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Fighting Fit has a long and storied approach to grappling, stretching back to the turn of the Millennium. Starting with coach Andy Pettit, Fighting Fit became a renowned home for a very hard style of Submission Wrestling. Based on folk styles of British Catch as Catch Can Wrestling, the training sessions were gruelling but effective.
Towards the end of the 2000s, 2 new coaches took over the classes from Andy; Rich Willis and Alan Stockdale. Despite being students of Andy, both had a deep interest in the new direction Grappling was heading in the UK, whilst still maintaining the Fighting Fit style of training.
March 2009, Chris Paines, who was already a Japanese Jujitsu Black Belt, joined Fighting Fit and started learning Submission Wrestling from Alan and Rich. Unfortunately by 2010, both Alan and Rich were forced to stop training due to injury, leaving Chris to look after the gym.
Fast forward through the 2010s and Fighting Fit evolved further, to incorporate the traditional wrestling style of its roots with the modern and adapting world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Now a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt himself (awarded by Estonian legend Priit Mihkelson), Chris leads the grappling programme at Fighting Fit, as well as running seminars both nationally and internationally.
All experience levels are catered for at Fighting Fit, from absolute Beginners through to Advanced, in Gi, No-Gi and Wrestling styles.
Fighting Fit Grapplers are affiliated to the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Globetrotters Team.