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Martial Arts School of the Year

Some members of Gracie Barra Knowle front (L to r) Madison Screech (9), Kaitlin Williams (9) and Joe Trickey (10). 
Back Aaron Carbon (left) and Jamie Horsman 

A local martial arts school has won an acclaimed Bristol Prestige Award which recognises businesses that offer a “high-quality level of service and experience”.  

Gracie Barra Knowle which holds classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for all ages at Filwood Community Centre was told in January it had won Martial Arts School of the Year. 

Resident Jamie Horsman who runs the school has featured previously in The Knowledge for his achievements alongside his daughter Frankie, a double world champion. 

He says: “I was over the moon – it’s not just me, everyone has chipped in to make it what it is. 

“It’s the fact that we haven’t got the facilities, it’s the extra hard work and what we’re doing for the community is the reason why we won.  

“It keeps growing and growing and we want to continue to get more kids off the streets and do something positive.” 

One of the parents, Naomi Trickey says: “My son Joe has been coming for 18 months and he eats, sleeps and breathes jiu jitsu and was awarded for being the Most Valued Student of the Year.” 
Gracie Barra Knowle runs classes on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 6-7pm for kids and teens and 7-8pm, fundamentals. For more information call 0793 980 5097.