Head Referee: Oliver Geddes

Oliver Geddes is a first degree black belt under Roger Gracie and is a well-known name, both on and off the mats, in UK Jiu-Jitsu. He has shown a desire to referee since being a blue belt, starting at local level tournaments before graduating to national and then international competitions. Shortly after earning his black belt in 2011, Oliver started refereeing at International Jiu-Jitsu events worldwide, including the United States and in Europe. His experiences here initially started by refereeing at country-based international opens before moving on to officiate at the largest Jiu-Jitsu events in the world. Oliver has stepped onto the most prestigious competition mats in the world as both a high level black belt competitor and a respected referee.

Oliver has invaluable experience working with and for other international federations, such as the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation, where he has worked throughout Europe at National Pro’s, international Pro’s, Grand Slam’s tournaments. Oliver is also known as one of the UK’s finest home-grown competitive talents. A regular competitor at black belt, he boasts a medal case with medals from all level of competition.

Roles:

Oliver's will take on a number of responsibilities in his role as Head of Referees - to educate athletes and competitors on the competition rules; to develop the level of referees in the country; and to supervise events around the country, ensuring that they are held to a high standard and that the rules are enforced in a manner that reflects the quality of the events.

Main Achievements:

  • Abu Dhabi Pro European Qualifier (Purple/Brown/Black 2009 & Brown/Black 2011)
  • CBJJ European Lightweight Champion (Purple Belt Division; 2009, 2010),
  • CBJJE European Champion (Purple Belt  weight & absolute, 2009, 2010 brown)
  • British Open Champion (Purple Belt, 2009, brown 2010)
  • No-Gi British Open Champion (Purple Belt, 2009)
  • No-Gi Pan-American Silver Medallist (Purple Belt, 2009)
  • Pan-American Bronze Medallist (Purple Belt, 2009)

Favourite Position/Technique: Half Guard and Loop Choke