Kids classes now running

Docklands Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is excited to announce that it is now running kids martial arts classes with Melbourne Kids Karate at our Docklands Hub venue.  The classes will be run by experienced Karate master, Sensei Rodney Mcleod.

Current members will recognise Rodney as the high level blue belt with great wrestling and triangle attacks, however Rodney actually comes from a Karate background having practised it for over 15 years.  Hence the Melbourne Kids Karate classes will incorporate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and freestyle wrestling, along with the Karate.

Kids classes will run from 5:00pm to 5:45pm every Tuesdays and Thursday except on school holidays.  For more information, please visit the Melbourne Kids Karate website.

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Holiday closing period – reopening January 9th 2012

Just a quick note to everyone that we’re going to be closed for the Christmas holiday and New Years period effective from the 19th of December 2011 to January the 8th 2012.  Therefore we will be reopening on Monday the 9th of January 2012.

I’d like to take this chance to thank all members and supporter for what a fantastic year it’s been, and I’m looking forward to the new year.  Stay tuned as exciting things are being planned for Docklands Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

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Victories at the Pan Pacs 2011

Congratulations to club members Eddie Sam and Chris Pham for their stellar performances at the 2011 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pan Pacific Championships.  Having both only joined the club a number of months before, Eddie and Chris won first place in their divisions.

Both Eddie and Chris fought bigger and heavier opponents, with one competitor outweighing Chris by nearly 20 kilograms.  However using their wrestling skills to get the takedowns and they won all their matches in convincing fashion.

Well done Eddie and Chris and keep up the good work.

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Bilal Abdo and new Monday classes

Docklands Jiu Jitsu is excited to announce that from the 16th of August 2011 we will be trialling a third stand up techniques class.

Bilal Abdo will begin instructing weekly stand up technique sessions on Tuesday evenings starting from 16th of August 2011. Bilal is an accomplished freestyle wrestler who competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the 96kg division and finish an impressive 4th overall. As well as being a strong competitor, Bilal is a fantastic coach and we’re excited to have him as part of the team.

Given that Tuesdays class will be stand up techniques, we will now also be starting Monday Brazilian Jiu Jitsu sessions from Monday the 15th of August 2011.  So to summarise, from the 15th of August 2011 the schedule will be as follows:

  • Monday:  Beginner session 5:30pm-6:15pm, Advanced session 6:15pm-7:00pm
  • Tuesday: Stand up session 5:30pm-6:15pm,  Free rolling 6:15pm – 7:00pm
  • Thursday: Beginner session 5:30pm-6:15pm, Advanced session 6:15pm-7:00pm

Please show your support for the new session as we hope to continue running the class long past the trial.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the team.

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Murat to the World Championships; Lunch sessions on hold

The Docklands Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team would like to wish Nexus Gracie Jiu Jitsu academy leader Murat Karadenzili good luck on his trip to California to compete at the World Jiu Jitsu Championships. Otherwise known as the ‘Worlds’, the competition is one of the most prestigious Jiu Jitsu events on the competition circuit and entry is limited to only those who have qualified through winning national competitions.

As an Australian champion, Murat was eligible to compete and will do so next week with the support of not only Docklands Jiu Jitsu, but also the entire Australian Jiu Jitsu Alliance. Good luck Murat and best wishes for the competition!

In other news, lunch sessions at Docklands have currently been put on hold until further notice. The Docklands instructing team is however looking at other training session options but in the meanwhile all evening sessions will continue as per normal.

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Pedro Sauer seminar a success; Murat receives black belt

For the past week members of Docklands Brazilian Jiu Jitsu have had the opportunity to learn from 8th degree Red Black belt Pedro Sauer in his very first visit to Australia. During his week-long tour, Pedro’s schedule included being the special guest at the inaugural Australian Jiu Jitsu Classic, hosting a mega six hour seminar and performing a number of gradings.

Most prominently, Pedro graded Nexus Academy leader Murat Karadenizli who successfully received his black belt. The Nexus Gracie Academy is the parent academy of Docklands BJJ, and as such it was an enormous occasion for everyone involved. On behalf of everyone at Docklands Brazilian Jiu JItsu, we congratulate Murat on this incredible achievement.

In addition to Murat’s grading, Docklands BJJ instructor Phil Grapsas also received his brown belt, reflecting many years of dedication and hard training. Once again, we congratulate Phil on his well deserved brown belt, and look forward to seeing him continue his improvement towards gaining a black belt someday.

Overall, Pedro visit was a life-changing experience. Not only did he share incredible techniques with us, he also gifted us with his positive philosophies and deep life experiences. The feedback received from the seminar was that it was the best anyone had ever attended. Many thanks to Pedro for taking the time to come to Australia and we certainly look forward to his next visit.

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Pedro Sauer coming to Melbourne

8th degree red/black belt Pedro Sauer’s trip to Melbourne has been confirmed and he is going to host a 6 hour seminar for the Australian Jiu Jitsu Alliance on the 16th of April 2011.  Pedro is one of the most senior black belts in the world.  Pedro received his black belt jointly from the founder of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Helio Gracie and his son the legendary fighter Rickson Gracie.

For the Alliance, Pedro’s visit will be particularly exciting as Pedro is also grading Murat Karadenzili to black belt and Phil Grapsas to brown belt.  This is fantastic news for not only the Alliance, but also Docklands Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as Murat is the leaderof our parent gym Nexus Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

Seminar spots are currently being sold at a special rate of $100 to Australian Jiu Jitsu Alliance members and $120 to the public.  Spots are limited and are selling out fast, so if you’re interested please contact Murat ASAP before it’s too late.  Murat’s email address is

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Training resumed for 2011

I hope everyone’s well rested from the break because training sessions at Docklands Brazilian Jiu Jitsu have now officially resumed!  2011 is looking to be an absolutely fantastic year especially with our revised training program and the continuing growth of the Australian Jiu Jitsu Alliance team.

A reminder that we have now started Wednesday lunch sessions which will occur from 12:00pm midday to 1:00pm at our venue in The Hub Docklands.  Should the session prove popular, the plan is to start more lunch sessions.  So if you are interested in more lunch training sessions, please show your support for it!

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Xmas closing periods and Weds lunch sessions

Docklands Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will be closed for a period of 2.5 weeks for the Christmas and New Years break period.  Additionally as a Docklands event is occurring on Thursday the 16th of December 2010, this session will be moved to  Tuesday the 21st of December 2010.  So to clarify the open and closing dates, the last and first sessions for 2010 and 2011 are listed below.

Last session of 2010: Tuesday the 21st of December 2010
First session of 2011: Tuesday the 11th of January 2011

On the bright side however, we are excited to announce that we will be beginning Wednesday lunchtime training sessions from 12:00pm midday to 1:00pm every Wednesday beginning the 12th of January 2011.  This will be in addition to the two evening occurring on Tuesday and Thursday nights.  The lunchtime sessions are a great opportunity to do some extra Jiu Jitsu and for office workers, a fantastic way to spend a lunchtime.

Overall 2010 has been a fantastic year for Docklands BJJ in Melbourne, and we’re very much looking forward to the exciting new developments in 2011.  Stay tuned for more, and in the meanwhile train hard!

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Docklands BJJ at the Pan Pacific Championships

Under the Australian Jiu Jitsu Alliance (AJJA) banner with the Nexus team, Docklands BJJ competed at the annual Pan Pacific Jiu Jitsu Championships.  With over 52 teams competing and nearly 800 competitors, the Pan Pacs is the biggest Jiu Jitsu competition in Australia if not Asia.  Overall, the AJJA team placed third despite having formed only two months ago and with far fewer competitors entered.

Notable performances in the AJJA include Murat Karadenizli (leader of Nexus, the Docklands BJJ parent gym) winning gold in the under 79kg brown belt gi division, and Dan Cherubin winning the 97kg+ black belt division.

Docklands BJJ is thrilled to be part of the Australian Jiu Jitsu Alliance and with such strong competition results just two months in, the sky’s the limit! Congratulations to everyone who competed and a big thank you to those who came and supported us.

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