WEEKEND RESULTS (12/01/2018 – 14/01/2018)

Coach Livia Gluchowska started the weekend off for the team at Fight to Win Pro 58 in Sacramento, California. After an opponent change in late December, Liv was matched up against Pati Fontes Tinley in a IBJJF World No-Gi Championships rematch!

Liv fought hard, continuing to attack guillotines and finished the fight with a close heel hook/knee bar and a loss via referee decision. It has been amazing to see the improvement in Liv’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since Worlds, and we are excited to see what 2018 brings for her!

Absolute MMA also had a formidable team this weekend at Grappling Industries Melbourne Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition.

With over 20 competitors the team had a great showing taking medals from the beginner to advanced level. We’re very happy with everyone who competed under the Absolute banner and left their heart on the mat!

It was great to see members from all three gyms competing and receiving medals for all their hard efforts, all of you were great representatives of Absolute MMA and we can’t wait to see you all in future competitions!

As a team we also had the massive achievement of taking out first place for both Adults Gi and Adults No-Gi. Go team!

(Photo credits: Lachlan Warne, Sarah Chapman & Stephanie Scipione)


Receptionist Darren “Daz/Dazzdawg” Gn is not just the occasional stand in coach for classes, but also a stand up guy. With a fight record in Mixed Martial Arts of 1:2 and in K1/Muay Thai of 2:1, Darren is just getting starting in his fight career and we can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for him. Have you ever had a really animated pad holder who yells every time you hit the pads? When Darren is on the mats at Melbourne CBD, you better believe everyone else knows he’s there too. Read on to find out a little more about our in-house energizer bunny who is always up for a laugh at the desk and how he got started with the gym!

What would you consider your greatest achievements in Martial Arts?
“I consider each and every time that I’ve stepped into a cage/ring to compete to be a great achievement, regardless of the result or level.”

What made you start Martial Arts?
“I’ve loved anything to do with fighting and martial arts all my life. This love mainly started from growing up watching Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Lee movies.”

How did you first get involved with Absolute MMA? (What industry were you in prior to Martial Arts? What made you change?)
“I had not participated in any martial arts training for about 6 years (I quit Japanese Jiu-jitsu soon after I received my black belt). Then one of my friends asked me to come try out a session at a gym his brother worked at. I decided to go, and then never stopped rocking up. A few months later, I was offered a job as a receptionist. This turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to me; allowing me to train for free, meet legends in the sport, learn about martial arts on the job, meet amazing people and learn about injuries which is relevant to the University degree I am currently undertaking – Osteopathy.”

Mantra/Quote to live by?
“We’re here for a good time, not a long time!”

Who are the kind of people that you look up to and why?
“It’s the people who lack raw, natural talent that I look up to the most. I often witness people come in who look like they are hating life about 30 seconds into the warm up. Yet these people continue to rock up and claw their way through each session. It is this grit that I respect the most because watching these people overcome obstacles is truly an amazing thing.”

If you could go back in time to your first martial art class, what would be the advice you give to your past self?
“Keep going! Pain is temporary, quitting is forever.”

“If only Darren was the standard for the Y generation the world would be a far better place.” – Jeremy Wharerau
“Would KO/10” – Fei Yen, long time friend and training partner
“Still hasn’t dropped me in sparring” – Andre Nguyen
“Remember Darren – article 22!” – Richard Lattemagi
“He’s a hard working young man. He always want to learn new things, he’s a good listener. If he keeps on learning and listening, he will be my next champion. I chose him as my best Student of the Year this year because of his hard work in his two fights this year. He deserved it and will only improve his game more from here.” – Laos Toohey 


We have many amazing people with interesting stories that walk into all our gyms! The member spotlight turns to Youngho Kim aka Rhylie "MAD KOREAN" Kim, much beloved and long term member of Absolute MMA.

Occupation: Metal Fabricator

Martial Arts/Sports: Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling. 

How did you get into the sport?

"When I was a little boy, someone bullied my cause I was small and looked weak, I was a typical victim in school so I needed protect myself."

What are your immediate training goals?

"Show and prove my grappling and overcome my weakness."

What are your goals for the next five years?

"To be BJJ brown belt ? Or Freestyle judoka?"

Why do you love training at Absolute MMA?

"Because there are many lovely people at AMMA."

What is your favourite move?

"Walking on tread mill with good songs"

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?

"1. From South Korea 2. After learnt Judo I smashed school bully (revenge) 3. Military service 2 years as a Marine (Republic of Korea Marine corps) 4. The story which living in Judo university ? Which one do you want ? Hahaha.

When I was 28 years old I just came in Australia as a working holiday visa holder. I was a real -old- boring Korean who always talking about Money but one day when I was in office I really wanted escape this life in Korea! Working -Home -working-home it was my daily routine. So I just got that visa and came in Australia."

Who are the kind of people that you look up to and why?

"Peter v vella or David rescai ? Because they don't have enemy I meant everyone loves them so I want be like them."

What's your favourite place to eat in Melbourne and your #1 dish recommendation?

"Hungry Jack's!"

If you could go back in time to your first martial art class, what would be the advice you give to your past self?

"Don't do judo mate! Study hard! Don't sleep in class!! Kidding...don't do seoi na ge on the street! Because that boy who bullied you broken his shoulder! Don't use it when fight boy! Patience!"

"Rhylie is the (un)official mascot of Absolute MMA. I believe the best way to describe Rhylie would be by his own famous quote - 'I am from South Korea - not North Korea. Remember me!'." - Richard Lattemagi

"Rhylie has been a much loved character within the gym for years. I first got to know him when he volunteered as a judo coach back in 2013. He was extremely generous with his time and remember that he really put his all into those classes, despite the fact that he spoke very little English at the time. Since then he has brought countless friends through the gym and is a huge ambassador for us in the Korean community. He is a staple at all gym social events and is a truly entertaining wildcard in the Absolute Fight Team. The special place he holds within the gym was felt when he was forced to leave Australia unexpectedly due to issues with his visa. Many tears were shed thinking that we were losing him, although all of those tears were actually Rhylie's. Thankfully, with some well placed bribes, his visa situation has been resolved and we are proud to have him back as comic relief within the gym." - Daniel Herbertson, see above photograph from the time of Rhylie leaving Australia. 

Photo Credit: Richard Lattemagi & Darren Gn 


Head Muay Thai trainer of Absolute MMA Collingwood, Tao Jaiphet is a pioneer of the Melbourne Muay Thai scene. With over 16 years experience as a fight trainer, he’s produced over 150 fighters, including 14 champions to date. Incredibly passionate about Muay Thai (and the simpler things, like peanut butter and dad jokes), Tao is a strong advocate for healthy living and sustainability.

Having spent the late 90s training and fighting between Thailand, Australia, Hong Kong and Macau, Tao holds a record of 12 wins from 19 bouts in Muay Thai, as well as an undefeated Sanda record of 11 wins.

Read on to find out a little bit more about Tao!

How did you first get involved with Absolute MMA? (What industry were you in prior to Martial Arts? What made you change?)

“I heard Absolute MMA was considering opening the Collingwood gym and I pursued this opportunity to get on-board. I had watched Absolute MMA grow as an industry leader while I was running my own gym. Personally I was struggling being both a business owner and a trainer at the same time. Absolute had an already strong combat sports business model and coming over allowed me to concentrate 100% on being a trainer/coach, which is what I love and where my skills are better applied.”

Tell us about your life growing up, what is your favourite memory from when you were younger?

“Surfing with my adopted father/brother at sunrise before school… I had a great mentor called ‘caveman’ who was a dread-locked tattooed mountain of a man. But he was a boxer and a hippie surfer. He was kind to everyone until its opposite was required. He taught me about nature and our relationship with it. My times with him were the most influential moments of my youth.”

What’s your favourite place to eat in Melbourne and your #1 dish recommendation?

“I really like Yong Green on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Awesome vegan food. On my plant based diet this place is my go to! Smith and Deli is the king of vegan junk food though…”

Who are the kind of people that you look up to and why?

“Those who are making an effort to improve our world. We face many challenges and I think the majority of world leaders lack the motivation to address these issues. I value the likes of HH Dalai Lama. Noam Chomsky. Naomi Klien. Clementine Ford. Mooji. Richie Hardcore. The Guerilla gardeners of Sth Central LA. Sea Sheppard. And all the other organizations fighting to restore our thinking to a more sustainable model.”

Is there a book you’ve read that has influenced your outlook on life or the way you approach certain situations or people?

“Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. I read this book for the first time in 1989. It had such an impact on me that it set my life in a direction that has never really waivered. I have returned to reading this book at times in my life when my path became unclear and it has always inspired me to refocus my principles and get back on track.”

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?

“Claire Fury for obvious reasons (she saves my arse all the time), Simon Carson for his background in the commandos. And Thiago Stefanutti so that I get to enjoy a good laugh while he pokes fun at Zombies in broken English for being “too slow man” (read in Thiago’s accent)”

“He’s a bloody hippie, but a good pad holder.” – Liam McNeill

“A great, high level authentic Muay Thai trainer, one of the best I’ve worked with outside of Thailand. He hasn’t watered the style down into something it’s not, which is all too common, he’s true to the Thai culture and the origins of the sport. Whether he’s training the fighters or starting a dance off in between rounds he always adds great energy to the gym.” – Joe Boobyer

“He’s a very approachable person, with a really good energy and at the same time is a great trainer, who has produced many champions along his martial arts journey.” – Thiago Stefanutti


Results are in from the 2017 IBJJF Nogi World Championship that was held this weekend!

Congratulations to the whole Absolute MMA team that competed and put their jiu jitsu on the line. We had several athletes from all 3 gyms make the trip and experience competing at the highest level of BJJ.

Highlights were coaches Livia Gluchowska and Lachlan Giles putting on an amazing performance with Liv finishing with a silver and Lachlan a bronze medal for their efforts. This is at adult black belt division – the highest level in the sport of jiu jitsu. Cooper Burnham and Chisaki Akiyama also medalled – congratulations to you guys!

To all the athletes from Absolute MMA and the rest of the Aussies that made the trip and left their heart on the mat we salute you.
Thank you to everyone that contributes to the training of this wonderful martial art on our mats – these medals could not be achieved without your support.

Photo credit: Cooper Burnham and Livia Gluchowska

Escaping the Comfort Zone

Looking for personal growth in 2018? Then it’s time to get out of your comfort zone!

It is possible to be happy and thrive when maintaining the status quo… However, those willing to put themselves out there, stand to take the greatest steps forward.

It can be daunting to go outside your comfort zone. Stepping out feels like a risk. But we’re not talking about swimming with sharks, or diving out of a plane – this is about stepping into a gym – that you will find welcomes you and genuinely wants you to have a good experience.

You’re already interested in trying something new (after all – you’ve read this far!), and the next step is to get to the gym and walk in.

Walking into the gym is the most intimidating part of the whole experience. Why is this? It’s just a door!

On the other side you will find:
– A warm greeting, and introduction to the gym, from one of our friendly staff.
– A close community who check their egos at the door. Our coaches aim to cater to your needs and listen what you want to get out of your training.
– World class facilities with enormous mat spaces and a large variety of gym equipment.
– 162 group classes on offer each week!

Those who summon the courage to do this will be rewarded with growth in so many areas of their lives.

You will gain confidence in yourself and your abilities – both physical and mental. This could be the cornerstone change in your life to set you on your desired trajectory.

“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.”
— IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

We do not grow by doing the same things everyday. If you are a golfer, you stand to gain more from taking a series of boxing classes than you would from a golf lesson. By deliberately focusing on an area unfamiliar to you, you stand to build skills and qualities different to what you already possess – taking you to new physical and mental heights.

Step outside your comfort zone to find personal growth and self development, today!

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
– Albert Einstein

Start Today with a free trial class!


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

Name/Nicknames: Crystal, Crys-tool

Occupation: Retailer

Martial Arts/Sports: Bjj, Muay Thai and boxing

What are your immediate training goals?

Learning basic skills and getting fit.

What are your goals for the next five years?

Shredding like Mike Tyson.

What is your favourite move?

Over hand right.

Who do you look up to and why?

Lachlan Giles because he’s an awesome dude/coach. Always happy.

What’s your favourite place to eat in Melbourne and your #1 dish recommendation?

Sister of soul – everything on the damn menu is good!