Welcome Tao Jaiphet

13214725_10153649716331608_186326835_oHuge news for our striking program as we welcome Tao Jaiphet to the coaching staff at Absolute MMA!
Tao is a true pioneer of the Melbourne Muay Thai scene with over 16 years’ experience as a fight trainer, producing over 150 fighters to date and 14 champions.

Tao spent much the late 90s training and fighting in Thailand and Australia, amassing a record of 12 wins from 19 bouts, as well as training and fighting in Macau and Hong Kong also where he used his background in Muay Thai to compete in Sanda, putting together an undefeated record of 11 wins from 11 fights.

Tao is a fully qualified Fight Trainer with the Boxing & Combat Sports Board of Victoria. He is the Former World Muay Thai Council President for Victoria, and is a fully qualified and registered Muay Thai, Kickboxing and MMA judge and referee in Victoria.

Tao’s champions include:

  • Claire ‘Fury’ Foreman – WMC Vic Champion, WMC Australian Champion
  • Amy Gross – WMC South Pacific Champion
  • Caroline Aebersold – WMC Intercontinental Champion
  • Jared Grigor – WBC Vic Champion. English Champion, Southern English Champion
  • Dan Sheridan – WKA Champion
  • Michael Demitriou – WMC Vic Champion
  • Ben Smullen – WKA Vic Champion
  • Ryan Barry – WBC Vic Champion, WMC Vic Champion

Tao may be able to add to that list of champions as he has John McKenna fighting for a WMC Vic Title this Friday at Road to Rebellion!

Welcome Tao!

Erivaldo Junior Seminar

This Saturday we are pleased to have 4th degree black belt Erivaldo Junior teaching a special Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar at Absolute MMA Melbourne CBD!

Erivaldo Junior is one the finest elite-level coaches in jiu-jitsu today, having coached the likes of Claudio Calasans and Leandro Issa to world championships.

The seminar will be held at Absolute MMA Melbourne CBD from 2.00PM on 07/05/2016 and will be just $50 for members or $60 for non-members.

Registration and payment can be taken at any Absolute MMA location.

Another Great Weekend of Fights

Another big weekend of fights!

First up we had coach Sean Le Gourierec making his long awaited return to the cage at BRACE 39 in Canberra on UFC Fight Pass. It was an epic fight, with Sean’s top notch wrestling and BJJ winning him the first round and he was looking good in the second until his opponent pulled off a nifty escape from mount and managed to get a strong position to finish the fight with punches.

It obviously wasn’t the result that Sean was looking for but was still a very strong and promising return to competition. With the ring rust now shaken off and a few adjustments Sean is sure to come back from this loss strongly and get the results we know he is capable of!

Finally we had Josh Li fighting Muay Thai at Prestige Fight Series in Geelong. After two rounds the score cards would have been even and Josh finished strong, scoring a KO with a cross in the 3rd round!

A well earned win against a tough opponent, congratulations Josh!


Coach Talgat Ilyasov Qualifies for Rio Olympics!

Congratulations to coach Talgat Ilyasov, qualifying for the Olympic team in Rio!

Talgat first qualified for the Olympic team 12 years ago and was given a strong chance of taking home a medal but he unfortunately never got his shot as he suffered an injury in the lead up to the 2004 Athens Olympics that put him out of competition for 10 years.

Although he was told that he would not be able to compete again, Talgat has defied the odds and again earned his place! A simply amazing, inspirational story!

Congratulations to Connor and Shantelle too for all that you achieved during the lead up to Olympic selection but commiserations on unfortunately not making the team this year. As Talgat’s story shows though, you will get your chance if you persist! Thank you both for inspiring us all and leading the way!

Congratulations also to our very good friend and former coach Sahit Prizreni for also qualifying his THIRD Olympic Games!

Talgat Ilyasov, Connor Evans and Shantelle Thompson One Step Away from the Rio Olympics!

All the best to coaches Talgat Ilyasov and Connor Evans as well as Shantelle Thompson as they head over to Algiers, Algeria to compete for their spots on the 2016 Australian Olympic Wrestling Team for Rio!
It’s been a long qualification process for all of them and they are just one step away now!

Congratulations on your success thus far and good luck for one of the biggest competitions of your lives! Inspirational stuff!

Easter Public Holidays

Due to the Easter public holidays, there will be no classes (for adults or children) on Friday March 25, Saturday March 26 and Monday March 28.

Absolute MMA Melbourne CBD will be open at the following times for open mat and gym use:
Friday: 11am to 1pm
Saturday: 10am to 12pm
Monday: 10am to 12pm

South Yarra will run open mats at the following times:
Friday: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Saturday: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Monday: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Enjoy the extra long weekend!

Labour Day Public Holiday

Due to the Labour Day public holiday on Monday, March 14 there will be no adult’s classes and any Absolute MMA location.

South Yarra will be running an open mat from 10.30AM to 12.30PM and kid’s classes will be running as usual.

The CBD will run an open mat from 10.00AM until 2.00PM.

PT sessions may still be scheduled outside of the above times.