Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

By Masterton BJJ

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Masterton BJJ trains under the Fortitude roof and caters to all levels. 

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 Trainers

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Jamie Yarrall

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.

 
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Phan Wilkie

Phan is our resident purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He was awarded his purple belt by Warren Lambert and Mark Corkhill in 2015 – black belts and instructors of Submission Martial Arts under the Will Machado affiliation headed by John Will.

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 other the 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.


Our Lineage

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

 
  From left to right:  Patrick Te Tau (GSW's 1st degree black belt), Phan Wilkie (Masterton BJJ's purple belt), John Will (Head of Will / Machado affilitation) and Geoff Grant (3rd degree black belt / owner of GSW).

From left to right: Patrick Te Tau (GSW's 1st degree black belt), Phan Wilkie (Masterton BJJ's purple belt), John Will (Head of Will / Machado affilitation) and Geoff Grant (3rd degree black belt / owner of GSW).

 


 
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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