Instructors

A Team of Dedicated Coaches

Here at Elements Martial Arts Haywards Heath, 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.

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Head coach. 19 years competitive grappling experience. 17 years teaching experience. Multiple times National Champion at Black belt. European Gold medalist at Black belt. Jiu Jitsu Pro event veteran Including Polaris Professional and Grapplefest.

YOUSUF NABI
Jiu Jitsu Black Belt 3rd degree. Head coach.
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19 years Grappling experience. 17 years teaching experience. National champion at Brown Belt.

KIM GREAVES
Jiu Jitsu Black Belt 1st degree coach.
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Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt coach. MMA coach.

Oliver Webb
Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt. Submission wrestling coach.
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Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt coach. MMA coach.

Adnane Bouchachi
Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt coach. MMA 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.

 

BLACK BELT LINEAGE:

 

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.

  • 2021 – Polaris winner
  • 2022 – AJP Grand Slam Gold medalist
  • 2022 – IBJJF European Masters Gold medalist
  • 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
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’.

KIM GREAVES

BJJ Black Belt Coach

Kim Greaves has been training for over 18 years, after discovering his love of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu whilst studying at university.

Kim is the Head coach at Elements Burgess Hill and is closely linked to the highly successful Elements Martial Arts Brighton owned by Prof. Yousuf Nabi, where Kim trains and is a Black belt. We are also part of team CheckMat international via our affiliation with Marco Canha’s Fight Zone in London.

  • Began training BJJ in 2004 under Marcio Gomes
  • Received his black belt in March 2018 under Prof. Marco Canha
  • Instructor at Elements Martial Arts in Brighton, East Sussex.

Competition achievements

  • Silver medal, Southern Open, Purple Belt
  • Gold medal, Brighton Open, Brown Belt M1
  • Gold medal, English Open Brown Belt M1

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