BRAUS supports BJJ and MMA athletes in their quests to improve their minds, bodies and spirits through competition. It takes a special kind of martial artist to put themselves against another fighter in the name of self-improvement. For this reason BRAUS sponsors a select team of competitive athletes, providing them with BRAUS’ high-quality gear to ensure they can perform at their very best.
Black belt under Cícero Costha, Paulo Miyao is one of the most respected guard-players in history. Along with his twin brother João, Paulo built his reputation on the competitive scene since his adolescence, winning the biggest Jiu-Jitsu titles in all belts, including an absolute at the IBJJF Worlds in 2013, at brown belt. Born in Paraná, Paulo began his career in the sport at age 16, eventually moving to São Paulo, where he lived at the famous Cícero team headquarters, on Lino Coutinho St. Today, the athlete represents Braus, was on the cover of GRACIEMAGAZINE and is looking for a new chapter as a gym owner and competitor in the master division.
Ana Carolina Schmitt
Ana Carolina Schmitt is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under coach Marcos Cunha, having also worked extensively with coaches such as Juliano Wandalen and Letícia Ribeiro. Ana Carolina is widely regarded as one of the top female grapplers of her generation, having conquered important titles in tournaments such as the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s World and South American Championships.
Thalison Vitorino Soares
Thalison Soares is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Cicero Costha and a representative of the Projeto Social Lutando Pelo Bem (PSLPB) Team, who worked extensively with Murilo Santana (Unity BJJ). Thalison gained notoriety within the grappling circuit after his very first year competing internationally, as a juvenile blue belt, when he displayed an unusual amount of talent. His brilliance on the mat continued throughout the colored belt divisions where Thalison conquered repeated International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Grand Slam (Euro, Pan, Brazilian and World titles) for THREE (3) years in a row.
Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon is nicknamed after the Portuguese name for one of his favorite techniques: The Rear Naked Choke. Garry comes from a small town in New Jersey, on the famous Jersey Shore and is a Black Belt under Professor Tom DeBlass. Tonon, from an early age, was always a hyperactive kid but his Martial Arts training was a powerful weapon against his ADHD. He started wrestling in grade school but at age 14 a friend brought him to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Tonon was immediately hooked. Garry is widely regarded as one of the very best grapplers in the world and,having been a world class competitor throughout the colored belts, long-time coaches Tom deBlass and Ricardo Almeida awarded him his Black Belt in 2013. The Lion Killer would go on, just a month later, to have one of the best ADCC fights of all time against Kron Gracie. He has competed and won many important titles for the IBJJF, EBI, ADCC and other organizations but now has set his eyes on MMA and currently fights for the One Championship organization in Asia.
A Black belt under John Danaher, Nicky started winning fights in the adult division at the tender age of 13. His submission game however, isn’t so tender and, because of it, Nicky has had a meteoric rise through the grappling charts in just a few years. Ryan holds the record of the youngest fighter to ever compete in the ADCC and is also one of the founders of the B-Team in Austin, Tx where he teaches and resides.
Ricardo Evangelista is a top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under master Julio Cesar from the Grappling Fight Team (GFT) and one of the best super heavyweights in BJJ having won several important tournaments at the top level. He started practising Jiu Jitsu when he was 13 years old due to his brother’s influence, who convinced Ricardo to attend his first class. It didn’t take long for Evangelista to find interest in the sport, and from his very early teens he started dedicating all his attention to BJJ.
Yago started training when he was 3 years old with his dad’s master (Luiz Carlos) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the age of 8 he started to train with his dad (Tadeu Espindola) in his school at the time Gracie Humaita, also in Rio. When he was 19 (purple belt) he moved to San Diego – CA to train and compete (Gracie Humaita) where he stayed for almost 5 years (2013 to 2018). He was promoted to black belt in San Diego at the age of 23 by his dad, but when he was in Brazil Leticia Ribeiro was the one who actually promoted Yago. He was Gracie Humaita his whole life and around one year after he got his black belt he moved to Atos where he stayed for 7 months before going back to Brazil in 2018.
Maria Eduardo Tozoni Ono, better known as Duda Tozoni in the Jiu-JItsu world, stood out still as a brown belt on the international stage after winning a AJP Grand Slam against black belts and then being called to join one of the BJJBet cards. Trained by professor Marcos Cunha, Duda teaches and make their training routine at TMC, in Blumenau, the city where she was born and made her first step in Jiu-Jitsu, through his father, a fan of the sport, at the age of 11. Duda graduated to black belt in June 2021, at age 19.
Black belt under Cicero Costha. He started Jiu Jitsu at the age of 15 in Melbourne under Daniel Shaw. At the age of 18 he moved to Sydney to train under Daniel Sainty and Dave Brooksbank, then at the age of 21 he moved to Garage Jiu Jitsu to train under Gui Neves and joined the Braus Team. At the age of 22 he finished his Physiotherapy degree and has now begun to properly dedicate his time to Jiu Jitsu.
Gfteam athlete and student of Júlio dos Anjos and Edinho. Is currently purple belt with a great desire to be world champion. Starting Jiu Jitsu in 2012 under the influence of the school, where they were advised the sport was a way to help him with discipline and respect. It didn’t take long to fall in love with BJJ and since then has made the decision to live on the sport, collecting titles in major Jiu Jitsu federations. At the age of 19, Catriel continues to play an increasingly motivated game, always fighting hard, doing his best to make his dreams come true, give his family a great future and be a great example not only as an athlete but as a role model for his child.
Cooper Burnham is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt under Thiago Stefanutti out of Absolute MMA. Cooper started training in 2012 in rural Australia and then moved to Melbourne in 2016 to further his Jiu Jitsu. Being a competitor since the beginning, Cooper has amassed many titles Nationally and Internationally over the years and is constantly looking for the next competition to test himself in. Cooper has medalled at the World Championships as a juvenile several times and has won Nationals and the Pan Pacific Championships as an adult.
Leonardo Da Silva Guimaraes is a Black belt from GFTeam under Max Gimenis. He moved from Brazil to USA in 2019 to chase his dream. Leonardo was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Leo has won and medalled in the IBJJF Pan and World Championships (two bronze, 1 silver) and is a multiple time IBJJF International Open Champion.
Nico is a Brown Belt training under ADCC Trials Champion, Keller Locke-Sodhi, out of Grappling Education in Sydney. Internationally he represents ATOS HQ Jiu Jitsu under Andre Galvao, and is the Purple Belt 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Champion and the 2020 European Championship Double Silver Medalist. Nico has been on a tear on the competition scene also winning Gold Medals at Nationals and Pan Pacific Championships, and the recipient of the Fortitude Grappling Scholarship Program which allows him to train full time. He is currently focused on returning to International competition and winning Gold at the IBJJF World Championship.
Emily Fernandez is a Brown Belt under Bruno Bastos, who started training and competing in 2013. During her time as a competitor she has been able to accomplish many things such as: Winning GI Worlds twice, NO-GI Worlds three times, NO-GI Pans twice, American Nationals GI, and recently becoming the F2W Bantamweight GI Champion.
Musaad ``Sheik`` AlTurif
Musaad ``Sheik`` AlTurif bjj Brown belt under Eduardo Telles and Represents nine nine jiu-jitsu Team, worked extensively with Marco Barbosa (Barbosa jiu-jitsu), Herman Gutierrez -and Fernando ``jaspion`` kioshi. Wining multiple Grand slam competitions in both (IBJJF) and (uaejjf) such as South America (IBJJF) Grand slam Moscow, Tokyo, London, Rio de Janeiro (uaejjf) Ranked number one in 2019 (uaejjf)
Felipe Daniel Ferreira
Purple belt under Rodrigo Pinheiro. Born in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, he started Jiu Jitsu at the age of 8. At 17 he left school and became a full-time athlete. In the last few years he has competed in major competitions and had great results including: Second place in the IBJJF 2018 World No-Gi, Second place at SJJAF 2018 World Gi, Dallas International Champion 2019 IBJJF, Atlanta International Champion 2019 IBJJF, Third place in the Brazilian 2015/2016 CBJJ and many other competitions.
BRAUS philosophy is based on a strong passion and commitment to our martial arts community. We proudly support our local professors and masters in encouraging their teams to spread the love for the art around their own communities and encouraging people to try the art and learn to live for something bigger.
Widely regarded as one of the GOATs of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s competitive scene, Roger Gracie is a retired Athlete and BJJ black belt under Carlos Gracie Junior. Like most members of the Gracie lineage, Roger started training BJJ early in his life, but only considered a professional career in the sport in his late teens, after spending some time with his uncle and role model Rilion Gracie. A successful competitor since the colored belts, Roger made his name stand out among other great athletes of his generation by conquering the IBJJF’s World Championship for six years in a row, totalizing an astounding ten gold medals earned across weight division and absolute. Furthermore, he also made history in the 2005 ADCC, an event in which he not only won the titles of his division and the open weight but managed to submit all eight opponents that crossed his path to victory.
BJJ Black belt 3rd Degree Lineage; Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jnr. > Helio Soneca > Alexandre Santos. Alexandre is founder and head coach at Cia Paulista North Melbourne. His extensive knowledge, experience and respect for BJJ has developed him into a well-respected coach and athlete within the BJJ community. Alexandre aspires to help people achieve their very best selves by teaching them the many benefits of a BJJ lifestyle.
Paulo Henrique Polimeno
Now black belt, Paulo Henrique Polimeno, began his training in 1996 under Elico Figueiredo at Integration JiuJitsu Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2010 he moved to Australia where he enjoyed a few years experiencing different gyms and teams including, Fight Club, Galeb Brothers and South Side before co-founding Flow Martial Arts in 2014 with student and friend Ryann Crearry. Now he spends his days sharing his knowledge with his students and training at any chance he gets.
Guilherme da Silveira Neves
BJJ Black belt under the master Paulo Sergio Santos and Alcino Seibt. Gui is the founder and coach at Garage Jiu Jitsu, located in Bondi Junction. He has been teaching since 2002. As a student, he learned to love the art, and now as a professor, he is sharing his passion for Jiu Jitsu with his athletes. Gui is an inspiring teacher and many of his students have become national champions and international competitors.
Ben Hall is the Head Instructor of the Carlson Gracie Team in Australia, having been awarded his brown belt by Carlson Gracie Snr and later his black belt by Carlson Gracie Jr, in 2007. It was during one of his many training trips to the original Carlson Gracie Academy in Copacabana, Brazil, that Ben was asked to officially represent the Carlson Gracie Team in Australia. Whilst representing the Carlson Gracie Team, Ben has had success as a competitor at State, National and International competitions as well as competing with the best Jiu Jitsu athletes in the world at the Mundial Championships in Brazil.
Daniel ``Jacare`` Almeida
BJJ Black belt under Professor Bruno Bastos, Daniel Almeida is the founder and Head Coach at Gold Coast BJJ located on the Gold Coast, QLD He has been teaching since 2000. He started Jiu Jitsu in 1992 and he believes that Jiu Jitsu is more than just a Martial Art, it is a lifestyle. As an athlete Daniel Almeida has won multiple titles including NAGA World Champion; 2x Bronze Medallist NOGI Worlds; 4x Pan Pacific Champion; 4x Austrálian National Champion; Asian Champion; 4x Brazilian National Champion. Daniel believes that he needs to lead by example, trying always to do things to inspire his students.
Minol Tavares Tutida
BJJ Black Belt 3rd Degree from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil under the Red Belt Grand Master Wilson Mattos. He came from the unique Fadda lineage which has no connections with the Gracie’s. Lineage; Mitsuyo Maeda > Luiz Franca > Oswaldo Baptista Fadda > Wilson Pereira Mattos > Minol Tavares Tutida. Minol moved to Japan with his parents and started training BJJ when he was 15 years old. He has also fought MMA in a few events called DEEP 2001 which was the same organization as Pride. Minol is the founder and head coach at Equipe Mestre Wilson Jiu-Jitsu Australia. Minol’s favourite phrase is “Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting” which is written on the wall at his club’s Melbourne HQ.
Marcos Cunha is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 4th degree black belt under André Marola. He is also the leader of The Match Champ, a team that has produced big names in the Jiu-Jitsu competitive scene, such as Duda Tozoni and Ana Carolina Schmitt. Coming from humble beginnings, Marcos understands the importance of helping those who can’t help themselves and has founded the UCLA social project, which aims to support young athletes who don’t have the means to fund their careers and allow them to turn their lives around through Jiu-Jitsu.
Marcel Leteri Sasso de Oliveira
Marcel is a 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt from São Paulo, Brazil and has been training BJJ since 1997, receiving his Black Belt in 2007 from Professor Rick Kowarick of Cia Paulista Jiu Jitsu (Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez Jr) With over 8 years of experience teaching and running his own gym (Fratelli Leteri) in Italy, he currently teaches in Melbourne, Australia at DMD’S MMA and Martial Spirit in Brunswick. He is actively involved in the BJJ scene in Australia, both as a competitor, coach and a referee.
BRAUS is honoured to have the support of an incredible network of individuals within the Australian and New Zealand BJJ community. These individuals have a steadfast commitment to BJJ and respect for the BJJ community. We are privileged to have their support and look forward to growing with them as a team.
Black belt under Murilo Bustamante at Brazilian Top Team (BTT), is an exciting competitor in his fights, with or without the gi. ADCC veteran with several IBJJF and AJP titles, Alexandre won the world with his beautiful loop choke in 2017, voted best submission of that year. Off the mats, Alexandre shares Braus' vision with its sustainable lifestyle integrated with nature.
Jess Fraser began competing in 2011. Since then she has won multiple titles. She won silver at the IBJJF World in 2012 and most recently became the first Australian black belt to hit the podium in Abu Dhabi at the World Pro. She is also the first and only Australian to make the Top Ten ranked Black belts in the UAEJJF ranking system. Even with her impressive competition career Jess still sites her most proud accomplishment to be the creation and leadership of Australian Girls in Gi, the largest support organisation for women in jiu jitsu of its kind in the world. Jess is fiercely proud of the achievements of all Australian athletes as well as deeply involved in the development of the Australian BJJ community. She trains and coaches out of Vanguard BJJ in Richmond, Melbourne.
Black belt under Rodney Ellis and coach at Southern Cross Jiu-Jitsu Academy, Steve started Judo in 1982 and Jiu Jitsu in 2009. Steve holds a black belt in both grappling disciplines - the inspiration behind the name for his crew, Team Double Black, in Cronulla NSW. Steve was also the co-founder of Gerijitsu in 2013, which is an over 35 years training format designed for masters athletes with an emphasis on enjoyment and training jiu jitsu into their later years. He coaches both Jiu Jitsu and Judo at SCJJA and uses every opportunity he can to promote both sports and the way of life and rewards they provide.
Brown belt out of SKAMMA gym (Peter De Been Jiu Jitsu). He trains under both Bob Watson and David Kemp. He started training in July 2012 and after 3 months of training, he won his first competition as a white belt at a small in-club competition. Since getting his blue belt in 2014, he came second in the Asian Open 2015, won the open weight for Pan Pacs 2015 and most recently, won the Abu Dhabi Trials securing himself a trip to the Abu Dhabi World Pro. Adam is determined to become world champion and aspires to open his own gym one day allowing him to teach and train BJJ full time.
Richard Goncalves is a black belt from Luiz Henrique Saldanha. Richard started training Jiu Jitsu in 2001, however due to work and university he had to stop training for a few years. When he decided to return to training, he was very successful and was one of the best purple belts in the world, winning several titles. Since purple belt, he has been present at the biggest championships, as world and pan-american champion. Today he is head coach of Juggernaut Martial arts, a brand led by former UFC fighter Mark Hunt.
Johann Davis is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under his father and Judo and Jiu Jistu black belt as well as MMA manager, Alex Davis. He was raised on a jiu jitsu mat since birth and carries a lifetime of experience training, competing and teaching all around the world with passages in North and South America, Africa, Europe and Australia.
Thiago Machado de Castro
Black belt under Marcus Almeida (Buchecha), he started training Jiu Jitsu in 2000 with his Master João Teco Shinzato in Santos City, Brazil. He moved to Australia in 2011and since then his focus has been on his lifestyle, surf and Jiu Jitsu. He is currently a Head Coach at Checkmat Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Tweed Heads, where he spends most of his time teaching adults and kids, which is one of his passions.
Born and raised in Singapore and currently living in Sydney, Australia, Winston discovered jiujitsu during his undergraduate studies in Sydney and never looked back. Training out of Garage jiujitsu Bondi Junction under Gui Neves, Winston is a regular in the local competition scene but has his sights on the international stage. Through his achievements in BJJ, Winston aims to one day inspire others to work hard, truly pursue their dreams and attain fulfillment in their lives. “Competition brings out the best in myself and my opponent. Win, lose or draw, the end result is irrelevant when you have prepared the best you can and have truly given it your all.”
Brown Belt under Rodrigo Giraldes at Bravos BJJ in Perth Western Australia. Louis has constantly pursued excellence in his BJJ journey even though isolated in W.A has flown to the USA and around Australia at personal expense to compete maximally. After finishing 2017 ranked #1 in Nogi and #3 in the Gi for blue Belt he went on to win the IFBJJ World Championships at blue belt in 2018 and then finishing with a Bronze medal at the 2019 IFBJJ NoGi World Championships. Now a Brown belt Louis still has his eyes set on the highest level of competition both domestically and internationally.
Holding both a brown belt in Jiu Jitsu under Rodney Ellis and a brown belt in Judo under Steve and Jim Clifford, Ryan has always exhibited a strong passion for competition and the lifestyle aspects of BJJ. He combines this with 25+ years of strength and conditioning qualifications and experience. Ryan has immersed himself in everything that martial arts has to offer, traveling to all corners of the globe to experience training and competition - making incredible friendships along the way. Ryan has created a grapplers/mma practitioners nutritional paradise with his Cronulla cafe ‘Primal Joe’s’, which provides athletes with the best in delicious nutritious meals, rapidly becoming a must visit venue for the fighters of southern Sydney
Jason Ng is a brown belt with a Hong Kong heritage and born in Perth, Australia. He has been training BJJ since 2011, receiving his Brown Belt in 2018 from Professor Jamie Murray of Australian Elite Team (Roberto Godoi > Gustavo Falciroli > Ninos Dammos > Jamie Murray) He has over 8 years of BJJ competition experience and currently trains in Melbourne at both Renegade MMA and Australian Elite Team HQ. He is currently the leading Australian Masters Brown Belt sitting at #1 of the 2019 AFBJJ leader board and has ambitions to be a Master’s World Champion in 2020. Jason is passionate about the sport and is eager to see the benefits transpire amongst kids in both Australia and Hong Kong. Once his competition days are over he has ambitions to dedicate his time to the growth of BJJ.
Alan is a brown belt under Leonidas Gondim, of LGsystem Team at SSA – BA -BRA. He believes in BJJ as a weapon of freedom from social pressures. Since he dropped his career as a lawyer in Brazil, he’s travelled to over 15 countries around the world with only BJJ and surf in his bag. He is a practitioner of the “free roller” lifestyle. Currently based on the Gold Coast, Australia, living in his van and training Jiu Jitsu every day.
Michael De Marco
Michael De Marco is a brown belt under Australian MMA pioneer Anthony Perosh. He started training Jiu Jitsu at the age of 6 at SPMA in Concord and has been competing ever since. He has competed globally and domestically, and won Pan Pacfic, National and State titles. Now that he has finished his Commerce Degree he looks invest his days more so on the mats, in the hopes of achieving all his goals.
Purple belt under Diogenes Pacheco from Guigo JJ in São Paulo Brazil – Wesley has been training constantly since 2016 when he moved to Australia. Prior to arriving in Australia, he started training Jiu Jitsu at Guigo JJ, but was forced to stop training as he lived too far away from the gym. He then started training in a social project that the church near to his house offered but didn’t take it seriously. After a while he decided to stop. When he came to Australia he returned to consistent training and with that, won vice champion Pan Pacific IBJJF 2016 White belt, NSW state champion, ABJJF weight and absolute division white belt 2017, blue belt: 2x champion Grappling Industries 2018, 3rd place at Sydney Open 2018 IBJJF, vice champion Gi and No Gi NSW state 2018.
Ronaldo Mendes Dos Santos
Purple Belt under Yoshi from Caza BJJ. Ronaldo started Jiu Jitsu when he was 32 years old (2017) and gained a taste for the sport at Fight Club under Shane Poppleton in Brisbane. At the beginning of 2018, he and his family moved to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. He had his first comp a month after starting Jiu Jitsu, and since then has not stopped competing. He has competed Internationally, in competitions such as the Pan Pacs as well as many local and national comps. In 2017 he was ranked number 2 in QLD as a white belt and in 2018 he was ranked number 1 in QLD, Number 5 in Australia’s national rankings and number 3 at the Pan Pacs 2018. The inspiration for his game comes from the old style of Jiu Jitsu, especially the movements of the great Fernando Terere, and wants to show everyone that OLD JIU JITSU still works with the highest level of competitor.
Winona Rumble is a BJJ competitor under Professor Felipe Faria, training out of Armidale Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in NSW, Australia. Winona started her BJJ journey in January 2018, and since then has become a committed student and competitor. Over the last three years, Winona has medalled at numerous regional and state BJJ Championships, including QLD State and Grappling Industries. Winona has quickly become a role model for female students and kids at the gym. Her unparalleled commitment and intelligent approach to the game make her a top competitor. Her warm and friendly personality make her a beloved kids’ coach.
BRAUS believes the future of the BJJ art is in the hands of our youth who are evolving as individuals at the same time as learning the true meaning of passion. Evolution comes with focus, training and passion. We are committed to promoting and supporting kids to start their journey to become greater humans through BJJ.
Charisma Taylor is a BJJ Competitor under Bruno Lemos, training out of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Brisbane, Australia. With an impressive record including 3 x Pan Pacific and 4 x Australian Championships since 2012. Since starting her martial arts journey at the age of 10, Charisma has approached her training with enthusiasm and dedication. She enjoyed competing right from the beginning, winning her first Adult State Championship at the age of 15. Charisma strives for continual improvement and has included Judo to her training regime and is now on the verge of international Judo representation. With Charisma’s dedication to training and her strong mental fortitude we are sure that she will achieve international success in the near future.
Purple Belt under his father Matthew Wickham at Wickhams Martial Arts Centre Echuca, VIC. Mitchell started his BJJ journey in 2010 and competed for the first time in 2014 under Thiago Steffanuti at Maromba Acadamia. Mitchell is a rooster weight fighter, which has given him lots of experience competing against heavier, stronger opponents. Mitchell competes regularly around Australia and Internationally, winning multiple state titles and medalling at the 2016 Kids Worlds and 2017 IBJJF Worlds. Mitchell is very passionate about Jiu Jitsu and believes one day that he will be a multiple time world champion and UFC fighter traveling the world teaching Jiu Jitsu and martial arts.
Sabbath trains out of Infinity Martial Arts Springfield, under black belt Tyrone Coppedge. Sabbath has been training since 2011 at 7 years of age and has been competing since 2012. During this time, he has competed regularly with many wins under his belt, including 3 Pan Pacific titles. He was awarded his adult Blue Belt in September 2020 after turning 16 and jumped straight into competing in the adult Blue Belt division with fantastic results. He was then promoted to Purple Belt in December 2020. He is also an instructor at Infinity Springfield and trains 5 to 6 days a week. His dedication, commitment and passion for Jiu Jitsu is what drives him to continually improve and adapt, whist juggling his senior years high school commitments.
Jorge Fernandes, better known as “Jorjão”, is a brazilian Jiu-Jitsu orange belt under his father Junior Fernandes. Despite being only twelve years old, Jorjão understands the sacrifices needed to make it as a professional athlete and rises to the challenge, boasting an impressive collection of titles such as two gold medals in the IBJJF’s Pan Kids and the American Nationals. Training at American Top Team in Fort Lauderdale, Jorjão follows a daunting dream: Make it big as an athlete and become a world champion at the age of sixteen.
Jacob Cutler is a blue belt who trains under Professor Vicente Cavalcanti at Southside BJJ on the Gold Coast, QLD. Jacob has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since he was 8 years old and competing since he was 10 years old. Over the years Jacob has won many State and National BJJ Championships. Jacob’s goal for the future is to compete in as many National and International competitions as he can. His dedication and passion for the art of BJJ is incredible, with his warm and humble personality on and off the mats being an inspiration and role model to the younger kids.
Cruz Mikaere Clarkin
Cruz Mikaere Clarkin, 11 years old, is a student of the Garage Jiu Jitsu family and has been competing under Professor Gui Neves since 2013. Learning the art in one of the most prestigious academies in Australia has seen Cruz steadily rise in passion, skill and discipline. He currently holds a yellow belt and has won multiple State, Pan Pacific and Australian titles with his finest accomplishment to date being crowned 2016 World Champion in both of his Gi and No-Gi divisions. Cruz’s intense commitment to the ‘gentle art’ saw him featured in a campaign for Abu Dhabi Tourism, and when he’s not on the mats, you’ll find him playing Rugby for Waverley College.
Mason is a 13 year old yellow belt, Melbourne based BJJ Athlete, training out of Limitless MMA under Troy Skidmore. He began his journey 3 years ago with Wickhams Martial Arts Centre in Echuca before moving to Melbourne and becoming part of the team at Limitless MMA. Training 4-5 times a week, Mason is highly passionate and dedicated to jiu jitsu and enjoys traveling Australia and competing on a regular basis. Mason’s short term goals are to continue to grow as an athlete, continue to compete around Australia and to hopefully travel to America to compete in the IBJJF Kids International Championships. Mason’s long term goals are to continue training and competing and to hopefully one day open up his own gym and help kids in need through Jiu Jitsu.
Yan started his Jiu Jitsu journey at age 3 and shortly realized he was ok at it. Within a couple of years, by the age of 5 he started competing, and since then he’s been progressing and had really good results such as gold at the Pan Pacific Championships, Australian Nationals and Queensland States 2019. Yan loves training and competing and puts a lot of time and hard work in on the mats at the gym. He is definitely a Jiu Jitsu lover, enthusiastic practitioner and competitor.
Tayron M. F. Pinto was born on January 24th in 2009 in Sydney, Australia. Although his parents are from Salvador-Bahia-Brazil. Tayron has grown up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, as a Narrabeen local. And that’s when Jiu-jitsu enter his life and changes it forever. From a very shy and unconfident child to an outgoing boy, very positive and fully confident with his abilities. Now he lives on the Gold Coast and trains at SouthSide Brazilian Jiujitsu under Vicente Cavalcanti. Tayron is known as a competitor that never gives up, with a very strong mindset and respect. Up to this date, with 85 wins on the SmoothComp, 50 submissions, Tayron is only 12 years old with a great future ahead.
Born in Brazil but raised in Japan, his best results in competitions are titles such as: Pan kids champion, world pro champion Abu Dhabi, Grand Slam Tokyo and others. But probably his greatest achievements are in front of the campaign “autism+jiu-jitsu =potential . Kenzo starred in the first exhibition fight organized by the IBJJF in 2014. He also became the first autism carrier in history to be a pan kids and world pro champion. Currently, the brave Japanese-Brazilian blue belt continues to pursue his dreams of being a world champion and especially inspiring people with autism around the world.
Jonah Grey is an 8 year old yellow belt training out of Legion 13 in WA. Beginning his journey at the age of 5 Jonah has excelled in the sport and has won numerous competitions. Most recently he won the 2021 AFBJJ WA State Championship, 2021 ABJJC State Titles and the 2021 FBJJWA State Titles. Jonah’s commitment to the sport sees him train 5 times a week coupled with strength and conditioning training on the weekend. Jonah’s focus is to further his athletic ability in BJJ and travel east to win the Pan Pacific Championships.