Black Belt under David Juliano Lemes
Black Belt Competitions
IBJJF Madrid Nogi International Open- Gold
IBJJF Budapest Nogi International Open- Gold
IBJJF Poznan International Open- Gold
IBJJF Budapest International Open- Silver
F2W Texas State Championships- Gold
FIVE Grappling Texas- Gold
AGF Houston- Gold
Tournament of Champions- Silver
Texas Submission Grappling Challenge- Silver
Grab and Pull Scottish Nogi Championship- Silver
NAGA San Diego- Bronze
I am Ben, head coach of CVA Jiu-Jitsu.
In over 12 years of studying Jiu-Jitsu, I have lived in the USA and Brazil, where I was fortunate to train with BJJ World Champions, as well as multiple UFC athletes, and have competed across different countries, with Gold medals at black belt level.
My true passion, however, lies with teaching, and I am privileged to run a high quality academy in my home city, Edinburgh.
I believe that learning Jiu-Jitsu should be a fun and challenging activity, and as such, I strive to create a relaxed, yet dynamic environment for my students. I encourage everyone to enjoy their Jiu-Jitsu journey, while challenging themselves to gain a strong understanding and knowledge of the skills and concepts that can make them safe on the street, and a champion in the arena.
If you're nervous to take that first step and try a class, but find the courage to do so- I am confident that you'll be extremely glad that you did within your first minute at our school.
Hope to meet you there soon.
Laurence has been training
for 12 years, recieveing his
black belt in Feb 2021 from
Luiz 'Manxinha' Ribeiro.
Laurence had spent his entire
time training at London Fight
Factory, before moving to
Edinburgh, where he now
coaches our popular 7am
classes every Mon, Wed & Fri.