Nicolas Gregoriades is a South African grappler who was the first jiu jitsu practitioner to have received a black belt from the renowned Roger Gracie. Gregoriades is also an accomplished competitor and one of the founders of the “Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood”, a BJJ community with affiliates all over the world. As well as the aforementioned achievements, Nicolas Gregoriades is also part of the cast of “London Real” a successful online podcast.
Nicolas Gregoriades Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Nicolas Alexander Gregoriades
- Paris Open Champion (2006)
- London Open Champion (2005)
- ADDC-UK Champion (2006)
- South African National Grappling Champion (2005)
- Grappler of the Year – France (2007)
- Gracie Invitational Champion (2006, 2007)
- Absolute Submission Fighting Winner (2008, 2009)
- British Open Grappling Champion (2009)
- Abu-Dhabi Pro European Qualifier (2010)
- British Open Champion (2012)
Favourite Position/Technique: Straight Foot-Lock & Knee-Bar
Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88kg/194lbs)
Team/Association: Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood
Nicolas Gregoriades Biography
Nicolas Gregoriades was born on the 2nd of September, 1979 in Cape Town, South Africa. Martial arts were already instilled in the Gregoriades family hold as Nicolas’ father was a karate black belt, so it didn’t come as a surprise when Nicolas Gregoriades picked up on his training when he was just 7 years old, through judo.
Nicolas got up top brown belt in judo, but in his mind, he wanted to train jiu jitsu as he thought this was a more effective self defense/fighting method. As Brazilian jiu jitsu was pretty much impossible to find in Cape Town at the time, he chose to train the closest thing, submission wrestling, with Coach Ludwig Strydom, starting in 2000.
Jiu jitsu truly became part of Nicolas Gregoriades’ life in 2004 when he joined Roger Gracie’s academy in London, England. Nicolas stayed with Roger throughout his jiu jitsu career, reaching the degree of black belt on August 2008, becoming also Roger Gracie’s first black belt. Since then he has lauched his own BJJ endeavor, the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood, a BJJ association with several affiliated academies spread out all over the world.
Nicolas Gregoriades vs Luke Costello
Nicolas Gregoriades vs Norman Paraisy
Nicolas Gregoriades vs Max Carvalho
Nicolas Gregoriades @ The Grappling Dummy