Grappling with Education™ is an independent body set up to engage with a number of different groups across all key areas of the education divide.

Split into a number of age-related or ability-based projects, our services include programmes that cater for groups seeking structured breakfast and after-school clubs where our progressive curriculum allies itself with physical activity throughout the school day, self-protection education and advice for post 16 students, as well as those individuals requiring structured learning having been excluded from mainstream education. Our objective is to deliver an element of learning completely unrivaled in terms of approach and success.


A massive thank you to David from Grappling with Education for the excellent sessions he has provided for both staff and students from North Herts Education Support Centre. David’s incredibly calm and professional approach enabled him to engage with our students immediately – which is by no means an easy feat! Students and staff alike have been raving about the sessions and hope to attend many more in the future!

Mr Andrew Hovell
North Herts Education Support Centre, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

A nice balance between hard-hitting and not too alarming in the theory section. Practical sessions well-managed, safe, constructive an informative. I have suggested the Self-protection Network to a colleague who organises an after-school club. I will re-book for next year a similar session and this one will be for all year 12 students.

Mrs Tricia Lennie
Dame Alice Harpur School, Bedford, Bedfordshire

This was an excellent seminar in terms of both content and delivery and I will definitely be asking David to come back next year and possibly for other groups as well.

Miss Sara McAuley
Samuel Whitbread Academy, Clifton, Bedfordshire

One of the best & most hard-hitting presentations I have seen. Student feedback this morning has been very positive, albeit [very properly] deeply shocked by some of the images.

Mr Peter Riddick
Berhamsted Collegiate School, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

Jiu Jitsu has been running at Russell Lower for over two years. We have always found David to be highly professional, approachable and flexible. The children always appear to be highly engaged and there is a real sense of enjoyment during their sessions.

Miss Louise Watton
Deputy Head, Russell Lower School, Bedfordshire

The Jiu Jitsu in Schools programme has been coming to our school for several years now offering a breakfast club. Since its time here it has had a steady stream of committed pupils. His classes encourage the children to respect each other as well as gain confidence and life skills. The class is disciplined and well organised which is appreciated by the pupils, parents and staff. Parents are made very welcome to stay and watch the lessons and ask any questions relating to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Justine McCarthy
Business Manager, All Saints′ Academy, Bedfordshire

Jiu Jitsu in Schools has been a great asset to our school extra-curricular activities. We have a number of pupils who attend the sessions on a regular basis and we have noticed the impact that this has had on their behaviour and attainment within a range of lessons and school environments. The classes run smoothly, are well organised and fit in well with the timings of the school day. These classes are a well valued part of out extra-curricular timetable and we appreciate the positive gains it has on the children and the school.

Natasha Peters
PE Teacher, Robert Bloomfield Academy, Bedfordshire

David Webb has been running a morning session of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for our pupils for a number of years. The sessions are well managed and organised. The children benefit from the promotion of discipline and respect that the session instils, as part of the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The children enjoy the sessions and make good progress enjoying the praise and encouragement they get from David’s instruction. As a school we feel these sessions are an important part of our extra-curricular activities.

Celia Bennett
School Business Manager, the Firs Lower School, Bedfordshire