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About Us

Who are we?

Located in the heart of North Wales, BJJ North Wales - LC Academy is ideally located close to the popular seaside town of Llandudno. Surrounded by mountainous terrains and beautiful landscapes, there has never been a more attractive place to enter and learn the fundamentals behind one of the leading mixed martial art forms.

BJJ North Wales is affiliated with the Luciano Cristovam Academy in London  and is run by Maynard Martial Arts Ltd.


Dena Maynard

Dena has been studying martial arts for many years after becoming a person fitness and aerobics trainer in her native country of Indonesia.  She is a brown belt in BJJ


She started out with karate and then moved to aikido a Japanese martial art. She spent time learning Muay Thai in Bangkok at the famous Lumpinee Stadium and then added BJJ when she joined the Evolve club in Singapore. 


The Evolve club provides one of the best training facilities in SE Asia with world champion BJJ and Muay Thai trainers.


After moves to Perth and then London she has developed her technique and started to train kids where she mixes all her skills to provide them with a fun and stimulating experience.  


She has competed at a number of UK championships and has won the English Open. 

Discover the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by booking a class today.


Luciano Cristovam


Luciano began BJJ training at the age of six in Brazil. Under the tutelage of world famous Jiu-Jitsu master Renzo Gracie and Roger Gracie, he received his blackbelt in July 2011.

He has competed in the most prestigious BJJ events around the world and has won the World, European and and Pan-American Championships.


As affiliate professor, Luciano will visit BJJ North Wales periodically to provide training and support. He is mainly based in London providing professional Jiu Jitsu classes to kids and adults. You can find more information on his london studio here.

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