The Absolute Kid’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program for children aged 5 to 15-years old, helps build life skills for your child through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ).

A grappling-centric art, the goal of BJJ is to take your opponent to the ground, control them positionally, and finish with a submission. With an emphasis on technique and leverage, BJJ is designed to allow a smaller person defeat a stronger foe with ease. Absolute’s Kid’s BJJ classes feature an appropriate level of contact for your child’s physical development and maturity so you can rest assured that they will learn safely.

Your child will develop discipline, respect, honour, leadership and self-confidence, and much more.

Our program ensures that your child is bully-proof and ready to face life’s challenges.


  • Your child will be bully proof!
  • They will develop discipline, respect, honour, leadership and self-confidence, and more!
  • Your child will learn the most effective single martial art in the world!
  • They’ll develop strength, physical fitness and mental fortitude!

  • Your child will develop social skills and make quality friends!
  • They’ll have a safe, positive environment to grow!
  • They will enjoy age-appropriate and safe games, activities and drills!
  • Learn from experienced instructors who have all completed Working With Children Checks.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 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 mixed martial arts.

A grappling-centric art, the goal of BJJ is to take your opponent to the ground, control them positionally, and finish with a submission. With an emphasis on technique and leverage, BJJ is 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. It’s an excellent sport to train your child’s physical skills as well as their mental attributes and problem solving abilities.




A typical class starts with some tumbling, rolling, break-falling (learning how to safely fall in a variety situations), activities and drills specific to BJJ that serve as a warm-up and skill reinforcement.

With everyone properly warmed up, the instructor will typically teach a technique — be it a position, submission, sweep, takedown or escape. As with everything else in our kid’s program, we ensure that the technique is both safe and age-appropriate. Under the close guidance of the instructor, students will then practice the technique with training partners.

After some further technical study and drills, we generally move on to some fun games that are either related to BJJ or otherwise teach valuable concepts or develop desirable skills.


Kid's Coach Mikael Yahaya with South Yarra Head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach Lachlan Giles
South Yarra Kid’s Coach Mikael Yahaya with South Yarra Head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach Lachlan Giles.

The coach for our St Kilda Kid’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is Mikael Yahaya.

Mikael is a locally and internationally competitive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt who has been training for the past 5 years. He is a 2016 No-Gi World Championshop Bronze Medallist, two-time Melbourne Open Gold Medallist , two-time Pan-Pacific Silver Medallist, two-time Victorian State Silver Medallist and Grappling Industries Sydney Absolute Open-Weight Bronze Medallist.

Mikael is not only enthusiastic and dedicated to Jiu-Jitsu, but he is also completing his Bachelors of Business Management at RMIT.

Mikael holds a valid Working With Children permit.

Our St Kilda Kid’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is developed by South Yarra head BJJ coach, Dr Lachlan Giles.

Lachlan is one of the best black belts in Australia. 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.

Outside of BJJ, he works as a physiotherapist, and completed his PhD at La Trobe University.

The coach for our Collingwood Kid’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is George Tuuholoaki.

George is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt and has been training for more than 6 years. He is a dedicated and successful competitor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, regularly competing both within Australia and internationally.

He is a three-time IBJJF No-Gi World Championship Bronze medallist, two-time Pan Pacific Jiu-Jitsu Silver medallist, four-time Pan Pacific Jiu Jitsu Bronze medallist, Australian Champion and has won and placed in numerous Australian state championships.

George is also a father of three children who all also train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. George’s partner, Shantelle Thompson, is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt and one of Austrlia’s most successful competitors. She is a two-time IBJJF Gi World Champion, three-time IBJJF No-Gi World Championship Bronze medallist, three-time National Wrestling Champion, two-time Oceania Wrestling Champion, six-time Pan Pacific Champion and six-time National BJJ Champion.

George holds a valid Working With Children permit.

Our Collingwood Kid’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is developed by our head BJJ coach, Thiago Stefanutti.

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.

His 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.

George, Shantelle and family.
George, Shantelle and family.


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

Q: Does my child need any experience to join this program?

A: No, our Children’s BJJ classes cater for all experience levels. The vast majority of our students come into the gym with no prior experience. Your child will be taught exercises and techniques appropriate for their skill level.

Q: Does a parent of guardian need to be present for the classes?

A: For the first class we would recommend that you watch for your own peace of mind and to help your child feel comfortable. Beyond that, you are certainly very welcome to continue watching the classes but it is not required. Please ensure that your child has a safe route home if you are not there to pick them up when the class finishes.

Q: Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu safe? Will my child be getting hit?

A: Our number one priority is your child’s safety. Our classes are very closely supervised and our program is designed with safety in mind. A grappling-centric martial art, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses on control, with no striking or impact. Your child will never be punched, kicked or otherwise hit. With the nature of the martial art, supervision and experienced coaches we provide, we feel confident saying that our BJJ classes are safer than most conventional team sports. With the techniques and skills that your child will learn, your child will be safe in the gym and safer on the street and school ground.

Q: What ages does this program cater for?

A: We currently offer two classes for two different ages groups – ages 5 to 9 and ages 10 to 15. If your child is exceptionally small or large for their age, we can discuss moving them to the more appropriate class. We also offer combined classes for all ages.

Q: What equipment does my child need?

A: For their first class, shorts and t-shirt is fine. Beyond that, they will require a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gi (similar to a judo gi as is worn in The Olympics). We have some gis available for purchase at the gym.

Q: What is the progression system in BJJ?

A: Kids gradings are held monthly at Absolute MMA, to be eligible to grade your child needs to have a minimum average attendance of 2 classes each week over the monthly period. If the child does not meet this amount, the amount of classes attended will carry over to the following month to allow for grading in that month.

See table below for a list of children and adult belt progressions. Each belt has a number of stripes that can be awarded each month. It takes approximately 1 year to progress between each belt. Note: It is not possible for a child to achieve a black belt. A kids green belt will be automatically converted to an adult blue belt when they turn 16 years old. At the age of 16 adult ranking applies.