Brandon is #TeamKaizenLab‘s Head Coach and is a 3rd Degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Will-Machado Australasia.

Brandon was introduced to the gentle art of BJJ over 20 years ago. From there, he fell in love with the combination of intellectual and physical aspects of BJJ. Brandon enjoys the benefits of improved balance, coordination and self defence that BJJ imparts and finds practicing the art a great stress relief and wonderful social outlet.

Brandon is passionate about martial arts and, in addition to his expertise in BJJ, he has had extensive training in a range of different systems, including various Filipino weapon combatives, judo, kung fu and kickboxing.

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“Enjoy the journey. There’s no actual ‘end’ to BJJ, so remember to have fun and not just worry about what comes next.”

Like many others, Andrew was inspired to try martial arts after watching UFC. He ultimately decided on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as it was designed for smaller people (like himself!) to defend themselves against bigger opponents.

After 12 years of practicing the gentle art, Andrew has achieved his lifelong goal of the rank of black belt. As someone who hates exercise and loves beer, BJJ is great at preventing Andrew from turning into a self-described manatee.

BJJ is good for you physically and is just fun overall. Training is also a sanctuary for Andrew to get away from everyday work and life stress. It’s hard to worry about other things while you’re being strangled! BJJ is also a great way to make friends and meet people from all walks of life.


“What comes easy, won’t always last. And what will last, won’t always come easy.”
Damian was introduced to Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2002 in London at Bujinkan Yeo Dojo, where the instructor was close friends with the Gracie family. As an engineer, he is fascinated by the mechanics of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and became instantly addicted.

Thanks to a career that has kept him well-travelled, Damian  has trained with incredibly talented athletes throughout Texas, Brazil and Thailand. Over the course of his jiu-jitsu journey, Damian has paired his physical and mental skills to develop unique techniques, such as his reverse shoulder locks – not sure what that is? He’ll happily show you.

After many years of consistent practice and training, 2021 saw him achieve the honour of receiving black belt at Kaizen Lab. For Damian, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a lifelong journey, which has only just begun. He looks forward to many more years of learning, developing new techniques and teaching others.



“Just keep showing up.”

Fourteen years ago, a friend wanted to try BJJ and persuaded Phil to tag along. Phil had done other martial arts as a child and didn’t go in with high expectations of BJJ but loved it straight away!

Phil attributes BJJ with keeping him humble and mentally resilient. BJJ is a great stress outlet for Phil and he enjoys the increased control and awareness of his body. It also provides him with effective tools to defend himself and his loved ones.

Whilst BJJ is perceived as an individual sport, you are very dependent on your training partners, and develop a great sense of camaraderie and community with them.

Kaizen Lab Jiujitsu
185 Claisebrook Road
Perth 6000
Western Australia