Professor Graham Keys - Northern Ireland's First Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Head Instructor – Professor Graham Keys

Graham is a black belt under the legendary Braulio Estima, and head instructor of Gracie Barra Northern Ireland.  Graham has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for  20 years now, and has competed in both MMA and BJJ tournaments. He is Northern Ireland’s first black belt.  Graham’s teaching style emphasies the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu, including posture and pressure. His Self Defence knowledge and emphasis on the concepts of BJJ and his understanding of the game is held in high regard by his students.  He is one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors in Ireland.

Graham has studied with the likes of Mauricio Gomes, Roger Gracie, Braulio Estima, Victor Estima, Jude Samuel and Renzo Gracie, and even Master Carlos Gracie Jr. himself amongst others.

Brown Belt

Jonny Burrows

A long time member of GBNI, Jonny Burrows competed in MMA for most of his early career. Jonny focused on the No-GI side of Jiu-Jitsu and is held in high regard for his MMA and No-GI BJJ knowledge all over Ireland. He takes an MMA class at the academy and mainly helps out and often takes the No – Gi class on a Tuesday night.

Purple Belt:

Aaron Keys

Is the son of Graham and one of the coaches of GBNI. With multiple titles under his belt including, Irish, Scottish and Spanish championships. He has competed all over the world in some of the biggest competitions going including the Europeans in Portugal and even the World Championships in California. He helps bring a competition mindset to all the students that like to compete, and often takes a team away with him wherever he goes.