Graham + Victor Estima

Head BJJ Instructor – Professor Graham Keys

Graham is a 2nd degree black belt under the legendary Braulio Estima, and head instructor of Gracie Barra in Northern Ireland.  Graham has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 20 years now, and has competed and won in both MMA and BJJ tournaments. He is Northern Ireland’s first BJJ black belt.  Graham’s teaching style emphasies the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu, focusing on posture and pressure to control. 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 and the BJJ community in Europe.  He is one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors in Ireland and held in high regard with GB Black Belts in both America and Europe.

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

Black Belt  

Marty Knocker

Marty has trained martial arts his whole life holding multiple black belts in different styles including BJJ, Judo and Akido. Marty takes our striking and No-GI programmes with a great friendly and patient attitude, learned through years of experience teaching and coaching the various martial arts that he knows.

Brown Belts:

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 and American 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.

Gary Western

Is one of our Fundamental coaches with a great understanding of the GB1 and GB2 syllabus. He is highly respected by the members for his patient teaching style and willingness to help the new faces in the club enjoy their new adventures within our Jiu Jitsu school.

Mark Hance

One of our clubs longest members,  Mark is the epiphany of “Old School” with huge knowledge of the fundamentals and the mechanics of Jiu-Jitsu making him a great instructor of the Fundamentals of BJJ.

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.