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Patrick James - Head Instructor

 My inspiration was my uncle, Donald James, an amateur boxer

My inspiration was my uncle, Donald James, an amateur boxer

My first exposure to martial arts was at the age of 14 years, when I studied the art of Judo for a few years, I gave this up to focus on my football.  I realised many years later this was a mistake and my real passion was for martial arts. In 2011, I was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by my good friend and started training under Master Felipe Alves De Souza and Master Jose Henrique 'Leao' Teixeira, a 6th dan black belt under the famous Gracie organisation.

 Felipe Alves De Souza - My Professor 

Felipe Alves De Souza - My Professor 

My first major competition came later that year, the English Open, as white belt I managed to achieve the gold, from this moment on, I set myself the goal to train hard and compete as much possible.  I wanted to become one of the top fighters in the world and make up for the years that I had lost.  In 2014, I had my biggest win, in the home of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Tijuca Tennis Club in Rio De Janeiro, I achieved 'Gold' in the World Masters.

 European Championship 2014

European Championship 2014

 World Masters Championship 2014

World Masters Championship 2014

 Winston Gordon - Commonwealth Games 2002 Gold Medalist

Winston Gordon - Commonwealth Games 2002 Gold Medalist

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In January 2015, I decided to share my passion for the sport and started Triccs Academy.