The Coaching Team

Who We Are

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Mark Hayes

Main Instructor 

An enthusiastic martial artist from a teenager, my journey into Martial Arts started in the early 1980’s with Karate, over the past four decades I have studied various martial arts forms, mainly consisting of different styles of Karate along with Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, a small amount of Judo followed by a lot of Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts as well as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

The first BJJ class I ever took was in 1995 while on Holiday in the USA, I really started my proper journey  in BJJ in 2008 under BJJ black belt Italo Ferreira, who I received my blue from on 30th May 2009, after Italo left the UK to teach BJJ overseas, I started studying under Felipe De Souza and received my purple from José Henrique Leão Teixeira  and Felipe and on 8th July 2012. 


Unfortunately  Felipe moved back to Brazil and myself and the club were in the wilderness for a time, we have since been lucky to be taken under the wing of BJJ Black belt Simon McGovern, who are based in Stoke on Trent.


I continue to train and teach JKD/Kali alongside BJJ, alongside my grades for BJJ, I also hold Blackbelts in Karate/Kickboxing, Filipino Martial Arts and Instructor levels in JKD/Kali, viva Richard Bustillo, Dan Inosanto and Rick Faye.

looking forward to seeing you soon.    

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Simon McGovern

Black Belt Instructor

Details to follow shortly

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Dongala Grace

Assistant Instructor 

Don started his study of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Lincoln BJJ in June 2011, gaining his Blue belt from Felipe De Souza in June 2013, Don went on to gain his Purple and Brown belt from Ed Ingamells.

Don also teaches a very successful children’s programme, as a separate club and covers the adult classes at Lincoln BJJ while Mark is away.

Don has been an active competitor at some of the biggest UK BJJ competitions, where he has been a medallist at the British, Nottingham and Brighton Open competitions.


Don has also gained the following qualifications

- BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science

- FdSc Sport & Exercise Science Development

- BTEC 1st Diploma Sport

- NVQ Sport, Recreation and Allied Occupation

 and spends his time away from BJJ working as a Personal trainer.