Meet our experts
Meet the experts at Kaizen Lab Jiujitsu that help us to build our culture and programs.
Brandon is the 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.
In addition to his expertise in BJJ, he has had extensive training in a range of different systems, including various Filipino weapons, judo, kung fu and kickboxing.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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
“You don’t have to win every fight or roll at training. Try to dial down the use of strength and athleticism; technique is king.”
Paul started his BJJ journey in his 30s when he ‘retired’ from team sports and was looking for his next challenge. Having long been a fan of MMA, he was inspired to try his hand at BJJ. Nine years on, Paul coaches both Kids and Adult BJJ programs at Kaizen Lab Jiujitsu.
Paul likens BJJ to an all-body game of chess that challenges him mentally, as well as keeping him physically healthy.
“Persevere, train consistently and don’t get disheartened early on. The great thing about BJJ is that you learn at every single training session”
Simon started martial arts at the age of 18, training in Kung Fu and then Muay Thai. Six years ago, Simon wanted to expand his martial arts knowledge so he bought a cheap Gi and headed to his first BJJ class at Ippon Gym in the UK. He has never looked back!
Simon has trained under excellent BJJ instructors including Ippon Gym’s Jeff Lawson, Ben Dyson and now Kaizen Lab’s Head Coach Brandon Chin. Simon is also a keen BJJ competitor, having participated in many tournaments from white through to his current rank.
BJJ is a well-rounded art. It’s a full body chess game – intense when you want it to be and improves your own body awareness, strength and a lot more.”
After many years of striking martial arts, BJJ has closed the loop of Jeremy’s martial arts journey; adding close combat and ground work to his game. BJJ has also brought a whole new level of confidence in self-defence situations and the added bonus of full body conditioning and strengthening.
As one of the smaller rollers on Kaizen’s mat, Jeremy finds learning how to wrestle effectively and efficiently with people 30% heavier very rewarding and satisfying.
“Either you win or you learn, you never lose as long as you keep going.”
With a background in Karate Kyokushin and Kickboxing, Christian was looking for a new martial art to immerse himself and nothing drew him in – until Jiu-jitsu.
With Jiu-jitsu, Christian had a whole new world to explore and enjoy. Many years later he still loves the constantly challenging experience and how BJJ exercises your mind as well as your body.
Outside of coaching, Christian can be found working with his hands in the construction industry. He is also a 2D digital artist, board game enthusiast, lover of trying new food and isn’t afraid to dance in public
“Experience everything once.”
As a rugby union athlete, Max began training BJJ in 2017 to incorporate new skills into his rugby and fitness training regime. From that moment he discovered a love for BJJ and has since adopted it as his primary sport.
Max is motivated by BJJ’s infinite learning possibilities and it’s ability to greatly improve his fitness. Max also enjoys the challenge of mastering new BJJ techniques.
He is an active competitor at both state and national level and plans to further refine his abilities through participating in many more competitions in the future.
“Don’t rush the process. Skills take time to build, you might not notice the incremental increases day-to-day or week-to-week but the improvement is taking place!“
Christian was getting bored with going to the gym and pumping out weights. He was looking for something a bit more fun that would still keep him fit – enter Brazilian Jiujitsu. As someone who doesn’t have much time outside of work and other commitments, BJJ is perfect. It fulfills the need to do a sport that is challenging, rewarding and involves constant learning.
Outside of coaching, Christian works as a Physiotherapist and often spends time reading, getting outdoors, having coffee and just generally hanging out
“Know your strengths and design your game around them. BJJ isn’t about being better than someone else – it’s about being better than what you used to be. Knowing that you are progressing within yourself is what really matters.”
Jess coaches our women-only sessions and assists with developing our junior members. Jess started BJJ in 2019 when she retired from playing and coaching state soccer/Futsal. She’d always wanted to try a martial art and had found her new sporting passion with BJJ!
Inspired by the intellectual and physical aspects of the gentle art, Jess loves that there is so much to learn every time she steps on to the mats. She also enjoys Kaizen’s positive and inclusive club atmosphere, making some great friendships along the way.
“Relax and be a T-Rex”
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu captured Jason’s attention many years ago after taking his young son to BJJ classes. Jason would spend his son’s classes thinking “I want to do this too”, then return home to practice techniques with his son – who would make him tap in surrender easily! Years later, Jason is a much-loved coach at Kaizen Lab Jiujitsu.
In contrast to Jason’s professional life, where he has a multitude of things requiring his attention at the same time, BJJ provides Jason a sanctuary where he can have 100% singular focus and the opportunity to calm his mind. He also enjoys the friendly relaxed atmosphere and strong team vibe at Kaizen Lab.
When he’s not rolling on the mats, Jason loves to make hammers, tongs and knives and seek out excellent single malts.
Work At Your Own Pace With Private Lessons
Work at your own pace with our experts in private or small group sessions. Choose from a custom designed training plan designed to meet your goals in the fastest possible time. We also offer corporate team building sessions for companies that care about the mental and physical well being of their staff.
Discover The Class For You
Classes designed to inspire you and structured to help beginners to grow and flourish, Kaizen Lab Jiujitsu has programs to suit you. From beginners Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, women-only and children’s classes available throughout the week, there is a class and program to fit your needs and crush those fitness goals. Be inspired now with our fun programs while learning practical skills.