Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

 
 
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Founded by Jamie Yarrall (currently on hiatus due to non-BJJ related injury), Masterton BJJ trains under the Fortitude Gym’s roof and caters to all levels.

We tailor our coaching approach to suit individual based on their body type, athletes, and learning style.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art that has evolved from Japan, through Brazil and now to the rest of the world. Made famous by Royce Gracie when he first showcased BJJ to the world, which gave rise to the UFC that we came to love today.

Incorporating both gi (or kimono) and no-gi, BJJ involves taking down the opponent, controlling them, and ultimately submitting them through the application of joint locks and strangulation.

BJJ is often referred to as the gentle art due to preferring technique over strength and is arguably the most effective ground grappling style.

People of all walks of life can practice and thrive at training BJJ.

A black belt only covers two inches of your ass – you have to cover the rest.”
— Royce Gracie

Meet our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coaches

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Phan Wilkie

Phan is our resident brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He was awarded his brown belt by Geoff Grant - 3rd degree black belt under the Will Machado affiliation headed by John Will, in April 2019.

Phan has been seriously involved in BJJ since 2010. After his first session, Phan quickly fell in love with BJJ due to the breadth and depth of the art, as well as the other benefits which carry over to the outside of the mat (problem-solving, tenacity and fitness to name a few) or what he calls ‘BJJ Lifestyle’.

Having moved from Auckland recently for the lifestyle and scenery that the Wairarapa has to offer, he’s keen to get involved with the community by helping those who are keen to get started on the BJJ journey and strengthen their BJJ technique.

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Konrad Brown

Konrad is a purple belt under Professor Vanderson Pires from Combat Room.

Konrad has been training BJJ since 2012 and enjoys all the lessons that BJJ teaches – stuff like persistence, humility and self-improvement.

Konrad moved from Wellington to the Wairarapa in 2016 and enjoys being able to train locally with like-minded combat sports fans.

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Jamie Yarrall (currently on hiatus)

Jamie founded Masterton BJJ, the only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club in Wairarapa, which has been training out of the Fortitude facility for the last three years.

Jamie himself has been practicing BJJ for over ten years and was awarded his blue belt by Geoff Grant of GSW Wellington.

Jamie has competed in grappling competitions mainly focusing on No-Gi, which is submission wrestling without the traditional BJJ Gi uniform and really enjoys this aspect of the art.

Jamie has won medals in these style competitions and also coached students to medals as well.

 

Our Lineage

Masterton BJJ is an affiliation of  Will / Machado BJJ Australasia. Our head coach is Geoff Grant (3rd degree black belt) who heads up GSW in Wellington. 

 
John Will (Head of Will / Machado affiliation), Phan Wilkie (Masterton BJJ's brown belt), and Geoff Grant (3rd degree black belt / owner of GSW).

John Will (Head of Will / Machado affiliation), Phan Wilkie (Masterton BJJ's brown belt), and Geoff Grant (3rd degree black belt / owner of GSW).

Patrick Te Tau (GSW’s 1st degree black belt) & Phan Wilkie (Masterton BJJ’s brown belt)

Patrick Te Tau (GSW’s 1st degree black belt) & Phan Wilkie (Masterton BJJ’s brown belt)

 


 
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See you soon! From the team at Masterton BJJ.

I am a shark, the ground is my ocean, and most people don’t know how to swim.
— Jean Jacques Machado