Jason Tan Awarded BJJ Black Belt by Karl Tanswell

Jason Tan of the MMA Academy Liverpool was awarded his black belt from SBG Mainline head coach Karl Tanswell last night.

After rolling for a solid two hours with around 40 white, blue, purple, brown and black belts in what is know as being ‘iron manned’ Jason thoroughly earned a well deserved black belt.

James Owen also from the MMA Academy was also awarded his brown belt from Tanswell after being ‘iron manned’ in similar fashion.

From Jason’s Facebook

“Last night was without doubt one of the toughest moments I’ve ever had on the mats. The ‘Ironman’ is horrendous, ha. I want to thank everybody who has been part of the journey so far, started martial arts 16 years ago, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 11 years ago, and it is a massive part of my life. Thank you to all family and friends who have supported me along the way, a big thank you to my partner at

 The MMA Academy, Peter Davies, who I have learnt SO much from and has been absolutely crucial in the creation of our team. Huge thank you to the Coaching staff at the academy, who have been doing an outstanding job and who are always pushing me and the students to achieve more. To the students, past and present, without you guys who train at the academy doing that Ironman wouldn’t have been possible (maybe a good thing ) and reaching blackbelt wouldn’t be possible, I am always so very very grateful that you have chosen to learn Martial Arts at The MMA Academy Liverpool. Last but not least a huge thank you to Karl Tanswell and his team SBG Mainline, to be awarded the Black Belt from somebody I respect immensely as a Coach and Martial Artist is a great honour for me. Thank you everybody, I love everybody!”




























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