Meet The Team
KARATE – KICKBOXING
I was introduced to Martial Arts at an early age via Karate and then Judo. My Dad was a Karate Blackbelt and had his own dojo but like most things when you’re young I took it for granted and didn’t realise that not everyone had this exposure.
It wasn’t until I finished High School with absolutely no idea what was next that I realised training Martial Arts was all I really wanted to do with my life.
Over 30+ years I have trained in various other disciplines including Kung Fu, Kickboxing, Boxing, Thai Boxing and BJJ. My original goals were to “just be good at something” and know how to fight.
This lead me to travel to different dojos and Gyms to learn as much as possible and be the best martial artist I could be.
I started fighting competitively not to win trophies or be a Champion but to test myself, however what I gained most was the mental and spiritual growth one develops by taking on and overcoming something difficult or challenging.
These are the true benefits that come from training and fighting, benefits that carry well over to everyday life.
The most important thing that Martial Arts has given me though, is my “WHY”. The Martial Arts lifestyle has opened up so many benefits for me but discovering my reason for being, my passion, something I didn’t even realise I was looking for but found is everything. It had been under my nose since I put on my first Gi at 6 years old but things happen when they are supposed to and that’s how my path travelled. Hopefully I can help people find something they didn’t realise they were looking for through Martial Arts too.
“I started Brazilian Jiujitsu 14 years ago when I was 15 years old in Sao Paulo Brazil. Before that I had tried Judo, Capoiera, Kung Fu and Boxing in the hope of finding a healthy hobby that could also give me confidence to defend myself against bullies.
None of those styles really kept my interest but I became obsessed by the never ending complexities of BJJ and how effective I could perform against bigger opponents.
Whilst studying Information Systems and Business Management upon High School graduation, I trained and competed in many BJJ competitions, reaching the podium in some yet always maintaining the passion I had from the very first day.
Recently my jiujitsu studies have made me realise that BJJ is a kind if religion for me, naturally guiding me to live a healthier life and a peaceful mind.”
“Martial Arts have always been a part of my life. As a kid I did Judo, then as a teenager I got into Boxing in which I trained for years until I had to stop due to study overload. After graduating in Mechanical Engineering the first thing I did was get back into Boxing whilst working as a Sales & Product Analyst and volunteer Teacher of 8-14 year old kids for a non-profit organisation CREA+ that aims at improving Public School Education in Brazil.
The Boxing Gym I trained at also taught Jiujitsu and my Boxing Coach suggested I give it a try. From that very first day I knew I would never leave the mats.
Jiujitsu is such an amazing, endless puzzle that has brought the perfect balance to my life.I started Jiujitsu when I was 25.
Some people might think that is a bit late to start but I immediately knew from the beginning that I had discovered my true passion.”
I’m Alex and I started Judo in my homeland of Germany (land of pretzels and yodelling…kind of) when I was 4 years old. In the 18 years since I would go so far as saying Judo has shaped my lifestyle more than anything else (aside from Brownies)and has been a huge factor in my life.
In the last 5 years I have instructed in Germany with a Judo B-Grade Trainer Certificate, Judo examiner and referee licences and a 2nd Degree Black Belt.
You have probably noticed how involved I am in this sport,(call me a fanatic if you will),and this is because Judo has given me so much that I want to give something back.
The community, the competition, the fitness, the mental benefits have all contributed greatly in my personal development and I wouldn’t trade it for anything”
I remember the day when I was 13 years old a school friend of mine gave me a flyer for a Karate School showing a man in a Karate Uniform executing a flying kick. His confident posture embodied unshakeable strength, gracious self control and an undeniably deep understanding of what he was doing and why.
His focus, concentration and determination full of calculated intention was fascinating.
I ran home to show this to my Mum saying, ”I wanna do this too!”.
Over the years Martial Arts has given me all of this and so much more.
I have been Australian Full contact Karate Champion twice and represented Australia overseas but along with these achievements Martial Arts has allowed me to learn and understand so much more about myself.
It teaches me how to be a better version of myself everyday as a family member, a partner, a friend and as a professional. it helps me evolve on all levels as a human being in mind, body and spirit.
Martial Arts is my chosen lifestyle which evolves my character for the good of all.
YOGA – KICKBOXING – KARATE
I started classical ballet at the tender age of 8 and i guess you could say that set precedent for the creative movement and discipline that I like so much about Martial Arts training.
My Ballet studies carried me through to The Sydney Dance Company whilst I was at Uni but once I graduated and entered the corporate world any kind of extra curricular activities fell by the wayside.
The stresses and work environment of corporate life gave me a clear insight into how unhealthy and more importantly unbalanced life can get and sowed the seeds of a career change or at least a change of being in my mind.
Boxing – BJJ – Functional Fitness
As I look back at how I got into martial arts – it’s no surprise to me where I am today. Growing up, my Mum loved Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. We used to watch their films together, with me trying to mimic them. With Jackie Chan as my idol, I took a brief stint at karate as a kid, but however it was boxing that became my main passion for combat sports/martial arts.
I started training at the local boxing gym in my home town as a teenager which to this day, has still proved to be some of the toughest sessions I’ve ever done. I then took up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 20. The martial arts journey still continues to this day, with even more appreciation than ever.
I really found my stride in martial arts at the age of 19. It started to make sense to me: the philosophy, teachings, discipline and the training. I competed in a number of local, state and national full contact tournaments then travelled to Japan to continue my study of full contact karate.
I trained there under the guidance of a world champion for 2 years and competed in local and prefecture tournaments while there. I also had the fortune of training BJJ under Professor Ishikawa for 2 years when living in Japan in 2008.
I competed in several BJJ tournaments and started to see how the arts blend and work together.
Martial arts is a way of living your life. The lessons transcend beyond the mats and into every day. Martial arts has made me stronger, both physically and mentally, and also given me many life long friends. I love that I will never know it all and must keep studying.
“A human life gains luster and strength only when it is polished and tempered”. This is what martial arts does for me.