He was amazed at how Royce Gracie was able to consistently and convincingly beat all of his opponents and thought he would try BJJ
His first lesson was a massive learning experience where a 100kg plus Darko was forced to tap four times in four minutes to a 55kg Gavin.
From that moment on he was hooked and has been training 5-6 times a week since that fateful day.
Darko was awarded his black belt in 2008.
He has been a trainer at our gym for a number of years as well as running prior schools at Artarmon and North Sydney
Darko also trains in MMA and Thai Boxing to round out his skill set and has an annual trek to Thailand to work on his Muay Thai
Darko has competed in BJJ tournaments at every level coming 2nd as a brown belt and 1st as a black belt in the Machado Nationals
He has also competed in Pankration
Darko loves instructing and passing on his knowledge of the sport to others
Darko has also won our most handsome instructor award for the last 4 years running
Prior to starting down the MMA path he studied traditional martial arts (Ninjistu and Karate) for 7 years
Damien makes regular trips to Thailand to improve his stand up skills
Damiens students appreciate his detailed explanations and ability to provide instruction in multiple disciplines including MMA, BJJ and Thai Boxing
Tim has been training in various Martial Arts since age 12
He was awarded a junior/teen black belt in Ninjitsu at age 16 and then went on to study To Mie Yun Kung Fu for the next 15 years. For 10 of these years he was an instructor
During this time he also dabbled in Kendo and spent 5 years studying Chi Gong Chinese Yoga
Although only officially training in BJJ /MMA and Thai Boxing for a relatively short period (since 2009) his rapid rise is due to his exceptional work ethic, background and talents. Most people train 2-4 classes per week, Tim does at least 10
Tim originally used to compete in BMX as a kid when an accident at age 10 saw him out of action for a while
During this time he became involved in Martial Arts for its strength and conditioning benefits
Tim see's MMA as a lifestyle and he plans to continue training for the rest of his life
Tim really enjoys teaching and sharing techniques with others
Dylan is our resident sports scientist who has completed his third year of a Bachelor of exercise and Sport Science
He also has the following qualifications:
Cert III & IV in fitness and health
He has completed 200 hours of experience with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist working with both amateur and professional athletes as well as former Olympians.
This involved exercise testing and performance enhancing as well as well as treating acute injuries to the knee, back and neck.
He also has over 5 years experience of body sculpting and applied strength and condition for a number of sports
Dylan has also studied a number of martial arts including boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai and MMA
We use Dylan's expertise a lot internally to focus on both our competitive athletes and general members strength, conditioning and nutrition.
Dylan has been instrumental in improving the conditioning of our members ensuring that the training is relevant to the sports we participate in as well as being interesting and fun.
With Dylan's expertise we are one of the few gyms that can offer tailored 6 and 12 week conditioning and nutrition programmes for a very token fee, as well as specialist monitoring and assessment services such as body fat measurements.
If you are serious about your training we recommend you approach him for advice.