RPC lawyer crowned British martial arts champion

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Finance solicitor by day, Jiu-Jitsu pro by night

RPC’s David Allinson

A senior associate at RPC has claimed victory over 1,600 competitors in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) — a more aggressive adaptation of its parent art, Judo.

As British champion in the sport, David Allinson now holds an impressive brown belt, the highest ranking colour belt in BJJ. A former trainee at JP Morgan and now on the financial risks team at RPC, he’s been training and competing for around 12 years.

“I’ve always enjoyed sport and fell into BJJ after becoming a fan of mixed martial arts. It was a lot harder to find a club back when I started but there was a guy teaching in my home town and I went along once and was hooked,” Allinson says.

To gain wins, he finds the time to train three times a week, grappling opponents to the floor using submission holds such as chokes or joint locks. His recent victory goes some way to dispelling the City lawyer myth that they are chained to a desk 24/7 and have little opportunity to pursue personal interests. Continuing, he says:

The training schedule is pretty intense and I found the flexible working policy at RPC to be of great benefit especially in the lead up to a competition where the number of training sessions needed to be increased.

But he’s not the first lawyer at RPC to fight martial arts battles. Nigel Collins (pictured below), a corporate partner at the firm, is also a modern-day Samurai. When he’s not clearing deals, he’s defending himself using not the law, but a bamboo sword — he’s into the Japanese martial art Kendo. Interestingly, Collins’ profile states he has “extensive experience and a deep cultural knowledge of Japan and Japanese business.”

With firms happy to trumpet their commitment to diversity, now more than ever future lawyers are thinking about how to stand out from the crowd. No doubt winning a Jiu-Jitsu championship would do just that.

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

This is very impressive. My congratulations to Mr. Allinson.



I should stress that there were 1600 competitors in total (I certainly didn’t compete against all of them) and black belt is actually the highest belt in BJJ!



Black belt is the highest common belt, brown belt is the highest ranking colour belt


Jeremy Corbyn is a threat to this country

Black is a colour, it is just achromatic, like white.

Ergo LC is wrong…. AGAIN



“Fuck you, I’m Millwall!”


Hirinora Ohtska

Thank you for introducing me to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It looks utterly ridiculous. Only 3 nights a week huh? I bet they get their black belts from corn flakes packets.


Miyamoto Musashi

Nigel San has become Samurai. This site very funny


Doc. Ludvig Friedrich Von Lowenstein

This site is for teenage mutant ninja turtles Senseis 🙂


Liam Draper

I’m disappointed at the factual inaccuracies in this article. It’s like no one at LC has bothered to research the subject to make sure that the propositions you’re making are correct.


Liam Draper

I see David has corrected some of the mistakes in the article above.



Plz come 2 my party. u’ll be the heart & soul.


Didier Lupo

D’accord, Liam. LC keeps getting itself completely out of its depth with subjects it knows nothing about, like law, mental health , medicine and now martial arts.
but this is what is so entertaining about this site. Keep it up LC. You are hilarious





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