GARRA Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Lawnton

Are you looking for an exciting and effective way to get in shape, boost your confidence, and learn self-defense? Look no further than Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)!

Our BJJ classes are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, and no previous martial arts experience is required. Our experienced instructors will teach you everything you need to know, from the ground up.

In our classes, you can expect a combination of physical activity and technical instruction. We'll start with a warm-up to get your body prepared, and then move on to learning and drilling specific techniques. You'll have the opportunity to practice these techniques with a partner and test your skills in live rolling sessions.

But BJJ is about more than just physical fitness – it's also a great way to reduce stress and improve your mental health. And when you train with us, you'll become part of a supportive community of like-minded individuals.

So why wait? Sign up for a BJJ class today and start reaping the many benefits of this exciting martial art. We can't wait to see you on the mat!

About our academy

Garra Lawnton is located in the heart of Brisbane's Northside, Our gym features a newly installed state of the art sprung floor in April 2022, which provides a great base to train safely.

Gi and No-Gi Brazilian Jiu jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is taught in the Gi (Uniform) and No-Gi (Rash Guard and Shorts) at our gym. Please check our timetable for class times.

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Our Coaches


3rd Degree Black belt - Head Coach

Jason has a long history of involvement in Martial Arts. He began his training in BJJ under the instruction of Eduardo Dias. Jason is a gold medalist for the Pan Pacific Championships, Melbourne.  He has been fortunate to train with some of the best BJJ Blackbelts in Brazil.


  • BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) Instructor
  • Judo Federation of Australia Instructor
  • Australian Jiu Jitsu Federation Instructor
  • MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Instructor
  • Weapons Instructor
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Master Personal Trainer
  • Boxing Coach
  • Strength & Conditioning coach
  • Security Certificate 3 & 4
  • Fitness Certificate 3 & 4
  • First Aid Certificate
  • CPR Certificate
  • Blue Card (Working with Children)

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Lineage

Rolls Gracie –> Romero Cavalcante -> Roberto Traven -> Octavio Couto -> Eduardo Dias -> Jason Miller


Black belt

Robin (Princess)

Brown belt

Helen (Crunchy)

Brown belt

Helen has been training for over 10 years and competed at a state, national and international level. Training under Jason Miller, Helen has achieved 2 x Gold Pan Pacific championships and 2 international Bronze medals. She has traveled overseas and trained in Brazil and the USA with some of the worlds highest Blackbelts.


  • Pan Pacific Champion – White Belt
  • Pan Pacific Champion – Blue Belt
  • Australian international Open – Bronze
  • Abu Dhabi Trials (NZ) – Bronze
  • State Championships – Gold


  • BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) Womens Coach
  • BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) Kids Coach
  • Blue Card (Working with Children)

GARRA BJJ for Adults

Our adults BJJ classes are for people 16 years and older, they are mixed belts from white through black, you will often be paired to someone of your own size and skill level.

Ladies only classes are also at our gym.

There are many reasons to start BJJ, people may start for fitness, confidence, competition and self defence, it is also a great place to socialise.

What to expect

Our traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) classes typically consists of a warm-up, technique instruction, drilling, and live rolling. Here is what you can expect in each part of a typical BJJ class:

  1. Warm-up: The warm-up typically consists of some light stretching and calisthenics to get your body prepared for the physical activity of the class.

  2. Technique instruction: During this part of the class, the instructor will demonstrate and explain a specific technique or set of techniques. You will often have the opportunity to practice the technique with a partner.

  3. Drilling: Drilling involves practicing the technique repeatedly, either with a partner or on your own. This helps you to internalize the technique and develop muscle memory.

  4. Live rolling: Live rolling is when you practice the techniques you have learned with a fully resisting partner. This is done at a controlled pace and with appropriate safety measures in place. Live rolling is a great way to test your skills and improve your game.

Overall, a traditional BJJ class is a combination of physical activity and technical instruction, and is designed to help you improve your BJJ skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Be sure to bring a drink and towel to class.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is BJJ?

BJJ is a combat sport and martial art where the practitioners attempt to gain positional advantage over their opponent in order to eventually apply a submission (usually in the form of a choke or joint lock). BJJ is a grappling sport, which means we do not train with strikes.

What should I wear to my first BJJ class?

Wear comfortable, stretchy clothing that you can move easily in. A gi (uniform) is not required for your first class as we will loan you one, but we do require them for regular training.

What will I need to start training BJJ?

You will need a BJJ gi (kimono) and a belt to train. These can be purchased at the gym.

We recommend that you wear a rashguard underneath the gi jacket as well.

We train barefoot and don’t wear shoes on the mats. So thongs or sandals are handy to have to walk around the place.

Make sure to bring your water bottle and a towel.

Personal protection such as mouthguards are recommended.

I'm unfit, will i be able to train?

Yes. Each person has their own fitness levels and ability, listen to your body and go at your own pace.

BJJ is an excellent full body workout! Many of our members have lost an incredible amount of weight training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Do I need any previous martial arts experience to start BJJ?

No previous martial arts experience is necessary to start training BJJ. The instructors will teach you everything you need to know from the ground up.

Is BJJ safe?

BJJ is a safe martial art when practiced with proper technique and safety measures in place. Injuries can occur in any physical activity, but the risk of injury in BJJ can be minimized by following proper technique and respecting your training partners.

Am i too old to start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

If your body is willing and able, there are no barriers to start learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Is BJJ suitable for women?

Yes, BJJ is suitable for women of all ages and fitness levels. It is an effective martial art for self-defense and can also provide physical, mental, and social benefits.

How long does it take to earn a black belt in BJJ?

Earning a black belt in BJJ can take anywhere from 10-12 years, depending on the individual and the academy. It is a long-term commitment that requires consistent training and dedication.

Do you offer a trial?

Yes! You can have a casual 1 week membership for $32 for as many lessons as you like. You may also have a free trial if you book via the website or by calling Jason on 0404 186 683

If you would like to book via the website, please create an account first, then head to the BOOKING link in the main menu located under MEMBERS.

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How often should I train?

The frequency of your training will depend on your personal goals and schedule. Many people find that training 2-4 times per week is a good balance.

Do I have to compete in BJJ tournaments?

Competing in BJJ tournaments is not required, but it is an option for those who are interested. Some academies offer competition training as part of their curriculum, but it is ultimately up to the individual to decide whether or not they want to compete.

GARRA BJJ for Kids

Bully-Proof your kids

Our kids BJJ programme is perfect for kids to learn self defence, self confidence, discipline, fitness, respect and friendship. Many of our kids have been attending for more than 3 years with some having started at 4 years old and now in our Adults class!

Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Development Class

This class primarily emphasizes the importance of maintaining good positions before attempting a submission. It is essential to prioritize position control, as it lays the foundation for successful submissions. This class is specifically designed to help kids progress more efficiently by providing them with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively pin and control their training partners or opponents before attempting submissions. In fact, the key to achieving great submissions lies in using baits and traps effectively.

Hey Parents!

At Real Fitness, we prioritize development over mere numbers. In our gym, you will never feel like just another statistic. We value the journey of development more than instant performance. However, when our members do perform, you will notice that they excel at the highest level and do so with radiant smiles on their faces.

What to expect

Kids will start with a warm up, then learn some techniques, practice them and then have a friendly roll with their classmates.

Our kids classes are supervised by trained BJJ practitioners under direction of the coach.

Please bring a drink, towel and a notepad or book is recommended to record the techniques learned for the day.

Games are part of the fun!

Frequently asked questions

How to tie a BJJ belt?

How to tie BJJ pants?

GARRA BJJ Womens self defence classes

There are many benefits to training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) for women. Some of the main reasons women may want to start training BJJ include:

  1. Self-defense: BJJ is an effective martial art for self-defense because it teaches you how to defend yourself against larger and stronger attackers.

  2. Confidence: Training BJJ can boost your confidence and help you feel more self-assured in all aspects of your life.

  3. Physical fitness: BJJ is a great way to get in shape and improve your overall physical fitness. It is also a fun and engaging way to work out.

  4. Mental health: Training BJJ can be a great way to reduce stress and improve your mental health.

  5. Community: Many people find that training BJJ helps them make new friends and become part of a supportive community.

Overall, BJJ is a great martial art for women to train in because it can provide physical, mental, and social benefits.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Grading System

Garra students have grading twice per year, Grading is based upon the IBJJF graduation system, and is reflection upon progression and skill.

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