About Your Portsmouth BJJ / Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Adam Sparrow
Head Instructor / Creator

  • Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. 28/03/2013.
  • British Champion 2019.
  • Enhanced DBS checked.
  • UKBJJA First Aid Certified.
  • UKBJJA Level 3 Certified Referee.
  • 12+ Years Experience in BJJ.
  • Multiple Gold, Silver & Bronze Medalist at International & National Competition Level.

I've been training BJJ for 12+ years and have been teaching it for over 8 years. I train with Tom Barlow (3X World Champion & 2nd Degree Black Belt from Braulio Estima of Gracie Barra) and Chelsea Leah (World Champion & 1st Degree Black Belt from Andre Galvao of Atos). Together they run the Escapology BJJ Team of whom we are an affiliated club with them visiting our club several times a year to give you seminars.

Fascinated by martial arts from an early age, I've trained multiple styles throughout my life. I first started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu properly in 2008 after being exposed to the art and having some experience since 2005 and longing to study it regularly.

Passionate about Jiu-Jitsu from first sight, I've been striving to develop my understanding and ability to the highest levels possible ever since, searching out the most effective and authentic knowledge available and travelling to train with and learn from many world champions and respected legends of the art.

I study and teach the art as a whole, emphasizing both self defence and competition aspects.

As well as being about self-improvement, my motivation for training martial arts is always self defence orientated at its core. As such, I always strive to find the most combat effective techniques and concepts and view competition as a way of testing this.

I love teaching and continuously strive to be the best at it that I can be!

I utilise a friendly patient method of positive reinforcement relating concepts as well as techniques and explain not just what to do but why to do them and why they work in terms of biology, physics, and science. I believe in developing strong fundamental skills to lay a solid foundation upon which you can build.

I believe in always prioritising the development of technique over anything else, such as strength or conditioning. Technique is what Jiu-Jitsu is based upon and is what allows a smaller person to beat a bigger person.

Relying on muscle rather than technique is a short-lived strategy. Strength and conditioning should only be used to augment technical jiu-jitsu, not supersede it, and my teachings and classes reflect this.

As well as BJJ, I train regularly in Boxing, Kickboxing, Judo and Self Defence / Self Protection as well as Calisthenics, Yoga and Weight Training. And have trained in Muay Thai, MMA, Wrestling, Kung Fu, Karate, and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu.

Competition Results

  • 2019: British Open: Gold
  • 2015: IBJJF London Fall International: Bronze
  • 2015: British Open BJJ: Silver
  • 2014: Dorset and Hants BJJ Open: Silver
  • 2014: Bournemouth BJJ Open: Bronze
  • 2014: British Open BJJ: Silver
  • 2014: Grapplers Showdown Hampshire BJJ Open: Bronze
  • 2012: English BJJ Open: Gold
  • 2012: Dorset and Hants BJJ Open: Bronze
  • 2012: Bournemouth BJJ Open : Bronze
  • 2012: Seni London International BJJ Open: Silver
  • 2012: British Open BJJ: Bronze
  • 2011: Brighton BJJ Open: Bronze

I started Pure Art BJJ to create somewhere you can learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a friendly environment with exceptionally high-quality teaching that gets you results. Somewhere you can make fast progress and know that your skills will work, whether for self defence or competition.

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Adam Sparrow BJJ Instructor
Adam Sparrow BJJ Instructor
Adam Sparrow BJJ Instructor
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