Team

Athletes

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.

Levi Jones-leary

Black belt under Murilo Santana. Widely recognized as one of the top competitors of his generation. At 15 Levi made the decision to leave school and train full time in BJJ, and in the past few years he has won medals in various international titles, including IBJJF World Champion (2018 brown); IBJJF European Open Champion (2018 brown); IBJJF Pans Champion (2018 brown, 2017 purple); IBJJF Pans NoGi Champion (2016/2015 purple) plus more. He hopes to be a black belt world champion by 2018.

Roberto Dib Frias (BOB)

Black belt under Marco Barbosa at B9JJ in Sao Paulo – Brazil, Bob have been training BJJ since 1999 and competing regularly. He moved to Australia in 2016 and achieved many goals, in 2016 he was the No.1 Black Belt in Australia in Gi and No Gi (AFBJJ) and 2017 No.1 in the Gi. He runs his gym in Brisbane One Purpose BJJ and now focus on teaching and competing only on major international competitions aswell as important grappling events in Australia.

Jess Fraser

Jess Fraser began competing in 2011. Since then she has won 11x State titles, 7x National, 11x Pan Pacific, 7x Australasian Abu Dhabi trials, 3 Naga Belts (advanced division), runner up in the 2011 ADCC trials, won the Abu Dhabi trials 4 times & gone on to medal three times while representing Australia in Abu Dhabi (blue, purple, black). 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.

Ben Hodgkinson

Originally from Perth WA, he began training at 14 years old. He began entering local and national tournaments and immediately fell in love with the thrill of competition. Since beginning BJJ he always had dreams of becoming a world champion, but it wasn’t until he traveled to America for the first time in 2012 that he began to appreciate the level of hard work and dedication needed to compete at that level. Later that year Ben moved to Melbourne in an attempt to bring his training up to the next level. He has amassed an impressive collection of medals from every major tournament in Australia, as well as several international titles.

Hope Douglass

Brown belt training under Gui Neves, at Garage Jiu Jitsu in Sydney. As a young mother, Hope still manages to compete at the highest level. She regularly travels, trains and competes both nationally and internationally, having won gold titles such as WPJJC Australian National Pro Open Weight, 2 x IBJJF Sydney International Open, Pan Pacific & Victorian State. Hope is also responsible for the highly successful women’s only classes at myBJJ Team, which cater for women from all walks of life. She heads one of the biggest Women’s BJJ Teams in Sydney.

Rodrigo Costa

Brown belt under Habby Heske at the M1FC (Mach 1) gym in Perth under the Nova Uniao Aus/Clube Feijao banner. Rodrigo is a native of Brazil, but funnily enough it took him moving to Perth to start training jiu jitsu. He commenced in 2010 and has been training virtually every day ever since. Rodrigo said he feels fortunate to have some of the best training partners in Australia, who push him to excel at the gym while also creating a positive training atmosphere. He aims to compete as much as he can in both BJJ and MMA, and his goal is to become a BJJ world champion while continuing to pursue competitive MMA.

Ariel Tabak

Purple belt under Gui neves out of Garage Jiu Jitsu.  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 have now begun to properly dedicate his time to Jiu jitsu.

Cooper Burnham

Purple belt under Thiago Stefanutti at Maromba Academia/Absolute MMA. Cooper started training at the age of 12 and loved the sport as soon as he started, competing nationally as much as he could right through the junior ranks. Cooper now competes nationally and Internationally medalling last year at Worlds, Asian Open, Pan Ams, No Gi worlds and managing to win 3 gold at Pan Pacs. Coopers ultimate goals are to win worlds and get his black belt.

Masters

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.

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.

Alexandre Santos

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.

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.

David Moreira

Black belt 1 degree under master Helder Medeiros (Bob Esponja). He began to train jiu-jitsu in Joao Pessoa -PB Brazil in 1997,  since than he has been competing regularly. He created the Academia Portal BJJ in Brazil where he spent two and a half years until he decided to bring this project to Australia which step by step comes to fruition.

The Portal Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu affiliated to Halavanca Brazil is in Suffolk Park in Byron Bay and Ballina and step by step with a lot of work dedicating to make a strong family!

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.

Ambassadors 

BRAUS is honored 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.

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.

Rafael Turnbull

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!

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.

Adam Watson

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.

Rebecca Annan

Blue belt training under Master Paulo Sorriso, Master Carlos Lima, at Sorriso BJJ in Auckland, New Zealand. Rebecca is a Master Pilates instructor and teaches Pilates at Sorriso BJJ around her training schedule.  She is dedicated to developing a complementary practice of conditioning to Jiu Jitsu to assist the team in their goals as well as her own.  In 2017 Rebecca won Auckland and Wellington Regional’s and New Zealand Nationals. She looks forward to the upcoming competitions in New Zealand and internationally as she believes it is a privilege to compete and an honor to represent her team.

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.

Winston Hong

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.”

Thushara Amendra

Brown belt under Alexandre Santos – ASBJJ North Melbourne. As a regular competitor, she hopes to be a role model for others to take on the challenge and realise the rewards of practising BJJ. She aims pursue international opportunities, and is driven to never stop learning the techniques and principles of Jiu Jitsu.

Kain Karnis

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.

Zanetta Poretti

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

Alexandros Tasios

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.

Youngsters 

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

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.

Nicholas Maglicic

Purple belt under Rodney Ellis at Southern Cross Jiu Jitsu Academy (Nova Uniao). Nick started training BJJ at age 11, supporting his commitment and drive for martial arts even further, currently also ranked Brown Belt in Judo.
Winning both Weight and Open Divisions at this years Grappling Industries Sydney as well as Sydney Cup BJJ he is currently training 7 days a week preparing for next years Abu Dhabi World Pros and IBJJF Worlds. Nick lives and breaths for the sport with aspirations to become multiple world title black belt one day.

Mitchell Wickham

Mitchell is a 15 year old Blue Belt juvenile under his father Matthew Wickham at Wickhams Martial Arts Centre Echuca, VIC. Mitchell started his bjj jouney 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’s 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.

Varun Mehrotra

Blue belt under Professor Mario Yokoyama of myBJJ Team, Varun has been training for 8 years and has competed and won tournaments such as the PowerPI Pan Pacifics and the Sydney Cup. Varun juggles his high school studies with his BJJ passion competing at the highest level. He aspires to compete in the World Championships and to be known as the Pound-For-Pound best Jiu Jitsu fighter.

Jacob Cutler

Jacob Cutler is a 14 year old Green belt black stripe 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.

Jesse Ryder

Orange belt under head coaches David Marinakis and Lee Ting at Immersion MMA. Jesse’s Jiu Jitsu journey started at age 8, now rising 14 his dedication and passion to this art and seen him achieved so much. Some of his achievements include, IFBJJ Kids World Championship bronze medal in Gi & No Gi, 2-time UAEJJF Australian National Pro Championships and San Diego Jiu Jitsu World League Silver Medallist and multiple AFBJJ Australian, Victorian, Tasmanian and NSW State Championships. Jesse’s goal is to become an adult black belt world Champion and continually pushes his training on and off the matts to the next level to achieve this.

Mason Golding

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.

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.

Ratu Ekara Cayuque

Yellow belt from Gracie Australia Castle Hill under Professor Marcos Nevel. He started training in Jiu Jitsu at 6 years old and has been competing for the last 8 years. His goals are to train harder, improving his strength & cardio and keep improving his Jiu Jitsu game. Also be a sample for the other kids by having a good attitude, behaviour, self respect, humble.

Torez Carro

Torezbjjkid is an 8 year old orange belt who has been training in submission wrestling and Brazilian Jui Jitsu since he was 3 years old. He loves his wrestling and in his last 11 comps he has won 10 straight Golds .He trains an average of 4 times a week at AMMA GYM Perth WA under Coach Adam Metcalf Big things are planned for 2017