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Our Purpose

To motivate and inspire all Jiu Jitsu athletes to progress, through everything we do.

Our Vision

To be the most respected brand in Jiu Jitsu, adding more value than we take.

Our Mission

To grow our sport by sharing our passion for the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle, making the World a better place through the movement of Jiu Jitsu.

Meet the team


James is a purple belt, Under Steve Campbell, and has been training for 12 years.  James founded the brand and is responsible for overall strategy. Making marketing, operational and commercial decisions with the help
of the team. 

His latest projects include developing some exciting collaboration projects , and launching on Amazon worldwide.

James is a huge sports fan and is obsessed with all sports, including football, cricket and even darts.

Favourite Sportsperson: Sir Ian Botham


Sam is James's nephew and a blue belt, under Kameron Atakuru.  Sam has been training for 6 years.

Sam is a shareholder in the company too but started life as a hairdresser, before re-training in graphic design and photography.  

Sam is in charge of product development and creative direction. Whatever your favourite Progress gi or no gi item is, Sam designed it.  

Sam is a keen gardener and avid Manchester United supporter.

Favourite Sportsperson: Paul Scholes


Mark is a brown belt under Steve Campbell, having started training aged 15.  Mark is the youngest member of the team,  responsible for business development and wholesale account management.

The chances are, if you are a Progress customer, you will have experienced Mark's amazing customer service.

Mark is serious Jiu Jitsu competitor, holding many titles, including British champion.  Plus many notable super fight wins, usually by guillotine.

Favourite Sportsperson: Alan Shearer


Phil, or "Bush" as he's more commonly known keeps our warehouse in tip top shape. Responsible for getting all of your orders packaged and shipped as well as making returns a smooth and easy service to use.

Bush is a whitebelt in BJJ but a solid brownbelt in Golf, playing almost daily and competing in local tournaments often.

When you make an order and get your tracking e-mail 45 seconds later, you've got Bush to thank.

Favourite Sportsperson: Tiger Woods


Josh is a blue belt under Cesar Lima, but has been training for over 12 years on and off.

Josh is a genius with the camera, with some of his videos having millions of views.  As well as being head of content for Progress, Josh runs the famous instagram page @thegrappleclub

If you love the content we put out on our social media platforms, lets face it it is amazing, Josh is the man
to thank.

Favourite Sportsperson: Abdulrashid Sadulaev


Denis is James's dad and
Sam's grandad.

Now retired from his career as a crown prosecutor, Denis is the godfather of the Warehouse.  Working part time, Denis ensures the Warehouse runs like clockwork.  The king of organisation and tidyness.

Denis is well know for being the hardest working, and most punctual member of the Progress team, leading by example showing the young guns how it's done.

Favourite Sportsperson: Sir Bobby Charlton


As well as being responsible for looking after our wholesale customers and responding to your queries on our Instagram page, Marc is working hard to expand Progress into the new age of e-commerce.

Boosting our sales on Amazon and creating new adverts for Facebook and Instagram is a key part of Marc's working week. He's a blackbelt in Jiu Jitsu under Marcelo Garcia and his Wednesday night 7pm Gi class at Stealth BJJ is super popular!

Favourite Sportsperson: Ricky Williams


Although he prefers No Gi, Max is a purple belt under Steve Campbell and the latest addition to our HQ staff, Max joined us in February 22' and is a full time videographer / photographer.

Visiting Progress supported academies and producing content for all of our Social Media channels is Max's main role. He's also working closely with our Head of Design, Sam, learning how to design custom products and help with the new Vinyl printing side of the business.

Favourite Sportsperson: Garry Tonon


Head Honcho at Progress Academia in Costa del Sol, Spain. Chris "Birch" Birchall is a brownbelt under Steve Campbell and 12 year Jiu Jitsu vet.

Birch helps with our European Distribution warehouse in Malaga which is just around the corner from his beachfront academy. If you're ever looking for a Sun, Sea and BJJ holiday look no further!

Favourite Sportsperson: Marcelo Garcia