New to BJJ

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art where the aim is the control of a resisting opponent by taking them down to the ground. Once on the ground, the use of superior leverage, gripping and positioning can enable control and submission of a larger, stronger, more aggressive opponent. Although the learning of this knowledge is physically and mentally demanding, it produces greatly increased physical fitness, sensitivity, problem-solving abilities and self-awareness of body and mind.

The social benefits of working with like-minded fellow students are also tremendous, as you learn and have fun together. Any one individual’s body type, personality, strengths, weaknesses, insecurities, experiences, abilities and disabilities will determine the exact techniques that they eventually adopt. So no two student’s Jiu Jitsu are exactly the same, everyone develops their own personal expression of BJJ. Constantly evolving, it’s like no other combat sport, an artistic declaration of a martial practice.


New to BJJ

Welcome to Elements Martial Arts Academy. When you first walk in you will notice that although everyone is training really hard, they are also very friendly and welcoming, as well as the fact that the academy is clean and comfortable. We hope you choose to participate on your first visit or stay to watch a class, using the opportunity to talk to an instructor regarding your training needs.

Please come and feel free to ask any questions that you have. We have a number of Fundamental Classes on offer which are perfect for you if you have never trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, remember your first week of training is absolutely free! If you are unable to drop into the Elements Martial Arts Academy, just call or e-mail us to discuss your training requirements. We are fully committed to helping you decide if Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Elements is for you.



If you have any medical condition whatsoever you should get permission from your doctor prior to any sort of athletic training. If you do have any ongoing medical conditions please speak to one of the instructors, in confidence, prior to training.

BJJ is based on techniques designed to allow a smaller, weaker person to defeat a larger, stronger attacker, so it doesn’t necessarily matter how big or small you are. BJJ techniques can be applied by anyone of any size because it’s based on leverage and positioning… and the added benefits are that you will get stronger, healthier and fitter from training with us.

No matter your age, gender, or previous experience, attempt as much as you can, gradually, over the coming weeks and months you will notice an improvement physically and mentally.


Upon joining you will receive the option to purchase one of the following packages at an introductory rate of £60

  1. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Uniform (Gi, White Belt & T-shirt/ Rashguard)
  2. Pair of MMA sparring gloves, Shin guards, club T shirt/ Rashguard.

During your free trial, if you do not currently own training gear the following items of clothing will be sufficient.

Shorts or leggings

T-shirt or a compression top

It is always a good idea to bring some water to drink with you, although we do have a filtered water drinking station that is free for students to use. You will definitely break a sweat so you may want to bring a towel with you.


Fundamentals class:
Before starting your first class , all students sign a Waiver of Liability form and fill in a Medical Questionnaire. The Fundamentals class is a 16 class course that has been specifically developed to help beginners and experienced practitioners alike to understand and remind them of the basics of BJJ. We show the same class for the whole week so that we have allowed you the chance to really understand the finer details before we move on to the next class within the course. It is always a good idea to arrive a little early to introduce yourself so that the instructor is aware you are there. You will also be required to fill out a simple form before you are permitted to join in with the class. • Warm-up: The warm up moves tend to be grappling specific. Over time the more you become familiar with these, the easier it will become to understand the core principle movements in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu • Techniques and drilling: The instructor will then demonstrate a sequence of techniques to the whole class. The sequences will be shown in sections to make it easier to understand. we will then pair you up to practice and perfect these moves in a light and uncontested manner. Once the sequence has completed we will then allow you time to go over the sequence again from start to finish. Now you will probably have lots more questions, if you enjoyed the class and want to continue training, let your instructor know and you can take it from there.

Elements Martial Arts has an active and successful competition team. If you wish to, you will get all the support you need to fulfil your ambitions, but while you’re training here you will have no pressure to compete.
Classes for beginners:

You are welcome to attend any of the classes on the beginners timetable on our website.

However, the classes below are the fundamental classes which we recommend to you initially.

Monday at 18:00
Tuesday at 18:00
Wednesday at 19:00
Thursday at 12:00
Saturday at 11.15

Feel free to drop in for your free trial whenever you like. You do not need to let us know when you will be coming in.

We look forward to helping you develop and achieve your fitness, self defence or any other goals you wish to achieve by training with us.



Elements HQ

(Rear of 127-131 Conway St)

Entrance is a passage between 127-131 Conway street.


  • review rating 5  I’m going to reiterate how great Elements is. There have been loads of false reviews to primarily lie about how “bad” this establishment is. I find it disheartening and pathetic some people would blatantly make stuff up just to ruin a business’s reputation. Don’t believe the 1 stars and negative comments! They are simply NOT true. Yousuf (the owner) and everyone working at this gym are all very qualified and extremely great at their job.

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    review rating 5  I have been taking my 2 boys to Elements for nearly 3 years now, had a couple of classes myself as well and can honestly say it’s a fantastic club with a great spirit around the place. I’ve genuinely never seen the boys finish a class without a huge smile on their faces. Awesome coaches and a great venue. Seriously couldn’t ask for more!

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    review rating 5  Trained here for 2 years and though i've only had the odd session at other gyms I realise how good this place is. Hilarious that there are reviews saying the coaches are not trained. Head coach is competing at Polaris (if you're new to BJJ check it out). Many British champions amongst the other coaches which speaks for itself. The best thing about elements is the atmosphere. The focus is on learning and working as a team. There is a healthy competition team (which is totally optional). Last British open they took 9 gold medals across all belts so I suppose the techniques must work pretty well. There probably are cheaper places to train, but you get what you pay for and there is a free trial too so come see for yourself. Free sessions for experienced BJJ guys too which is great because we have people visiting from around the world and see some new techniques and styles.

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  • review rating 5  All the reviews say exactly what this club does (except for the single negative review which must be a joke). On a personally level the coaches and the club members have made it such a pleasure not just for me but also my 8 year old son to train in such a amazing sport. 😁

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    review rating 5  Both my children train with elements after doing muay Thai for a year we moved them here a year ago and they couldn’t be happier, staff are amazing they’ve learnt so much! Would highly recommend! Very friendly and welcoming group. My eldest who has been going the longest has grown in confidence and technical ability. His progress is growing I’m excited to see what his future holds at elements.

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Yousuf Nabi – Head Coach


Kristian Wild – Fundamentals Coach


Nina Hultier – Fundamentals Coach


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