Fuji Sports Australia Sponsorship


Very happy to announce I have some new sponsors and have been selected to be a part of the Fuji Sports Australia Fight Team for 2014. Ever since I got back Read more...

Eternal MMA - Feb 21st 2014


I will be going up a weight class in my next fight which will be on Feb 21st on the Gold Coast, QLD Australia on Eternal MMA against Reece Read more...

BJJ Black Belt


So I was awarded my BJJ Black Belt a week ago and being such a monumental milestone I have been meaning to take the time to write some words Read more...

One FC: Warriors and Champions


I'll be making my One FC debut on September 13th on their "Champions & Warriors" card being held in Jakarta, Indonesia. And it wouldn't be fitting if I wasn't Read more...

Cabra Kai Mixed Martial Arts


So an idea which was embarked on about 10 months ago and a journey which started about 8 years ago I'm proud to say that my own little gym Read more...

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Fuji Sports Australia Sponsorship

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Fuji Sports Aus

Very happy to announce I have some new sponsors and have been selected to be a part of the Fuji Sports Australia Fight Team for 2014. Ever since I got back into BJJ competition last year I’ve been wearing Fuji gear so was already a fan of the brand. Now to be sponsored by them and have their support as I dive deeper into competition in 2014 both here in Australia and Internationally feels great.

If you want to check out their stuff check out the links below.

Fuji Sports Australia Website
Fuji Sports Australia Facebook Page
Grappling Store Online Store

BJJ Black Belt

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So I was awarded my BJJ Black Belt a week ago and being such a monumental milestone I have been meaning to take the time to write some words of thanks and reflection but haven’t had much time due to wrapping up work for the year and preparing to head overseas. So I’ve got a few hours left before flying out so now’s my chance…

To say I was surprised to have been awarded my black belt that night is an understatement. I personally didn’t think I was ready as in my head there was so much that I wanted to work on and perfect. Having planned the year ahead with competitions and travel for training and outlining somewhat of a path of what I wanted to do before getting my black belt – so didn’t think I was ready. But like most of my life I’ve always been one to keep working on things, trying to improve wherever possible, striving for perfection and never settling on where I’m at. And if that’s how I naturally am then I don’t think I would ever have been “ready” for a black belt. Read more…

Essential Knowledge When Starting Out In BJJ

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Found this pic on the net and every word rings true about BJJ. If you can accept a lot of this when starting out as a white belt in BJJ then you will have a much better chance at succeeding in it. Becoming a good grappler takes years and years of work and as the picture says, takes a lot of mistakes and failures, but to come out at the end of the tunnel is truly a rewarding feeling and that is why BJJ is one of the best forms of martial arts there is.

Oceania No Gi Championships 2010

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On Sunday myself and a number of other Lion’s Den team mates competed at the 1st Oceania No Gi Championships run by Events BJJ. Personally, I really enjoy the no gi competitions more than the gi ones, so when this came up, I made sure I got in.

My usual fighting weight is 61kg, however because of the limited number of entrants at my belt level, they had only two weight classes – Under 73kg and Over 73kg. This to me isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as I normally only get maybe one match at my normal weight class, so this ensured I had more people to compete against (if I win my matches of course). Read more…

BJJ Training Retrospective

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Found this on a forum about BJJ and found it to be very true (and amusing too because of its truth).

* 90% of the folks that you start with at white belt will never make it to black belt.
* You will be one of those 90 percent that never reaches black belt unless you really want it.
* Injury is 100 percent guaranteed at each belt level.
* Family members will try to talk you into quitting after each injury, especially if surgery is required. and if you really don’t want to be a black belt, their comments will make sense and you will quit.
* Listen to your body and rest when you’re hurt. BJJ is a marathon race, not a sprint.
* There’s a thin line between being hurt and injured. Don’t ignore the warning signs.
* BJJ is ALL EGO, regardless of the old “leave your ego at the door” mantra.
* Keep a flower pot at the office large enough to soak my sore wrists, hands and elbows during the day.
* Never train hard without a good warm-up first. if you’re intentionally skipping warm-ups so you can save energy for your matches, you’re going to pay for it someday.
* To not listen to training advice from other white belts over my instructor.
* Everyone online sounds smarter and better equipped to teach you than your instructor.
* Too much bjj info (e.g. DVDs, books, magazines, etc.) is just as bad as not enough bjj info.
* Good grapplers are training, not spending all day posting about who’s the best grappler or where they train.
* If you don’t have training goals in the beginning, someone will give you their agenda for what they want you to be and you may not like it.
* The grappler that thinks “drilling is a waste of time” will be an average grappler at best.
* You don’t have to be at the gym to train.
* Competitions will reveal all your bad habits that you can either hide or ignore in the gym.
* Start learning takedowns as a white belt. that way, you won’t be a blue/purple/brown belt that can only jump guard or butt scoot.
* The paintbrush and every other basic technique that you think is useless will work if you take time to learn how to set them up and execute them correctly.
* If you have to think about doing a technique, you don’t know it.
* Drill at least 10-15 mins after class every day on the technique you just learned to help reinforce it in your muscle memory.
* Trust your coach to build you as a grappler, not strangers that you only talk to online.
* White belts don’t have a style, regardless of what they think.
* Never let anyone intimidate you on the mat.
* Remember to breathe when sparring. if you run out of gas too quickly every time you roll, you’re probably holding your breath.
* Never be afraid to tap with a partner, it’s really not that important

6th Australian Submission Grappling Championships

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This weekend past I competed at the 6th Annual Australian Submission Grappling Championships held in Sydney. It was a no gi event and I was surprised at the big turnout. It’s really good to see grappling is becoming more and more popular. Saw many familiar faces and was good to catch up with many people i’ve crossed paths with over the years.

I competed in the u61kg Blue/Purple belt division and won both my matches to take out the division and I guess can be called the Australian Champ =). I came up against Neil Robertson in the final who I’ve competed against a few times before, as well as an MMA fight. Always good competing against him. He’s a top guy.

Special thanks to the guys at Evolution Wrestling who I thoroughly believe have taken my grappling to another level. Also thanks to Luke and Mark from Lion’s Den who cornered me in my matches. Perfect cornering.

Here’s a picture of me and my medal.

2008 Machado Nationals

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Last weekend I competed at the Machado Nationals in the u60kg division. Unfortunately there was only one other competitor in this weight class, so I only got one match. Fortunately, I won that match. Here’s a picture of my finishing submission.

Overall, it was an awesome weekend away with the guys from my gym. Already thinking about next year’s nationals. One of the best run comps in Australia, and win or lose, i’m sure everyone had a great time. For some more pics from the event click here.