Inglorious Grapplers is an IBJJF registered team founded by Jude Samuel and Viking Wong and headquartered in London, England. Previously known as Legacy BJJ & MMA Academy, it started as a small group of three like-minded training partners comprising UK MMA pioneers Suley Mahmoud, Michael Johnson and Jude Samuel. The team gained momentum quickly on the competition scene and eventually moved to its current location in Kings Cross, London. In 2016, in order to sustain rapid growth, we created and registered Inglorious Grapplers, with Chiu Kwong Man (Braulio Estima's first black belt) joining forces with us from Birmingham. Today, the IG JJSF network covers the globe from Europe to Asia and South America.
Inglorious Grapplers focus on embodying the idea of training with everyone in order to reach our full potential. We are a group of practitioners that are free from traditional politics. We strive ourselves on our versatile adaptation to all grappling arts, taking what is useful and adjusting it to fit each of our individual styles. We encourage our students to discover the best of themselves and becoming a better human being through the tough daily grind of martial arts training.
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In 1981, Mauricio Gomes was awarded his Black Belt by Rolls Gracie, an event that was to mark a new beginning in his study and mastery of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In 2003, his son Roger Gracie was promoted to Black Belt by Renzo Gracie at the behest of his uncle Carlos Gracie Jr and his almost unchecked domination of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission wrestling followed.
2005 was a new era dawned in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu scene in the United Kingdom with Mauricio Gomes awarding Jude Samuel his Black Belt after almost 7 years under his tutelage.
In 2009 after teaching at Gracie Barra London and the Roger Gracie Academy for 6+ plus years, Jude decided to take a break from teaching and concentrate on the development of his own academy. A constant competitor he made his MMA debut in November 2009 to add to the many other BJJ titles he already holds. Jude is a 2X IBJJF European Champion and 3X silver medalist.
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos & Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Mauricio Gomes > Jude Samuel