Our Club's History

myBJJ Dunedin has a proud history and was one of the first legitmate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu clubs to be established in Dunedin. During more than a decade and a half in operation we have produced many talented practitioners of Jiu-Jitsu, some of whom have gone on to operate their training centres in other parts of the country.

Image of original penguin logo

We began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2000. Initially, we had to travel for tuition and just do our best training amongst ourselves between trips.

Later, we were fortunate to have a skilled purple belt join us and soon afterwards we were introduced to Professor Mario Yokoyama, one of Ryan Gracie's black belts..

In 2004, we opened our doors to the public.and began training under the Dunedin BJJ banner. We quickly grew in size had to relocate to larger facilities several times.

Early 2011 saw us move to our the Oceania Fitness Solutions venue at 42 Teviot Street, Dunedin, established as a business partnership between Stuart Marks and Philip Lindsay. This venue allowed us to move the club forward into a more professional era because we were able to set up a permanent training venue with a larger mat, changing areas, and an office space.

The next significant phase in the histpry of our club happened in conjunction with Professor Yokoyama, when he launched the myBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu International Association. This was a significant rebranding of our identity and completed our transition into an internationally recognised Jiu-Jitsu organisation.

Our club has always been on the forefront of developing and promoting quality Jiu-Jitsu as a martial art and a sport. Every year we host a competition which draws competitors from then entire country. This invitational competition has grown to become one of the key events in driving Jiu-Jitsu standards in the South Island forward.

We are also well-represented in the wider international Jiu-Jitsu community. Our instructors and students regularly train and compete at global events around the world.

Professor Stuart Marks received his Black Belt in April, 2011, and is the only founding member still teaching and training at the centre. He is currently a first degree Black Belt.

Professor Philip Lindsay was awarded his Black Belt in December, 2013.

Our original logo, shown on the left, still holds special meaning for the founding members.

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