The Real Approach Academy

The Real Approach Academy was founded in the early 90’s and is martial arts training operation that caters for several martial arts disciplines as well as offering specialised ‘Self defense’ training (Self Protection). Founded by Dave Briggs, and with support from his associate instructor, Kev Johnson, delivers cutting edge training and the opportunity to fine tune your attained skills.

The Real Approach Academy was solely resident in the Mansfield area until mid 2010 when, due to a major change in personal circumstances, Dave started teaching in the Staffordshire area.

Dave teaches frequent sessions, incorporating Self Protection topics, stand-up skills, such as Muay Thai, Kickboxing, JKD and Filipino concepts and submission grappling and in particular, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  All the classes look at the realistic qualities and skills that help develop a functional personal safety strategy.  For more information regarding training, please contact Dave via the link on this site.

Dave heads the teaching of an open Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the ACTIVE ARTS MARTIAL ARTS CENTRE, 17-19 Grey Friars, Stafford, ST16 2SA. The classes starts at 7pm through to 8.30pm, with Gi hire available - your first session is currently free of charge, including the use of a Gi. Open to anyone interested in learning or developing their BJJ skills or submission grappling, we are a totally non-political academy, therefore welcome students from any association (ideal if you are temporarily in the area and are looking for somewhere to get a training session.  Dave also teaches a BJJ masterclass at the Fight Hub in Tamworth, 6/7 Arianne, Tamworth, B79 7XF.  Feel free to come along and join one of the classes – 6.30pm – 8pm.  In addition to this Dave also frequently visits Ash Fletcher’s group, Cannock BJJ.  Please check with either groups Facebook page to see details of their class timetable and Dave’s planned visits.

Over recent years Dave has established link with a couple of academies in Gloucester and frequently visits to conduct reality based  seminars, as well being a regular guest at the Belgrave Aikido Club’s Association training camps and Kaeshi Ryu Kempo Jiu-Jitsu annual gathering.


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Dave Briggs