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 twice at Abu Dhabi Pro World 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.
Gustavo Falciroli is also a third degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and he is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Cup Champion, an IBJJF World Championship Medalist, Brazilian Cup Champion and a multiple-time state champion in Brazil.
Gustavo is also the #1 bantamweight mixed martial artist in Australia, the reigning Australian Fighting Championships Bantamweight Champion, Cage Fighting Championships Bantamweight Champion and Bragging Rights Bantamweight Champion. He holds a professional MMA record of 16 wins, 5 losses and 2 draws.
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.
Craig Jones is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and IBJJF No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt World Champion. He is also a ADCC Worlds Qualifier, NAGA World Champion, 4-time Pan-Pacific Champion, 6-time Australian Champion and 9-time State Champion.
In 2015 Craig became the first Australian Adult Male to win an IBJJF World Championship.
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.
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.