Thiago Stefanutti

Thiago Stefanutti 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.

taoTao Jaiphet

Tao Jaiphet is a pioneer of the Melbourne Muay Thai scene with over 16 years’ experience as a fight trainer, producing over 150 fighters to date and 14 champions.

Tao spent much the late 90s training and fighting in Thailand and Australia, amassing a record of 12 wins from 19 bouts, as well as training and fighting in Macau and Hong Kong also where he used his background in Muay Thai to compete in Sanda, putting together an undefeated record of 11 wins from 11 fights.

Lachlan Giles

Lachlan is a first degree BJJ black belt. He is the 2017 IBJJF No-Gi World Championship Bronze Medallist, 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 former 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.

Pradeep Sihag

Pradeep Singh Sihag is a professional boxer with a combined amateur and professional record of 144 wins, 6 losses and 1 draw. He is the WBC Asian Middleweight Champion, Pan Asian Boxing Association Middleweight Champion and Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation Asian Middleweight Champion.

He has been ranked as the #1 middleweight in Australia, #1 in Asia and #13 in the World.

He is a four-time National Champion in India and was a star of the FOX reality TV show, The Contender.

craigCraig Jones

Craig Jones is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Polaris Middleweight Champion 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. His 2017 submission of Lo earned him Flograppling's "Biggest Shocker of the Year" award and his other performances earned him the "Breakthrough Grappler of the Year Award".

In 2018 he defeated MMA and grappling legend Jake Shields within minutes to claim the Polaris Middleweight Championship.

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).

tooheyLaos Toohey

Laos “The Asian Bull” Toohey is one of the most highly respected striking coaches in Australia today, coaching over 35 champions in a variety of disciplines at every level including an I.S.K.A. Super Middleweight World Champion. Toohey was named Star Kickboxing Trainer of the Year 1998 and Kickboxing Trainer of the Century in 2000.

As a fighter, competing in boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, karate and TKD, he is renowned for his perfect, undefeated record of 32 wins and 0 losses (15KO)  and the number and variety titles that he captured.

Livia Gluchowska

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, Abu Dhabi Pro Trials Winner and 2017 IBJJF No-Gi World Championship Silver Medallist. 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. At the end of 2014, she was ranked at #2 in the world in no gi BJJ and #4 in gi (purple belt, light feather) and #1 in Australia in both gi and no gi (purple belt, open weight).

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

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.

JoeJoe Boobyer

Joe Boobyer is an internationally experienced coach, personal trainer and a professional fighter with a record of 37 wins from 54 fights.

He has spent the past 12 years training in Muay Thai, K-1, Boxing and MMA, with professional experience in all four disciplines. 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.

Luke Catubig

Luke Catubig has been training martial arts since the age of 11 and competing in MMA since 2005. He is the Brace Featherweight Champion and holds an MMA record of 11 wins with 6 losses and has fought in Australian Fighting Championships and Hex Fighting Championships, two of the largest MMA organisations in Australia, as well as URCC in the Philippines.

In 2014, Luke scored the fastest knockout in Australian Fighting Championships history, stopping his opponent in 10 seconds.

Jordan Lucas

Jordan "Showtime" Lucas is a professional MMA fighter with a record of 8 wins and 2 losses. He is the former Brace Bantamweight Champion, forfeiting the belt when he signed to fight in ONE FC, the largest MMA promotion in Asia.

He holds a purple belt in BJJ and also holds a Muay Thai/K-1 record of 2 wins and 0 losses winning the IKBF Victorian State Title. Before turning professional he put together a combined amateur record of 6 wins, 0 losses and 1 draw in MMA and Muay Thai and he represented Australia in the World Combat Sambo Championships in 2013.

Jeremy Wharerau

Jeremy Wharerau is a former professional mixed martial artist with a record of 4 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw with one win coming via KO in a bout fought in America.

Although proficient in both striking and grappling, Jeremy's approach to the mental aspects of training and fighting have seen his students to success at all levels, including bouts at Australian Fighting Championship, Hex Fight Series and Valor, the largest MMA events in Australia.

mikaelMikael Yahaya

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).

Sean Le Gourrierec

Sean Le Gourrierec is a professional mixed martial artist with a record of 4 wins and 2 losses. 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.

Dan Howardhoward

Dan Howard is a former Royal Marine Commando and a Muay Thai practitioner with a record of 8 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw with 2 bouts fought in Thailand.

He is a highly experienced and qualified coach, holding a Cert III in Fitness, Cert IV in Personal Training, Cert IV in Marital Arts Coaching, he is a registered Muay Thai trainer with the Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Board and is a Master Trainer Level 1. He has recently completed a Bachelors of Exercise and Sports Science.

connor-evansConnor Evans

Connor Evans has over 15 years of freestyle wrestling experience and during his time on the mats he has been a member of the Scottish, British and Australian national teams and he was selected to represent Australian in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

During his long career he has won the Australian Freestyle Wrestling Championships, South East Asian Freestyle Wrestling Championships and Oceania Freestyle Wrestling Championships.

Claire Foreman

Claire "Fury" Foreman is a professional Thai Boxer who has been training martial arts for 10 years, spending the last 7 years focusing on Muaythai. She holds a record of 19 fights for 17 wins and is the current Victorian and Australian WMC champion. She has fought and trained internationally and will be making her debut in the US later this year.

She believes that Martial Arts and Combat Sports empowers women and girls to build confidence, strength, resilience and community and is passionate about bringing more women into the sport. Whether you wish to fight one day or are wanting to train for personal development or fitness she is keen to support your personal goals. Her classes are a fun, friendly space for women to push their fitness while learning authentic Muaythai.

liamLiam McNeill

Liam McNeill is the former #3 ranked 55kg Muay Thai fighter in Australia with an outstanding professional record of 16 wins and 5 losses. He has fought 12 bouts in Thailand, including two at the famed Lumpinee Stadium (both won by KO) and one of the most important Muay Thai events of the year, the Queen's Birthday (also winning via KO).

Liam also holds a Cert III and IV in Fitness.

Moses Bentley

Moses Bentley has over 15-years experience in competitive sport.

He is a qualified Personal Trainer holding a Cert III & IV in Fitness, he has completed the ASCA Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coaching course and the AIK Level 2 Kettlebell Training course.

Moses has experience as a professional mixed martial artist and has also spent time on the rugby field and training in other sporting interests such as tennis and surfing.

amitAmit Narayan

Amit Narayan is an experienced personal trainer and strength & conditioning coach, having coached for over 4 years. Amit holds his Cert III and IV in Personal Training, as well as certs in Boxing and Suspension Training. He has experience training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing and Muay Thai and he spent extensive time studying strength and conditioning for these sports. He has trained athletes in preparation for Martial Arts, Australian Rules Football and Gridiron Football, as well as individuals for strength and weight loss.

peterPeter Vela

Peter Vela is an experienced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. He has competed twice at the renowned Boa Super 8.

johnnyJohn McKenna

John McKenna is a professional Muay Thai fighter with a record of 17 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw. He is the reigning WMC State Middleweight Champion and has been training martial arts for 9 years, fighting both domestically and internationally.

John is currently studying for his Cert IV in Fitness.

houriganMichael Hourigan

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.

steveSteve Phillips

Steve 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.

natNatalie Stiles

Natalie Stiles has over 8 year's experience as a personal trainer, holding her Cert III and IV in Fitness, Boxing, Animal Flow and Suspension Trainer Certs, Kettlebells Level 2, and Crossfit Level 1.

She is a former sprinter and long distance runner but now moves and exercises for the love of it. She has experience in Muay Thai, Crossfit, trail running, rock climbing and any other thing that looks fun and active.

She has helped everyone from weekend warriors to champion fighters prepare for specific events or just establish a healthy, balanced approach to exercise and lifestyle.

Simon Carson

Simon Carson is a professional mixed martial artist with a record of 1 win and 0 losses, elite coach and Pan-Pacific Champion and Australian Champion at blue belt in BJJ. He currently holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

A Registered Exercise Scientist (ESSA), Level 1 Olympic Lifting Coach and Bachelor of Health Science (Human Movement) graduate, Simon has trained Olympians, World Champions in BJJ and State Champion boxers.

His expertise is widely recognised, writing for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, and he has been featured on Nova and SEN.

WarneLachlan Warne

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.

Bradley-WiedenhoferBradley Wiedenhofer

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.

Darren Gn

Darren is one of the original members of the Absolute MMA Prodigy program, beginning his training just under 5 years ago.

He has since competed in 3 Mixed Martial Arts bouts before choosing to compete primarily in K-1 and Muay Thai in which he now also has had 3 bouts in.

Darren is also currently studying to be an Osteopath.

Apryl Eppinger

Apryl Eppinger is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt and current member of the Philippine National Ju-Jitsu team. She is a 2017 JJAU Asian Champion, 2016 Asian Beach Games medallist, 2016 Oceania Freestyle Wrestling Championships medallist, 2016 IBJJF Asian Open medallist and 2015 IBJJF Asian Open Champion.

Outside of combat sports, she also has over 14-years experience as a professional track and road cyclist representing both Australia and the Philippines. She has won the Australian Sprint Championship title, Philippines National Sprint title and holds numerous female track sprint records.

She is currently studying Social Science, while also working with the Kiilalana Program that focuses on working with indigenous youth.

Oliver Smith

Oliver Smith started BJJ in February of 2012 and currently holds a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt. He is active on the local scene and has placed in almost every competition he has entered, including a silver at the UAEJJF International Open as a blue belt.

He started as an assistant coach in early 2016 and he also works as a volunteer coach in the Absolute MMA Collingwood Community Youth Program, teaching BJJ to local teens.