An interesting chat with Alain Guerra Pozo, organizer and instructor at Carslon Gracie Team UK, one of the first and more active BJJ clubs in the UK and part of the Carlson Gracie worldwide network.
Great to talk with him about past, present and future of their team.
The 2015 European Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship is just a few days away… Come on Carslon Gracie Team!!!
Alain @ Carlson Gracie London
TSP: Can you tell us something about the Carlson gracie Team in UK?
Luca & Carlson Gracie Jr
TSP: When and why did you start it?
AGP: I started in Recife Brazil around 1998 and it was a friend of mine who came back from Sao Paulo with this new sport called Jiu Jitsu. In the beginning I was sceptical, but after I got tapped 50 times I loved it and got hooked. It was only 5 years ago that I started doing this as a profession.
Alain @ London Open 2003
TSP: What has been your greatest achievement/accomplishment along these years?
AGP: My greatest achievement was to introduce BJJ to Colchester and create a team out of nothing. It was hard work and very hard in the early days, but now we have expanded across Essex with another academy in Chelmsford and a little dojo called the Penthouse Club with the Paratroopers.
TSP: We see BJJ (and other combat sports) popularity is growing a lot. Why?
AGP: Because BJJ is real! It’s the true art. You are exactly as you roll in BJJ. There is no unresolved issues on the mats. You know you got tapped and why you got tapped. But it does not matter because we are all a family and we always want to improve in our sport and in life.
AGP: Yes Jolie and James Webb both are registered to compete at the Europeans: Jolie recently won the Worlds and James Webb won the English Open. So both of them with very big chances in winning a gold medal. We have a lot of good competitors with the potential to be on the podium.