Paxton and Roger
Paxton with Private Clients Spencer Matthews and Jamie Laing
Roger and Paxton
Mauricio and Paxton
Paxton is the founder and Head Coach of the Roger Gracie Academy Henley on Thames. He has been training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for the last 17 years and is a Second Degree Black Belt which he received directly under 10-time World Champion, Roger Gracie.
Paxton is a successful and passionate coach having taught at Roger’s Headquarters in London, as well as other regional academies and schools. He also runs his own second academy BALANCE Bjj in the heart of London's Mayfair.
Paxton’s strength lies in his teaching, he has a very hands on instructing style paying close attention to all of his students, tightening up on their techniques and encouraging individual styles. He is patient and very clear on his instruction, aiding easy comprehension.
He enjoys joining in with the classes, with the warm ups, the sparring, making sure that he gives his time equally to all students. This ensures that his students feel comfortable, relaxed and progress knowing they are getting the attention and teaching that they deserve. Paxton promotes enjoyable yet hard training sessions and strictly follows the respect and etiquette commanded in Roger’s HQ.
Paxton moved to Henley on Thames from London 13 years ago. He enjoys the close community spirit that Henley has and is settled here permanently now with his family.
He was extremely honoured that after 11 years of training he was able to bring RGA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, to Henley. Here he manages to inspire both men and women, young and old to practice jiu-jitsu, ‘the thinking man’s martial art’. Not only to increase their; health, fitness, strategic thinking, muscle strength, confidence and discipline but also to give them the passion and joy that it has given him.
'Jiujitsu for me is not just a martial art.... it helps me through my everyday life whether at work or at home. My mind is completely relaxed when I’m training. Jiujitsu keeps me calm in tough situations. It’s the perfect therapy for me. The relationship between the questions I encounter on and off the mat are so similar.
The complete workout incorporates mind, body, flexibility, strength, power, determination, skill, guile, the game of human chess!'
Paxton Gibbons, Head Coach RGA Henley
BEN TAN, Purple Belt
As a self professed grappling nerd and featherweight competitor, Ben has trained nearly everyday for the best part of 5 years. He has chalked up over 46 wins in 50 matches on the masters circuit including 1st place finishes in IBJJF London Open, English Open, AJP National Pro and a host of local competitions. Bens proudest achievements in jiu jitsu have been helping to coach students and children to competitive success.
Splitting his time between Oxfordshire and London Ben is happiest when on the mats with friends sharing his journey. Ben’s teaching focus is on incremental improvements over time which is aimed at helping you to acquire knowledge, retain knowledge, and most importantly apply that knowledge against a resisting opponent. Strong fundamentals form a core part of Ben’s philosophy, he believes each student should have a rounded foundation which can then be shaped to their unique abilities.