Coach Carl

about carl

Coach Carl is a multiple time gold medalist, and medalist both gi and nogi, a BJJ black belt under Leif Ristimaki/ Robert Schwartz and a registered athlete/ competitor with the IBJJF.

Carl has a multitude of athletic, competition and martial arts experience having started in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 7 and holds a wealth of knowledge in Kickboxing and Muay Thai.

specialist services

Coach Carl offers private 1-to-1 sessions and small group training for adults and kids in the following… 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Gi and No-Gi)
Wrestling for BJJ
Muay Thai (Beginners & Intermediate)

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carl's testimonials

I just wanted to take a moment to write and let you know of my experience at the academy, I’ve been doing jiujitsu on and off for about 8 months so I found myself committed to doing some private lessons , Best thing I’ve done to enhance and develop my progress , Carl has been my instructor and he’s been amazing , I’ve done the group sessions which are also a learning experience and found everyone amazing and only too willing to help me, but when I took the plunge to do the 1 on 1 lessons the progress has been noticeable, Carl’s experience and devotion to his craft mixed with actual rolling sessions ensure I get to constantly learn , develop and and a work out ,, For me it’s been addictive and that also comes from the progress I’ve seen and felt ,
If your thinking of doing some private lessons I would highly recommend it !! You will see the difference and find yourself striving for more , it’s exactly as they say it is , a journey , one well worth taking ,
Carl thanks for all your help patience and commitment

Denis R.

Private Client

I have always been interested in Martial arts but I could never find a trainer that made me comfortable and excited to start the journey. Untill I found coach Carl! He is very knowledgeable, skilled and passionate. He has built a community that helps each other grow in their respective martial arts.
The training is always fresh and exciting and I always learn something new in every session and class we have.
I would highly recommend him and his classes to anyone looking to learn or build on to their existing skills.


Class Student & Private Client

I wholeheartedly recommend The Academy! Since arriving on island 5 months ago, I immediately began Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) sessions with Carl. I have been doing BJJ for a few years now and really wanted to find a BJJ school where I could feel part of a squad, have top level training in a clean and custom-designed environment, and be pushed by my coach and training partners. The Academy gives me all of this and in 5 months I have seen the tangible benefits to my overall fitness, and most importantly, my BJJ skills have been honed and expanded. Coach Carl is forensic in his teaching and instruction; he pinpoints areas of strength and improvement and spends time working with you on these. His energy, positivity, and rigour are infectious. My BJJ game has levelled up and I love rolling and learning at The Academy. Oss!



The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at The Academy are great. Carl is an excellent coach and the ethos he encourages is exactly what I look for in a BJJ club. This is a productive but relaxed (and friendly) learning environment; with plenty of skilled BJJ fighters on the mat to learn with (and from); but no egos to have to work around.

Whilst it's not the main reason I do BJJ, I've also lost about 8lbs and almost 2% body fat since I started training regularly at The Academy. My new year's resolution is to try make it to some No-Gi classes



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