Central Coast BJJ Open

Central Coast BJJ Open was a great way to start the week! Everyone enjoyed this great competition organized by Tiago Ferreira, who is part of our Gracie Humaita family. And as always, our Gracie Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Team did great.

We would like to congratulate specially our members:

Sarah and Lee, that won 1st and 2nd in Gi Absolute Division.

Sami, coming second on the Super Fight.

Jordan, who was the CHAMPION of under 15yo Absolute Division.

Kianoa, how had to fight in the 40kg division, two weights above his, but still got GOLD medal.

We couldn`t be prouder of them!

If you want to be a champion as well come train with us at Gracie Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)! 


BJJ Self Defense for Women and Mums at Gracie Sydney

For the last few weeks a couple of the lovely mums whose kids train BJJ at Gracie Sydney Jiu Jitsu have started to take Jiu Jitsu and Self Defense classes at the Academy with Coach Giorgio after dropping their kids at school. The idea seemed so interested that more mums joined them and they became THE BJJ MUMS!

The BJJ mums are loving the experience of not only learning such a great martial art as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and how to defend themselves, but also building self confidence,  losing weight, relieving their stress and improving their sleep and work routine.

Julie Starr, the woman who actually started the program by taking private classes with Coach Giorgio Rojas and who supported other mothers to join her, said:

“There is a great bond between us BJJ mums and we all support and encourage each other in class. After a few years of health challenges, I am surprised at how fast my strength has returned. There were days I struggled to walk and now I’m giving my son Athan piggy backs upstairs. I am grateful to Coach Giorgio for the movement and self deference techniques he has taught us and for his compassion. I love the encouragement from the other trainers and I’m super grateful to Gracie for Sydney for our Mum’s class. I never expected BJJ to have this big an impact on my life. Now, I count down the days to the next class!”

There are five women so far and this number just seems to keep growing. So we have decided to open for every woman who wants to learn Self Defense and Jiu Jitsu.

Gracie Self Defense for Women classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:15am. Please contact us for more information about the classes.

Phone: 80841978/ 0404708385 or info@graciesydney.com

We would love to have you as part our team!




2018 NSW State Championship

Amazing weekend for our Gracie Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Team at the NSW State Championships. We would like to thank for the efforts of our competitors, family, friends, coaches, and professors for all those medals from our Kids, Teens, Adults, and Women who competed from the Gracie Humaita Association. We could not be prouder of all of our Team. Way to rock the NSW State Championships everyone! There are some new champs in town…

If you missed this one or are hungry for the fun of BJJ competition again, don’t worry. Come talk to one of our coaches about next tournaments coming up.

Gracie Girls at Bankstown

Another great  Gracie Girls gathering!

This time at Gracie Humaita in Bankstown with lots of fun, learns and rolls.

Great turn out! Girls from different gyms are becoming a really big family with strong bonds.

Many thanks to Sami for the class, support and delicious feast!

Next meeting @ Gracie Balmain on the 14th of July.




South Sydney Rabbitohs trains at our headquarters in Alexandria 

Gracie Humaita Coach and South Sydney tackle coach Alex Prates trains the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Gracie Sydney Academy. Very hard and solid training session take places here and we couldn’t be prouder . South Sydney is doing great this season, being on 3rd Place in the NRL ladder after registering a fifth consecutive win on Friday against the Sharks. The Rabbitohs appear almost guaranteed of a final berth and we described by the NRL legend Andrew Johns as “the real deal” during live commentary. We are really proud and happy to host the team in our Academy and we wish good luck for the rest of season. #gothebunnies #gorabbitohs

How a UFC Champion Can Help a Footy Player into His Football Career?

*post extract from nrl.com

Rookie NSW No.9 Damien Cook is tipped to breathe new life into the Blues ruck play after personal wrestling sessions with Rob ‘The Reaper’ Whittaker helped power him into the Origin arena.

Cook’s speed as a former champion beach sprinter has caught the collective eye of the rugby league world this season, but it’s the extra starch in his defence that got him across the line as hooker for next Wednesday’s series opener at the MCG.

Targeting an 80-minute role at the Rabbitohs in the pre-season but knowing his 88-kilo frame would have opposition forwards sizing him up as cannon fodder, Cook sought out South Sydney’s wrestling and Gracie Humaita Australia coach Alex Prates for extra work over the summer.

Also on Prates’ roll call at the Gracie Sydney Jiu Jitsu, Alexandria gym is current middleweight UFC champ Whittaker, who also doubles as a diehard Rabbitohs fan.

Which meant Cook was tussling on the mat with the real deal soon enough.

“I thought (Whittaker) wasn’t going to be there but when I turned up he was wrestling with all the young kids as well,” Cook said.

“He understands what he’s been through to get to where he is, but it was interesting to roll around and wrestle with a UFC champ.

“There were a couple of games where it was a ‘king of the middle’ sort of thing. If you won, you stayed on.

“Not that I went any good against him, I didn’t beat him. He had it over most of the boys… I thought it was going to be like wrestling sessions for footy, but it was more the jujitsu style of session.

“It’s very hard and credit to those boys who do that sport and get in to the ring.”

Whittaker squares up for his first title defence against Cuban Yoel Romero next Sunday in Chicago, while four days earlier Cook will stare down a Queensland pack featuring man mountains Dylan Napa (113 kilos), Josh Papalii (112) and Coen Hess (110).

All year Cook has been picked out by rival NRL forward packs, to the tune of 510 tackles – more than any other player in the Telstra premiership – at 42.5 a game.

That workload bodes well considering Blues predecessor Nathan Peats, as honest a toiler in the middle as they come, churned through a series high 150 tackles last year.

Cook’s point of difference in the middle is his running around the ruck, but long before claiming the NSW No.9 jumper, the 26-year-old identified his work without the ball as the key to an 80-minute performance.

One he’s happy to replicate if needed by coach Brad Fittler, given bench utility Tyrone Peachey can cover backline and back-row positions as well as the hooking duties.

“I like to keep improving all parts of my game and defence was a big one of mine,” Cook said.

“Being in the middle and getting a lot of traffic, if I did want to improve my game and play the 80 minutes I needed to make sure my defence was improved from the past.

“Those extra little wrestling sessions, I can say they’re paying off.

“Obviously it’s a different game when you hear from all the past players. I guess I won’t understand that until I actually play.

“I know it’s different at club level but I have been playing the 80 minutes all year, so if that’s what I’ve got to do, I’m more than happy to do that job.

“We haven’t really spoken about that yet.”

Kids Grading at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Alexandria

Great day at Gracie Humaita Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), we had over 50 Kids graduating. It was great to see that our legendary Kids Program is delivering awesome results and all our students did really well during the exam.

The Gracie Humaita Kids Grading happens twice a year and it is based on the techniques that are taught through the year by our coaches at the Academy. The kids eligible for Grading are chosen by their performance in class, attendance and attitude towards their coaches and family.

Jiu Jitsu is a great form to educate our youth, and it can help kids to stand up against bullies.

Congratulations to all new graduates, coaches and instructors.

Hurt yourself? Get to know the ideal menu for the injured BJJ practitioner

Nothing is more predictable in a fighter’s life than occasionally feeling that ol’ muscular discomfort. But pain really can be weakness leaving your body.

Anyway, one can never be too careful in handling injuries. A few years ago, Graciemag printed a useful article to help the injured fighter get right back to training with the aid of a cleverly selected menu.

“Do you know why your muscles pulsate after a fight or an intense training session?” we asked. “Forget about myths like lactic acid or insufficient weightlifting. The discomfort is normal, and it’s part of a natural process of inflammation of the human body — a response to excessive physical exercise.” The article then went on to advise the reader not to react by going to the drug store, but to the nearest supermarket instead.

The secret of the great champions, in fact, is adopting a menu rich in foods with anti-inflammatory properties. Step one: cutting out anything that holds back your recovery.

Nowadays science agrees with the Gracie Diet in saying a healthy organism must avoid acidity as much as possible, meaning one must phase out sodas, food dyes, candy, flours, fried food, plus butter and other fats. Once these enemies are gone from your fridge, it’s time to stock up on allies.

Some of the chief natural anti-inflammatories are: algae, cod liver oil, ginger root, garlic, salmon, tuna and onions. Also useful: almonds, cod, avocado, Brazil nuts, carrots, pumpkin, grapes, black beans and soy.