A Team of Dedicated Coaches

Here at Elements Martial Arts Brighton & Hove, we boast some of the best coaches the UK has to offer all under one team, as well as highly knowledgeable instructors, our team of coaches from the top down, actively compete at the highest levels so we can offer you the most updated version of our constantly evolutionary sport. Rest assured whichever class you choose to attend, you will be received by a highly attentive and supportive instructor.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt First Degree, owner and head coach of Elements Martial Arts and Elements Network

BJJ Black Belt Head Instructor

Head MMA coach, Assistant BJJ instructor, Kids jiu-jitsu coach, and Ranked #10 at u75kg pro K1

BJJ Brown Belt Instructor

Assistant BJJ instructor, 15 years Grappling experience and English open Gold medalist at Brown Belt.

Black Belt Instructor

Kids jiu-jitsu coach, Assistant BJJ instructor, Over 7 years Grappling experience, and Ibjjf London open 2015 Purple belt- Bronze

BJJ Brown Belt Instructor

Adult BJJ fundamentals coach and Kids BJJ assistant coach

Brown Belt Instructor

BJJ Blue belt and Judo Brown Belt holder

Judo Fundamentals Coach

Former Romanian Wrestling National Champion, International Wrestling Coach, & BJJ Blue Belt

Freestyle Wrestling Coach

Level 4 Sports Massage Therapist, Level 3 Personal Trainer, Power-lifting Specialist

PT & Core stability Coach

Training & competing in Muay Thai, Boxing, BJJ, NoGi & MMA. Kate focusses on S&C combined with nutrition.

Kate Bacik
Assistant MMA & StrikeFit Coach

Yousuf Nabi

BJJ Black Belt Head Coach

Owner and Head coach of Elements Martial art Brighton and Elements Network and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt First Degree.




Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Ricardo De La Riva > David Onuma > Yousuf Nabi


Yousuf ranks number 1 overall Black Belt athlete under UKBJJA 2017, 4x British Open Gold medallist, Polaris Pro Veteran, Checkmat team Representative under Marco Canha, and an active competitor since 2005.

  • 2019 – UAEJJF London Grand Slam. London, UK. 2nd Place. SILVER
  • 2019 – UAEJJF British National Pro. London, UK. 1st Place. GOLD
  • 2018- UKBJJA International Open. Motherwell, UK. Absolute. 2nd Place. SILVER.
  • 2018- UKBJJA International Open. Motherwell, UK. 1st place. GOLD.
  • 2018- UKBJJA British Open. Coventry, UK. Absolute. 3rd place BRONZE
  • UKBJJA English Open. London, UK. 1st place. GOLD
  • UKBJJA British Open. Coventry, UK. 1st place. GOLD
  • UKBJJA British Open. UK. ADULT Absolute 2nd SILVER
  • National Masters. Hereford, UK. 1st place. GOLD
  • UKBJJA British Open. Coventry, UK. Absolute. 2nd place. Silver
  • IBJJF European Masters & Seniors. Barcelona, Spain. 2nd place. Silver
  • UKBJJA English Open No GI. Dartford, UK. 1st place. GOLD
  • IBJJF Rome Open. Rome, Italy. 2nd place. Silver
  • IBJJF European Nogi. Rome, Italy. 2nd place. Silver
  • UAEJJF London Pro Grand Slam Tour, London, UK. 2nd place. Silver
  • IBJJF European Championship, Lisbon, Portugal. 3rd place. Bronze
  • GOLD @ UAEJJF Scottish Pro, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
  • BRONZE @ IBJJF London Open Absolute, London, UK.
  • BRONZE @ IBJJF London Open, London, UK.
  • SILVER @ NAGA European championship, Amiens, France.
  • SILVER @ NAGA European championships No Gi, Amiens, France. (Pro division)
  • SILVER @ UKBJJA English Open, Dartford, UK.
  • 2015 –GOLD @ UKBJJA British Open Championships, Coventry, UK.
  • Amateur MMA record 4-1


Head MMA Coach

My father taught aikido so I started training at the age of 4. I’ve studied martial arts ever since and have gained black belts in 9 different styles including: aikido, karate, krav maga and kickboxing.


At 16 years old I started teaching martial arts and in 2011 I opened my first gym shogun martial arts with my brother Oliver in Norwich teaching Japanese Jujitsu and karate. We began getting involved with BJJ and MMA with both of us having cage fights in 2012 and changing the club’s focus becoming shogun MMA & kickboxing.


In MMA and K-1 I achieved titles and national ranking and became more and more focused on competitive grappling winning my first English and British BJJ championships in 2013. My main area of expertise is in NoGi submission wrestling and its use in MMA.

  • 2019 Grappling Industries London Gi champion (brown)
  • 2018 Catch Wrestling world champion
  • 2018 British NoGi silver medalist (Elite)
  • 2018 British open silver medalist (brown)
  • 2018 NAGA national bronze medalist (Elite)
  • 2017 British NoGi champion (Elite)
  • 2017 English NoGi silver medalist (purple)
  • 2016 IBJJF winter open silver medalist (purple)
  • 3x Kleos champion (1x purple 2016, 2x brown 2017 & 2019)
  • Formally UK #1 LW & #1 FW ranked amateur MMA fighter
  • Overall fight record 26-14-1
  • Pro MMA record 4-4-1
  • Formally ranked UK #10 pro K-1
  • K-1 kickboxing record 4-1
  • ICO English champion
  • FURY fc champion (2x)
  • Contenders EA champion (2x welter & feather)
  • K-1 kickboxing titles
  • ISKA light weight champion
  • ECFF light weight champion

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