Our team of instructors are certified in the teaching methods of Master Carlos Gracie Jr., the founder of Gracie Barra. A legacy of over 30 years of experience is at your service, so you can rest assured that you and your family are in great hands at Gracie Barra Neepsend, Sheffield.

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T: 07742 696831

E: info@gbsheffield.com

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