The Academy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program is led by Dr Geoff Aitken who is a 3rd degree black belt, the highest rank in New Zealand and one of the highest in Australasia. Whether you wish to learn for competition, self-defence or just to keep fit you can expect a high level of instruction in a friendly, academic atmosphere.

BJJ taking the back.

Benefits & Advantages of Training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) at the Academy of Combat:

  • Access to knowledge and experience unmatched in the South Island.

  • As a member of the Will/Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Organization, you are ensured, as a student that you are learning and ranking in quality BJJ and have Academies that you can train at around the world.

  • The main focus at the Academy is teaching high quality technique so that the student gets a full understanding of the concepts, principles and techniques of BJJ.

  • The Academy teaches a complete Brazilian Jiu Jitsu syllabus including gi and no gi competition training, self defence and MMA.

  • BJJ will provide an incredible boost to your physical and mental well-being.

  • The Chief Instructor is continuously updating our BJJ curriculum by attending regular workshops with the greatest practitioners of the discipline both in New Zealand and overseas.

  • The Academy is regularly visited by 6th degree BJJ black belt John Will who runs seminars that keep us on the cutting edge of BJJ technique.

  • Our timetable provides plenty of classes throughout the week and open mat time for sparring.

Grappling scramble.

Why No Gi?

  • With no gi to grip on to you will develop better control, positional awareness and knowledge of body mechanics.

  • The majority of no gi techniques can be transferred to gi BJJ and other forms of grappling. No matter the situation you will have techniques and methods that work.

  • No gi allows you to try MMA style grappling without striking.

  • Ideally it's good to train both gi and no gi for a complete appreciation of BJJ. Doing so also gives you more competition opportunities and a bigger pool of people to train with.

Applying a Kimura shoulder lock.

Our instructors possess a vast depth of knowledge and experience and include a 3rd Degree BJJ black belt and a 1st Degree black belt. The Academy also hosts regular in-house workshops with 6th Degree BJJ black belt John Will, keeping us at the forefront of grappling instruction.

No gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is becoming a large component of our curriculum at the Academy and is increasing in popularity in New Zealand and around the world. There are now a lot of great no gi competitions happening with some really interesting rule sets.

To begin your BJJ journey and make one of the most beneficial decisions of your life click here.


We offer private lessons in MMA that are available to all experience levels. These can be booked at reception and are available from 10am through to 9pm. Private lessons are an excellent way to focus on a particular aspect of MMA or to accelerate your overall progress. 

Shoulder Choke
Shoulder Choke

MMA Shoulder choke

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MMA Sparring

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Farside Armbar
Farside Armbar

No gi bjj farside armbar.

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MMA armbar

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