Dedicated To Your Success

Sharing Our Passion For BJJ

BJJ Plymouth Jiu Jitsu Story

The year was 2004 and inspired by watching early MMA events our head instructor, Tom Barlow, was looking for a place to train grappling and Jiu Jitsu. Unfortunately, the closest instructor’s were 100’s of miles away.

Consequently, Tom spent the next few years attending seminars, travelling countless hours to attend classes, and doing whatever he could to train Jiu Jitsu.

Finally, after two years of searching, and at the suggestion of MMA super coach Erik Paulson, Tom began training with BJJ world champion, Braulio Estima.

Unfortunately, Braulio was over 200 miles away so Tom could only train with him once or twice per month. To compliment his training and share his passion for Jiu Jitsu, Tom introduced regular grappling classes alongside the Kickboxing and Filipino Martial Arts classes already taught at BJJ Plymouth Plymouth.

Dedicated to Creating The Best Training Environment

The original idea was to create a place where Tom could hone his skills and share his passion for grappling and MMA. Over the last ten years, Tom and Master’s Academies aspirations and goals have evolved. However, they always remain dedicated to creating a best possible environment for their students.

Their current is vision:

  • The Martial Arts world is changing, and people want to train in an enjoyable, supportive environment with excellent customer service.
  • The needs of the student should always be a priority of the instructor.
  • Martial Arts instructors should be professional in everything the do and their classes should be enjoyably challenging.

We believe the atmosphere of the academy and its classes play a vital role in the success of the people training there. That atmosphere should be enjoyably challenging.

Embracing The Enjoyable Challenge

If the classes are enjoyable students will want to keep training, consequently they’ll get the greatest benefit from martial arts. However, they must also be a challenge as this offers the greatest opportunity for growth and encourages students outside of their comfort zones.

We achieve this by using a simple formula in all our classes. Every classes we teach uses the Smiling, Sweating, Learning principle. You should come out of every class smiling, covered in sweat, and having learned something about Jiu Jitsu and yourself.

Focused On The Students Success

In June 2016, we announced that were opening Plymouths first full-time Jiu Jitsu Academy. This school is dedicated to sharing our passion for Jiu Jitsu in enjoyably challenging classes.

Regardless of our structure or location, our goal is to position BJJ Plymouth as the leader professional martial arts academies and to have our members to associate BJJ Plymouth with the absolute best atmosphere, training, and service.

Meet The Instructors

Ian Harrop
Head Coach

Ian has been training in many arts from a young age but then found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2007 and pursued this. He competes and trains all over the UK, Europe and the U.S. Ian is the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor for BJJ Plymouth alongside His Professor Tom Barlow. He has over 3 years experience coaching BJJ to adults, juniors and kids. Ian’s Achievements: Began training martial arts as a child Started to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2007 Awarded purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2013 Studying BSc Strength Conditioning and Sports Coaching Plymouth BJJ open Silver medallist Bristol BJJ open Bronze medallist Ian’s Message: “Drill to Kill”


Amy Harrop I have been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since November 2009 and am pursuing my dream to become a BJJ coach/instructor. To push myself I have trained at many places in the UK and USA. I have also competed throughout the UK and Europe winning many medals. I am also a sport massage therapist and training to become a sports therapist. Achievements: · Awarded purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu (March 2015) · European Gold medallist at white belt (2011) · Bristol open Bronze medallist at blue belt (2011) · European Silver medallist at blue belt (2012) · Bournemouth Gold medallist at blue belt (2012) · Hereford Open Gold medallist at blue belt (2012) · Plymouth Open Silver medallist at purple belt (2015) · Plymouth Open No Gi Silver medallist at purple belt (2015)

Core Values: The Driving Force Behind Our Academy

As we grow as an Academy, it has become more and more important to explicitly the values we stand for.

From these core values we develop our culture, our brand, and our business strategies. These values what we live by:

Positive Attitude: Life can be challenging but that doesn’t mean it has to get you down. We embrace every challenge with a positive attitude and look at it as an opportunity for growth.

Atmosphere Is Everything: Always an enjoyable, educational, safe environment that enables everyone to achieve more.

Deliver Outstanding Customer Service: Go go above and beyond what is expected of us by our students.

Punctuality: We will always be on time for classes and in the correct frame of mind to teach an awesome class

Safety First: Never do anything that would put our students, staff, or their families in harm’s way and take every precaution ensure safety.

Enjoyment: Make every visit to the academy an enjoyable experience that will make people want to come back time and again.

Communication: Make every effort to ensure all students, staff, and their families know exactly what they can expect from us, what is expected of them, what is going on at the academy, and how they can stay in touch with us.

Value: Provide excellent value for money while maintaining our high standards.

Honesty: Always do what we believe is best for the client regardless of whether it is what they want or what is profitable

Patience: Never belittle or offend a client for not achieving results or understanding

Integrity: Never deviate from our values.

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