Class Focus: Fitness & Conditioning

Your success at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is dependant on a number of key concepts. You will spend the beginning learning the techniques and procedures but it is the additional work you put in as you progress, that will determine if you go from good to great.

Here at Gracie Barra Scotland, we are proud to offer a number of classes to assist participants to make this progression. We will be running a new feature on the classes available and which ones would be best for you to participate in:

Class Focus: Fitness & Conditioning

What Fitness & Conditioning
Led by Professor Gillon
Suitable for

Anyone who wants to improve their fitness and overall conditioning, by developing their cardio-vascular endurance, strength, speed and muscle development.

This class is ideal for those club members who are looking to improve their endurance for rolling, speed and flexibility for transitioning between positions etc.

Those students who are looking to compete and need to become fitter athetically.

This class is ideal for those people who are bored with the gym and need something more challenging. It is a chance to develop your fitness, in a fun environment, to some great music.

Open to
  • Male and female
  • All fitness levels
  • Club members and non-members
Consists of
  • Body-weight exercises
  • Kick-boxing pad work
  • Kettle-bell movements
  • Partner work and personal challenges
Key Notes

The challenges set evolve each week and keep things fun, challenging and motivating.

There are set challenges which are focused on the individual and with a partner.

This is a tough class but it is staggered in a set way to build your confidence and mental strength and learn how to push yourself further each week. You will learn how to keep your chin up, try for one more rep, one more swing or to go that little bit harder. Professor Gillon will help you discover your true ability and what you are capable of.

There is a strong team spirit in the class, and the class will help keep you motivated and pushing towards your goal.

Professor Gillon has a long history of training BJJ practitioners, fitness participants and everything in between, and will help you get into shape, regardless of the point you start from.

  • Free to club members
  • £5 per class to non-members
Date & Time Thursdays, 6-7pm
Frequency Weekly
How to join the class
  • Members: Attend as above and sign in as normal
  • Non-members: please email to book to a place, using the contact form here


What do the participants say about the class

The fitness class at Gracie Barra is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their fitness, strength, power, figure and confidence. Ricky includes kickboxing routines, kettlebells circuits and ab workouts to create a conditioning class, perfect for both someone who is new to fitness, and to the seasoned fitness fanatic. Ricky helps you push yourself to a new level of fitness, which in turn, affects your life outside of the gym. Your self-esteem and confidence skyrockets, allowing to face everyday life with more positivity and mental strength. Trust me, you’ll notice the effect this class has on your shape and mental health within a week or two. Get stuck in!

Joe Armstrong

Blue Belt


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Professor Lagarto Seminar in February


Gracie Barra Scotland is honoured to host a seminar with the world-famous BJJ practitioner, Professor Lucio Rodrigues.


Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and known traditionally as ‘Lagarto’, (which means lizard in Portuguese), Professor Lagarto is a former world champion, and direct student of the legendary Carlos Gracie, Jr. He is a 4th degree Black Belt and Head Instructor at Gracie Barra Fulham.



Each seminar, Professor Lagarto focuses on a particular area of BJJ and teaches high-level concepts and movements, in his warm and humble way and it is not possible to leave without developing your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, regardless of the level that you begin at.

The seminar will consist of practising various fundamental skills development, evolutions of basic guards and passes, partner work and much, much more.

This is an exciting opportunity to train with a giant of the sport and learn directly from a former student of one of the BJJ masters.

The seminar will be held at Gracie Barra Glasgow 40 Broomielaw, Glasgow, Scotland, G1 4QN.



The seminar will take place

Date Time Cost
February 16th 2019 13.00 – 15.00 £40

The seminar is open to all BJJ practitioners, including beginners, and you do not need to be a member of Gracie Barra Scotland to attend.

Participants should wear a BJJ gi and belt, and bring along some water. There are changing rooms and showers available on-site.



Places are limited, so sign up as soon as possible.

To book your place, please CLICK HERE TO use the contact form on the site.


More Information

To find out more, please watch this short video on the Professor:


“Gracie Barra biggest goal is to change people’s life for better trough JiuJitsu. And that’s why Gracie Barra is the biggest and strongest BJJ Team in the world.”

Professor Lagarto

4th degree Black Belt

Head Instructor at Gracie Barra Fulham

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Competition training is coming

There are many reasons to begin BJJ. Some start to get fit, some to learn self-defence, others to make new friends. However, there is a number, who join to compete, to test themselves against others, to seek where their limit is, the effectiveness of their technique and where they compare to other BJJ practitioners.

With this in mind, GB Glasgow is delighted to announce the beginning of a new competition team with specialist training for team members.

The training:

  • Classes are scheduled to begin in early January after the festive break.
  • Is aimed at those pupils who wish to compete in local, national or international level.
  • Is open to all GB Glasgow current Pupils who are at ‘three tab’ white belt or above, with regular attendance at the GB2 classes also a requirement.
  • Is competition focused, with advanced conditioning components, point scoring, technique drills, sparring development and high-intensity competitive rolling.

Please note, it is not mandatory for you to attend these classes. However, these classes are on offer to those students who wish to compete against others at various competition levels. Students who wish to join the team will need to prove their motivation, consistency and desire by becoming an athlete and by taking their BJJ evolution serious.

For those students who wish to join but do not currently feel ready, a development plan can be organised and discussed with Professor Gillon, to help you reach the required level. Please discuss this at your next class.

Make 2019, the year you compete.

Please visit: for more information/

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Merry Christmas from GB Glasgow!

#graciebarra #jiujitsuworld #jiujitsuforeveryone #fun #christmas #gym

Posted by Gracie Barra Glasgow, Scotland on Thursday, 20 December 2018

Gracie Barra Scotland would like to wish all students, training staff, future champions & new students starting soon a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2019!

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Introducing the Ultimate BJJ Training Package

BJJ is a very technical sport, with many aspects affecting your overall success and development. Your understanding of technique, your fitness, your understanding of the key concepts of BJJ and so much more, will have an effect on your BJJ journey, the color of your belt and overall success in BJJ.

To assist you on your journey, no matter your current level, we are introducing a brand new training package, which has been set up to help you develop yourself as a BJJ practitioner in the fastest time possible. We believe that this is the best training package available for all students, regardless of their current level.

The new Ultimate Training Package is currently offered to beginners and current students alike. Each component of your journey has been considered and covered in the plan to ensure you develop into a highly skilled, proficient and fit BJJ student.

The table below outlines the key concepts of the plan:


Item Please note
GB1 membership The GB1 is a beginner friendly training programme, with a focus on the fundamentals in a structured setup. The programme, will build your fitness and teach you key self-defense skills and techniques, all with a smile on your face throughout. This programme is open to everyone, regardless of previous experience or fitness level. This membership will allow access to all GB1 classes.
2 x Private Training sessions (per month)

Take your training to the next level by training on a 1-2-1 basis with your professor.

Key benefits:

  • Gain a better understanding of specific areas of your BJJ
  • Game flow
  • Set goals and work towards them
  • Get individual attention
  • Gain access to a customized curriculum
  • Enjoy sparring with your instructor
  • Rise above your training plateaus
  • Speed up your learning
  • Make up for missed classes

Private classes are specifically designed to fit your needs and goal. These sessions will be delivered on a schedule arranged with Professor Gillon and when available.

Gym use

Free unlimited gym use is included. A range of strength, conditioning, and cardio equipment is available. A gym induction will be included to ensure you can utilise the equipment for the best return possible.

Additionally, a Gillon Fitness free fitness consultation is available on request and additional gym training sessions are available at an additional cost.


The Ultimate Training Package is available to all students at a cost of £100 per month.

If you are interested in joining GB Glasgow on this package, please use our website contact form to book in your free introductory lesson, which will allow you a chance to view the facilities, enjoy a training session, meet fellow students and the coaching staff.

Any current students can upgrade to this offer at any time, by request to Professor Gillon or by using the website contact form and requesting an upgrade in your package.

The package will be paid via direct debit as usual and bound by the same terms and conditions as the other packages.

Make 2019 the best year possible by taking your BJJ development to the Ultimate level!

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Christmas Opening Hours

Please note that our Christmas opening hours are now confirmed as:


Status Date
Final training session Friday 21st December and then closed
Festive opening Training day Open on Friday 28th December only
Gym reopens as normal 4th January 2019


The gym will remain open as normal during the Winter months where possible but please note that with adverse weather possible, classes may, unfortunately, need to be canceled at the last moment. Please continue to monitor the Facebook page for updates before traveling in if poor weather happens.

We would like to wish all our members a very Merry and Festive Christmas Period and all the best for 2019 when it arrives.



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Introducing our new women’s only training sessions

We are proud to announce the introduction of our new women’s only training sessions at Gracie Barra Scotland.

In today’s society, we believe it is important that all women feel confident, strong and capable and learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the key to unlocking this evolution.

Each session will be led by women for women. The sessions will focus on key self-defense techniques as well as the fundamental concepts of BJJ in a safe and controlled environment. You will have the chance to learn new skills, make new friends and learn about yourself, along with some great music and fun.

These sessions will be run by our resident women’s coach Kimberley Gillon. Kimberley is a purple belt BJJ practitioner and a personal trainer at Gillon Fitness. She is an expert in teaching BJJ and runs our popular strength and conditioning classes. Kimberly is committed to showcasing the life-changing benefits of BJJ to the women of Glasgow.

The sessions will run on the following:

Date Time
Tuesday 6 – 7pm
Friday 6 – 7pm


Prices are as follows:

Classes Cost
1 class on the day £7 per session
4 classes a month £25
8 classes a month £40 and a free GB gi and belt


We look forward to welcoming the ladies of Glasgow to the joys and life-changing fun of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu … oss!

To book in a free introductory session, please use the Contact-Us form on the website to book in a session.


Course Lead


Kimberly Gillon


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Learn BJJ in 2019 – new spectacular membership open to beginners!

Setting your 2019 resolutions? Wanting to try BJJ? Then this is the offer for you! We have a new spectacular membership offer for new students from January!

When you join our GB1 membership for £45 per month, you will receive a FREE gi!.

If you have ever wanted to try BJJ, then this is the perfect offer to start with. The GB1 is a beginner friendly training programme, with a focus on the fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu in a structured setup. The programme, will build your fitness and teach you key self-defense skills and techniques, all with a smile on your face throughout.

This programme is open to everyone, regardless of previous experience or fitness level. Please use the contact form on the website for more information and to book your free introductory lesson soon!

This programme is open to everyone, regardless of previous experience or fitness level. Please use the contact form for more information and to book your free introductory lesson soon!

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December 2018 Grading


Student Grade

Connor o’Brien

Awarded Blue Belt

Ian Dawson Mackay

Awarded Blue Belt

Danny Reid

Awarded Blue Belt

Liam Sloan

Awarded Blue Belt

Michael Sutherland

Awarded Blue Belt



Student Grade

William Mackay (Helio)

His 2nd stripe on his purple belt

Aged 67, 7 years training oss!

Sean Dorans

His 4th tab on his blue belt

Paul Withey-man

2nd tab on his blue belt

Mathew Erne

The 3rd stripe on his White belt

Promoted to GB2

Scott Maxwell

The 3rd stripe on his White belt

Promoted to GB2

Steven Muldoon

The 3rd stripe on his White belt

Promoted to GB2



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My Weight loss journey

I started my Gracie Barra journey in September 2014.

I walked into the gym very apprehensively. I was a very heavy guy. I was 30st and 10lb in 2014. I thought I didn’t really belong or had the right to go there as I was very unfit and not used to exercising. I would walk up one set of stairs and be out of breath. I could hardly run the length of myself. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was always something that I wanted to take part in but always had the mindset of “I need to be fit to do this”. How wrong I was. Taking part in BJJ GETS you fit.

When I walked into the gym one of the blue belt lads showed me around and really made me feel at ease. It calmed me down and made me eager to get started. During the class I was exerting myself like I hadn’t been used to before and it was a fantastic feeling. Everyone was really welcoming and my preconceived notions that people would judge me just melted away. The next class I came in and met Ricky and he couldn’t have been nicer. I remember at the time I couldn’t even wear a gi as I couldn’t get one to fit and his words ring in my memory “We’ll get you into one in no time!”

As soon as I had my first few classes, I was hooked. All I could think about was when could I get back into the gym and “what techniques are we going to be learning this week?”. I love the rolling aspect of Jiu-Jitsu as I like testing myself with other people and seeing my strengths and weaknesses. I became a Jiu-Jitsu addict.

After my first class I had signed up for a membership and would talk to anyone who would listen to me about Gracie Barra and Jiu-Jitsu. Slowly but surely, I started to get into the swing of things and I attended a seminar with Lucio “Lagarto” Rodrigues and received my first stripe on my white belt. And this may sound cheesy but it was one of the proudest moments I’ve had. The seminar was fantastic and what made the biggest impression on me that day moreso than his techniques, were his words. Very inspirational and motivating.

I work shifts which is unfortunate as I can’t have a set pattern for Jiu-Jitsu. Luckily, the schedule is really wide with Gracie Barra so I can pretty much work it around my shifts. Recently, I also started taking P.T. sessions with coach Graeme and I’m now hooked on those too. Coach Graeme pushes me to my limits, we practice technique and we have a good laugh whilst doing so. It’s that kind of attitude and those kind of moments that really keep you interested in Jiu-Jitsu, in my opinion.

Fast forward to May 2015 and I am now 24 st 2lbs. I have three stripes on my


white belt and I am aiming to compete later in the year. My weight loss journey isn’t anywhere near complete, but Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu has helped me lose a lot of weight inside a short amount of time and has helped me turn my life around. A

nd in the process of doing so, I have made a lot of really great friends and met some fantastic people. I even have people asking me about it after seeing my results.

Tommy Kerr


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Jiu Jitsu Testimonial

"I have been training with gracie barra scotland for about three years. I started with fitness training but became interested in the jiu jitsu through the fitness training. Since starting training here I have lost three stones in weight, become fitter than I ever thought I could be at the age of 46 and won a silver and bronze medal in jiu jitsu competition. I couldn't recommend this training enough."

Personal Trainer Testimonial

"Ricky provides a balanced view on how you can achieve your goals and what you need to do in order to reach them and beyond, but more importantly its a holistic view. He will discuss diet, training plans and answer any questions that you have, without pushing an agenda. The only thing that you have to bring is your willpower, a desire to push yourself and your limits, along with an open mind as to what exercise can achieve." Jenny

Fitness Testimonial

"I have always done training, been to a lot of gyms that had kettlebells but was never shown the routines and the proper techniques. I am now loving my kettlebell training and i am strong enough to flip tractor tyres, I am fitter than most ladies half my age, most people my age are afraid of the hard work . i love it" Joyce