BRAUS supports BJJ and MMA athletes in their quests to improve their minds, bodies and spirits through competition. It takes a special kind of martial artist to put themselves against another fighter in the name of self-improvement. For this reason BRAUS sponsors a select team of competitive athletes, providing them with BRAUS’ high-quality gear to ensure they can perform at their very best.
Thalison Vitorino Soares
Thalison Soares is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Cicero Costha and a representative of the Projeto Social Lutando Pelo Bem (PSLPB) Team, who worked extensively with Murilo Santana (Unity BJJ). Thalison gained notoriety within the grappling circuit after his very first year competing internationally, as a juvenile blue belt, when he displayed an unusual amount of talent. His brilliance on the mat continued throughout the colored belt divisions where Thalison conquered repeated International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Grand Slam (Euro, Pan, Brazilian and World titles) for THREE (3) years in a row.
Ana Carolina Schmitt
Ana Carolina Schmitt is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under coach Marcos Cunha, having also worked extensively with coaches such as Juliano Wandalen and Letícia Ribeiro. Ana Carolina is widely regarded as one of the top female grapplers of her generation, having conquered important titles in tournaments such as the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s World and South American Championships.
Ricardo Evangelista is a top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under master Julio Cesar from the Grappling Fight Team (GFT) and one of the best super heavyweights in BJJ having won several important tournaments at the top level. He started practising Jiu Jitsu when he was 13 years old due to his brother’s influence, who convinced Ricardo to attend his first class. It didn’t take long for Evangelista to find interest in the sport, and from his very early teens he started dedicating all his attention to BJJ.
Thamara Ferreira Silva is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Cicero Costha and a representative of the Projeto Social Lutando Pelo Bem (PSLPB) Team, who worked extensively with Marco Barbosa in the earlier stages of her grappling career. Thamara first gained notoriety in the sport while competing in the lower belt divisions of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF), conquering world titles on both circuits.
Roberto Dib Frias (Bob)
Black belt under Marco Barbosa at B9JJ in Sao Paulo – Brazil, Bob have been training BJJ since 1999 and competing regularly. He moved to Australia in 2016 and achieved many goals, in 2016 he was the No.1 Black Belt in Australia in Gi and No Gi (AFBJJ) and 2017 No.1 in the Gi. He runs his gym in Brisbane One Purpose BJJ and now focus on teaching and competing only on major international competitions as well as important grappling events in Australia.
Yago started training when he was 3 years old with his dad’s master (Luiz Carlos) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the age of 8 he started to train with his dad (Tadeu Espindola) in his school. At the time Gracie Humaita, also in Rio. When he was 19 (purple belt) he moved to San Diego – CA to train and compete (Gracie humaita) where he stayed for almost 5 years (2013 to 2018). He was promoted to black belt in San Diego at the age of 23 by his dad, but when he was in Brazil Leticia Ribeiro was the one who actually promoted Yago. So he was Gracie humaita his whole life, around one year after he got his black belt, he moved to Atos where he stayed for 7 months before moving back to Brazil in 2018.
Originally from Perth WA, he began training at 14 years old. He began entering local and national tournaments and immediately fell in love with the thrill of competition. Since beginning BJJ he always had dreams of becoming a world champion, but it wasn’t until he traveled to America for the first time in 2012 that he began to appreciate the level of hard work and dedication needed to compete at that level. Later that year Ben moved to Melbourne in an attempt to bring his training up to the next level. He has amassed an impressive collection of medals from every major tournament in Australia, as well as several international titles.
Black belt under Cicero Costha. He started Jiu jitsu at the age of 15 in Melbourne under Daniel Shaw. At the age of 18 he moved to Sydney to train under Daniel Sainty and Dave Brooksbank, then at the age of 21 he moved to Garage Jiu jitsu to train under Gui Neves, and joined the Braus Team. At the age of 22 he finished his Physiotherapy degree and have now begun to properly dedicate his time to Jiu jitsu.
Leonardo Da Silva Guimaraes is a Black belt from GFTeam under Max Gimenis. He just moved from Brazil to USA in 2019 to chase his dream. Leonardo was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a 25 year. Leo has won medaled in the IBJJF Pan and World Championships (two bronze, 1 silver) and is a multiple time IBJJF International Open Champion.
Gfteam athlete and student of Júlio dos Anjos and Edinho. Today in purple belt with a great desire to be world champion. Starting with jiu jitsu in 2012 under the influence of the school, where they advised the sport as a way to help him with discipline and respect. It didn’t take long to fall in love with Bjj, since then he made the decision to live on the sport. Collecting titles in major jiu jitsu federations. At the age of 19, Catriel continues to play the increasingly motivated game, always fighting hard, doing her best to make her dreams come true, give her family a great future and be a great example not only as an athlete but as a person for her child.
Purple belt under Rodney Ellis at Southern Cross Jiu Jitsu Academy (Nova Uniao). Nick started training BJJ at age 11, supporting his commitment and drive for martial arts even further, currently also ranked Brown Belt in Judo. Winning both Weight and Open Divisions at this years Grappling Industries Sydney as well as Sydney Cup BJJ he is currently training 7 days a week preparing for next years Abu Dhabi World Pros and IBJJF Worlds. Nick lives and breaths for the sport with aspirations to become multiple world title black belt one day.
Blue belt competitor under Roney Da Silva and Lukas Hainge (Gracie gym Rotarua, New Zealand.) Zanetta started training in 2013 and won her first national championship less than a year later. While based in New Zealand, Zanetta regularly travels overseas to find new levels of competition, and hopes to compete at a world level in the near future. She believes one day she will be world champion and help inspire other young girls especially to follow their goals and ambitions
Felipe Daniel Ferreira
Purple belt under Rodrigo Pinheiro. He started JiuJitsu at the age of 8. At 17 he left school and became a full athlete, born in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. In the last few years he have fought big competition and had a good result including: second place in the ibjjf 2018 World No-Gi Second place at sjjaf 2018 World Gi Dallas International Champion 2019 ibjjf Atlanta International Champion 2019 ibjjf Third place in the Brazilian 2015/2016 cbjj and many other competitions.
Tom is a blue belt out of Central Coast, NSW. Originally under professor Danilo Coltro. Now, he trains, travels and competes nationally and internationally. He is looking to represent Australian Jiu Jitsu and BRAUS at the highest level.
Luiz Victor Maxnuk
Blue Belt under black belt Fábio Andrade (Nova União / # FamiliaBanguBjj). He is Jiujitsu practitioner since 2013 and no date to stop. He dreams every day until being World Champion in the Black Belt. A little of his story: * European Champion * 4x Brazilian Champion * Vice World Champion * Grand Slam Rio Champion * Multiple Opens
BRAUS philosophy is based on a strong passion and commitment to our martial arts community. We proudly support our local professors and masters in encouraging their teams to spread the love for the art around their own communities and encouraging people to try the art and learn to live for something bigger.
Guilherme da Silveira Neves
BJJ Black belt under the master Paulo Sergio Santos and Alcino Seibt. Gui is the founder and coach at Garage Jiu Jitsu, located in Bondi Junction. He has been teaching since 2002. As a student, he learned to love the art, and now as a professor, he is sharing his passion for Jiu Jitsu with his athletes. Gui is an inspiring teacher and many of his students have become national champions and international competitors.
BJJ Black belt 3rd Degree Lineage; Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jnr. > Helio Soneca > Alexandre Santos. Alexandre is founder and head coach at Cia Paulista North Melbourne. His extensive knowledge, experience and respect for BJJ has developed him into a well-respected coach and athlete within the BJJ community. Alexandre aspires to help people achieve their very best selves by teaching them the many benefits of a BJJ lifestyle.
Paulo Henrique Polimeno
Now black belt, Paulo Henrique Polimeno, began his training in 1996 under Elico Figueiredo at Integration JiuJitsu Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2010 he moved to Australia where he enjoyed a few years experiencing different gyms and teams including, Fight Club, Galeb Brothers and South Side before co-founding Flow Martial Arts in 2014 with student and friend Ryann Crearry. Now he spends his days sharing his knowledge with his students and training at any chance he gets.
Minol Tavares Tutida
BJJ Black Belt 3rd Degree from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil under the Red Belt Grand Master Wilson Mattos. He came from the unique Fadda lineage which has no connections with the Gracie’s. Lineage; Mitsuyo Maeda > Luiz Franca > Oswaldo Baptista Fadda > Wilson Pereira Mattos > Minol Tavares Tutida. Minol moved to Japan with his parents and started training BJJ when he was 15 years old. He has also fought MMA in a few events called DEEP 2001 which was the same organization as Pride. Minol is the founder and head coach at Equipe Mestre Wilson Jiu-Jitsu Australia. Minol’s favourite phrase is “Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting” which is written on the wall at his club’s Melbourne HQ.
Black belt 1 degree under master Helder Medeiros (Bob Esponja). He began to train jiu-jitsu in Joao Pessoa -PB Brazil in 1997, since than he has been competing regularly. He created the Academia Portal BJJ in Brazil where he spent two and a half years until he decided to bring this project to Australia which step by step comes to fruition. The Portal Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu affiliated to Halavanca Brazil is in Suffolk Park in Byron Bay and Ballina and step by step with a lot of work dedicating to make a strong family!
Marcel Leteri Sasso de Oliveira
Marcel is a 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt from São Paulo, Brazil and has been training BJJ since 1997, receiving his Black Belt in 2007 from Professor Rick Kowarick of Cia Paulista Jiu Jitsu (Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez Jr) With over 8 years of experience teaching and running his own gym (Fratelli Leteri) in Italy, he currently teaches in Melbourne, Australia at DMD’S MMA and Martial Spirit in Brunswick. He is actively involved in the BJJ scene in Australia, both as a competitor, coach and a referee.
Bruno Emanoel Mercês de Oliveira “Bruxa”
Black belt from GFTeam, Bruno has started Jiu Jitsu at 13 years old. He has worked as a teacher in Italy, Cyprus and UAE active competitor since he started winning state titles in his home town Salvador Bahia Brazil began to emerge with a sock game very strong guard in the world of jiujitsu where today he is one of the most famous in the world with this half guard style of play in competitions.
BRAUS is honoured to have the support of an incredible network of individuals within the Australian and New Zealand BJJ community. These individuals have a steadfast commitment to BJJ and respect for the BJJ community. We are privileged to have their support and look forward to growing with them as a team.
Jess Fraser began competing in 2011. Since then she has won 11x State titles, 7x National, 11x Pan Pacific, 7x Australasian Abu Dhabi trials, 3 Naga Belts (advanced division), runner up in the 2011 ADCC trials, won the Abu Dhabi trials 4 times & gone on to medal three times while representing Australia in Abu Dhabi (blue, purple, black). She won silver at the IBJJF World in 2012 and most recently became the first Australian black belt to hit the podium in Abu Dhabi at the World Pro. She is also the first and only Australian to make the Top Ten ranked Black belts in the UAEJJF ranking system. Even with her impressive competition career Jess still sites her most proud accomplishment to be the creation and leadership of Australian Girls in Gi, the largest support organisation for women in jiu jitsu of its kind in the world. Jess is fiercely proud of the achievements of all Australian athletes as well as deeply involved in the development of the Australian BJJ community. She trains and coaches out of Vanguard BJJ in Richmond, Melbourne.
Black belt under Rodney Ellis at Southern Cross Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Steve started Judo in 1982 and Jiu Jitsu in 2009. He is the co-founder of Gerijitsu, which is an over 35 years training format designed for masters athletes with an emphasis on enjoyment and training jiu jitsu into their later years.
Thiago Machado de Castro
Black belt under Marcus Almeida (Buchecha), he started training Jiu jitsu in 2000 with his Master João Teco Shinzato in Santos City, Brazil. He moved to Australia in 2011 since that his focus is his lifestyle, as Surf and Jiu Jitsu. He is currently a Head Coach at Checkmat tweed heads Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, were he spend most of his time teaching adult and kids is one of his passions.
Natalia is a brown belt under Matthew Cugola at Martial Art QLD located in Brisbane. Originally from Brazil, Natalia moved to Australia after achieving great results such as the Ibjjf Word titles in 2014, 2x Brazilians nationals, 1x South American, among others. Last year Natalia was the first purple belt in QLD and Third one in Australia. She is also a full time coach at Martial Arts QLD.
Brown belt out of SKAMMA gym (Peter De Been Jiu Jitsu). He trains under both Bob Watson and David Kemp. He started training in July 2012 and after 3 months of training, he won his first competition as a white belt at a small in-club competition. Since getting his blue belt in 2014, he came second in the Asian Open 2015, won the open weight for Pan Pacs 2015 and most recently, won the Abu Dhabi Trials securing himself a trip to the Abu Dhabi World Pro. Adam is determined to become world champion and aspires to open his own gym one day allowing him to teach and train BJJ full time.
Alan is a brown belt under Leonidas Gondim, of LGsystem Team at SSA – BA -BRA. He believes in BJJ as a weapon of freedom from social pressures. Since he dropped his career as a lawyer in Brazil, he’s been travelling to over 15 countries around the world only with BJJ and Surf in his bag. He is a practitioner of the “free roller” lifestyle. Currently based in Gold Coast, Aus, he lives in his van and trains jiu jitsu everyday.
Purple belt training under Dio at Pacheco Jiu Jitsu in Sydney, in 2018 Tami was ranked number one #1 Female purple belt competitor by QJJC. Tami has a bachelor degree And post graduation in law from a university in São Paulo, Brazil, However her passion for Jiu Jitsu made her change her lifestyle completely by moving to Australia in 2017 and pursue her dreams to become a sports coach in especial, Jiu Jitsu to teach and compete in national and international competitions.
Born and raised in Singapore and currently living in Sydney, Australia, Winston discovered jiujitsu during his undergraduate studies in Sydney and never looked back. Training out of Garage jiujitsu Bondi Junction under Gui Neves, Winston is a regular in the local competition scene but has his sights on the international stage. Through his achievements in BJJ, Winston aims to one day inspire others to work hard, truly pursue their dreams and attain fulfillment in their lives. “Competition brings out the best in myself and my opponent. Win, lose or draw, the end result is irrelevant when you have prepared the best you can and have truly given it your all.”
Blue belt under Benjamin Aldridge from Manly BJJ. Karine is a traveller from Montréal, Canada. She started BJJ in Broome, Western Australia in 2016. Her nomad BJJ journey bring her to train and receive stripes from different gyms (Infinity Martial Arts-Kawana Waters, Gracie Barra Central Coast and Manly BJJ). She won 2 Grappling Industries comps and participate at NoGi Worlds 2018 in Anaheim, California. Karine is currently in her home town and train hard NoGi under Firas Zahabi at Tristar.
Pete is a purple belt under Professor Luke Beston and Andy Hernandez at A’s Dojo Sydney. Pete is a well rounded JiuJitsu practitioner, with a broad skill set. From his time competing, Pete has now taken on a instructor role following several serious injuries. As a result, his mindset, understanding of flow, movement, and biomechanics (thanks to his under and postgrad studies) have helped him rediscover his JiuJitsu passion. Pete now helps young avid competitors prepare for competitions, and assists others rediscover their love for JiuJitsu and mixed martial arts through functional rehabilitation through his own rehab business.
Jason Ng is a brown belt with a Hong Kong heritage and born in Perth, Australia. He has been training BJJ since 2011, receiving his Brown Belt in 2018 from Professor Jamie Murray of Australian Elite Team (Roberto Godoi > Gustavo Falciroli > Ninos Dammos > Jamie Murray) He has over 8 years of BJJ competition experience and currently trains in Melbourne at both Renegade MMA and Australian Elite Team HQ. He is currently the leading Australian Masters Brown Belt sitting at #1 of the 2019 AFBJJ leader board and has ambitions to be a Master’s World Champion in 2020. Jason is passionate about the sport and is eager to see the benefits transpire amongst kids in both Australia and Hong Kong. Once his competition days are over he has ambitions to dedicate his time to the growth of BJJ.
Blue belt under Diogenes Pacheco from Guigo JJ in São Paulo Brazil – Wesley have been training constantly since 2016 when I moved to Australia, but back in few years ago before I come to Australia, I started training jiu jitsu at Guigo JJ with , but I lived far away from Guigo gym so I had to stop training at guigo and start training in a social project that the church near to my house offered, but I didn’t take it seriously after a while and I decided to stopped. When I came to Australia I returned to constantly training and with that … I was vice champion PAN PACIFIC IBJJF 2016 White belt, NSW state champion by abjjf weight and absolute division white belt 2017. . blue belt: 2x champion of grappling industries 2018, 3st place at SYDNEY OPEN 2018 IBJJF, vice champion Gi and No Gi nsw state 2018
Blue belt under Alexandre Santos – ASBJJ North Melbourne (Cia Paulista Australia). Alex started training in February 2013 at 16 years old at DMDs MMA in Brunswick. He got his blue belt in December of 2014 and since then has taken home a decent amount of medals from national and international competitions. Currently he trains at both ASBJJ North Melbourne with Alexandre Santos and at DMDs MMA in Brunswick with Marcel Leteri.
Ronaldo Mendes Dos Santos
Blue Belt under Yosh from Caza Bjj. Ronaldo started Jiu Jitsu when he was 32 years old (2017) and gaining a taste for the sport at fight club under Shane Poppetlon at Brisbane. At the beginning of 2018 his family and himself moved to Noosa – Sunshine Coast He had his first comp month after starting jiu jitsu and, since then he could not stop competing. He has competed Internationally, competition like Pan Pac and many local and national comps. At 2017 he was number 2 in the QLD rank as a white belt and 2018 he was number 1 in the QLD Rank, Number 5 in Australia national rank and number 3 at the Pan Pac 2018. He inspires his game in the old style of jiu jitsu especially the movements of the greatest Fernando Terere, and wants to show out there that OLD JIU JITSU still works with the highest level of competitor.
BRAUS believes the future of the BJJ art is in the hands of our youth who are evolving as individuals at the same time as learning the true meaning of passion. Evolution comes with focus, training and passion. We are committed to promoting and supporting kids to start their journey to become greater humans through BJJ.
Charisma Taylor is a BJJ Competitor under Bruno Lemos, training out of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Brisbane, Australia. With an impressive record including 3 x Pan Pacific and 4 x Australian Championships since 2012. Since starting her martial arts journey at the age of 10, Charisma has approached her training with enthusiasm and dedication. She enjoyed competing right from the beginning, winning her first Adult State Championship at the age of 15. Charisma strives for continual improvement and has included Judo to her training regime and is now on the verge of international Judo representation. With Charisma’s dedication to training and her strong mental fortitude we are sure that she will achieve international success in the near future.
Mitchell is a 15 year old Blue Belt juvenile under his father Matthew Wickham at Wickhams Martial Arts Centre Echuca, VIC. Mitchell started his bjj jouney in 2010 and competed for the first time in 2014 under Thiago Steffanuti at Maromba Acadamia. Mitchell is a rooster weight fighter, which has given him lots of experience competing against heavier, stronger opponents. Mitchell competes regularly around Australia and Internationally winning multiple state titles and medalling at the 2016 Kids Worlds and 2017 IBJJF Worlds. Mitchell’s is very passionate about jiu jitsu and believes one day that he will be a multiple time world champion and UFC fighter traveling the world teaching jiu jitsu and martial arts.
Blue belt under Professor Levi Jones-leary. Varun has been training for 8 years and has competed and won tournaments such as the PowerPI Pan Pacifics and the Sydney Cup. Varun juggles his high school studies with his BJJ passion competing at the highest level. He aspires to compete in the World Championships and to be known as the Pound-For-Pound best Jiu Jitsu fighter.
Jacob Cutler is a 14 year old Green belt black stripe who trains under Professor Vicente Cavalcanti at Southside BJJ on the Gold Coast, QLD. Jacob has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since he was 8 years old, and competing since he was 10 years old. Over the years Jacob has won many State and National BJJ Championships. Jacob’s goal for the future is to compete in as many National and International competitions as he can. His dedication and passion for the art of BJJ is incredible, with his warm and humble personality on and off the mats being an inspiration and role model to the younger kids.
Mason is a 13 year old yellow belt, Melbourne based BJJ Athlete, training out of Limitless MMA under Troy Skidmore. He began his journey 3 years ago with Wickhams Martial Arts Centre in Echuca before moving to Melbourne and becoming part of the team at Limitless MMA. Training 4-5 times a week, Mason is highly passionate and dedicated to jiu jitsu and enjoys traveling Australia and competing on a regular basis. Mason’s short term goals are to continue to grow as an athlete, continue to compete around Australia and to hopefully travel to America to compete in the IBJJF Kids International Championships. Mason’s long term goals are to continue training and competing and to hopefully one day open up his own gym and help kids in need through Jiu Jitsu.
Cruz Mikaere Clarkin
Cruz Mikaere Clarkin, 11 years old, is a student of the Garage Jiu Jitsu family and has been competing under Professor Gui Neves since 2013. Learning the art in one of the most prestigious academies in Australia has seen Cruz steadily rise in passion, skill and discipline. He currently holds a yellow belt and has won multiple State, Pan Pacific and Australian titles with his finest accomplishment to date being crowned 2016 World Champion in both of his Gi and No-Gi divisions. Cruz’s intense commitment to the ‘gentle art’ saw him featured in a campaign for Abu Dhabi Tourism, and when he’s not on the mats, you’ll find him playing Rugby for Waverley College.
Ratu Ekara Cayuque
Yellow belt from Gracie Australia Castle Hill under Professor Marcos Nevel. He started training in Jiu Jitsu at 6 years old and has been competing for the last 8 years. His goals are to train harder, improving his strength & cardio and keep improving his Jiu Jitsu game. Also be a sample for the other kids by having a good attitude, behaviour, self respect, humble.
Yan started his Jiu Jitsu journey when age 3 and shortly realized he was ok at it. Within a couple of year, by the age 5 he started competing and since that he’s been progressing and having really good results as gold at the Pan Pacific, Australian National and Queensland States 2019. Yan loves training and competing and put a lot of timing and hard work on the mat at the gym. He is definitely a Jiu jitsu lover, enthusiastic practitioner and competitor.