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I was born and raised in Sydney. My passion and journey as a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner began in 2006. I began my learning under the wonderful guidance of Professor Lemos & Professor Dornelles. The Gracie Barra team is the secondary family anyone should join if you are looking to improve your current mental & physical situation. As an Occupational Therapist I truly believe in the benefits of BJJ for the young & old. Brazilian Jiu Jitus is the gentle martial art.
Why do I love BJJ? Simple. I value being challenged & learning something new about how I work under pressure. I also value learning in a suppportive team environment. Each member of BJJ under the Gracie Barra family is a unique piece of gym equipment, with something to share & always there to support you in your own journey. As a parent, Occupational Therapist & now BJJ instructor I love sharing the techniques, culture & value system of Gracie Barra to students of all ages. Watching a shy child step onto the mat & then development into a confident & respectful individual is incredibily rewarding. Training with adults in their pursuit of physical &/or mental welling being is also another reason for my passion & belief in BJJ. You don't need to be of a slim build, flexible or be able to lift heavy weights to participate in BJJ. I want to share all I know about BJJ with anyone willing to learn and look forward to one day earning my Black Belt as a Gracie Barra family member.
"Would recommend to anyone considering learning a martial art, be it for fitness, self defense or weight loss. Friendly environment + good people"
"Great team of people, plenty of mat space and hygienic facilities. Affiliated with Gracie Barra in Sydney and follows the Barra system. Having trained at other academies in Sydney before I was excited to find this kind of systematic, comprehensive instruction in Orange. Great coaching and friendly environment to train in, definitely worth dropping in (and settling like I did :D)."
"We have never done any martial arts prior to joining Gracie Barra Orange, however coach Martin has made us feel most welcome and supported. A friendly atmosphere with excellent trainers eager to teach. Great for kids!"
"Walking into a male dominated martial art was an incredibly daunting idea for me, however Martin, as well as everyone else have been nothing but welcoming and encouraging at every point in my BJJ journey.
The space is incredibly clean, and well maintained. Martin is an incredible coach and helps adapt methods to help each individual use it to the best of their ability.
I am incredibly proud to consider myself a part of the Gracie Barra Orange family, and can't imagine learning anywhere else"