Dan Robinson, the head instructor and owner at Renzo Gracie Hartlepool is a BJJ Purple Belt under Renzo Gracie. Dan took up the sport of BJJ following an invitation to train during a trip to Brazil in 2008. After being very rapidly controlled and submitted by a gentleman half his size, he was hooked! At the time Dan lived in Virginia in the United States and once a week, would make the 2 and a half hour drive to Washington DC to find some training.
At the end of 2010, he moved to New York City and quickly joined the famous Renzo Gracie Academy in Manhattan. Dan has trained under Renzo Gracie since that time but has also spent time in Brazil training under Carlos Gracie Jr, Renzo’s uncle. Returning to his birth place in Hartlepool late last year, Dan was keen to promote the sport of BJJ in this area and so established Renzo Gracie Hartlepool Affiliate. The academy sits in the renowned Gus Robinson HQ gym which also houses the Gus Robinson Pro and Amateur Boxing Academy, along with Hartlepool CrossFit.


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