Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

BJJ Fanatics Instructionals
BJJ Fanatics Instructionals

Nicolas Gregoriades

72.04K 15
John Danaher Instructionals

Nicolas Gregoriades is a South African grappler who was the first jiu jitsu practitioner to have been promoted to black belt by the legendary Roger Gracie. Gregoriades is an accomplished competitor in the sport of BJJ, being also one of the founders of the “Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood”, a community/association with affiliates all around the globe. As well as the aforementioned achievements, Nicolas Gregoriades was also part of “London Real” a successful online podcast, having since left LR to join Digital Communion.

Nicolas Gregoriades Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Nicolas Alexander Gregoriades

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Roger Gracie > Nicolas Gregoriades

Main Achievements:

  • Paris Open Champion (2006 purple belt)
  • London Open Champion (2005 blue belt)
  • ADDC-UK Champion (2006 purple belt)
  • 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 “Nic” picked up on his training at the age of 7, through judo.

Nicolas got up to brown belt in judo, but while going through the ranks his true intent was to pursue Brazilian jiu jitsu, a style he believed to be more effective as a self defense/fighting method. As BJJ was not available in Cape Town at the time, he chose to join a submission wrestling club, with Coach Ludwig Strydom, in 2000.

Gi jiu jitsu became part of Gregoriades’ life in 2004 when he joined Roger Gracie’s academy in West London, England. Nicolas stayed with Roger throughout the belt system, reaching the degree of black belt on August 2008, becoming also Roger Gracie’s first black belt. Since then Nic has launched his own BJJ endeavor, the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood, a BJJ association with several affiliated academies spread out all over the world.

JJ Brotherhood web:
Digital Communion web:

Nicolas Gregoriades vs Luke Costello

Nicolas Gregoriades vs Norman Paraisy

Nicolas Gregoriades vs Max Carvalho

Nicolas Gregoriades @ The Grappling Dummy

Manto Presents: The Grappling Dummy – Nic Gregoriades from martial farts on Vimeo.

5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles


  • Derek says:

    You have a typo in the first line of the summary. Grapper should be grappler.

      • Zachery Moy says:

        Hi Nick,

        I heard about you from Jay’s podcast episode “The Power of Martial Arts & Conscious Commitment to Optimization w/Nick Gregoriades”. I had to leave a comment here since the email address on the podcast wasn’t working.

        I completely agree that martial arts is a great way for men to get in touch with their nature. I currently work in heavy industrial but once I get the time I’d like to get back to doing Muay Thai. I’ve tried BJJ but never could grasp it.

        Thank you for reading,
        Zachery Moy

  • Raul Duke says:

    Nic has parted with London Real and now has a new show with Paul from OpenMatRadio called

  • Dimitris says:

    Is he greek? because his last name is greek..I think.

  • Cassie Alvarez says:

    Nic is no Hero.

    Heros are made up of courage , kindness and respect for all people.

    • Adriaan says:

      Happiness starts WITHIN … a Hero is someone that inspires … Negative begets Negative. Positive Creates Positive.

      Nic … to me You are a Hero.

      ‘In-Spiritus’ /InSpired by you.

      Ex – South African living in Brisbane.


    • Ben Z says:

      That is your definition of a hero that you are trying to pass off as truth. This is used to disguise the true intent of your post which should be clear to most people. You are suggesting that Nic lacks those things and you are attacking him with moral condescension. The problem with this is that you’ve brought no evidence to the table, so this is just sleight of hand and an attempt use of manipulation. Character assassination essentially.

  • I believe that Nicolas Gregoriades can inspire both beginners and professionals. He is a big professional in sports and I admire him for professionalism and dedication to martial arts.

  • Mike says:

    Nic,really enjoyed the inspirational vibes on the recent Joey Diaz podcast. Loved the Terrence McKenna quote,”nature loves courage”. I know it’s more in reference to taking chances in life that are outside of one’s comfort zone but I often find myself saying it when struggling to finish a difficult workout. Thank you!
    Mike Thomas

  • Neil J says:

    Recent Stuart Cooper podcast was quality also – anyone who hasn’t checked it out it’s one of the Jiu Jitsu brotherhood series on YouTube.

    I’ve followed Stuart’s work with SCF for a good while and it’s great the two guys reconnected. Talking about the barriers people have to just going and doing something amazing – they shouldn’t even exist. We should live in a world where anyone is truly able to follow their passion in life.

  • Rich says:

    Nick is awesome, big fan, also love the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood brand! Super informative!

  • Travis S. Utley says:

    Really enjoyed the inspirational vibes on the recent Joey Diaz podcast. He is a big professional in sports and I admire him for professionalism and dedication to martial arts.

  • Brian says:

    Nic is my professor and I have spent time with him recently. He has always treated me well and always been kind to me. I have nothing but respect for him.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.