Chris Cleere is our head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) coach, currently holding the grade of Black Belt through the Roger Gracie Academy. Chris was awarded his Black Belt by Coral Belt Mauricio Gomes and Black Belt Kevin Capel in 2015.
Chris has been involved with Martial Arts since childhood. He started in judo, before boxing for a while, before ending up in Thai boxing for 5 years. From Thai boxing, Chris started training in MMA over 15 years ago with UK MMA legend Lee Hasdell, as most MMA Fights at that time were being fought almost solely on the ground. From there he naturally progressed onto BJJ over 12 years ago.
Chris has had the pleasure of training, coaching and managing some of the best MMA fighters in the UK, travelling to Japan, USA, Brazil and Europe in this capacity. Chris has strong connections with 3 big UK MMA gyms, namely Total dojo, Immortal MMA and BST in Northampton.
Chris loves to teach. He is happy to be involved at any level, from coaching day one beginners, through to professional fighters. Chris is totally dedicated to the future of both Genesis Gym and Roger Gracie Academy.
“See you on the mat!”