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Next John Will Seminar August 18th 2017

John Will is returning shortly to the Academy for another in depth and exciting BJJ seminar. John is one of the first 12 non-Brazilians to be awarded a BJJ black belt and currently holds the rank of fifth degree. During his long and storied martial arts career John has trained with iconic names such as Rigan Machado, Rickson Gracie, Benny Urquidez and Gene Lebell. As well as being one of the world's best martial arts instructors, John is also the author of a growing collection of books and DVDs. He also instructs law enforcement groups and Special Operations personnel all over the world. While John's seminars are always packed with extremely useful techniques they are also very entertaining and thought-provoking due to John's vast life experience and sense of humour. Please don't miss this incredible opportunity.

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Pay by August 11th and gain entrance to the seminar for


ONLY $70


After August 11th the cost is $80


Time: 6pm to 9pm, Friday August 18th, 2017
Location: Academy of Combat
Open to any belt level

Combat Kids and Freestyle Martial Arts Advanced Grading

A big congratulations to all the Combat Kids and Freestyle Martial Arts students who did their brown and black belt graduation on Saturday. Everyone was put through an intensive 2 hour test of technique, fitness and sparring and you all did extremely well.

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No Gi Showdown Grappling Competition Results

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Congratulations to Sam Holdaway who won a gold medal and Malcolm Creelman who won a silver medal at the CFC No Gi Showdown grappling tournament on Saturday. Also well done to Cory Shadbolt and Fergus Jenkins, who at 15 and 16 years old, performed extremely well at their first grappling competition.

Next John Will Seminar March 17th 2017

World class coach and 5th degree Brazillian Jiu Jitsu black belt John Will is visiting the Academy for another information packed seminar that will instantly improve your Brazilian jiu jitsu game and overall understanding of martial arts. John was trained by Jean Jaques and Rigan Machado and was among the first twelve non-Brazilians to be awarded a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. As usual John will be teaching the latest and most effective BJJ moves that you will not see anywhere else. Do not miss this awesome opportunity.

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Until the 10th of March, 2017 you can secure your place at the seminar for

only $70!!

From the 10th of March onwards it will cost you the regular price of $80.

So get in to the Academy and secure your place today!


Time: 6pm to 9pm, Friday, March 17th, 2017

Location: Academy of Combat

Open to any belt level


Michelle Churcher Awarded BJJ Blue Belt

Congratulations to Michelle Churcher who was awarded her BJJ blue belt on Tuesday the 21st of March. During her time at the Academy Michelle has shown incredible dedication to the art of BJJ and has been a fantastic coach in the kids classes. Michelle's dedication to physical conditioning is also inspiring as she is one of the fittest people we know!

Unfortunately yesterday was also Michelle's last day with us at the Academy as she is moving to Palmerston North to begin her university studies. It is with great sadness that we must say farewell to Michelle and we wish her all the best for the future.



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