Promotions Bring Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club to the Top.
Geoff Grant, instructor of Wellington’s specialist grappling school, G.S.W, recently became the regions highest ranked
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) instructor.
Wellington November 30th 2005 – The Grappling Specialists Wellington (GSW) recently hosted Australian BJJ legend, John
Will. Mr. Will was in New Zealand on a seminar tour teaching at his affiliate schools in Auckland, Hamilton, Napier,
Wellington and Christchurch. At a packed session at the GSW club in Wellington Mr. Will took the opportunity to promote
Geoff Grant, his long time student, to the rank of Brown Belt.
In the world of BJJ, Brown Belt signals a significant promotion and there is only one other BJJ Brown Belt in New
Zealand. In Mr. Grant’s case the promotion represents 10 years of training and association with Mr. Will. Mr. Grant also
holds a 5th Dan Black Belt in the Martial Art of Zen Do Kai.
“The promotion came as a huge surprise, at the time I was focusing on the seminar and the promotion of my own students.
I have trained in the Martial Arts for over 20 years and this promotion would be one of my best moments.” Mr. Grant said
On the same day John Will and Geoff Grant also promoted two other members of the GSW club. Koshick Ranchhod was graded
to Purple belt and Alex Richardson to Blue Belt. The clubs promotions make it one of the biggest in the country. The
promotions come at the end of an extremely successful year at GSW.
Mr. Grant went on to say: “Koshick’s promotion is a very special one for me, as I have known him for a very long time,
since we started training Zen Do Kai together in the late 80’s. After a successful year for Alex Richardson his
promotion was “the icing on the cake”. Alex has trained long and hard this year and combined with his tournament success
and winning his Mixed Martial Arts fight, his promotion was inevitable”
GSW is one of the biggest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools in the country and Mr. Will describes it as “one of the best Mats
anywhere.” With the promotions GSW expects to make several changes to its format next year. Mr. Grant say’s the club
will expand to accommodate the new growth expected in 2006 but will continue to bring quality BJJ and Grappling training
to Wellingtons community.
For more information visit www.gsw.co.nz