Top Control #002 – Lee Catling

Josh PalmerTop Control Podcast

This weeks episode of the Top Control Podcast, we chat to GB Essex head instructor Lee Catling about the first BJJ seminars in the UK, training with Rickson, effective training for longevity, the importance of focused drilling and why wearing a gi is ‘almost spiritual’.


Lee Catling started training at the age of 8 in the art of Tang Soo Do under Master Loke, after 4years of training lee started training Wing Chun Kung Fu becoming a instructor for the UKWCKFA, needing competition Lee turned to boxing winning two titles Essex novice and the ABA title.

Lee started training in judo in 1992 gaining he’s black belt from Ron Meader in 2000, around this time Lee went to a seminar run by Braulio Estima and was hooked on the art of Brazilian Jiujitsu . Training under Braulio Lee has become a black belt and head instructor of Gracie Barra Essex and head jiu-jitsu and MMA coach for the Ministry of Martial Arts. Now training and teaching full-time Lee is passing on he’s knowledge and passion for BJJ and MMA, training many local and international champions.

You can follow Lee on Twitter at: @leecatling and visit his website: Gracie Barra Essex

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