Docklands BJJ is now closed

After 8 years of great jiu jitsu, we have decided to call it a day on the Docklands BJJ club. Last Thursday was the final training session and no more sessions will be held.

The decision wasn’t made easily and was primarily due to the fact that we’ve been doing it for a very long time and felt that it was time for a change.

Andrew and Rodney would like to thank you all for your support over the years and hope all those who trained at the club will have fond memories to look back on. There’s plenty of jiu jitsu options now, many clubs in each suburb, but if you wish to join Rodney and Andrew, we will be continuing our training at Nexus BJJ in Coburg under our Professor, Murat Karadenzili.

Andrew will be following up separately with people to refund memberships which were paid ahead of time and seek to finalise payments on those who owe for months past.

Best wishes to all of you on your martial arts journey and thank you again!

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Welcome new members

Despite the cold Docklands Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is growing daily in members and energy. So a huge welcome to all the new members and a big thank you to existing students who have been assisting with teaching new members the ropes.

While we’ve been busy practising triangles and guard passes lately, it’s key to remember that Docklands BJJ practises a self defense style of jiu jitsu that is applicable to real life situations. Our sessions are suitable for beginners and it’s never too late to join up and learn some great Jiu Jitsu moves!

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Rodney receives BJJ purple belt!

Longtime club member Rodney Mcleod was awarded his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by coach Andrew Lai and head of Nexus Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Murat Karazendili.  Rodney has spent years on the mats and is known amongst club members as not only a great training partner and Jiu Jitsu player, but also as a great guy!

Congratulations to Rodney on the excellent achievement.  Docklands Brazilian Jiu Jitsu looks forward to all club members continuing their progress.

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Tues sessions back from April 1 2014

Good news, Tuesday training sessions will make a triumphant return from Tuesday the 1st of April 2014.  The sessions were previously suspended due to low attendance rates, however given the renewed interest by club members, the session is back!

Rodney Mcleod will be running the new session and the format Tuesdays will be as follows:

  • 5:45pm to 6:30pm: Warmup, Kudo techniques, Kudo drills.
  • 6:30pm onwards: No gi open mat and Kudo sparring

Wrestling will be incorporated within the Kudo however members who are keen on doing some more takedown training are welcome to join head coach Andrew at dedicated wrestling sesisons.  For further details, see Rodney or Andrew at training.

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Royce Gracie and Pedro Sauer camp

Our parent academy Nexus Jiu Jitsu is hosting a Royce Gracie seminar which all Docklands BJJ members are invited and encouraged to attend!  Tickets to this event in Greensborough are $150 and is absolutely the chance of a lifetime to learn directly from a legend.

Along with the seminar however the Nexus family is also booking in a group trip to go to Brazil again in the month of September to train with world renowned Pedro Sauer.  As well as being an 8th dan red-black belt, Pedro is the head of our worldwide association and is an incredible encyclopedia of knowledge.  Docklands BJJ head instructor Andrew Lai attended last year, and came back with enough new techniques and tricks to last for many years.

Contact either Phil or Andrew for further information on both the seminar and the Brazil trip.  In the meanwhile see you all on the mats!


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Tai’s MMA fight and Rodney in Kudo

Congratulations to Docklands BJJ member Tai Nguyen on his victorious MMA debut!  After two tough rounds, Tai’s opponent was unable to continue to round three, handing the victory over to Tai.  A video of Tai’s impressive win is available below and on Youtube:


Separate to Tai’s MMA victory, club member and Kudo training group instructor Rodney Mcleod showcased his skills in a Kudo training match.  Well done on a great match and also, thank you to Shihan Takashi for helping to referee the session.  Truly, the more we learn about Kudo, the more we love it!


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Kudo sessions have arrived

From Thursday the 4th of April 2013, we will be starting our long awaited Kudo training sessions which will be instructed by our own Rodney McLeod. Kudo session will run every Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

Rodney comes from a rich martial arts background with over 15 years of experience in Shito-Ryu Karate and Yoshikan Aikido and literally just came back from Okinawa after training in Goju Karate. As well as traditional styles, Rodney practices kickboxing, wrestling and currently trains with in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Kudo is very much a new martial art to Australia, and as an official training group, we are working with Rodney to attain a Kudo black belt in order to become a fully recognised dojo. Please feel free to come on this journey with us – every Thursday 6:30pm at the Docklands Hub!

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Back on for 2013 and Kudo sessions

After a short holiday break, we are now back for 2013 as of Monday the 7th of January! Session times remain the same, all starting at 5:45pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

This year promises to be a huge year as we begin our journey into the realm of Kudo. For those of you who are unaware of Daido Juku Kudo, it is a martial art which mixes kickboxing, judo, wrestling and Jiu Jitsu. After a successful seminar late last year with Branch Chief Paul Cale, Docklands Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has become an official Kudo Australia training group – the first in Melbourne!

Stay tuned for more information these new Kudo sessions and in the meanwhile see below for some photos from the Kudo seminar.

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Pedro Sauer returns for 2012

After last year’s successful seminar, 8th dan red black belt Pedro Sauer is coming back to Australia for a mega seminar on October the 20th 2012. Pedro’s seminar last year was a life changing experience for many, and it was incredible to see his technique live in person. Pedro learned directly from Helio Gracie and Rickson Gracie and has an unparalleled knowledge of Jiu Jitsu – if you have any technical questions he’s sure to know the answer.

Make sure you secure your spot ASAP as this year there is a limit on attendees. Details are below:

Cost: $100 for Nexus members and $120 general.
Payment: Pay to Murat Karadenzili BSB: 733122 Acct: 532716
Time/Date: 11am on the 20th of October 2012
Location: Nexus Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy, 6/9 Dawson Street, Coburg North

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Andrew receives brown belt

After spending many dedicated years on the mats, head instructor of Docklands BJJ Andrew Lai was officially awarded his Gracie Jiu Jitsu brown belt last Saturday by his instructor, Murat Karadenzili.   As one of only two Pedro Sauer Association brown belts in Australia, Andrew proved that he is not only a proficient martial artist, but is also an expert in Gracie Jiu Jitsu self defense techniques.

Andrew is one of Murat’s original students, and the belt promotion is a reflection of the hard work put in by Andrew on the mats week and year after year.  Congratulations to Andrew on a job well done!


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