At Gracie Barra Scotland, we run a variety of training classes to help you become the best version of yourself possible. We are continuing our look at the classes and which ones may be best suited to you to help with your development.

CLASS FOCUS: Personal Training w/ Prof Gillon

This week, we will be looking at our highly sought after personal training sessions with Professor Gillon.


BJJ is a thoroughly enjoyable sport and one that will develop participants, mentally, physically and emotionally.

However, there is a wide range of techniques, concepts, guards, submissions, passes, escapes etc to learn and it is not always possible to gather an extensive understanding of each from participating in lessons only. You can gain an understanding of the moves but sometimes it is hard to learn all the little parts that can bring your BJJ game from good to amazing.

Therefore, we recommend all students should sign up for a private lesson to really take your training to the next level. It is an opportunity to learn the little touches and fixes that will allow you to improve and develop no matter your starting point, by working with Professor Gillon and have exclusive focus and training. You can gain a general understanding from the classes but it is in the personal lessons where your understanding of and ability to perform will reach new heights.

Led by Professor Gillon
Suitable for

All GB Glasgow students, all students who are looking to improve their skills, techniques, and understanding of BJJ game and competing. It doesn’t matter whether you are a white or brown belt, all students can take something from a personal lesson.

You do not need to be fit to begin, you do not need to have been training for a set period. All students can attend and learn from the experience. Professor Gillon will work with each student and structure a training programme for your needs, teaching the required techniques and concepts in an understandable and enjoyable way, which will really stay with you and improve your BJJ game considerably.

Open to
  • Male and female students
  • Students at any level, from beginner (white belt, no tabs) to advanced tabbed color belts
  • Students attending the GB1, GB2 and Competition classes
  • All fitness levels
  • Club members only
Consists of
  • Lessons are conducted on a 1-2-1 basis.
  • Take place in the upstairs training space, to allow private focus and work
  • One hour block of specialist training where Professor Gillon will work with the student to identify the problems in your BJJ game and work on fixing each of the issues.
  • A personal approach where Professor Gillon discusses with the student about what they hope to achieve and will provide honest feedback on how they can fix problems, learn more advanced techniques or streamline the basics and look to develop and work towards the next grade or tab.
Key Notes Benefits of attending a personal training session, include:

  • Gain a better understanding of specific areas of your BJJ
  • Work on your Game flow and how to roll better, understanding your opponent
  • You will be able to set goals for your development and work towards them in a safe, positive, and inspiring environment
  • Be given individual attention and sole focus on your issues to resolve them quickly and be presented a number of methods to fix it
  • Gain access to a customized curriculum that works for each student and is suited to their individual needs
  • A chance to spar with your instructor and learn how to move better, control the roll etc
  • Rise above your training plateaus by mixing up your training and learning in a new environment and with a new focus
  • You can greatly speed up your learning
  • You can Make up for missed classes
  • £30 for 1x 1-hour session
  • £50 for 2x 1-hour weekly sessions
  • £40 per lesson for group (max 4) lessons (per hour)

Block bookings are available

Date & Time

These lessons are arranged at the discretion of Professor Gillon.

Lessons are available in the AM and PM on various nights of the week, depending on availability and requirements of the student.

Frequency Lessons are available on an as requested basis, they can be booked on a weekly frequency or as required basis.
How to join the class Members can book a lesson in a variety of ways:

  • In person by request to Professor Gillon
  • Emailing info@graciebarrascotland.com
  • Using the contact form here
  • Telephoning 0141-229-0959


I started private jui jitsu sessions with Ricky a year and a half ago, and it brought my BJJ on leaps and bounds. Ricky is a great coach with a wealth of knowledge and makes training enjoyable, as well as teaching techniques that actually work.

Getting one to one sessions allows you to focus on specific areas that you wish to improve. I would highly recommend to everyone!

John Paul

I have also been doing a number of Private Training sessions and my skill development has exploded and I am stunned at how much I have come on by attending these. I would attribute a good portion of my recent promotion to blue belt on attending these sessions and what I have learned by working 1 on 1 with Professor Gillon.

It is all the little things that he shows, the changes in grips, the fixes with movement or how to move your body during submissions that is the real game changer. I would recommend that every student takes a lesson or a block of lessons. You will not regret it


I have been training at Gracie Barra Glasgow for a couple of months now, but I had my first private training session with Prof. Gillon (or Ricky) on Saturday. We did fundamental training with different passes. He stressed and demonstrated the importance of understanding positioning as well correcting my technique.

I was worried about not ever being strong enough since I am of average height and weight as well as being new to jiu-jitsu, but he taught me small variations and techniques and made them relevant to my situation. I not only enjoyed myself while training with him but also learned a lot in that hour. His patience and positive attitude to new students is truly amazing and it makes me want to keep coming back.

If you are new to jiu-jitsu, I would highly recommend Gracie Barra Glasgow. But if you are starting out and want to get all your fundamentals firmly in place, I would definitely recommend training with Ricky.



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