Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Melbourne

At East Side Jiu-Jitsu, we believe in creating an inclusive environment where students of all ages can positively engage with the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and martial arts. Developed by the Gracie family in Brazil, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was founded on the principles of technique over strength and mindfulness over aggression.


Often referred to as ‘The Gentle Art’, Jiu-Jitsu empowers its students with the tools of self-defence and self-betterment. As a member of the Carlson Gracie Federation, East Side Jiu-Jitsu is proud to be continuing the legacy of Carlson Gracie in Australia.

With its roots in traditional martial arts practices, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s applications are varied and expansive. Whether you are looking to compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, step into the MMA cage, learn self-defence, become fitter, improve your health, lose weight or join a team of passionate people, East Side Jiu-Jitsu is the place for you. Classes include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Wrestling/No Gi, Take Downs, Self Defence and MMA.

Between them, Raph and Brad have over 25 years of Jiu-Jitsu and martial arts experience, and are passionate to share their knowledge with you and your family. East Side Jiu-Jitsu is a family friendly, inclusive academy that offers classes to adults and children of all ages in both group and one-on-one session. Come down for your free trial today.

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was developed by the Gracie family in Brazil and focuses on taking your opponent to the ground, controlling them and forcing them to submit using a range of chocks, holds, and locks. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu employs dynamic techniques of pressure, movement and momentum to subdue and overpower opponents. In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class’s students wear traditional Gi uniforms and a belt to display their rank (White, Blue, Purple, Brown or Black).

Kids Program

At East Side Jiu-Jitsu we endeavour to make our kids program fun, engaging and accessible for all. Jiu-Jitsu has an incredible ability to teach children lesson that they can take straight from the mat and into their daily lives. Through training Jiu-Jitsu, young people learn resilience, patience, perseverance, self-confidence, how to positively harness their aggression and anti-bullying techniques.

No Gi – Submission Wrestling

No Gi Jiu-Jitsu and Submission wrestling takes the traditional elements of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and uses them in a more free flowing setting which can easily be applied to all combat and self-defence situation. Using a combination of Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling practise students learn to control and submit their opponent without the traditional grips and holds of Jiu-Jitsu in a Gi.

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East Side Jiu-Jitsu FAQ

Yes. East Side Jiu-Jitsu is a proud member of the Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Australia. We are proud to represent the legacy of the late Carlson Gracie.
No experience is needed. East Side Jiu-Jitsu caters classes to students of all levels. Whether it’s your first night or you’re a seasoned veteran, ESJJ has you covered.
For your free trial and first few sessions, all you will need is basic sporting clothing and a bottle of water. Eventually you will want to train in and acquire a Gi (traditional jacket and pants) and a belt.
There is no doubt your fitness and strength will improve from training BJJ, but to start training no specific skills or fitness levels are required.
If you are coming to train with a pre-existing injury please make sure you inform the instructor before the class begins. All classes at East Side Jiu-Jitsu can be altered and tailed to work around an injury or anything else that may affect your training, but we need to know so we can cater for you.
You can buy an academy Gi from East Side Jiu-Jitsu. We have sizes for Kids and Adults.
All East Side Jiu Jitsu team members have access to two classes a week from the Pulse 8 timetable. The trainers at Pulse 8 are also available for additional personal or group training appointments pending availability.


East Side Jiu Jitsu is an inclusive, family friendly and community focused Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy offering a holistic approach to martial arts and self-defence. As a member of the Carlson Gracie Federation, East Side Jiu-Jitsu is proud to be continuing the legacy of Carlson Gracie in Australia.

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