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.
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.
BJJ is often described as a game of “physical chess” due to it’s depth and technical nature.
- World-class coaching at every level
- 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.
After the technical training, 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.
GI vs NO-GI
Absolute MMA offers both gi and no-gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes.
A gi (pronounced the same as “key” but with a hard “g”) is the name of the clothing worn in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
The BJJ gi is a heavy, thick, hard-wearing uniform that is traditionally meant to simulate jackets or other clothing. During gi classes you are allowed grip and manipulate both your own and your opponent’s clothing.
A gi is secured with your belt which shows your rank. The progression for belts is white, blue, purple, brown and black with “stripes” on the belt to indicate your movement through each belt.
No-gi refers to the lack of the gi ie. you train in shorts or tights and a t-shirt or rashie. No belts are worn during no-gi classes and you are not allowed to grip clothing in any way.
Gi BJJ is typically more methodical and there are a lot more technical options. No-gi BJJ is faster and has better carryover for MMA.
Absolute MMA’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coaching team ranks among the best in the world. We are fortunate to have a number of World Champions and World Championship medalists coaching classes.
In 2014 we became the first (and only) team to win a team trophy at the IBJJF World Championships.
In 2015, our students won the team championships for IBJJF Melbourne International Open for both gi and no gi, more than doubling the points of the next team in both instances.
Thiago Stefanutti is our head coach at Absolute MMA Melbourne CBD and Collingwood. Thiago is a third degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who has placed at the IBJJF World Championships, South American Championships and European Championships, won multiple state championships in Brazil and multiple Pan Pacific Championships.
Under his guidance our students have won multiple World Championship titles and 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.
Lachlan Giles is our head coach at Absolute MMA St Kilda. Lachlan is a first degree BJJ black belt. He is the 2014 Australian Jiu-Jitsu Grand Prix Champion, multiple time Pan Pacific and Victorian Jiu Jitsu Champion. He has represented Australia twice at ADCC, the most prestigious submission grappling competition in the world, represented Australia three times at the World Pro Championships and competed at the Eddie Bravo Invitational where he submitted form ADCC Champion Rani Yahya.
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 was ranked as the number 12 lightweight BJJ competitor in the world. He is also the 2016 Australian Freestyle Wrestling Champion.
He also works as a physiotherapist and in 2016 completed his PhD.
Craig Jones is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and IBJJF No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt World Champion. In 2017 he shocked the world at ADCC by submitting 5-time World Champion Leandro Lo, BJJ legend Murilo Santana and UFC legend Chael Sonnen. He is a two-time ADCC Worlds Qualifier, NAGA World Champion, 4-time Pan-Pacific Champion, 6-time Australian Champion and 9-time State Champion.
Outside of Jiu Jitsu Craig has also completed his Bachelors in Behavioural Science (Psychology).
Livia Gluchowska is a BJJ black belt, 3-time BJJ World Champion, 2-time Asian Champion, 11-time Pan-Pacific Champion, 3-time Australian Champion and Abu Dhabi Pro Trials Winner. She was the first Australian to win at Copa Podio, a renown showcase event in Brazil, and she has represented Australia twice at the Abu Dhabi World Pro Championships.
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.
Maryanne Mullahy is a three-time World Champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a two-time World Championship Silver Medallist and before receiving her Black Belt she was currently ranked as the #1 Brown Belt female in the world for no-gi jiu-jitsu.
A truly well-rounded martial artist, she has trained and fought Muay Thai in Thailand, has experience in professional MMA, and she has won silver at the Australian Cup in wrestling.
She has recently completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Human Physiology.
Steve Phillips started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2003 and was graded to Black Belt by Professor Thiago Steffanuti in 2016. Steve has competed at all belt levels and across Adult, Masters and Seniors age divisions with medals at State, National and International level.
Steve has been fortunate in that both of his coaches over the past 14 years have been advocates of the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in self-defence situations. He has taught self-defence classes to beginners and advanced students and his coaching style is relaxed, inclusive and thoughtful. Steve holds a First Aid qualification as well as professional training and coaching certifications through his employment outside of Martial Arts.
Mikael Yahaya is a locally and internationally competitive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt. He is a No-Gi World Championship Bronze Medallist, two-time Pan-Pacific Gold Medallist, two-time Pan-Pacific Silver Medallist, two-time Melbourne Open Gold Medallist, World Pro Trial Silver Medallist and a Grappling Industries Sydney Absolute Open-Weight Bronze Medallist (among other small tournaments as well). He is also an ADCC Japan Qualifier Veteran, an Abu Dhabi World Pro Veteran and a 2x IBJJF Worlds competitor.
Mikael is not only enthusiastic and dedicated to Jiu-Jitsu but he also holds a Bachelor of Business (Management).
Michael Hourigan is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt with 12-years experience. He is an active competitor who has won national titles at all belt levels and competed internationally. Michael takes a keen interest in the technical aspects of Jiu-Jitsu and endeavours to continually improve his understanding of the art.
Lachlan Warne is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt and highly decorated as a competitor. He is a two-time Pan Pacific Champion, three-time Australian Champion, 5-time State Champion, Five Grappling Champion and NAGA Champion.
Sean Le Gourrierec is a professional mixed martial artist with a record of 4 wins and 1 loss. He has been training and competing since 2009.
He is also an accomplished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner who has trained and competed in Brazil. He currently holds a brown belt and has won Pan-Pacific and Victorian Championships.
Bradley Wiedenhofer received his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt in 2017 and is active both locally and internationally on the competition scene. He is a Pan Pacific gold medalist, Melbourne Open medalist, Abu Dhabi Trail gold medalist in his weight division and he won silver in the blue belt open.