The first coach to be hired as part of the Absolute Mixed Martial Arts family, Thiago is an integral part of the team and the head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach of AMMA, holding a third degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. His students have won multiple World Championship titles and under his tutelage, 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. What lies beyond the mastery? Read on to find out a little bit more about our in-house comedian coach!

Can you tell us about where you’re from and any interesting stories growing up? If you’re not originally from Melbourne, how’d you end up living in Melbourne, Australia?

“I’m from São Paulo-Brasil and I grew up there, the interesting thing about my childhood growing up is that I came from a not very safe city and martial arts was a natural way to learn how to defend myself. I ended up in Melbourne because of Gustavo Falciroli, he recommended me to Extreme MMA and then they brought me to this city. It was at this gym I met Simon Carson, and then AMMA became my new gym.”

Mantra/Quote to live by?

“Never come to Absolute Mixed Martial Arts drinking coffee, without bringing one for me.”

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

“Rice and beans.”

If you were going to be an animal, what would you be and why?

“A monkey, because I could annoy everyone in the jungle.”

What were some funny/interesting/weird hobbies you had when you were a teenager?

“I used to love old V8 cars and I bought my first Dodge Dart when I was 17. I spent all my money investing on improving that car.”

During a Absolute MMA staff retreat a zombie apocalypse breaks out. You get separated with 3 AMMA team members. Who would be part your dream team and why?

“Tao because he has an elevated soul, Simon because he is so annoying also the zombies couldn’t deal with that and Dan Howard because if the zombies attacked me I could put him in front of me and if he dies nobody will miss him anyway 😜”

“Thiago has the largest passion for jiu-jitsu I have seen in Australia. Not only has he helped build one of the best teams in Australia, he puts in crazy hours teaching and providing for his students. When others fill in for his schedule everyone remarks how crazy it is that he has continued to do the amount of scheduled classes and privates he does do and stilll not be a crazy person. Not only has he helped me personally on and off the mats he does his absolute best to help all his students. It is a priviledge to be his student.” – Julian Gonzalez

“Thiago has a huge head.” – Daniel Herbertson, friend and co-worker of Thiago since 2012. 


Photo credit: Jesse Olsen 



We have many amazing people with interesting stories that walk into all our gyms! The member spotlight turns to Peter Florenini, one of our students at Absolute MMA St Kilda.


Name: Peter Florenini

Occupation: Architect and Ski Instructor

Sports: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo

How did you get into the sport? Walked into the Absolute MMA South Yarra location at Commercial Road, just loved it from the first moment and never looked back.

What are your immediate training goals? To improve my technique a tiny bit every day I train.

What are your goals for the next five years?
PLAN A – Retain most of my physical and mental capacity. Retire from work and all other activities so I can roll all day every day.
PLAN B (If I find that I am loosing my marbles rapidly) – Look for a retirement home with a full MMA programme.

Why do you love training at Absolute MMA? Great coaches. Great people to roll with. Great venues in which to roll.

What is your favourite move? Osoto Gari (Outher reaping throw), Kesa Gatame (Scarf hold) and straight arm bar. This has only happened once in the period between 2016-2017. But watch out next year. NO MORE MR NICE GUY.

“Peter is by far my favourite training partner at the club. He makes the training fun and competitive, and always has time for a laugh. Even though he has a softer side, during a roll Peter is tougher than an old leather boot and his knowledge and experience as a Judo black belt and KGB is always on display. A great thing about him is his willingness to share his wisdom with other younger members particular relating to the multitude of take downs he has in his arsenal. Naturally, one may have concerns due to the excessive grunting noise emitted during one of his rolls, but rest assured that is how he informs people close by that he is winning. All round, Peter is a great bloke and a pleasure to train with any day of the week, we are all richer to have him on the team.”
– Adrian Mannix

“Pete is my hero. I hope I am half as badass as him when I turn 75. Everyday I watch him tap people less than half his age. It’s hard to make excuses not to train when this 75 year old is in there rolling everyday!” – Craig Jones


Collingwood Schedule Update

Collingwood MMA classes schedule update –
Please note starting next week, the evening MMA classes with Simon Carson in Collingwood will shift from Tuesdays and Thursdays to Mondays and Wednesdays.

Classes will have the following structure:

Monday 6pm – MMA Techique, 6:45 – MMA Sparring.
Wednesday 6pm MMA Grappling Techique, 6:45 – MMA Grappling Sparring.

Raph’s MMA Fundamentals class will still be on Tuesdays 6:45pm.

See you on the mats!


Please note that all regular classes will not be operating on the Grand Final public holiday, however our locations will be open for members to use the gym facilities during the following times:

MELBOURNE CBD – 8:30am to 10am
(weights/conditioning areas open)

ST KILDA – 10am to 12pm
(Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu open mat)

COLLINGWOOD – 2pm to 4pm
(weights/conditioning areas open)

If you normally train BJJ at Melbourne CBD or Collingwood, we would encourage you to head across to St Kilda as there will be a joint location open mat running!

Please also note we will be operating as normal on Saturday (30/09/2017).

Absolute MMA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team – Results (23/09/2017-24/09/2017)

Absolute MMA Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team went to work on the weekend.

The next generation of BJJ athletes (the kids!) had a lot of fun in the Dominance Kids
competition. Some great matches here from some rising stars!

Johnny Le – Gold
Aaron Lieng – Gold
Nacinta Tuuholoaki – Silver

In Los Angeles, USA, coach Livia Gluchowska battled in the UAEJJF LA Grand Slam. With 4 tough
matches, winning against world class black belts she ended up coming 4th in a stacked division.
Amazing job Liv!

In Espoo, Finland at the most prestigious no-gi tournament in the world – ADCC – coaches Lachlan
Giles and Craig Jones plus fellow Aussie Kit Dale put on some epic performances.

Craig Jones in the stacked <88kg division. Coming into the competition as the “dark horse” he quickly opened everyone’s eyes by submitting the favorite to win the division, multiple-time world champion Leandro Lo. Craig followed up by submitting another BJJ legend Murilo Santana (with a flying triangle, no less!). In the semi finals, Craig lost to American BJJ superstar Keenan Cornelius by points in a great match. Craig ended up finishing 4th in the <88 kg. This wasn’t it for Craig though as he had a crack at the open weight, submitting MMA’s perennial badboy Chael Sonnen with a quick heel hook. Craig got stopped in the 2nd round of open weight by DDS Gordon Ryan. Definitely not the last time these 2 tango! Lachlan Giles in the dangerous <77kg division. Lachlan drew JT Torres in the first round. In a very competitive, technical match, that displayed grit and determination from both world class athletes, JT Torres was able to defeat Lachlan in overtime via takedown points. JT went on to win the entire division, defeating Lucas Lepri in the final. Lachie, you are an inspiration both as an athlete and a coach! Kit Dale in the <88kg battled another BJJ superstar, several time world champion Romulo Barral. Kit and Romulo had a wrestling war in the regular time, with Romulo finally finding his opening and submitting Kit in the overtime. In any case, valiant effort from Kit Dale. What can we take away from this weekend results? Whether you’re thinking of starting your child in our Prodigies program to learn BJJ or you are an adult looking to start an effective, proven martial art. Perhaps you’ve done BJJ in the past and want to take the next step in your training. At Absolute MMA, with world class coaches leading the way, you are going to be alright!

Welcome Joe Boobyer

14141710_10155202470647468_101241149165583432_nNew classes, new coach! Welcome to the team Joe Boobyer!

Joe will be taking NEW MORNING MUAY THAI classes in Absolute MMA St Kilda from 6.30AM to 7.30AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will also be taking the 9.00AM and 10.00AM Muay Thai classes in Collingwood on Saturday.

Joe has spent the past 12 years training in Muay Thai, K-1, Boxing and MMA, with professional experience in all four disciplines with a record of 37 wins from 54 fights. He has won the World Muaythai Federation Pro Heavyweight World Title, challenged for the World Muaythai Council Cruiserweight World Title once and World Kickboxing Network International Superheavyweight title twice, and has won two 4 man K-1 middleweight tournaments in China.

He spent over 5 years living in gyms and training throughout Thailand where he won multiple time stadium titles. Has been ranked at 20 worldwide by the World Boxing Council at super-cruiserweight.

Welcome Joe!

Parent’s Guide to BJJ

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-centric martial art. It is based on the principles of controlling one’s opponent through techniques and leverage. BJJ was designed to allow a smaller/weaker person to defeat a stronger opponent with ease.

While BJJ has been popularized as a key component in the modern sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), it’s roots are still grounded as a self defense system, and is often described as a ‘gentle martial art’ or ‘physical chess’. Read More

New Self Defence Classes Starting Friday, June 21

15078955_1210740585652479_2130327788694445784_nIntroducing our newest class to the Melbourne CBD timetable – Self Defence. These classes will begin Friday, 21st of July, 2017 and will run at 6pm every Friday going forward.

Using Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a base, this class will help you attain crucial self defence skills in a friendly and safe environment. Our techniques have been designed by two of our resident black belts, Thiago and Steve, to help you gain confidence in yourself and control any potential situation.

This class is free for all members with Full Memberships. If you are not yet a member, head over to the class page to learn more about the class and to book your first free session.