Looking for a challenging, rewarding martial art that will still be effective when facing a bigger and strong aggressor? Want to have fun, get fit, and lose weight in a supportive environment? Absolute MMA’s Women’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program produced FOUR World Champions in 2016 and our next champion could be you!

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) will get you in the best shape of your life and will introduce you to a fantastic network of friends and training partners while you learn invaluable techniques and skills designed to allow a smaller person defeat a stronger foe with ease!

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) was the first martial art to dominate the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and it remains one of the most effective forms of self-defence and an essential component of modern MMA. You can get your start with the art of BJJ with our Women’s 4 Week Beginner’s BJJ Program at Absolute MMA St Kilda!

A grappling-centric art, the goal of BJJ is to force your opponent into submission with joint locks and chokes. The emphasis is on technique and leverage and BJJ was designed to allow a smaller person defeat a stronger foe with ease.

This program entitles you to attend the “Women Only” BJJ class on Friday evenings and all of the “Introduction” BJJ classes each week at Absolute MMA St Kilda.

Over your first four weeks of training you’ll be learning the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, including the sport-specific warm-ups, control and defensive positions and the submissions that BJJ is renown for — everything you need to build a solid, well-rounded foundation in BJJ.

With world-class coaches guiding you from the moment you first step on the mat, you can rest assured knowing that you’re in experienced hands.



  • Learn from a World Champion from your very first step on the mats
  • Challenge and develop your problem solving skills, focus and patience
  • Combat-proven self-defence

  • Develop power, speed and agility
  • Build muscle and lose fat while learning valuable skills
  • Develop confidence



A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class typically starts with a warm-up that is not only designed to get you lose and ready to roll, but also to develop your skills. Hip-escapes, shoulder rolling, bridging, pummeling and other movements essential to BJJ are drilled in nearly every class. If you’ve never done these movements before, that’s fine – we’ll run you through them.

Following the warmup you are shown techniques, for example an joint lock, choke, sweep, guard pass, escape or takedown. After your coach answers any questions, you’re given an opportunity to drill it with your partner. Your coach will come around the class and make corrections where needed.

As you become more proficient in BJJ, you will have an opportunity to “roll” – the BJJ term for sparring. In rolling you will fight under BJJ rules for either points or a submission. Rolling under the right conditions is exceptionally safe as there is no striking and you have the option to “tap out” or submit if you are ever in an a position you are not comfortable with.




LiviaLivia Gluchowska is a BJJ Black Belt, 3-time BJJ World Champion, Asian Champion, 7-time Pan-Pacific Champion and 3-time Australian Champion.

She is also a physiotherapist and has worked for the Australian Institute of Sport. Before taking up BJJ she was the 2003/04 Track Series Australian Cycling Champion and has represented Poland and Australia in rhythmic gymnastics.

LachlanLachlan Giles is our head coach at Absolute MMA St Kilda. Lachlan is the 2014 Australian Jiu-Jitsu Grand Prix Champion, multiple time Pan Pacific and Victorian Jiu Jitsu Champion and has competed at 4 World Championship events.

In 2014 he completed a clean sweep of the black belt division at Australia’s most prestigious competition, the Pan Pacific Championships, winning 4 gold medals. In 2016 Lachlan made BJJ headlines around the world when he submitted World Champion Rani Yahya at the Eddie Bravo Invitational.


If you have any questions not answered below, please feel free to give us a call on (03)9663-9122.

Q: Do I need any experience to join this program?

A: This program assumes no prior training whatsoever. From your first step onto the training mats, we’ll walk you through all of the fundamental techniques, drills and concepts.

Q: When can I start training?

A: You can start now! There is no set start date for the program. We rotate through a syllabus, allowing you to start at any time. You’ll definitely want to start sooner rather than later though as there are limited spots available.

Q: Do I need to be fit to start?

A: No, you don’t need to be fit to start. In fact, in the beginning we expect most people to have trouble keeping up! BJJ is a physically demanding sport. Over the first couple of weeks though your body will adapt to the training and you’ll quickly feel yourself becoming fitter and stronger. If you have health or injury concerns, please consult your doctor.

Q: Can I join this program by myself? Do I need a training partner?

A: You’ll find lots of friendly training partners in the gym! The social atmosphere of the gym is one of the best aspects of training so you can be sure that you’ll meet lots of new friends as well as training partners. Of course, you can join with a friend if you like, but it’s not required.

Q: Do I have to spar/is there contact?

A: BJJ is a contact sport and sparring is an important part of training but you won’t be exposed to it until you’re ready. In the beginning you’ll be doing drills and then later, start doing controlled, situation specific training. Once you have a good amount of experience under your belt, you can start to do sparring. We want to keep things safe for you and your training partners.

Q: Do I need any equipment?

A: In terms of clothing, all you’ll need are shorts or tights and a t-shirt or rashie. With regards to protective equipment, all you’ll need is a mouth guard. Eventually you will want to purchase a gi (the uniform worn in Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes). We have some at the gym and can give you guidance on purchasing your first gi.

Q: What classes are included in this program? Where are the classes?

A: This program entitles you to attend 6.15PM “Introduction” classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the 6.15PM “Women Only” BJJ classes on Friday at Absolute MMA St Kilda.

You can view the class timetables here: