Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Instructors

Dr Geoff Aitken.Ph.D.

brazilian bjj, thai boxing training, fighting weapons, martial arts for kidsFounder, Director and Chief Instructor

40 years experience training martial arts. Geoff is one of the most highly qualified and experienced martial arts instructors in New Zealand.
He has taught students from all walks of life for over 35 years, and still trains and teaches everyday.

  • 6th degree Black Belt in Freestyle martial arts
  • 3rd degree BJJ black belt , Will/Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Coaches: John Will, 5th degree BJJ black belt; Rigan Machado, 8th degree BJJ Black Belt)
  • Thailand trained and certified Muay Thai trainer, referee and Judge with over 30 years experience, training and teaching Thai boxing.
  • Certified Adrenal Stress Conditioning Self Defense trainer.
  • Former South Island Kickboxing Heavy-weight champion
  • Former NZ Jiu Jitsu champion.
  • Certified advanced coaching certificate with Coaching NZ.
  • Pioneered kickboxing and Muay Thai in The South Island of NZ, opening the first kickboxing schools and promoting the first Kickboxing & Muay Thai competition fights in the South island
  • Pioneered BJJ in NZ, starting the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in 1996
  • Pioneered MMA in NZ, starting the first MMA school in 1994, and promoting the first MMA fight in August, 1996

Formerly working as a research scientist in the field of molecular biology he now teaches martial arts full time.
Geoff is also a certified NLP/Neurosemantics Trainer which allows him to assist people in
developing their mental game as well more...

Mark Wowk

bjj grappling, brazilian bjj, mma mixed martial arts

2IC
IT Manager

MMA Black Patch
BJJ Black Belt
Thai Boxing Orange Patch

Mark teaches BJJ, MMA and the kids martial arts classes.
His main interest outside of martial arts is computer graphics.

Jeremy Murphy

Jeremy Murphy MMA coach

MMA Black Patch
BJJ Black Belt

Jeremy coaches fundamental MMA and fighters classes. A martial arts coach since 1997, Jeremy fought in some of the earliest MMA matches in New Zealand (under vale tudo rules) beginning in 1998. Around the same time Jeremy won his division at the first ever New Zealand BJJ nationals.

Tim Freeman

bjj grappling, brazilian bjj, mma mixed martial arts

Operations Manager

BJJ Purple Belt
MMA Purple Patch
Thai Boxing Purple Patch

Tim instructs fundamental MMA and BJJ.


Simon McCormack

bjj grappling, brazilian bjj, mma mixed martial arts

BJJ Blue Belt
MMA Blue Patch
Thai Boxing Orange Patch

Simon coaches the Saturday morning fitness classes and instructs BJJ and MMA intro classes.