IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Absolute MMA South Yarra Moves to St Kilda!

Important Announcement: It’s been in the works for a while but it’s all come together at the last minute – Absolute MMA South Yarra becomes Absolute MMA St Kilda as of Monday, March 6!

Classes will finish up at our South Yarra location on Saturday and immediately following the classes the mats will move to St Kilda! So come along to the open mat tomorrow to celebrate all the great times we had in South Yarra and if you’re able to – lend a hand to set up St Kilda!

The address of our new location is Rear Level 2, 30 Inkerman St, St Kilda. We look forward to seeing you all there on Monday!

Weekend Wrap Up: Knees of Fury, No GI BJJ, Boxing


It was a busy weekend as per usual for Team Absolute!

In BJJ we had Lachlan Giles and Lachlan Warne finish top 2 at the Dominance Sub Only No Gi Round Robin! With Lachlan Giles winning $1,000 in the Final! Over in South Australia in Knees of Fury We had Lena and Ben win via UPD in Muaythai! We also had our amateur boxers Jazz, Steve and Finn compete at in Brunswick! Well done to all athletes who represented us well, great work!


New MMA classes and extended opening hours in Collingwood!

Collingwood continues to grow with new MMA classes and extended opening hours starting next week!

We will have a new All Levels Mixed Martial Arts class with Simon Carson at 5.30PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Thursday class is in place of the previous Fundamentals class and people who were attending this class are encouraged to come along to the All Levels class too.

The updated Collingwood timetable is here.

Our opening hours in the morning have been extended with the gym now open and available for use from 6.00AM to 9.00AM each morning Monday to Friday with new Functional Strength classes to come soon!

Our Collingwood opening hours are now as follows:
Monday to Thursday: 6.00AM to 9.00AM, 5.00PM to 9.00PM
Friday: 6.00AM to 9.00AM, 5.00PM to 8.00PM
Saturday: 9.00AM to 1.30PM

Member Spotlight: James Walters

We have many amazing people with interesting stories that walk into all our gyms! The member spotlight turns to James Walters a BJJ student at Melbourne’s CBD his an insight to the reasons he trains!

Thiago Student CBD
Name: James Walters
Sport: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Occupation: Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Planning for Victoria

How did you get into the sport?
I grew up my whole life playing football, and was heavily into the gym and fitness. I was overseas on a holiday and thought I would try an MMA class. Turned out I accidentally did a BJJ class instead, I got absolutely destroyed by everyone for 2 hours straight, no matter what I did, how much strength or effort I used, everything worked against me. I must have been submitted at least 30 times. I was fascinated and hooked immediately. From that point on I knew straight away that BJJ is something I needed in my life.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Training Jiu Jitsu every day and competing on the world stage, living a healthy lifestyle with a strong mind and body. Inspiring and motivating people to be the best they can be in all aspects of life, open to offering any assistance or guidance to anyone who asks for it whatever it may be. As well as working with the developing world to improve their waste systems.

Why do you love training at Absolute MMA?
The fact that at any point in time you can walk in there and be surrounded by world class coaches and athletes working hard towards their goals, and passing on knowledge to anyone who asks for it. The people I have met at Absolute are like family to me now, and you don’t have to go very far to find someone to get advice about Jiu Jitsu, weight training, conditioning, holistic health, or any other aspect of life – we are diversified and unified. Plus the facilities are incredible, and the quality of BJJ practitioners in the gym on any given day is insane. The lunch classes will make you and break you.

What advice would you give to people to take up your sport?
You’re going to feel uncomfortable, you are going to feel compromised, you are going to sweat a lot, tap a lot, and feel like you are being swallowed alive. You just have to keep showing up, work hard, listen with an open mind, and you will grow every day, and get fitter, stronger, more flexible, mobile and motivated, and all those things you thought were impossible from day one will become second nature. You will also be surrounded by a whole bunch of people who inspire you and believe in you, even when you might not. Oh and care for your cauliflowers early.


Thiago Stefanutti Officially promoted to the level of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt third degree

Officially promoted to the level of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt third degree. I would like to thank my coach and good friend Paulo Streckert who is teaching and believing in me since my first day on the gentle art’s journey, thank you all my team mates in Brasil and Australia without you it wasn’t going to be possible.

Thiago Stefanutti

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