Black Belt under Flavio Almeida at Gracie Barra San Clemente in Southern California. Barry started BJJ over eight years ago at the tender age of forty. Once he returned to the UK he looked for an academy to train at until he eventually decided to open his own school: Gracie Barra Bolton was born.
Already a black belt in Karate and an accomplished Thai boxer, he embarked on his jiu jitsu career later in life and became obsessed with the gentle art. Luckily, he was living in Southern California, which had become the mecca of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Training at Gracie Barra he utlitmatly worked his way up to coach then professor. Returned to the UK and opened the school on the border of Farnworth and Walkden in Manchester.