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 & Wrestling instructor, Kids Jiu-Jitsu coach, and Ranked #10 at u75kg pro K1

BJJ Black 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

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 – IBJJF British Nationals NOGI. London, UK. GOLD
  • 2019 – IBJJF British Nationals NOGI Absolute. London, UK. GOLD
  • 2019 – UAEJJF London Grand Slam. London, UK. SILVER
  • 2019 – UAEJJF British National Pro. London, UK. GOLD
  • 2018- UKBJJA International Open. Motherwell, UK. Absolute. SILVER.
  • 2018- UKBJJA International Open. Motherwell, UK. GOLD.
  • 2018- UKBJJA British Open. Coventry, UK. Absolute. 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

Here is Yousuf’s story:

As a not very sporty child, Yousuf tried a bit of Karate but couldn’t really get into it. In 1994, he saw a grainy VHS of Ralph Gracie (one of the family who founded Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) fighting and was incredibly impressed… Read full story below.

Read Yousuf's Full Story

As a not very sporty child, Yousuf tried a bit of Karate but couldn’t really get into it. In 1994, he saw a grainy VHS of Ralph Gracie (one of the family who founded Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) fighting and was incredibly impressed. He didn’t, at the time, think he’d ever have the skill and athleticism to do that sort of thing himself though. Although he tried weightlifting and boxing at various times during his adulthood, he couldn’t really get into those either.


In 2004, Yousuf heard there was a Brazilian man teaching martial arts in Brighton so, remembering that grainy video he’d watched ten years previous, he tried it out.  It was only a small class but they got to try some sparring at the end and, immediately, Yousuf was hooked. He loved it and said ‘nothing has ever excited me in the same way before’. Even though he’d be the first to admit he wasn’t a natural, after a year of training his instructor went back to Brazil, he and a friend were left to keep the class going. With no experience in teaching, they found their own way to communicate the techniques to the rest of the class and regularly made long round trips to London to keep learning new skills themselves.


Yousuf went on to start a class in Crawley where he was joined by Younis, who now teaches the children’s classes at Elements, and a friend but the classes were only part time and were initially not hugely successful. By 2011 however, Yousuf had visited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes all over the world and was desperately looking for a place to open a full time martial arts academy. In August, he found somewhere.


Elements Martial Arts grew quickly and by 2015, had a reputation as one of the most successful martial arts schools in Sussex. The school had also produced National, Continental and World Champions and Yousuf himself had earned himself positions on podiums in European and British Championships. His success inspired him to prioritise inclusiveness in his school so he developed comprehensive beginners and children’s programmes so as many people as possible could access the benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


He really hopes the fact he did so well, when he wasn’t a natural sportsperson at all but just worked really hard and persevered through failures and setbacks, will inspire people to try things they might have thought weren’t for them and to strive to succeed. The team is also very important to Yousuf and he wants people to understand that the success of the team is down to the efforts of the team. His motto is ‘we all are one’.


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 Grapplefest Liverpool Win
  • 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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