Training for success


After training here for two weeks, it feels like all the previous training I’ve done was a waste of time.

Why do we get lots of comments like this?

Most traditional instructors are good practitioners of jiu-jitsu. They’ve spent many years learning jiu-jitsu, but lack an education in teaching, training and learning. The best they can do is to teach the way that they remember being taught.

We use multiple modern approaches to learning BJJ. Some of these approaches are discussed in depth in our blog. We make jiu-jitsu simple to understand.

High percentage moves, explained simply is a good start. We next have to practise with progressive resistance. This is an art form and it takes years for an instructor to learn to guide a class through this.

Once we’re skilled in a move, we need to integrate it into our arsenal. When to attempt the move, when to persist with it when encountering resistance, and when to switch to something else.

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
6:00 - 6:40pm
6 - 6:40pm
6:00 - 6:40pm
10 - 10:45am

6:45 - 8:15pm

6:45 - 8:15pm

6:45 - 8:15pm
Open mat

6:00 - 7:30pm

11am - 1pm

Frequently asked questions

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).

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.

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).

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.

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!

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.

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

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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