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UKBJJA elects new Welsh Director

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UKBJJA elects new Welsh Director

The United Kingdom Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association elected a new Regional Director, Wales at an EGM held on Zoom on Sunday 17 January 2021.

Following a tally of all eligible votes submitted electronically and additional votes registered via a show of hands at the EGM, the winning candidate was Mr Greg Creel, who will hold the position until October 2025.

The Regional Director, Wales sits on the Board of Directors and plays an instrumental part in shaping the future development of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Wales and more generally in the UK. 

The election resulted from the departure of Mr Neil Williams, who had held the post since the UKBJJA's inception. Mr Williams performed an excellent role and the Board and Council formally thank him for all his hard work and dedication.

Mr Creel is a 2nd degree black belt under by Pedro Bessa and owner of Celtic Pride Martial Arts in Abertillery. In addition to his own competitive accomplishments, Mr Creel is also a highly experienced referee and coach to domestic, international and world champions in BJJ and MMA in world leading organisations such as Polaris, the UFC and Cage Warriors.

He has worked extensively with the UKBJJA for over 6 years with previous director Mr Neil Williams and was responsible for founding the Welsh Kids' BJJ League and creating the junior development framework for the UKBJJA. He has coached and organised the UKBJJA's highly successful Junior Development Days, seeing over 100 kids training from different clubs across the UK. 

Full election results are below:

Clubs eligible to vote: 296
Votes cast: 28

Candidate Votes %
Eira Culverwell 3 11%
Greg Creel 19 68%
Omied Khakshour 6 21%



The United Kingdom Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (UKBJJA - is the governing body for the sport and martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) in the UK. It is a not-for profit organisation which aims to provide a governance structure for BJJ, that promotes and develops the sport while allowing individual clubs and practitioners the space and freedom to practice the sport in the way they enjoy. The UKBJJA is currently in the final stages of assessment for full Sport England accreditation. 

The UKBJJA was formed in 2013, and the association’s goal is to foster the development of BJJ at elite, community and grassroots levels, raising the profile of the sport but also providing pathways for development and involvement across communities in the UK. 

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