Table of Contents
- 1. Nicolas Gregoriades Details
- 2. Nicolas Gregoriades Biography
- 2.1. Nicolas Gregoriades’ Early Life And Amateur Fighting
- 2.2. Nicolas Gregoriades’ Pro BJJ Combats
- 2.3. Nicolas Gregoriades’ Historic Fights
- 3. Nicolas Gregoriades Championships
- 4. Nicolas Gregoriades Main Achievements
- 5. Nicolas Gregoriades Team Association
- 6. Nicolas Gregoriades Books
- 6.1. The Black Belt Blueprint
- 6.2. The Beginner’s Guide to BJJ
- 6.3. Beyond the Black Belt
- 6.4. Aligned
- 7. Nicolas Gregoriades Spiritual Journey
- 8. Nicolas Gregoriades Retirement
- 9. Nicolas Gregoriades Current Activities
- 10. Nicolas Gregoriades Fight Links
1. Nicolas Gregoriades Details
|Name||Nicolas Alexander Gregoriades|
|Born||Cape Town, South Africa|
|Date of Birth||2 September 1979|
|College/University||Roger Gracie Academy|
|Last Weigh In||Absolute Division|
|Weight Class||Meio Pesado (88 kg/194 lbs)|
|Weight||88 kg/194 lbs)|
|Career Disclosed Earning||N/A|
|Fighting out of||South Africa|
|Foundational Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Favorite Technique||Straight Foot-Lock & Knee Bar|
|Rank||4th Degree Black Belt|
|Awarded by||Roger Gracie|
|Head Coach||Roger Gracie|
|Lineage||Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie Sr. -> Carlos Gracie Junior -> Roger Gracie -> Nicolas Gregoriades|
|Team/Association||Roger Gracie Academy|
2. Nicolas Gregoriades Biography
Nicolas Gregoriades, often famous by the name of “Nic” is a South African BJJ grappler. He is the first BJJ fighter who has been promoted to Black Belt by the Legend Roger Gracie.
2.1. Nicolas Gregoriades’ Early Life And Amateur Fighting
Nic were born on 2nd September 1979 in Cape Town, South Africa. He was introduced to Martial Arts by his father who was a Karate Black Belt. From the very start, he got martial arts inspiration firstly from his father. This inspiration led him to choose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that later became his passion.
Nicolas Gregoriades A Brown Belt in Judo
He received his training in Judo at the age of 7. He reached the level of Brown Belt in Judo.
Nicolas Gregoriades Joined a Wrestling Club
After becoming a Brown Belt in Judo. Nic wanted to pursue his career in BJJ. At that time BJJ was not available in Cape Town. So, he joined a submission wrestling club in Cape Town in early 2000. Ludwig Strydom was his coach in that club.
Nicolas Gregoriades BJJ Journey
In 2004, he joined Roger Gracie’s Academy in West London, England. This was the time when his BJJ career started. This was the time when Nic was desperately searching for elite mentors to get into BJJ as he had left martial arts for many years.
He tried to strangle a guy by using Rare Naked Choke which he only saw once in an academy in England. This increased his interest in BJJ.
First Black Belt by the Legend Roger Gracie
He became a Black Belt in August 2008. He earned the prestige of becoming the first person to receive a Black Belt from legendary Roger Gracie.
2.2. Nicolas Gregoriades’ Pro BJJ Combats
Gracie Invitational Champion
He was the Gracie Invitational Champion in 2006 and 2007. While being a Brown Belt, he won the Championship in 2007. He won Gold in the Championship hence dominating his opponents.
He was the ADCC-UK Champion under the Men’s 77 Kg to 87.9 Kg in 2006. He won in the Purple Belt category.
British Open Champion
He secured 1st position at the British Open Championship in 2012 and won the title of British Open Champion.
IBJJF London Open Champion
Being a Blue Belt, he won the title of London Open Champion in 2005.
2.3. Nicolas Gregoriades’ Historic Fights
Nicolas Gregoriades vs Luke Costello
Nicolas Gregoriades and Luke Costello both are considered elite BJJ fighters. In the 2009 Abu Dhabi Pro European Trials, Nic defeated Luke Costello by Heel Hook submission. The match was quite a tough one as Luke tried to gain the dominant position throughout the match but Nic did not let him succeed in his endeavor.
|2010||Abu Dhabi Pro European||Luke Costello||Win||Submission (Heel Hook)||Final||Under 92 KG||Dartford, Kent|
Nicolas Gregoriades vs Maximiliano Carvalho
Nicolas Gregoriades won the fight from Max Carvalho in the Brown Belt final at the Gracie Invitational Tournament. Many times Nic tried to grab Max by the BJJ Gi but did not succeed. Multiple times Nic escaped Max’s locks. And in the end, Nic got the submission by applying the Armbar.
|2007||Gracie Invitational||Maximiliano Carvalho||Win||Submission (Mount Armbar)||Brown Belt Final||Medium Heavy||European Fight Network in London|
Nicolas Gregoriades vs Daniel Priebe
In 2018, Nic fought with Daniel Priebe who is also a very famous BJJ fighter with his own institute known as Daniel Priebe BJJ. The fight was very intense as both the players kept on executing their moves. But in the end, Nic won by the decision of the referee.
|2018||Fight 2 Win Pro 93||Daniel Priebe||Win||Decision||Black Belt Final||210 lbs||Scottsdale, Arizona|
3. Nicolas Gregoriades Championships
3.1. National Championship
|2005||South African National Grappling Championship||1st Position|
3.2. International Championship
|2009||British Open Grappling Championship||1st Position|
|2012||British Open Grappling Championship||1st Position|
|2010||Abu-Dhabi Pro European Qualifier||2nd Position|
|2007||Grappler of the Year - France||1st Position|
|2005||IBJJF London Open Championship||1st Position|
- Gracie Invitational Champion
- Grappler of the Year - France
- Absolute Submission Fighting Winner
- British Open Champion
4. Nicolas Gregoriades Main Achievements
|1st||Blue Belt||London Open Championship||2005|
|1st||Purple Belt||Paris Open Championship||2006|
|1st||Purple Belt||ADCC-UK Championship||2006|
2 Times Gracie Invitational Champion
2 Times Absolute Submission Fighting Winner
|2008, 2009||Meio Pesado|
5. Nicolas Gregoriades Team Association
Nic was associated with Roger Gracie Academy and received his BJJ Black Belt from Roger Gracie. Being a student of Roger Gracie, Nic became an accomplished and renowned BJJ fighter.
6. Nicolas Gregoriades Books
He has written books on BJJ as well as his spiritual journey. Some of his books are mentioned below:
6.1. The Black Belt Blueprint
Nic wrote this book for BJJ practitioners. This book is a must-have for Jiu-Jitsu students. It gives a detailed study of BJJ, its training methods, techniques, and moves.
6.2. The Beginner’s Guide to BJJ
This book is for beginners. It describes BJJ techniques with a broader explanation as well as a pictorial representation explained by Nic.
6.3. Beyond the Black Belt
In this book, Nic has given more comprehensive details about more advanced BJJ techniques. It also contains content from different UFC coaches and World Champions in the grappling sport.
Nic wrote this book on the different and interesting topic of personal development. He wrote this book for the understanding of places, people, viewpoints, and modes of living. This book is a motivation for people seeking wider knowledge about the journey of life.
7. Nicolas Gregoriades Spiritual Journey
After becoming the British Open Champion in 2012, Nic went on his spiritual journey in the forests. There he took a break from BJJ and worked on himself. During this journey, he became aware of Ayahuasca which revolutionized his life completely.
7.1. 5 Years off the Mat
He spent 5 years away from BJJ. he did not take part in any BJJ competition. He was out of the BJJ competitive circuit. He focused on himself and during this time he went to the Amazon.
7.2. The Ayahuasca Experience
During the spiritual journey, Nic became familiar with Ayahuasca. It is basically a spiritual experience that comes from a wine that is brewed entheogenically. For a very long time, Nic wanted to visit Amazon and have this experience, so after taking 5 years off the mat he finally experienced it. This experience impacted him a lot.
Nicolas Gregoriades Online Business
He has also run a very famous and accomplished online business. Despite being a BJJ fighter, he also indulged in many other activities such as online business, spirituality, writing books, and meditation, which really made his spectrum broader.
Nicolas Gregoriades Founder of Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood
Nic is the founder of Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood in London, UK. He is also the head instructor there. After getting retired from the BJJ competitive circuits, Nic opened his BJJ institute in London and now is teaching BJJ there. Many of his students are famous BJJ fighters who take part in national and international championships.
Nicolas Gregoriades Active Participation in Podcasts and Interviews
He is actively involved in giving interviews. He also appeared as a guest in many podcasts in which he talked about himself, his childhood, his BJJ journey, and philosophies of human existence. Some of his podcasts and interviews are listed below.
8. Nicolas Gregoriades Retirement
Since 2018 Nic has retired from international competition. He is more focused on his institute, “The Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood”. He is also a spiritual explorer and a transformational coach.
9. Nicolas Gregoriades Current Activities
He currently travels around the world teaching BJJ. He is a Spiritual Explorer, BJJ Coach, Businessman, Traveller, Author as well as spiritual Coach.
9.1. The Nicolas Gregoriades Show
He is the host of his own show “The Nicolas Gregoriades Show”. He talks about mindfulness and many other things along with BJJ fighters.
10. Nicolas Gregoriades Fight Links
BJJ: Nicolas Gregoriades vs Max Carvalho
Nicolas Gregoriades vs Leo Queiroz - BJJ British Open 2013 - Black Adult - Medium-Heavy
Luke Vs Nicolas Gregoriades.wmv
DGL Superfight: Gregor Herb(Ger) vs Nicolas Gregoriades (UK)