Carpe Diem BJJ London Director/Black Belt
Supported by Shoyoroll
I have been working for Carpe Diem Bjj under Yuki Ishikawa (founder of Carpe Diem BJJ) for over six years where I was Head Instructor at the Aoyama dojo.
Our aim at Carpe Diem BJJ London is to provide you with a safe and progressive environment and support you on your journey. Whether your goal is to exercise and get fit, or to train and compete like a pro, we’ll be here for you and we’re sure you’ll have an amazing time.
EDWARD YOSHIAKI DINGLEY
Supported by AESTHETIC
Having been raised and schooled in Manchester, I moved to London in 2015 to further my studies in Music. I have been playing the violin from a young age and have recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Sport has also been a large part of my life, with rugby and cricket being my primary seasonal hobbies. I found BJJ during my time at university and soon became fascinated by the martial art. I found that many of the skills I had cultivated through music and school sport are very applicable to jiu jitsu. These days, the majority of my waking hours are dedicated to both learning and teaching the ‘gentle art’. Having said that, I still enjoy a gig or heading to the rugby club to watch a game with friends and family!
I started training 12 years ago at home in Northern Ireland and was hooked immediately. I competed in BJJ, No-gi and eventually MMA. Moving around and focusing on my career meant I couldn’t always put in the hours I would have liked, but life is a lot more balanced these days and I’m back to lots of training. I have two guinea pigs named Jacob and Esteban.
Music, basketball and BMX had been my life predominantly up until I suffered an injury in 2014 requiring surgery. I started training BJJ in 2015 as a means of rehabilitation and I immediately enjoyed the problem solving nature of the sport. It kept my mind engaged while my body and conditioning caught up, proving you don’t need to get fit to start Jiu Jitsu.
Alongside my training I have experience delivering extra curricular music programmes and sports coaching in special educational needs schools.
When I’m not on the mats, you’ll probably find me either playing drums or cooking. I’m also a part of AESTHETIC jiu jitsu, designing kimonos and running the UK athlete team.
Unfortunately, by the time I discovered BJJ it was too late to make it my primary career. However, I have been teaching for the last five years, competing regularly, and am hugely passionate about my quest for global old man jiu-jitsu domination. As I am about snowboarding and heavy metal. And travelling. And fine dining. And many other things.