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.
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!
Edward Yoshiaki Dingley
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.
I started training martial arts from a young age, initially with kickboxing and then Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu while at university.
Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most challenging things I have ever undertaken, while also being the most rewarding - having positive effects on both physical and mental wellbeing.
My love for the martial art has grown stronger as my understanding has deepened. I particularly like the balance of theory and practice which goes towards training; it is a never-ending puzzle with many details.
Noticing the subtleties in Jiu-Jitsu can be a game changer and allow you to, as Rickson Gracie said, “flow with the go”