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6 Weeks for $99!

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4 Weeks for $99!

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Welcome to Absolute Mixed Martial Arts — world-class Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, Strength, and Fitness training in the Melbourne CBD, Collingwood and St Kilda.

At Absolute MMA we strive to provide a safe, clean and enjoyable environment with a focus on modern and proven training methods, systems and techniques. This focus on effectiveness doesn’t mean that you have to be experienced to start training at Absolute MMA; we cater to students from all walks of life and can personalise training and fitness programs just for you.

From fitness and weights programs to get you in the best shape of your life, to the study of the world’s best fighting and self-defense systems — we have a wide range of classes to meet all needs at Absolute MMA. We also offer a range of personal training and corporate training options with programs specifically tailored to your needs.

A diverse, international and truly world-class array of competitors, professionals, trainers and teachers, the Absolute MMA team has the knowledge and experience to help you reach your fighting and fitness goals.



5 tips for beginners from BJJ coach Thiago Steffuniti

Here are my 5 tips for beginners starting BJJ.


As with a lot of things – turning up is half the battle! To accelerate the speed of your progression, it is important to make it to as many sessions as your schedule allows. If you miss one session, don’t write off the week.

You can’t learn everything in your first month

It takes the average person, two years to reach blue belt, and around ten years of continuous training to reach black belt. While there are certainly exceptions to these timelines, nobody reaches blue belt in their first week – even Travis Stevens‘ incredible progression took a few weeks from white to blue! Focus on what is shown in class, consolidating the fundamental positions and movements – giving you a strong foundation of knowledge to build upon.

Tap! Don’t snap or nap

Like in the striking arts, you should keep yourself safe at all times. An injury from a non-tap can take you out for a long time, halting your progress. It is important to learn your limits. Training with competent teammates is essential to your progress.

Control Yourself

We usually compete in different weight divisions, but at training we encourage training with different body shapes and sizes. If you find yourself training with a smaller or weaker training partner, dial your strength back a bit. By taking strength out of the equation, it will allow you to focus on the technique. When you return to training/competing against someone of the same size, if not larger, you will have the tools to combat a strength discrepancy.

Play to your strengths

While it is important to learn and absorb as much as you can in your early months, it is also important to learn what your style is. You may be a natural open guard player, a pressure passer, or any other positional/technique type player. You will find ‘your game’ through your white to purple belt progression. A good fighter is one who understands his/her own body.

Thiago Steffuniti Third degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt





Willpower is a finite resource, but YOU can access more!

Have you ever heard of ‘decision fatigue’? It’s what happens when you’ve been worn down through the day, deciding on everything from what to wear and where to sit, through to major business decisions or whether to go to Simon’s birthday on the weekend.

We have the most willpower (mental fortitude) in the mornings. However, by the evening – when a lot of us train – we are weaker and succumb to temptations more easily.

So how do we get past this block? We create habits! Habits are very powerful tools in our training arsenal. A well established habit will override a mild temptation or lapse in willpower.

Three stages of a habit

1. The Cue. Identify or create a trigger that tells you that it’s time to carry out a routine.
It can be an alarm – morning alarm for early sessions, or a calendar reminder for lunch and evening trainers. Or, maybe you’re a visual cue type person. Try keeping your gym bag in sight, so you have a constant reminder of your appointment with the gym.

2. Routine. In the case for training – is the physical behavior that follows the cue.
You leave home or work, get to the gym, and get ready for the session. Structured classes are handy to take away the decisions for what to do. Try limiting the chances to divert from your path to the gym.

3. Reward. The stimulus that we receive as a result of finishing the routine.
Remember the immediate euphoria after a hard session? The Oo-Rah at the end of a Lycan session. The handshakes at the end of jits class. The fist bumps at the end of a striking session. Or a big sweaty hug, showing your respect for some excellent sparring with a teammate. And don’t forget the longer term results from the training! Better fitness, improved shape, upgraded skills, and shaping yourself towards being the best version of you!

Other tips:
Plan ahead – pack your bags the night before so you can remove a barrier to completing your habit the next day.
Be accountable – tell people about your habits and associated goals to create more drive for your actions.
Commit – to at least 3 weeks (21 days) and see the habit flourish
Have fun / share the fun – share your passion for martial arts and fitness with those around you. Whether you’re a self professed ‘team captain’, or able to encourage the person next to you – we’re a team, and teams go further together.

What are your cues, actions and rewards? Comment and share.


Getting the most out of your first month training boxing

Getting the most out of your first month training boxing
3 tips from coach Pradeep Singh when starting your boxing journey

Learn the rules and fouls in boxing.
Can you hold? What is the definition of ‘back of the head’? Can you push someone in a fight? There are a lot of assumptions about what boxing is and how it is scored. For your own development, and the safety of your training partners, you should take a minute to look up the rules. (I prefer YouTube videos)

This will also make viewing boxing fights more interesting, as you’ll know who’s winning and how the referee is adjudicating before half of the room does.

Happy Feet
Footwork is arguably the most important element of boxing. All beginners often think it is punching, but how can you build a house without a foundation? Concentrating on your footwork early will prevent poor habits from forming. You will find your balance improve, and as a result, your punching power will increase. And who doesn’t want more power, right!?

Learn how to punch
This seems very obvious, but quite often beginners try to learn a 20 punch combo, an exotic punch, or something else they found off YouTube – before establishing their jab and cross. Introduction and fundamental classes are essential for learning to punch correctly, which could save your hands from injury and better your defense.

Boxing correctly is not only for boxers with aspirations for fighting. It can be more challenging to punch with good form, and therefore increase the workout.

So whether you’re boxing to get fit, release the pent up energy from your day, or looking to become the next Muhammad Ali – learn the proper form and technique to see your results excel.


Queen’s Birthday Hours

There will be no classes at any Absolute MMA location on Monday, June 12 due to the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday.

Absolute MMA Melbourne CBD will host an open mat/gym from 11am to 1pm.

Absolute MMA St Kilda will host an open mat from 10am to 12pm.

Absolute MMA Collingwood will host an open mat/gym from 9am to 11am.