Kate Da Silva
Black Belt in BJJ under the Coach Roney Da Silva. She has been training in Bjj for 10 years, and the sport is a huge part of her family’s life. She has been training and fighting in MMA for the last six years, and is New Zealand’s ICNZ Featherweight MMA champ and POP Bantamweight champ. Kate has recently signed a two-year, six-fight contract to XFCI, one of Latin America’s biggest MMA promotions, and will be representing her country in Brazil, USA, and Europe.
Black belt under Paulo Oliveira “Sorriso” is a half Brazilian half Kiwi living in NZ. He is an accomplished business man which lives the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lifestyle and loves the art! Currently a coach at SORRISO BJJ NEW ZEALAND on his spare time Rafael has not only invested his time in helping coach and develop National Champions and also International competitors but he is also a keen competitor himself and has achieved many National titles and international medals in Australia and Brazil. Rafael’s main goal going forward is to help inspire the younger practitioners to follow the path and enjoy the ride!
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Carlos Lima “Bagana” > Paulo Oliveira “Sorriso” > Rafael Turnbull
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 2011 since that his focus is his lifestyle , as Surf and Jiu Jitsu . He is currently a Head Coach at Checkmat tweed heads Brazilian Jiu Jitsu , were he spend most of his time teaching adult and kids is one of his passions.
Brown belt under Will-Machado Team. Joel has been training, competing and a student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for around 9 years. Jiu Jitsu for him means more than just a martial art, his team is his family, and his mat, it is his life. His greatest achievement to date is being able to pass on his knowledge to his students and seeing their triumphs and success on and off the mats. Multiple AFBJJ State Champion / 2 x Pan Pacific Champion / International & IBJJF Gold Medallist
BJJ brown belt under Marco Mazzanti and Ed Bavelock of Kimekai MMA/ Peter de Been Jiu Jitsu located in Melbourne, Victoria. He has been training since 2010 and in that time won multiple events both locally and abroad, including multiple state, national and international titles (IBJJF Melbourne International/ Pan Pacific Championships) as well as medalling in NAGA events in the USA. Daniel is a senior instructor at Kimekai MMA in the adult and youth BJJ programs and has worked along UFC fighters and hopefuls such as Brian Ebersole in preparation for their MMA bouts. Daniel relishes in the opportunity to pass on his knowledge to the students, and watching them develop and succeed in their goals. Outside of the dojo Daniel is a 4th year Physiotherapy student who is looking to pursue a career in sports medicine.
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.”
Purple belt under Professor Daniel Cherubin at De La Riva Jiu Jitsu Geelong. A highly active competitor with a broad, well rounded skill set in jiujitsu, he has developed a strong mindset from undergoing a lay off due to a large injury. This lay off has given him the fire to fight and compete in everything he possibly can. With a deep appreciation for a fully functioning body, he has the will to fight and learn as much as physically possible and pass on to the next generation of Australian competitors. Kain works full time whilst training and drilling every evening with a strength & conditioning routine in the mornings.
Tony No Akuma
BJJ purple belt Lineage; Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jnr. > Helio Soneca > Alexandre Santos > Tony. He aspires to be a world champion, travel the world and sweat on as many mats as possible, retire with his own gym.
Blue belt competitor under Roney Da Silva and Lukas Hainge (Gracie gym Rotarua, New Zealand.) Zanetta started training in 2013 and won her first national championship less than a year later. While based in New Zealand, Zanetta regularly travels overseas to find new levels of competition, and hopes to compete at a world level in the near future. She believes one day she will be world champion and help inspire other young girls especially to follow their goals and ambitions
Blue belt under Alexandre Santos – ASBJJ North Melbourne (Cia Paulista Australia). Alex started training in February 2013 at 16 years old at DMDs MMA in Brunswick. He got his blue belt in December of 2014 and since then has taken home a decent amount of medals from national and international competitions.
Currently he trains at both ASBJJ North Melbourne with Alexandre Santos and at DMDs MMA in Brunswick with Marcel Leteri.
Blue belt under professor Lineu Vilanova and Marcos Lira at Australian Elite Team Brisbane. Kayne started training Jiu Jitsu in 2015 and competing that same year. He began 2016 QBJJC/AFBBJ season strong and kept up the momentum through the year. He finished the year ranked number 1 for Queensland and Australia in Gi and No Gi for 2016. Getting his blue belt only recently he is dedicated to training and competing and looks to take to the fight to the interstate and international competition scene.