Do you have concerns about your ability to guard yourself, your property and your family from people who intend no good, or do you just want to add skills from the devastatingly effective, and extremely popular South American martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to your training? 
Then read on.

What is BJJ NZ?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu New Zealand are clubs that are affiliated with John Will and the Will/Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Australia organisation. 
Information about John and the BJJ Australia organisation can be found at

Each of the clubs in New Zealand are run by very different individuals, all of BJJ N.Z's coaches have backgrounds in various stand up martial arts disciplines and have realised the effectiveness and relevance of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and incorporated it into their training regime. Our coach's background's and training history enables them to offer a wide range of Martial Arts skills and multi-range fight strategies that include

Standing strikes and counters
Clinches and takedowns
Ground fighting
Restraints and controls
Unarmed self defence.

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is essentially a grappling art. It uses joint manipulation, chokes, strangulations and positional controls to overwhelm and subdue opponents with out the need to kick or punch. 

It is new to our country with very few real clubs operating in New Zealand today. BJJ NZ is the only place to train Will/Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in New Zealand. 

In real combat, versus any other fighting style, it is extremely effective. It involves joint manipulation, chokes, immobilization and attack and escape timing.

What if I already take a Martial Art?

Great! Each person has to decide individually as to what martial art will ultimately work for them in the street. We are confident in the techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but we DO NOT discount the effectiveness of other martial art styles. We simply encourage other martial artists to try our style and hopefully incorporate it into what they already know about self defence. After all, one can never know too much!

Will I be able to learn and perform the technique?

Absolutely. The techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu were developed for small to medium sized people in order to defeat opponents of much greater size and strength. The Art has been continually revised and tested for decades in Brazil, which have made the techniques extremely simple, easy to learn, and efficient. Practitioners of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu need not be especially big, fast or strong.
So come and see for yourself what makes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a self-defence all its own! 

Who is John Will and what is his connection to BJJ New Zealand?

John Will is Australia's most recognised and respected BJJ coach. He has written a series of best selling books on the art of BJJ. (check for more.) His BJJ Australia organisation is the biggest in the Australasian region. In 1999 Auckland associate Michael Gent invited John to New Zealand to run a seminar on BJJ. John took this opportunity to contact Geoff Aitken and Geoff Grant and continued down the country teaching seminars in Wellington and Christchurch. Since that first tour John has travelled to New Zealand every 3 - 4 months to teach seminars and gauge the progress of the affiliate clubs in New Zealand.

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