Our Instructors

David Tobin 1st Degree Black Belt
Head Instructor - Havering Jiu Jitsu Academy

David Tobin is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt under Braulio Estima and Lee Catling. He has medalled multiple times at a national level, including earning gold as a brown belt and bronze as a black belt in the English Open. He has trained with Braulio Estima, Royce Gracie and Marc Walder to name a few. David takes a friendly and relaxed approach to teaching all aspects of BJJ, Submission wrestling and self defence.

David Tobin 1st Degree Black Belt
Head Instructor - Havering Jiu Jitsu Academy
Craig Young 1st Degree Brown Belt
Instructor - Havering Jiu Jitsu Academy

Craig has been training Jiu Jitsu at GB Havering for 5 years and in this time has put in thousands of hours of mat time. He is well known for his very technical style. Craig is an active and very successful competitor as well as a stand out Jiu Jitsu teacher. Craig runs our NOGI classes on Saturday mornings.

Craig Young 1st Degree Brown Belt
Instructor - Havering Jiu Jitsu Academy
Gary May 1st Degree Purple Belt
Kids Instructor - Havering Jiu Jitsu Academy

Gary is a very well rounded Jiu Jitsu practitioner with plenty of mat time under his belt. He is known for having a very good way with the kids as he is a father himself, therefore helps to generate a fun yet disciplined and safe environment for the kids to train in.

Gary May 1st Degree Purple Belt
Kids Instructor - Havering Jiu Jitsu Academy
Chris Cummings Black Belt
Senior Instructor -Havering Jiu Jitsu Academy

Chris Cummings had his first real life experience with Bjj in late 2007 and found his home with Prof David in 2012. In Chris’s evolution he has developed a more holistic approach to Martial arts seeing it from a more philosophical and psychological perspective. Chris sees the general principles of Jiu Jitsu as an ethical structure for encouraging leadership qualities and character development. Chris earned his BJJ Black Belt from Ben Poppleton and David Tobin in 2018. He is very well known for his skill and finesse on the mat combined with speed and agility.

Chris Cummings Black Belt
Senior Instructor -Havering Jiu Jitsu Academy