They say that the sign of a great teacher is their ability to simplify a difficult principle for a novice, and expound upon that same principle for another more advanced student.

That said: Dion is a great teacher, and one I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to take their BJJ skills to the next level.

I first met Dion two years ago when I started learning BJJ. At that point in time I did not know my arse from my elbow when it came to rolling around on the mat.

I really needed to learn the basics and Dion helped me master the basics to the point that I got my blue belt in BJJ in half the time I thought it would take me, saving me a lot of time and effort. He is now assisting me as I work towards getting higher belts.

Please don’t take my word for it: go down to the club and talk to Dion.

Even better: ask him a question about any aspect of BJJ, once you do: I am sure you will begin to understand what I am talking about.

Lorenzo Pious

Dion helped my prepare for an international competition in Brazil earlier this year. In the weeks leading up to the competition, he took my jiu jitsu technique to a new level and helped me develop a game-plan for the tournament.

Thanks to Dion I went to Brazil eager to compete and win against opponents from all over the world. When I stepped on the mat in Rio, I felt ready. I won a silver medal and enjoyed one of the best experiences of my life.

Matthew O’Donnell

I have been training BJJ for about half a year under Dion’s instruction and it has been an amazing experience.

Not only does Dion do a great job of teaching, but he also has a light-hearted personality which allows for a great culture in class. This makes it easy to learn and a lot of fun.

Come down and roll. You won’t regret it.

Clinton D’Annolfo

Some good news. I won.

Only four of us in the division. I was nervous as hell.

Applied our game plan, got lapel grips, went to ground and fought from there. A little daunting when you have no support, but was congratulated by spectators afterwards.

First Round: Won by submission (Kimura). I was ahead on points (I think 6-0, didn’t really look at the score on the first one). I worked to disrupt his game, insert my own and got the submission from the mount.

Second Round: Won by submission (choke). Ahead on points (10-0), took his back and got the choke (he didn’t tap out and almost KO him, fight stopped by ref, he was very dazed).

Stan Kagiannis

email sent after travelling to Queensland
and winning the state championships.