December 9, 2017

Don’t miss this EOY School Holiday Camp! myBJJ Team runs a safe and active school holiday program, including fun games and drills. Let your children experience a fantastic time. No prior Jiu-Jitsu experience is required and any kid with 6 years old and up are welcome.
Enroll now as we have limited spots available!
Call 0406 456 766 or email

December 7, 2017


We are excited to announce that we are introducing an additional MMA class.

Sik brings a wealth of martial arts experience onto the mats, with 6 years in Muay Thai, 3 years in MMA and a blue belt in BJJ. Fighting in Korea’s Top FC with an official record of 10-6, Sik continues to refine his striking and ground game with a focus on balancing fitness, technique, and strategy. Come along and get fighting fit!

Every Friday at 7:10pm.

David Felice and Dawn Tratt MMA class.
December 5, 2017

Hey Guys!

Please join us for a Christmas Picnic & some quality rolls on Saturday the 9th December at 3pm.

– Open to students & non-students (family/friends)
– Kid friendly
– 3pm to 6pm
– Camperdown park (the park behind the gym!)

Please bring along some food/drinks to share around!

The more the merrier. 🙂
See you there.

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December 17, 2015

12243439_914371921973196_21158153568074922_n (1)myBJJ Team extends our warmest regards and a huge thank you to Professor Rafael ‘Gordinho’ Lima for his recent stay with us at our headquarters in Sydney. Gordinho is a long time friend and mentor of myBJJ’s Professor Mario Yokoyama. In his recent annual visit to myBJJ in Sydney Australia, he kindly gave his time (away from his family and his own academy in Miami) to mentor our students and instructors; spending the better part of 2 weeks on the mats at our Camperdown, North Sydney and CBD schools.

Whilst in Australia, Gordinho actively led our students in classes, private lessons and seminars. He also mentored our instructors, both on and off the mats, and led them through comprehensive instructor training. Students and instructors from our New Zealand schools also flew in and participated in the events.

Many student belt promotions were also awarded during Gordinho’s stay, including professor Mario Yokoyama’s black belt 3rd degree promotion! Congratulations to professor Mario and to all students who received stripes and new belts!


Gordinho also helped our students and instructors prepare for the IBJJF Melbourne International Open and flew down to the event to support and coach the team.

About the seminar:

The seminar was well attended by students from Australia and New Zealand, with Gordinho going through technical detail of the most basic positions, clearly demonstrating why he is considered amongst the best and most technical coaches the world.

“At Gordinho’s seminar, I re-learnt how important the basic, fundamental positions are. Simplicity with attention to detail is key.” – Salvador Japon

“His seminar was mind-opening. I felt like he brought my BJJ to a new level. He showed minor details to the basic techniques that I have known for years, and proved these positions 10 x over.” – Rafael Alag



About the instructors:

Gordinho also led an intensive 3-day instructor training course, using curriculum that he has developed through his years of experience building and growing some of the largest and most successful BJJ academies in the world. myBJJ instructors attended the course, renewing knowledge, trouble-shooting and learning about what it takes to be the best possible Jiu-Jitsu coaches.

Gordinho always goes on to demonstrate what he teaches – he mentors both in word and through his actions. His teaching style is passionate and fun, and he continually proves his coaching methods on the mats.

“Gordinho has taught me that teaching is fun and enjoyable. His enthusiasm is contagious.” – myBJJ instructor


About the competition:

Gordinho is an inspirational figure in competitive Brazilian jiu-jitsu, with years of experience both competing and coaching in BJJ tournaments across the globe. His experience serves as a great motivation to the students. Gordinho coaches with authority and clarity, which provides the students with a sense of safety, strength and confidence when they step on the tournament mats. myBJJ Team was privileged to have Gordinho coaching alongside Professor Mario at the IBJJF Melbourne Open.


myBJJ Team is very thankful to have the opportunity to work with Professor Rafael Gordinho Lima, who has, with his hours of technical coaching, mentoring and training, once again invested into our team and built a great measure of confidence in our students and instructors.

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More about Gordinho:

Rafael ‘Gordinho’ Lima has more than 25 years of experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has fought in hundreds of BJJ bouts. He is a Mundials BJJ Black-belt World Champion (1998) and has five times been National Champion of Brazil, where he was voted the most technical fighter and also had the fastest submission (12 seconds). He was also a runner-up in ADCC (no-gi submission grappling) Brazil and has competed and won in numerous other tournaments around the world. He has trained and taught for years in Brazil and also internationally, and was the most senior Black-belt instructor (after Renzo Gracie) and program director at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York, which is the largest BJJ school in the world with over 1200 students in a single location. He is also responsible for the course curriculum of the Renzo Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program at Evolve Mixed Martial Arts in Singapore.

Today, Gordinho is working on a lifetime dream: running his own academy in the United States; a country that he considers his homeland. A little over 2 years ago, Gordinho established START BJJ Academy in Miami. Start BJJ has an outstanding professional team, and has already created IBJJF world champions. This year, Start BJJ was elected the best martial arts school in the city by the Miramar awards program.


July 27, 2015

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Here is a great article that describes the health and functional benefits of Jiu Jitsu. It is written by Jason Shield, doctor of chiropractic, expert on bio-mechanics, movement and health from Voss, Norway. Jason is also a blue belt in BJJ who has won the bronze medal at the IBJJF Europeans in 2004. This is a great article worth reading that can help you better understand and explain to others the health benefits of practising Jiu Jitsu.

“I, like many, have enjoyed training various sports. As a doctor of chiropractic, an expert on biomechanics, movement and health, I have taken a special interest in what benefits the body most and what damages it the fastest. Jiu Jitsu has been my most interesting study so far.

Here are some things that I have really enjoyed.

First of all, Jiu Jitsu is a life style. I have never been a part of a sport that not only has a tight nit community feeling no matter where you go in the world, but also has an official life style. Interestingly enough it is similar to the chiropractic life style. Every one agrees that if you eat right, move right and think right you feel great and maintain your health as long as possible. The great thing with BJJ is that all of that happens spontaneously as you progress in your training. You will start making smarter life choices so that you last longer on the mat, are able to do that new trick you learned and just down right have more fun.

After a few months of regular training you first start eating better. I have never seen any other sport with so many “before” and “ after” selfies showing how much weight they have lost after starting BJJ. I myself dropped 10 kg of fat and have put on at least that much muscle in the 2 years that I have been training.


Then you start doing other workouts like weights, running and yoga to beef up your submission rate or just feeling better while sparring. Even if you always hated those kinds of workouts you are willing to do them just for BJJ. You may start pounding the stair stepper with a vengeance or find yourself in an exotic pose right out of some ancient yoga text.

As your journey in BJJ progresses you will become more acutely aware of how functional your body is. You will start seeing that you have some attributes that are wonderful and some others that are lacking. This is normal.

Interestingly enough, as you start working on your bodies over all functionality, not only does your BJJ become more fun and free but you also become much more healthy. Many times it is just these functional weaknesses that we have that are indications of where our body is lacking. These lacks/imbalances are eventually what become dis-ease, then disease and eventually become our downfall. Functional movement, functional eating becomes functional health. BJJ gives you an opportunity to explore and experience this directly.


Another wonderful thing that happens with the body is that BJJ builds muscles, but not like an Arnold work out. I have countless times had to fix huge weight lifters because they strained a muscle while doing something light and easy. This comes from imbalance. The big muscles that they can see in the mirror are strong but the small stabilizing muscles never get any attention. In fact there are thousands of the stabilizers ( your core muscles) and you just do not have enough time to spend building them in the gym. The only way you can stimulate your core, and make yourself bullet proof is to move, move, move. You have to have regular movement in all direction with resistance to do that job. Multi activation of these core muscle groups in all directions and angels. Imagine what that machine would have to look like at the gym! BJJ sparing (or rolling) is alive, creative and ever changing. Each sparring partner that you get becomes a different kind of chaos machine that makes your body find balance in the midst of a roll. Suddenly you may find yourself up side down balanced on a shoulder while working all of your limbs in different directions to win the position. No other training can match that.


The last but not least of the benefits is the loss of fear of being uncomfortable. Suddenly you do not mind being uncomfortable on the mat and this translates to your life. When you become brave enough to step up your game at work or your relationships, magic happens. Taking a step into the unknown can be uncomfortable but after doing BJJ for a few years, it just will not scare you any more. This lack of angst and stress in the ever-changing field that is life is a key feature of keeping healthy. When you look back at your evolution in BJJ you see a spontaneous evolution in your life choices too. A strong mind and body make the whole difference.

So get to it! When you start BJJ you will suddenly find yourself eating better, moving better and generally feeling better. And you will not get caught with a bad back because you bent over to pick up the news paper!”

Happy training! And all the best to you
Dr. Jason Shields B.A., D.C.




May 2, 2015

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As a child and teenager, I loved sports, but was simply not athletic. I couldn’t dribble a basketball or shoot a layup. I was the right fielder in little league baseball that struck out a lot. I did try wrestling in high school, but was pretty mediocre and quit after losing two-thirds of my matches and not being able to handle the head coach’s constant yelling. For a very long-time I was very self-conscious about my lack of athleticism, but did enjoy biking, hiking, weight lifting and other physical activities that would not expose my lack of coordination and how funny I looked when I am running. As I grew into adulthood, I discovered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in my mid-thirties and finally found a sport where for once I showed some promise and developed into a solid competitor at the White Belt Masters level.

Like many in the BJJ community, training has been very beneficial for me in boosting my self-confidence, physical health, setting and reaching goals, meeting new people, and overcoming adversity. These experiences and benefits are important in the development of people of all ages, especially adolescent children. Sports can be a great vehicle for human development, but many unathletic children miss out on these experiences and withdraw to watching television, playing video games, eating a poor diet and living a sedentary lifestyle. This is frustrating for both children and their parents. The children want to be more social and active, but poor performances in youth team sports can lead to being ostracized by their teammates and coaches. For parents, they want their children to be active, social, and accepted by peers.

From my experiences as an unathletic youth and a Jiu Jitsu practitioner as an adult, I believe Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the ideal sport for unathletic children for numerous reasons that include

1. Self-Defence: Unathletic children tend to be targets for bullies. BJJ has been proven as one of the best self-defense styles since it relies more on technique and leverage over size and strength. Traditional karate styles like Tae Kwon Do have been marketed as children’s self-defense, but the striking does require speed, coordination, and athleticism, which may make karate less effective for unathletic practitioners. In Jiu Jitsu, clinching, securing top position, and being able to escape a pinned down position relies more on coaching and drilling than athletic skills.

2. Physical Activity: Jiu Jitsu classes are great workouts for children. There are warm ups, drilling, rolling/sparring, and games being played during classes. The children will definitely break a sweat and will be moving their bodies for an hour each class.

3. Quality Coaching: In many youth sports, the coaches are volunteers and usually consist of the parents of the best athletes on the team. The quality of the coaching can vary and the focus of the coaching leans towards developing the athletes with the most potential. This continues into high school varsity sports, where the coaches’ attention is focused on the starters and winning games. The backups and practice players usually do not get much attention or development time. In BJJ, the parents are paying for the coaching and the coaches have an incentive to provide strong coaching and creating a fun and safe atmosphere in order to maintain the parents’ business.

4. Learn at Your own Pace: In BJJ, there is no pressure to learn a set of plays in time for Saturday’s game like there is in other youth and high school varsity sports. Kids can learn and develop at their own pace without the pressure of being rushed into a competition and win immediately. The culture and instruction style of many BJJ schools is that learning and improving in BJJ is a long term process that doesn’t need to be rushed.

5. Playing Time at Each Class: In youth and high school varsity sports, the nonstarters get little to no playing time in games and less coaching and development during practices. In BJJ classes, students learn together, drill together and all receive close to equal repetitions in drilling and attention from instructors. So your child is participating and improving each class instead of just watching other students get better. Also, if your child does want to compete, there is no cap on the number of children that can be entered into a BJJ tournament division.

6. Year Round Sport: Depending on where you live, most sports are seasonal and once the season ends, so does the children’s playing and development in the sport for the rest of the year. BJJ training has no seasons, allowing children to train throughout the year which aids in their continually development in the sport.

7. Teaches Valuable Life Lessons: We live in an instant gratification society. In BJJ, it is a slow, long grind. Breakthroughs could come after a long period of time of drilling, experimenting, and refinement. It could come in a practice roll where a sweep, submission, or escape finally happens after many failures. Children will learn humility, patience with themselves and persistence in continually working through and solving problems.

8. Develop Own Style: In basketball and soccer you need speed and agility. In football, you need size and strength. In most sports, you are learning a rigid pIay book with little room for creativity. In BJJ, you don’t need to have speed, agility, and athleticism in order to develop an effective style or set of moves that work well. If you are slow and unathletic, you can develop a slow, grinding, pressure game that neutralizes opponents’ speed and athleticism. If a child is small, he or she will be matched with training partners and opponents that are a similar size and will be able to develop an identity over time.

9. Individual Sport: When you drop a ball, miss a shot, or make a bad throw in team sports, there is the awkward walk back to the bench or dugout towards upset teammates. That is an uncomfortable position for many unathletic children. Playing in an individual sport like Jiu Jitsu removes the pressure of letting down teammates while teaching a child that they can problem solve and overcome challenges on their own. This aids in building character and self-confidence in children.

10. Interaction with Other Children: The kids classes provide positive interaction with other children. Most BJJ schools have rules and reinforce a culture of respect among students. Bullying and inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated by the coaches. Children will be learning and drilling moves together. So while it is an individual sport, during classes they will have the opportunity to collaborate with other children to help each other learn and develop.

If you are interested in enrolling your child into a Children’s Jiu Jitsu program, check out our Kid’s Programs. We will offer a free class for your child to try. Definitely take advantage of the free class to see if the program is a good fit for you and your child, and feel free to ask the instructors as many questions as you can.

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April 24, 2015

– by Strength and Conditioning Coach, Mark Nino – El Nino Fitness


Most times when it comes to strength and conditioning, athletes tend to overthink things.
This monthly training issue is set up based on the myBJJ training curriculum for beginners. But just because the training exercises delivered are based on the beginners curriculum, intermediate and advanced BJJ students can implement these strength training exercises into their tool kit.
First things first, a strength and conditioning program should deliver sound training practices that support the athletes/students goals and cover what’s not being covered during sports specific training (BJJ class).
If a BJJ Student is leading and peaking up to competition and is spending 5 training sessions per week sparring non-stop, then the last thing on their S&C program should be to do 1-3RM squats or deadlifts. There’s a time and place for everything, so long as it’s related to the student and the sport their in (in this case BJJ).
So without any further non-sense, the first 3 exercises that we’re going to cover (not in any specific order) are:
– Barbell Glute Bridge




– Dumbbell Split Squat




– Push-up plank



These 3 exercises all help strengthen the muscles that help with performing:
  • technical stand ups
  • performing basic label chokes
  • double leg takedowns
  • Bridge / Upa
When starting out, perform these exercises as a circuit 3 x per week on non-consecutive days.
Start by performing 2 sets of 15 reps of each exercise as a circuit. Each week, add either some resistance by using heavier weight or holding the position for a longer period of time (20secs to 25 secs for a push-up/plank)
After 2 weeks. Increase the weight even more on each of the exercises and decrease the reps to 12.
After 4 weeks of performing these exercises, it will be time to make things a little more challenging to improve your Bjj game.
An example 4 week block for the barbell glute bridge would look like this:
Week 1- BBGB: 30kgs x 2 sets x 15 reps
Week 2- BBGB: 35kgs x 2 sets x 15 reps
Week 3- Mon/Wed : 37.5kgs x 2 sets x 12 reps
Week 3- Friday: 40kgs x 2 sets x 12 reps
Week 4- Mon: 42.5kgs x 2 sets x 12 reps
Week 4- Wed/Fri: 45kgs x 1 set x 12 reps, 47.5kgs x 1 set x 10 reps
Try to progressively add weight each session.
If you have any questions regarding how to implement strength training to improve your BJJ game, feel free to email me at
Happy Training
Mark Nino, Pn1
Owner | Head Coach
El Nino Strength & Fitness



April 16, 2015

myBJJ Team was privileged once again to have Clark Gracie visiting and teaching at our headquarters in Sydney during March, 2015.

Clark is one of the top grapplers of the Gracie family, and often finds himself on top of podiums at worldwide events against some of the best competitors in the world. myBJJ sincerely thanks you for your time with us and your generous teaching, Clark!

During his seminars and lessons, Clark readily shares his technical knowledge, including many of his favourite (and infamous) omaplata and kimura techniques. At his seminar at myBJJ HQ on Saturday 28, he also taught a series of single-x guard sweeps, then joined in with the students during specific sparring rounds at the end of the class!



We would like to wish Clark all the best for the upcoming Abu Dhabi World Pro Championships, and also for his upcoming match with Roberto Satoshi in Metamoris 6! We are all looking forward to seeing this legend in action again!

If you are ever in San Diego, Clark’s Academy is definitely one to visit.

Check out Clark’s mat time at myBJJ HQ:

March 3, 2015

myBJJ Team took to the mats at the 2015 Australian Abu Dhabi World Pro Trials, held out of the Sydney University Sports and Aquatic Centre, with stellar results.

The trial competition featured kid’s, adult’s and master’s divisions, and is a precursor to find the most qualified grapplers to represent Australia for the upcoming Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championships (WPJJC). Winners of the trials receive an all expenses (airfare, hotel, meals) paid trip to Abu Dhabi for the tournament.

The WPJJC is being promoted as the largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event in the world. Supported personally by his Highness the Supreme Prince and Commander In Chief of the United Arab Emirates National Army, H. H. Sheik Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the championship builds on Abu Dhabi’s emergence as a global capital for Jiu-Jitsu, with more than 750 elite male and female fighters from over 50 different countries including the UAE, Australia, Brazil, China, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea and USA, all competing for title of ‘World Champion’ and an increased cash prize of Dhs1.45m.

The day of the Australian trials:

myBJJ Team was represented in the kid’s, adult male, adult female and master’s divisions. The competition was fairly tense as scores of athletes searched for the grand prize – the ticket to Abu Dhabi. With each unfolding division, the crowds grew and the energy of the event increased.


All of our athletes showed great technique and tenacity, fighting through both their weight divisions and open weight divisions, scoring multiple medals for the team. The highlight of the day, however, was realised in our very own coach and athlete, Hope Douglass, as she battled her way through her weight division and into the Purple/Brown/Black belt heavy open-weight, to ultimately win Gold and with it the national title and the travel package to Abu Dhabi.

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Here’s what Hope had to say about the event:

“I actually didn’t have very high expectations this year – a medal in my weight class was all that I needed to be happy. I had fought for my chance to win the ticket for the previous 3 years unsuccessfully, and my main motivation to enter the competition this year was to fill the necessary places to support the women’s division and therefore the Australian women’s bjj scene (no prizes are given unless minimum numbers of competitors enter the divisions).

To get to the open-weight division (the prize-winning division), I first had to fight my way through my weight division. My semi-final match was against the champ, Jess Fraser (who has won the travel package for the last 3 years running). Jess is a formidable opponent. I have fought Jess multiple times in the past and spent time training with her outside of competition, so I really do know how good she is – and she went on to beat me by points in our weight division. I then had to fight New-Zealander, Serina Cole, for 3rd/4th place. I managed to pull off an ezekiel choke in this match so placed 3rd in our weight division. Not great results, but I still had the open-weight to look forward to.

Many hours of waiting around later, it was time for the open-weight divisions. I had already lost a match earlier in the day and so felt no pressure to win. I was just there doing my best, however, everything turned out a lot better than I expected. After securing a points-win in the semi-final, I was faced with Jess again in the final. I was very relaxed, I never thought of actually beating her in this match, so I was willing to just roll and take risks. Jess pulled guard straight away, and I jumped pretty much straight into a knee-bar attempt – which was successful. And that was that. Gold for the team and the travel package to Abu-Dhabi to look forward too.

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I want to say a huge thank you to Professor Mario Yokoyama – the win is truly his. His coaching, inspiration, encouragement and provision of opportunity is what has brought me to where I currently am. Also a huge thank you to my training partners – particularly Ricardo Laffranchi for his support and coaching, and for letting me drill endless knee-bars and ezekiel chokes on him! And of course, I cannot thank our sponsors enough! Their assistance to date is responsible for the success of many, many endeavours! It truly is a powerful thing when businesses get behind athletes and support their local community. These guys are doing amazing things through us and for us.”

Read more about our sponsors here >>

Overall, the intensity of the competition was overcome with success for myBJJ Team this year. Well done to all our competitors and medalists. You have made the team proud!

Onwards and upwards now as we prepare for upcoming comps and for the Abu Dhabi World Pro!

myBJJ Team.


February 19, 2015


If you are new to Jiu-Jitsu, you may sometimes feel like a fish out of water. This is to be expected, so do not let it discourage you. Sometimes you may find yourself out of your depth. In fact, there are times you will literally fall on your face. You may feel like you have two left legs – It all goes with the territory so try not to develop a complex over these minor issues when starting out.

Tips to stick with it:

1. Neither your gender nor age matter on the mats.

There should be no ego on the mats about winning or losing with any ‘type’ of training partner. Jiu-Jitsu is the great equaliser. It is one of the most rewarding things that you can learn, as a male or a female. Through jiu-jitsu, you learn how to use leverage to control someone else, even someone bigger and stronger than you. Jiu-Jitsu employs leverage, technique, and timing, so that anyone, regardless of gender or athletic ability, can make techniques work against larger opponents.

 2. Have a good attitude.

Take the pressure off yourself by reminding yourself that Jiu-Jitsu is a fun and rewarding activity. A positive attitude, values and an open mind to learn are the keys to unlocking Jiu-Jitsu. This kind of attitude can help you to cope better with most things in life.

3. Think highly of other people (be a good training partner).

One thing that is bound to get you into trouble is to look down at your partners. You may have better skills than other people do but there is no point in advertising any of these things. Also, there is nothing quite as childish or rude in Jiu-Jitsu as the infamous celebratory “Yes” after tapping out a training partner. Be humble, be modest and down play your skills. This is the best way to be a good training partner. Better still, being humble means you will learn more and this is great for you.

4. Be consistent.

Ever heard the saying, “a black belt is a white belt who never quit”?  Well, it’s true.  The expert consensus as to how to get better at Jiu-Jitsu is most resoundingly to show up and train. If you make a commitment to consistently show up to a number of classes weekly, no matter what is going on in your life, then you are most definitely going to get better, and develop the patterns and habits necessary to maintain your schedule for a very long time.

In short, Jiu-Jitsu is not a breeze but it is not an impossibility either. Work hard, learn, be humble, maintain a good attitude and keep your eyes on your objectives –  you will succeed.