MEET THE COACH
Marcelo Da Costa Guimaraes is our specialist Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor and
owner of GFT Joondalup.
• Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt
• Certified IBJJF Referee
• 2018 IBJJF Sydney Open Champion Light, brown, no gi
• 2018 IBJJF Sydney Open Vice Champion Light, brown, gi
• 2018 IBJJF Sydney Open Vice Champion open division, brown
• 2015 Vice State Champion open division, brown
• 2015 Pan Pacific Vice Champion gi and no gi, light
• 2014 Vice State Champion light, purple, gi
• 2012 State Champion medium, purple, gi and no gi
• All under AFBJJ
Refereeing the Pan Pacific Championships
“GFTeam is the most dominant Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team in the world!”
Grappling Fight Team (GFTeam) teaches, coaches, and competes in Grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the highest level.
GFTeam is more than just a sports team, our teaching aims to promote martial arts by adding socio-educational values to the training of its students, investing in the construction of character and good conduct as its principal points of educating and building of our students. Our very close team environment ensures our students learn confidence, respect and reach there lifestyle and fitness goals.
With representatives spread across several countries and continents, the team seeks the provision of quality services with a focus on unity, dedication, transparency and honesty inside and outside of the gym.
What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)?
BJJ teaches the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments and in self-defense situations. Sparring (commonly referred to as rolling) and live drilling play a major role in training in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system. BJJ is not solely a martial art, but it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way of life.
BJJ became well known world wide through the popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, where Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique is very prominent. The beginnings of the contemporary MMA competition were largely tied up with proving the combat-efficiency of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The practice of BJJ as a sport, however, is strongly separated from MMA. Classes do not feature kicking or punching. The focus is on safe grappling technique that can be done on a daily basis with no more fear of injury than any other contact sport.
WHERE TO FIND US
Unit 4, 89 Winton Road
(7 min walking distance from Joondalup train station)