Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is one of the most fascinating and fastest growing martial arts in the world today.  It requires skill and efficiency, not brute strength, and is built on the principle that a smaller and weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger and stronger person using leverage and technique.  Unlike the striking arts, Jiu Jitsu is predominantly a ground fighting art in which an opponent is put to the ground and manipulated with techniques and submission holds involving joint locks and chokes but is also about how to get back on your feet if taken to the ground.

Jiu Jitsu is also a complementary art to other martial arts in many situations where people grab each other or fall to the ground.  The effectiveness and increasing popularity of Jiu Jitsu has found its way in law enforcement training programmes, anti-bullying programmes and women self defence particularly female victims of domestic violence.

BJJ is often referred to as the ‘Kinetic Chess’ of martial arts because of the strategy to beat your opponent.


Our school operates under the auspices of Professor Richard Norton who has been trained and graded Black Belt 5th Degree by the Machado Brothers.  Our school is an affiliate with the Richard Norton Jiu Jitsu Association (Team Norton BJJ).  The instructor, George Adams, was graded by Richard Norton and JJ Machado.

Richard Norton has trained in many aspects of the martial arts with over 55 years training, including Judo, Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Aikido, Thai Boxing and several Japanese weapons systems. He has trained extensively with such Martial Arts legends as Tino Ceberano, Tadashi Yamashita, Fumio Demura, Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace, Pete “Sugar Foot” Cunningham, the Machado brothers and Chuck Norris.

Richard Norton is in constant demand for Jiu Jitsu seminars all over the world and regularly visits and conducts seminars in Sydney.

George Adams with Professor Richard Norton


In 1914, a Japanese Jiu Jitsu champion, Esai Maeda, migrated to Brazil where he met and taught Carlos Gracie who then taught his four brothers brothers.  In 1925 they opened the first Gracie Jiu Jitsu academy in Brazil.  The over the following decades, Carlos’s brothers, sons, grandsons and cousins further developed the art.

Rio de Janeiro was the proving-ground for no-rules fighting (Vale Tudo).  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) schools started to open up everywhere, a sporting aspect was developed and the art grew tremendously in popularity.

The Machado Brothers (cousins of the Gracies) developed their system of Jiu Jitsu over the last 50 years. The Jiu Jitsu they learned in Brazil has been refined by them into a modern and unique style which is now popular around the world.  Emanating from Brazil, their family has demonstrated the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in many “no rules” tournaments. They have demonstrated their superiority on the mat, winning numerous championships all over the world including other grappling arts such as wrestling and Russian Sambo.

Machado Brothers

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Kinetic Chess)

Team Norton BJJ with Professor Jean Jacques Machado & Richard Norton

Our Roselands location (BKJ Martial Arts Centre) offers Kids Jiu Jitsu from 8 to 14 years old where they can train in complete safety.  Our programme will increase the child’s concentration, coordination and fitness level which are invaluable for helping kids reach their goals in every day life.  More importantly they will build self-confidence, self-discipline and the positive attitude necessary to become a successful young adult.



BKJ Martial Arts (West Pennant Hills)
WPH Community Centre (George Thornton Park)
View Street, West Pennant Hills, NSW
Phone: 0418 608 688
Contact: George Adams

Wed: 5.45pm – 7pm
Sat: 10.45am – 12pm

Other Locations include:
Roselands, Rainbow Beach, Qld

BKJ Martial Arts & Fitness Centre (Roselands)
Level 1, 925 Canterbury Rd, Roselands
Phone: 0418 608 688
Contact: George Adams

Sun: 6pm – 7pm
Mon: 6pm – 7pm No GI
Wed: 6,30am – 7.30am
Tues: 7.30pm – 8.45pm
Thur: 7.30pm – 8.45pm
Fri: 6.30am – 7.30am

Kids (6-12 years)
Wed: 6pm – 7pm
Fri: 5.10pm – 6.10pm


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Professor Richard Norton
5th Degree

George Adams
1st Degree

Timothy Ellis
John Ellis

Tim Smith
Raden Wijoyo
Carlo Giampietro
Darren Grieve
Jim Hughes
Chris Wilson
Peter Tziliaskopoulos
Jim Kay
Kathy Taylor
Frank Wilson
Stuart Adam
Anthony Tartak
Stewart Mackieson
Roland Winter
Aron Ko
Aaron Jones
Richy Caldwell
Chris Christofi
Omar Al-Dabbas
Nuno Gomes
Jarrod Papandrea
Marlon Daniel
Dean Stockley
1 Stripe
Amien Soeker
Angelo Bagnato
Hinok Desta
Moeena Goolam
Nahyan Islam
Casey White
Victor Tringas
Rumaysa Goolam
Donald Chen
Theodore Kourafas
Donahue D’Souza

2 Stripes
Adeeb Malek
Michael Papageorgious
Theodore Kourafas
Athan Kourafas
Giorgio Christofi
Zoe Rontziokos
Daniel Polley
Jonah Kim
Luke Hancock
Jason Griffin (Qld)

3 Stripes
Lee Baxter
Obie Vetter
Victor Chan

4 Stripes
Alex Asimakopoulos
Firdaus Hidayat
Lukas Hoffman
Shameer Ali
John Bertuzzi
Alex Piotrowski
Robert Martin (Qld)
Michael Brantz (Qld)
Bill Greer (Qld)

Juniors (under 16)

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Liam FallonYesmien Soeker
Ibrahim Mathews
Jayden Corbo
Hussein Alkafagi
Athan Tringas
George Potamis
Tasneem Soeker
Oscar Kim
Dean Kalogiannis
Mohamed Alkafaji
Shifaa Matthews
Abdullah Rajab
Christian Kalogiannis
Azzam Rajab
Adam Mahdi




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