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Meet The Team


Gavin, Head Coach

Gavin Stewart, the owner and head coach of 10th Planet Banbury, is a highly accomplished practitioner in the world of No-Gi Grappling. With a solid foundation of 15 years of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu experience, Gavin holds the prestigious rank of 10th Planet black belt, earned under the guidance of Eddie Bravo's first UK Black Belt, Mick Broster.

Embodying the spirit of growth and transformation, Gavin firmly believes that "Time plus effort equals change." This mindset resonates throughout his coaching approach, as he encourages his students to dedicate themselves to continuous improvement.

Carmel, Women's Coach

Carmel Thornton coaches our women's only classes and is a Southend gold medal winner and a purple belt under Gavin Stewart.

Her women's only classes are entirely free of charge all levels are welcome!

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Michael, Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals

Michael Budd is our Jiu Jitsu fundamentals coach, a purple belt under Gavin Stewart and an active Jiu Jitsu competitor and MMA fighter.

His classes are focused on the core fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu and designed to fast-track your progression, a perfect class for new starters.

Matt, Leg Lock Coach

Matt Korsak is our leg lock coach, an active Jiu Jitsu competitor and a purple belt under Gavin Stewart.

He has a keen eye for the latest leg lock trends and his Leg Lock Lab classes keep the team up-to-date and as sharp as possible.


Jed Thorburn

Assistant Coach

Jed is already an accomplished striker and has worked tirelessly to become a well rounded grappler and MMA fighter, Jed helps run all of our junior classes and is seen as the head of the under 18's training  - A real asset to the team and to the fast paced progression of the juniors at 10th Planet Banbury.

Mick, Guest Masterclasses

Mick Broster, the first UK black belt under the renowned 10th Planet founder, Eddie Bravo, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the world of Jiu Jitsu.


Once a month, Mick teaches a masterclass which is a testament to his profound knowledge and dedication to the art of Jiu Jitsu. Through his teachings, Mick imparts invaluable insights and techniques to his students, ensuring their growth and development in their martial arts journey.

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Sam, Guest Masterclasses

Sam Creasey, is a seasoned fighter with an impressive professional MMA record of 17-5-0. While still actively competing in Cage Warriors, Sam generously shares his wealth of knowledge of striking and grappling expertise during invaluable masterclasses held once a month.


Through these sessions, students have the unique opportunity to learn from a true champion, gaining insights into the intricacies of BJJ and MMA grappling. Sam's dedication to his craft and his willingness to share his expertise make his masterclasses a remarkable opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business.

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