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Head Instructor

Matthew ‘Stalone’ Callaghan

My name is Matthew Callaghan aka Stalone a nickname given to me by my professor Lucio ‘Lagarto’ Rodrigues.

I am a black belt of nearly 6 years (first degree) and have been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2003; I left my job in 2012 and started teaching full time at Gracie Barra Preston.

I am an active competitor and have competed all over the world, trained with some of the best guys in the world and have been to places I‘d have probably never been to if it wasn’t for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

I’ve medalled at the European championship in both gi and nogi, won gold at the IBJJF London Open, British Open and even double gold at the IBJJF British Nationals in 2016.

This year I will mainly concentrating on making a success of my academy and helping all my students achieve their personal goals be it in competition, training, getting in shape or just in self-confidence, but I’ll try to sneak a couple of competitions in too if possible!

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