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The Year In Review 2016

As we approach the end of another year, we take a quick look at some of the 2016 highlights and what’s on for our year ahead.

2016 saw the launch of our lifestyle line with our hoodies and Tees! The Fight Never Ends resinates with many for reasons beyond the mats! It encompasses our brand and we were thrilled to see people enjoying the products incorporating this important message. And our tshirts, some of which were designed to represent our individual athletes continue to be a popular buy! We’ve taken your feedback on board and in 2017 you’ll see our lifestyle brand continue to evolve.

BRAUS Experience continues to inspire, it’s been an honour for us to dive into the inspirational lives of people influenced by BJJ across Australia. The heartening experiences have been enjoyed by thousands across our nation and abroad and we are committed to keeping the inspiration alive into the new year!

Our charitable branch, Rolling 4 A Reason has directly impacted several communities and individuals across our network (see last month’s blog “The Project” for more information). Our goal is to continue to support our community and expand our reach for the year ahead, supporting those in need wherever possible!

BRAUS Fight saw some fantastic new additions to our team in 2016; Black Belt Kit Dale; Black Belt Roberto Dib Frias (Bob); Brown Belt Ben Hodgkinson from Absolute MMA; Purple belt Ariel Tabak from Garage Jiu-Jitsu; Kayne Ward from AET Brisbane.  As well as newest youngsters Zanetta Poretti from Gracie Gym Rotorua New Zealand and Torez Carro from AMMA Gym, Perth.  We’re looking forward to the journey that lies ahead with our existing crew and beyond!

We can’t wait to continue our journey in 2017, sharing our new products, designs and initiatives to support each individuals BJJ and the growth of BJJ in Australia. We love being a part of this BJJ world and can’t wait to see what we, as a nation, can do! Watch this space….and remember for 2017, on the mats and beyond….The Fight Never Ends!

We would also like to extend a huge thank you to every single one of you for your ongoing support and involvement in our brand over the last year. It’s been a brilliant one!

Special thanks to;

Our close partners, Gui Neves and Gabriella Motta from Garage Jiu-Jitsu in Sydney; Paulo Henrique Polimeno and Ryann Creary from Flow Martial Arts on the Gold Coast; Alexandre Santos from Cia Paulista North Melbourne – ASBJJ; Joel Warren; Veronica and Damien Lombard from Concept BJJ in Melbourne; Bradd O’Brien from Shark Jiu-Jitsu Wollongong; Fabio Glazer from Training Grounds in Sydney; Zee from AET Brisbane; Emanuela D’Annibale from Arte Suave in Brisbane; Fabio Andrade Nunes and Leo Bobadilla from GFTeam Australia in Perth and Minol Tavares Tutida from Equipe Mestre Wilson in Melbourne.  The relationships we have with each of you means much more than business, we’re honored to be sharing our journey with such incredible people.

Our affiliates; Thiago Braga from Legacy Jiu-Jitsu; John Smallios from Higher Health Jiu-Jitsu; Felipe Grez from Jiu-Jitsu Kingdom; Rahneer Fabi from PowerCore MMA; Igor Breakenback from Igor MMA; Simon Tratt from Dubbo BJJ; Dean Kemper from Tenacity Jiu-Jitsu; Sarah Kennedy from Peninsula MMA; Leonardo Machado from Origem Jiu-Jitsu Australia; David Moreira from Portal Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu; BJJ Yamba; Ludus House MMA; Robert Naumoski and Stojan from Roots St. George; Jesse Reid from Urban Edge; Jason Roebig Axis BJJ; Luke from Open Guard. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to work alongside you all across Australia.

To those who have given us the opportunity to sponsor and support their competitions; AFBJJ and NSW BJJ Federation; Australian Girls in Gi  (Jess Fraser); Grappling Industries and BJJ Australian Open Byron Bay; It’s been a great year on the events calendar, it has been a privilege to be a part of these important events which are allowing the BJJ network to grow and giving athletes the opportunity to compete.

And to our Athletes; Levi Jones-Leary from Garage Jiu Jitsu and Unity Jiu-Jitsu School in New York. He has spent a great part of this year abroad in America dedicating his life to expanding his experience of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in another market.  Hope Douglas who has recently joined Garage Jiu-Jitsu, spent a few months in Brazil training at Cicero Costa and competing in Brazil with tough opponents in order to further her game. Rodrigo Costa from M1FC who travelled around the world competing this year in Japan, Abu Dhabi, Brazil and North America where he got a Silver at IBJJF Worlds in the Brown Belt division. Well done Rod!  Igor Almeida from Sydney Jiu-Jitsu Academy started his year well with third position at Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu, before injury took over.  We look forward to seeing what 2017 holds for him.

Adam Watson, Winston Hong, Kate Da Silva, Jessy Jess, Icaro Marques, Lineu Vilanova, Anaru Grant, Daniel Browne, Kain Karnis, Tony No Akuma, Jeremy Ong and Arnaldo Cardoso; Caleb Peart; Goldie Singh a big thanks to you all for your continued support and dedication to our brand and BJJ.

A big shout out to our youngsters, watching you grow and evolve through your journey is truly special and always inspiring.  Well done Cruz, Isabel and Eemil (All 2016 World Champions!), Ratu, Jesse, Tahryn, Varun, Marley, Matilda and Kauai. True champs!

We would like to wish Amaury Menezes, Arthur Teixeira and Brionii Cuskelly all the best on their continuing adventures.  And finally thank you to all our competitors – it’s an honor to sit next to such great brands working on a common goal of supporting this great sport.

Happy Silly Season! Be Safe Roll on 2017!! OSS