Auckland BJJ has a rich history that began in 2011 when it was founded by Stuart Mitchell and Serge Morel. The club started off in a small space, located within David Tua's Boxing gym in Onehunga. It quickly outgrew that location and in 2012, the club moved to Rick Littlewoods dojo in Epsom.
In 2018, the club expanded again, opening a new location in Sandringham. This allowed the club to reach more students and offer more classes. However, in August 2020, the club consolidated both locations to a new and larger Onehunga dojo, which features 160 square meters of mats, providing ample space for training.
Throughout the years, Auckland BJJ has been a hub for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) in New Zealand, providing high-quality instruction and a positive training environment for students of all levels. The club has produced multiple champions in local and international events, which is a testament to the knowledge and coaching abilities of the founders and instructors. Today, Auckland BJJ continues to be a leader in the BJJ community, providing an excellent training experience for its members and constantly growing.
3rd degree Black Belt
Stuart Mitchell, a martial artist with a diverse background and a passion for learning. Stuart began his journey in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) in 2003 under the instruction of Douglas Santos. Throughout the years, Stuart has competed in numerous competitions and has dedicated himself to mastering the art. On December 1st, 2011, Stuart achieved the rank of black belt in BJJ. In 2011, Stuart also started teaching at Auckland BJJ with Serge Morel, and is currently a 3rd degree black belt. Additionally, Stuart holds the rank of 3rd dan in Judo. You can find Stuart's Belt Checker profile here: https://www.beltchecker.com/profile.php?id=6249
3rd degree Black Belt
Laurance Pene, a dedicated martial artist with a passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). He has been training in BJJ for 7-8 years under the guidance of Stuart Mitchell and Serge Morel. Laurance has been coaching adults at the club for 2-3 years, teaching both gi and no-gi techniques. He has won multiple New Zealand grappler events, and his career highlight so far has been serving as a training partner for Nicky Rod, an ADCC Silver Medalist, at the 2019 ADCC event in Los Angeles. Laurance is particularly passionate about the fundamentals of the sport and enjoys teaching the basics to set students up for a successful future in BJJ.
In the cage at TUAMAN's