Nottingham Trent martial arts instructor wins major trophy

A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor from NTU is delighted with a recent win at a national level.

The coach of Nottingham Trent University’s Brazillian Jiu Jitsu Club has returned from a national competition, winning against top UK fighters.  Sean Coates (25) took the prize for the 16-man Absolute Tournament (open weight class)  after competing against 16 of the best fighters in the UK.

Sean Coates celebrates victory
Sean Coates celebrates victory

Sean said: “every fight was really tough because of the high standard of the competitors”

He has already enjoyed success having won the British Open 5 times as well as medals at World and European level, so he now has another trophy to put on his shelf.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Sean explained: “in BJJ, we start standing, we practice and learn take-downs and control opponents on the ground aiming to get a submission hold such as a choke, arm-lock or leg lock.  The objective is to get your opponent to tap, indicating that he is in a hold that he cannot escape and then a submission is applied and they lose.”


There are real fitness benefits in training in Jiu Jitsu, according to Sean.  Whatever your fitness level when you start, you will become fitter, stronger and have more flexibility.

Self – defence

Sean says that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is good for self-defence as well as being an exciting sport. “You  can control a person attacking you without causing them serious harm.  If you punch someone that is having a go at you, could be in t rouble with the law but  with Brazillian Jiu Jitsu you can take them down and control them making sure that you are completely safe as you do so.  Even if you are new and don’t know a lot of moves, the sport gives you confidence and balance which are the main things that you would need in a confrontation.”

Although Sean is confident that his skills would keep him safe if he was ever attacked in the street or in a bar while on a night out, he is keen to make it clear that he isn’t violent and tries to avoid trouble.  However, if he was attacked, he says that he would have no hesitation in putting an attacker on the floor and added: “if that happens to be on the concrete pavement then that’s a real fight ender.”

Sean started in martial arts at the age of 6 when his father sent him to classes in the hope that it would “calm him down” and teach him discipline and respect.  He moved over to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when he was 18.  He aspires to become world black-belt Jiu Jitsu champion.

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