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.




Escaping the Comfort Zone

Looking for personal growth in 2018? Then it’s time to get out of your comfort zone!

It is possible to be happy and thrive when maintaining the status quo… However, those willing to put themselves out there, stand to take the greatest steps forward.

It can be daunting to go outside your comfort zone. Stepping out feels like a risk. But we’re not talking about swimming with sharks, or diving out of a plane – this is about stepping into a gym – that you will find welcomes you and genuinely wants you to have a good experience.

You’re already interested in trying something new (after all – you’ve read this far!), and the next step is to get to the gym and walk in.

Walking into the gym is the most intimidating part of the whole experience. Why is this? It’s just a door!

On the other side you will find:
– A warm greeting, and introduction to the gym, from one of our friendly staff.
– A close community who check their egos at the door. Our coaches aim to cater to your needs and listen what you want to get out of your training.
– World class facilities with enormous mat spaces and a large variety of gym equipment.
– 162 group classes on offer each week!

Those who summon the courage to do this will be rewarded with growth in so many areas of their lives.

You will gain confidence in yourself and your abilities – both physical and mental. This could be the cornerstone change in your life to set you on your desired trajectory.

“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.”
— IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

We do not grow by doing the same things everyday. If you are a golfer, you stand to gain more from taking a series of boxing classes than you would from a golf lesson. By deliberately focusing on an area unfamiliar to you, you stand to build skills and qualities different to what you already possess – taking you to new physical and mental heights.

Step outside your comfort zone to find personal growth and self development, today!

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
– Albert Einstein

Start Today with a free trial class!



We have many amazing people with interesting stories that walk into all our gyms! The member spotlight turns to Crystal Patter, one of our students at Absolute MMA St Kilda.

Name/Nicknames: Crystal, Crys-tool

Occupation: Retailer

Martial Arts/Sports: Bjj, Muay Thai and boxing

What are your immediate training goals?

Learning basic skills and getting fit.

What are your goals for the next five years?

Shredding like Mike Tyson.

What is your favourite move?

Over hand right.

Who do you look up to and why?

Lachlan Giles because he’s an awesome dude/coach. Always happy.

What’s your favourite place to eat in Melbourne and your #1 dish recommendation?

Sister of soul – everything on the damn menu is good!



WEEKEND RESULTS (08/12/2017 – 10/12/2017)

Julieth “Mamasita” Luque kicked off the weekend with a bang on, debuting on Friday in her first amateur Muay Thai fight on Young Guns #9 (Geelong). Matched with a particularly tough fighter from Fight Club, Julieth fought aggressively and managed to score an 8 count on her opponent and was very closing to scoring a knock out. Congratulations on your win via UPD Julieth, a fantastic result for your debut match!


On Saturday at Path to Hex 3, the Absolute MMA team went 2-1-1. First up, Anthony McLoughlin had a tough day but gained plenty of experience in his TKO loss.


Finnian Kinsella was up next, and with great poise and excellent sprawls against a strong grappler, picked his opponent apart for a unanimous points decision win. Congratulations on almost scoring a TKO finish Finn!


Ridz Wan stepped into the octagon next, giving up a considerable reach advantage in his match up. He was victim to a knee to the groin not once, not twice, but THREE times in the fight. His opponent had 2 points deducted, and with steely determination Ridz went on to win the match with a split point decision.


Super Choi Sung Wook brought us home with a excellent fight against his well matched opponent. The to and fro battle ended early when Choi sustained an unintentional eye poke and was unable to continue. The fight went to the judges decision and end with a majority draw.

Coaches Lukas Catubig and Dave Lescai were very happy to see all four fighters represent the gym well, with excellent skills and sportsmanship being displayed before and on the day. All four fighters are in good health post-match – Ridz’ balls are where they are supposed to be again, and Choi’s eye should make a full recovery.

(Photos: Albert Xavier, Kyle Morgan, Ridz Wan, and Choi Sung Wook)



With an impressive record of 17 wins and 6 losses, it’s easy to forget that Liam “Real Deal” McNeill is just 23. While he’s never without a smile in the gym and is always high energy, Liam has one of the darkest game faces you’ll see in the ring and we know we wouldn’t want to be on the other end of those punches! In the fight game since the age of 15, this professional Muay Thai fighter has fought at the original Lumpinee stadium not once, but twice, and is just getting started. Read on more to find what’s the deal with McNeill!

What made you start Martial Arts?

“As a young teenager I watched ‘Never Back Down’ with my mates. We thought it was the most amazing thing ever and the rest is history. No epic bully story, just a young mind watching a cool movie.”

If you were going to be an animal, what would you be and why?

“I would definitely be a bird. Because flying.”

If you could go back in time to your first martial art class, what would be the advice you give to your past self?

“Stretch and lift weights so you don’t get injuries you will pay for later, you fool!”

Do you have a “useless” talent that makes people smile every time you use it?

“Yes, I am so bad at consuming liquids I would almost call it a skill. Anytime I go for a drink of anything I will almost always spill some on myself. Sometimes it produces smiles.”

What’s your favorite place to eat in Melbourne and your #1 dish recommendation?

“Way too many, but there’s this little Italian place called Kaprica in Carlton. I was living next door to it quite a few years back when it first opened. They use all hand made ingredients in their food, it blew my mind and still does.”

During a Absolute MMA staff retreat a zombie apocalypse breaks out. You get separated with 3 AMMA team members. Who would be part your dream team and why?

“Raph, Raph and Raph.”


“He’s a little shit. He came to me at 14 years old and he was a shit…now? He’s still a shit. Only a little larger.”- Tao Jaiphet

“He’s a pleasant, young and extremely talented kid who has been working harder and harder to take it to the next level. He was doing the teenagers Muay Thai class many years ago when I was still competing. Although the young lion is a million times better than me at striking, he wont forget the result of an in house MMA fight anytime soon…” – Paul Bai

“Liam’s a talented fighter, he can listen when he wants to listen, he can win when he wants to win and he’s got killer instinct.” – Laos Toohey

Liam has been coaching at Absolute St Kilda for the past 2 years, he always has a great level of energy during his classes and makes everyone in the gym feel welcome. It’s rare to see a coach that is able to compete at such a high level and still give so much to his students.” – Lachlan Giles