Training for success


Are you able to successfully apply what you just learnt, when rolling at the end of class? If yes, then it was a good class. If no, then that class was a waste of your time. As a coach, my job is to run good classes.

Classes at 80/20 are different from most other BJJ clubs. Our classes focus intensely on one particular area. We examine the overall strategy, and the posture required for this area. We drill with resistance, adding details as the class progresses. Exploration is encouraged, the goal is for students to be successful and find what works for them, not to all perform identically.

Students work with their partners, rather than against them. In each pair, one person acts as student with the other as coach. It is the coach’s goal for the student to learn. The coach uses technical resistance, as well as brute force to provide an environment that the student can learn in. By learning to become a good coach, you quickly learn the subtleties of BJJ that usually take many years to understand.

Class structure

Joint mobility (5 mins)

Warm-up and injury prevention.

Standup training (10-15mins)

BJJ specialises in ground fighting, but fights start standing.

Ground training (40-45mins)

Learn how to dominate on the ground.

Escape from being pinned. Hold down and submit your opponent.

Rolling (30mins)

Full resistance sparring.

Can you apply what you’ve learned to submit your opponent? All moves are allowed as long as you give your partner time to tap.


6 - 6:40pm
5:50 - 6:30pm
6 - 6:40pm
5:50 - 6:30pm
10 - 10:45am

6:45 - 8:15pm

6:45 - 8:15pm

6:45 - 8:15pm
Open mat

5:30 - 7pm

11am - 1pm

Frequently asked questions

I’m a complete beginner, can I do this?

Absolutely! We all started where you are today. Other members helped and encouraged us, and made us what we are today. Now it’s our turn to help you.

I’ve trained before, how is 80/20 different?

We focus on quality over quantity. You probably know hundreds of moves, but how many can you perform in a roll?

We focus on high percentage moves, and take the time to help you get good at them.

The more experienced athletes will give you attention and you won’t be left by yourself on the sidelines (we don’t have cliques).

What gear do I need?

Most of us train in shorts and rashguards. Some wear spats (full leg compression wear). We encourage individuality, so you’re welcome to wear that cool design you saw online.

How many times a week should I train?

In the beginning, you’ll be using your muscles in ways that you’re not used to. Go slowly at first until your body becomes stronger and more mobile. Rest days are important!

What is no-gi, and why is it better than the alternatives?

Training no-gi means that you don’t grab the other person’s clothing. Traditional Jiu-Jitsu uses the Japanese kimono and belt (gi) and encourages cloth grabbing. Aside from being unrealistic street wear, the gi is uncomfortable, causes skin abrasions and finger overuse injuries.

No-gi is the fun way to train. It encourages creativity and allows you fully focus in the moment, without worrying about the other person ripping your clothing.

Do I have to bow or call you professor?

No, that’s just a false form of respect. Respect is earned by improvement, perseverance and hard work.

Can I have a free trial?

The first session is always free (book in first, don’t just show up). This lets us get to know each other.

Our gym culture is the secret to our success. We want to be sure you fit right in and have a great first session, so book in first so you’ll be ready to begin.

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