Alain Pozo BJJ






All our classes are taught by instructors of Alain Pozo BJJ (AP BJJ) - guaranteeing some of the best instruction in the UK.


AP BJJ instructors are highly experienced and competition-proven at some of the top events around the world.

Head Coach - Alain Pozo

Alain began training BJJ in 1996, under Zé Radiola, in Recife, Brazil, and is a Black Belt under Wilson Jnr.


Alain's coaching career began in 2009, and was previously the Head Coach of Carlson Gracie Essex, and also helped lead the Carlson Gracie Kids BJJ Team to victory at the English Open in 2011, 2012 and 2013.


Among his most recent competition successes are:


  • 2012 English Open Champion
  • 2012 London International Open Champion
  • 2012 IBJJF European No-Gi Champion
  • 2013 IBJJF Rome Open Champion
  • 2013 IBJJF Munich Open Champion
  • 2013 NAGA European Championships Champion
  • 2015 IBJJF London Winter Open Champion
  • 2015 IBJJF European No-Gi Champion

Qualifications and Courses:


CRB Enhanced; Child Protection; First Aid; Competition Officer for the UKBJJA; NAGA Referee; IBJJF Referee

Sarah Merriner

Prior to BJJ, Sarah spent 5 years training traditional Jiu Jitsu where she was undefeated in sparring and ground fighting competitions.


Sarah started training BJJ in 2008, and became one of only a handful of female UK BJJ Black Belts in 2015.


Among Sarah's many recent achievements are:


  • 2011 NAGA European Champion
  • 2011 NAGA European No-Gi Champion
  • 2012 BJJ British Open Champion
  • 2013 IBJJF Rome Open Champion
  • 2013 NAGA European Champion
  • 2014 IBJJF European Champion
  • 2015 IBJJF British National Champion
  • 2017 IBJJF European Champion

Taylor Pearman

Taylor began training BJJ when he was 14 and is now one of the best purple belts in the country.


Taylor instructs both adults classes and kids classes, easily adapting his style and tuition to match the different ages - ensuring all members understand and progress their abilities.


Taylor has had extensive competition success both in the UK and abroad:


3 x European Champion

10 x English Champion

2 x British Champion

2 World Pro Trials Champion

2 x TUFF Invitational Superfight Champion

1 x Naga Champion

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