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About Us

What is SJJA?


Modelled on the training and fitness regime of a professional BJJ athlete, SJJA fuses Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and self-defence with popular group functional fitness under the guidance of Bruno’s elite coaching methodology. With classes catering for all ages and fitness levels, SJJA students learn the world’s most effective martial art while enjoying a full-body workout in a supportive team environment.

Bruno Alves

Who we are?


SJJA was founded by Bruno Almeida Alves, a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt under Zé Radiola from the ZR Team. He has dedicated his life to competing at the highest level, winning multiple World Championships at the middleweight division including the European, Pan American, South American and Mundial World Championships. In 2011, Bruno moved to Sydney, Australia, with the vision of teaching the best Jiu-jitsu to as many people as possible. In this time Bruno has created the fastest growing martial arts school in Australia with gyms throughout Sydney and Melbourne, including Crows Nest, Brookvale, Maroubra, Gladesville, Ku-Ring-Gai, the Blue Mountains, Narrabeen, Pascoe Vale, and more on the way. Bruno’s own gym, SJJA HQ in Crows Nest, is now one of the biggest in the country. Bruno attributes his success on and off the mats to the values he learned over a lifetime of training and competing, and in 2017 he created a martial arts school with his winning mindset at its core.


Our Symbol

Just as pressure makes diamonds, Bruno believes that facing challenges head-on can unlock unimaginable strength in our mind, body and spirit. The SJJA symbol comprises of three arrows coming together to form a diamond. Each arrow faces inwards to represent the pressure that will unlock the untapped strength in our students.

Our Mission

We will teach our students excellence through the art of Jiu-jitsu. We will help them to build the strength and resilience to achieve their goals on and off the mats. We will always strive to be a world class team, competing around the world at the highest level. We will always foster a family-friendly environment that welcomes and nurtures anyone who wants to train Jiu-jitsu.

Our Values

SJJA are proud of our inclusive family-friendly culture that welcomes students of all ages, fitness levels and backgrounds, and nurtures them throughout their Jiu-jitsu journey. Whether you wish to lose weight, gain strength, gain confidence, learn self-defence, or prepare for competition, the supportive SJJA culture motivates students to exceed goals and constantly set new ones. BJJ World Champion and successful entrepreneur Bruno Alves created SJJA with his winning mindset at its core so that his students can learn to think like a champion on and off the mats.


SJJA Values


Persevering through adversity

Taking chances and seizing opportunities

Facing fears and staying calm under pressure

Using your brain over brute force

Working hard and never giving up

Unlocking untapped strength in your mind, body and spirit

Embracing a healthy lifestyle and sleeping well

SJJA Values
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Working hours

Monday – Friday:
06:30 – 21:00

09:00 – 16:30

09:30 – 11:30

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