Instructors

knowledgeable, experienced bjj coaching

"I have always been impressed how the excellent instructors manage to teach high-quality BJJ to hobbyists and competitors alike"

The coaches at Jiu-Jitsu Republic Oxford are passionate about BJJ and have fully dedicated themselves to training, teaching and competing in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

From the brand new beginner to the seasoned competitor the coaches are always able to help you achieve your own personal goal. Whether you want to compete or just keep fit and have fun the coaches are always happy to help.

Lee Renaut

Instructor Lee

Lee is a distinguished instructor and competitor of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on the UK scene. As a featherweight he has a teaching style that focuses on attention to detail and technique over strength; this along with his love of Jiu Jitsu and friendly personality could make him the ideal person to help improve your game.

Credentials:

IBJJF Certified Black Belt (2nd Degree)

Level 2  Wrestling Coach (British Wrestling)

Level 3 Emergency First Aid

Main Achievements (Black Belt):

IBJJF European Championship Bronze (2023) (Master 1)

IBJJF London Open Bronze (2023)

2 x IBJJF British National Champion (2018,2019)

IBJJF Paris Fall Open Silver (2019)

IBJJF London Open Silver (2017)

Main Achievements (Coloured Belts):

IBJJF European Champion (2013 Blue)

2 x IBJJF No-Gi European Championship Silver (2012, 2013 Blue)

11 x IBJJF International medallist (2012 – 2015)

Instructor Lee


Joe Tacon

Joe, a black belt under Lee Renaut, began his martial arts journey at the Oxford academy back in 2015. Since then, he has become a devoted student and athlete, working tirelessly to hone his skills.

Thanks to his dedication and hard work, Joe has earned the respect of his peers and instructors alike, and has now become a highly regarded instructor himself.

Outside of martial arts, Joe works as an engineer, which has equipped him with the ideal foundation for breaking down complex techniques and presenting them in a clear and concise manner. This makes him an excellent teacher, capable of explaining even the most intricate moves in a way that is accessible to everyone, from complete novices to seasoned practitioners.

 

Credentials:

Black Belt Under Lee Renaut

Level 3 Emergency First Aid

barbara Hale

As an accomplished practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Barbara holds a black belt under Lee Renaut. Throughout her career, she has honed her skills at numerous gyms across Europe, which has equipped her with a diverse set of techniques that can be applied to a wide range of scenarios.

In addition to her extensive training, Barbara has conducted self-defence workshops for the “this girl can” charity and has taught self-defence classes at Brunel University. This experience makes her an ideal instructor for our women’s-only class.

Enroll in martial arts classes in Oxford and learn from this highly skilled and accomplished instructor.

Credentials:

Black Belt Under Lee Renaut

Level 3 Emergency First Aid

Main Achievements :

IBJJF European Championship bronze (2023)

UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Champion (2019)

UAEJJF British National Pro Champion (2019)

IBJJF Copenhagen Open Silver (2018)

Andrew Ayres

Andrew is a distinguished figure in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo. With extensive experience and achievements at the highest levels of BJJ competition, Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the mat.

As a black belt in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Andrew’s training and competitive background offer students a unique perspective rooted in traditional martial arts principles and modern grappling techniques.

Credentials:

Black Belt Under Lee Renaut

Judo Black belt (British Judo Association)

Level 3 Emergency First Aid

Main Achievements :

IBJJF European Championship 2024 Silver (Black belt)

IBJJF World Masters Championship 2023 Gold (Brown belt)

IBJJF European Championship 2023 Gold (Brown belt)

IBJJF World Masters Championship 2021 Silver (Purple belt)

IBJJF European Championship 2020 Gold (Blue belt)

Liam Finch

BJJ Oxford Instructor Liam Finch

Liam Finch is a highly skilled and friendly Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor with a purple belt under Lee Renaut. He has a unique teaching style that prioritises proper technique and attention to detail over raw strength. Liam’s laid-back and easygoing personality makes him approachable to students of all levels, from novices to advanced practitioners.

Liam’s dedication to the sport of BJJ is evident in his teaching, and he is highly respected in the community. He has a passion for helping his students improve and achieve their goals, whether they are interested in competition or simply looking to improve their skills.

Credentials:

Purple Belt Under Lee Renaut

Level 3 Emergency First Aid

BJJ Oxford Instructor Liam Finch