ROGUE Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Series fighter registrations are now open!

DATE: Saturday, November 18 2017.
LOCATION: Absolute MMA Collingwood, 134 Cromwell St, Collingwood.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 10 2017.

Click here to learn more and register to compete at the next instalment of ROGUE!


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.





The first coach to be hired as part of the Absolute Mixed Martial Arts family, Thiago is an integral part of the team and the head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach of AMMA, holding a third degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. His students have won multiple World Championship titles and under his tutelage, our team is the only Australian team to ever win a IBJJF World Championships team trophy, the most prestigious Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition in the world. What lies beyond the mastery? Read on to find out a little bit more about our in-house comedian coach!

Can you tell us about where you’re from and any interesting stories growing up? If you’re not originally from Melbourne, how’d you end up living in Melbourne, Australia?

“I’m from São Paulo-Brasil and I grew up there, the interesting thing about my childhood growing up is that I came from a not very safe city and martial arts was a natural way to learn how to defend myself. I ended up in Melbourne because of Gustavo Falciroli, he recommended me to Extreme MMA and then they brought me to this city. It was at this gym I met Simon Carson, and then AMMA became my new gym.”

Mantra/Quote to live by?

“Never come to Absolute Mixed Martial Arts drinking coffee, without bringing one for me.”

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

“Rice and beans.”

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

“A monkey, because I could annoy everyone in the jungle.”

What were some funny/interesting/weird hobbies you had when you were a teenager?

“I used to love old V8 cars and I bought my first Dodge Dart when I was 17. I spent all my money investing on improving that car.”

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?

“Tao because he has an elevated soul, Simon because he is so annoying also the zombies couldn’t deal with that and Dan Howard because if the zombies attacked me I could put him in front of me and if he dies nobody will miss him anyway 😜”

“Thiago has the largest passion for jiu-jitsu I have seen in Australia. Not only has he helped build one of the best teams in Australia, he puts in crazy hours teaching and providing for his students. When others fill in for his schedule everyone remarks how crazy it is that he has continued to do the amount of scheduled classes and privates he does do and stilll not be a crazy person. Not only has he helped me personally on and off the mats he does his absolute best to help all his students. It is a priviledge to be his student.” – Julian Gonzalez

“Thiago has a huge head.” – Daniel Herbertson, friend and co-worker of Thiago since 2012. 


Photo credit: Jesse Olsen 



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


Name: Peter Florenini

Occupation: Architect and Ski Instructor

Sports: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo

How did you get into the sport? Walked into the Absolute MMA South Yarra location at Commercial Road, just loved it from the first moment and never looked back.

What are your immediate training goals? To improve my technique a tiny bit every day I train.

What are your goals for the next five years?
PLAN A – Retain most of my physical and mental capacity. Retire from work and all other activities so I can roll all day every day.
PLAN B (If I find that I am loosing my marbles rapidly) – Look for a retirement home with a full MMA programme.

Why do you love training at Absolute MMA? Great coaches. Great people to roll with. Great venues in which to roll.

What is your favourite move? Osoto Gari (Outher reaping throw), Kesa Gatame (Scarf hold) and straight arm bar. This has only happened once in the period between 2016-2017. But watch out next year. NO MORE MR NICE GUY.

“Peter is by far my favourite training partner at the club. He makes the training fun and competitive, and always has time for a laugh. Even though he has a softer side, during a roll Peter is tougher than an old leather boot and his knowledge and experience as a Judo black belt and KGB is always on display. A great thing about him is his willingness to share his wisdom with other younger members particular relating to the multitude of take downs he has in his arsenal. Naturally, one may have concerns due to the excessive grunting noise emitted during one of his rolls, but rest assured that is how he informs people close by that he is winning. All round, Peter is a great bloke and a pleasure to train with any day of the week, we are all richer to have him on the team.”
– Adrian Mannix

“Pete is my hero. I hope I am half as badass as him when I turn 75. Everyday I watch him tap people less than half his age. It’s hard to make excuses not to train when this 75 year old is in there rolling everyday!” – Craig Jones


Collingwood Schedule Update

Collingwood MMA classes schedule update –
Please note starting next week, the evening MMA classes with Simon Carson in Collingwood will shift from Tuesdays and Thursdays to Mondays and Wednesdays.

Classes will have the following structure:

Monday 6pm – MMA Techique, 6:45 – MMA Sparring.
Wednesday 6pm MMA Grappling Techique, 6:45 – MMA Grappling Sparring.

Raph’s MMA Fundamentals class will still be on Tuesdays 6:45pm.

See you on the mats!


Please note that all regular classes will not be operating on the Grand Final public holiday, however our locations will be open for members to use the gym facilities during the following times:

MELBOURNE CBD – 8:30am to 10am
(weights/conditioning areas open)

ST KILDA – 10am to 12pm
(Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu open mat)

COLLINGWOOD – 2pm to 4pm
(weights/conditioning areas open)

If you normally train BJJ at Melbourne CBD or Collingwood, we would encourage you to head across to St Kilda as there will be a joint location open mat running!

Please also note we will be operating as normal on Saturday (30/09/2017).