"I joined the Martial Arts Academy and started training in BJJ a year ago. Having never practiced a martial art before I wasn’t 100% sure what I had got myself into. Over the years I have competed at a high level in many different sports, both team and individual; yet training BJJ has been the single most rewarding sporting endeavour I have had the pleasure of being part of.
The team of trainers and support staff are professional and highly approachable and facilities are first rate. New comers, irrespective of age, experience or physical condition are all warmly welcomed and the camaraderie within the training group is obvious for all to see.
I would recommend the Martial Arts Academy to anyone looking for a new challenge. Come down, join in and I’ll see you on the mats".
Lukas Hainge Tauranga's Own Home-Grown Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blackbelt. (Lineage) - Carlos Gracie Snr/ Crolin Gracie/ MacGyver/ Roney 'Kabecao' Da Silva. Lukas is one of New Zealand’s most highly decorated competitors not to mention one of the most exciting to watch.
Nathan is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple belt. Nathan won the Nationals in 2011 blue belt under 92 kg division but is admittedly a much bigger fan of the BJJ life and what it has to offer in terms of personal growth and fitness
Having trained with many ,Nathan has an absolute passion for BJJ and loves teaching Martial arts to others.
- Purple Belt in BJJ