What are the instructor’s qualifications?
Our instructor, Dion Mendel, began learning BJJ in 2004 at Gracie Barra Perth. He taught classes there as a purple and brown belt. Before leaving to start 80/20 BJJ in 2011, he was a full time instructor teaching six classes a week.
Dion was awarded his Black belt by Adam Metcalf (WA’s first BJJ Black Belt).
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.