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This website is about Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ). I'm a purple belt who started in 2006, teaching and training at Artemis BJJ in Bristol, UK. All content ©2004-2016 Can Sönmez

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[For more on my background, see here]

BJJ Bristol Artemis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - CanIf you're looking to get in touch, then either stick up a comment on the relevant post in my blog, or email me here. If you're looking to train with me at my school in Bristol, head over to the website, Artemis BJJ.

If you're selling a BJJ product and you would like me to review your gi, DVD, book etc, then I'd also be interested in hearing from you. Send it to me, and I guarantee an objective and thorough appraisal. If you're looking for an example, see my piece on Blue Belt Requirements. The full list of my numerous reviews can be found here.

If you're looking to advertise on here, you can contact me to discuss the options. First come, first served.

Alternatively, there are a bunch of other ways to get in touch with me. I'm all over the web on forums, and also places like LinkedIn, Twitter, reddit and (I enjoy sharing musical taste, so if you read this blog and are also on, let me know.)


I initially used this blog as a way to review schools, way back when I headed down to my first MMA class in Bristol. I became a regular blogger once I began training Brazilian jiu jitsu at the Roger Gracie Academy in 2006, writing up every class in order to remember technique, track my progress and plan my goals for sparring.

I received my blue belt from Jude Samuel in February 2008, and my purple belt from Roger Gracie and Kev Capel in March 2011. In writing this blog, I'm also hoping to get feedback from other BJJers - constructive comments on my training are always appreciated!

I then started adding BJJ resources, like the BJJ glossary and technique summary in 2007, followed by the UK BJJ map, product reviews and an extensive BJJ Beginner FAQ in 2008. More recently, I've been trying my hand at articles, covering a variety of BJJ topics, along with interviews. I've also been using the blog to explore my interest in BJJ history. Please feel free to drop me a line if you've got any further sources (as long as it is something reputable I can reference and preferably link).

You can read further examples of my writing in Jiu Jitsu Style magazine, to which I'm a regular contributor. I have several pieces in The Warwick Review, relating to poetry analysis. Online, my work has appeared on BJJ Legends,,,, The Fightworks Podcast, BJJToday, and GiFreak, along with various other sites.

If for some reason you want to hear/read people interviewing me, you can find that on (text) and the Fightworks Podcast (audio).

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