WE ARE MORE THAN A CLUB. WE ARE FAMILY.

Support and Motivation

BECOME PART OF OUR FAMILY — GET SUPPORT AND MOTIVATION FOR UNSTOPPABLE SUCCESS. EVERY FORM OF MARTIAL ARTS IS DIFFERENT. HOWEVER, JIU JITSU IS ONE OF THE ONLY ONES THAT YOU SIMPLY CAN'T PRACTICE ALONE. YOU NEED A PARTNER. YOU NEED A TEAM. YOU'LL FORM AN UNWAVERING BOND WITH EVERYONE YOU PRACTICE WITH.

PUSH EACH OTHER past any limits

YOU'LL SUPPORT EACH OTHER AND PUSH EACH OTHER PAST ANY LIMITS YOU THINK YOU HAVE. WITH YOUR TEAM ON YOUR SIDE, YOU CAN (AND WILL) ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING.

Control Emotions

LEARN TO CONTROL YOUR EMOTIONS SUCH AS STRESS, ANXIETY, FEAR, ANGER AND HOW TO DEAL WITH LOSSES. THIS IS INVALUABLE TRAINING FOR EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE.

Competition

OUR IMPRESSIVE RECORD OF WINNING INDIVIDUAL AND TEAMs CHAMPIONSHIPS HAS MADE US ONE OF THE BEST COMPETITION TEAM IN NEW ZEALAND, ALTHOUGH WE DO NOT REQUIRE OUR STUDENTS TO COMPETE, IT IS A GREAT WAY TO SPEED UP THE BENEFITS OF TRAINING AND IMPROVE SELF DISCIPLINE, MENTAL STRENGTH AND GOAL SETTING.

OUR INSTRUCToRS

PAULO OLIVEIRA

BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU 4TH DEGREE BLACK BELT, HEAD COACH AND PROUD FOUNDER OF SORRISO BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU CLUB.

RAFAEL TURNBULL

Raf is Paulo's first black belt. He started his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey at the age of 16 from white to black under Paulo's wing.

He is an accomplished competitor winning many titles, locally and internationally.

Unlike most black belts, Raf doesn't make a living through teaching nor owning a gym. He is a well versed businessman and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has always been a passion and way of life for him. Never a job! Nowadays Raf focuses on teaching and passing down his knowledge to the next generation whilst competing in every opportunity he gets as representing his team still one of the most important things for him. A true martial artist

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Fa’alogo Tana Umaga

Involved with professional sport as a player and a coach for over 30 years. Started my BJJ journey in 2008 and can’t see it ending anytime soon!

I love JiuJitsu for the people you meet and the art itself, which keeps you mentally alert and continuously thinking while getting the exercise you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I highly recommend BJJ to people of all ages.

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REBECCA ANNAN

I have had the honoUr to represent Sorriso BJJ at the highest levels of Jiu Jitsu all over the world.

Thanks to the team behind me we showed our Jiu Jitsu is world class.  I am proud to be part of the growing Sorriso BJJ competition team.

It was the training and learning at Sorriso BJJ that got me hooked into Jiu Jitsu on my first class.  Years later, I now get to share the lessons with others and I am still learning in every class. Seeing others find the magic of Jiu Jitsu is the best experience as a teacher.  I am passionate about teaching and have worked in sports and rehabilitation for 20 years.  

I believe the most important component to learning is enjoyment, when you are challenged mentally and physically and can enjoy the process the rewards take care of themselves.  

6 x World Champion
2 x Pan American Champion
5 x Pan Pacific Champion
2 x ADCC NZ Champion
8 x National Champion

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Fa’alogo Tana Umaga

Involved with professional sport as a player and a coach for over 30 years. Started my BJJ journey in 2008 and can’t see it ending anytime soon!

I love JiuJitsu for the people you meet and the art itself, which keeps you mentally alert and continuously thinking while getting the exercise you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I highly recommend BJJ to people of all ages.

Read More...

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REBECCA ANNAN

I have had the honoUr to represent Sorriso BJJ at the highest levels of Jiu Jitsu all over the world.

Thanks to the team behind me we showed our Jiu Jitsu is world class.  I am proud to be part of the growing Sorriso BJJ competition team.

It was the training and learning at Sorriso BJJ that got me hooked into Jiu Jitsu on my first class.  Years later, I now get to share the lessons with others and I am still learning in every class. Seeing others find the magic of Jiu Jitsu is the best experience as a teacher.  I am passionate about teaching and have worked in sports and rehabilitation for 20 years.  

I believe the most important component to learning is enjoyment, when you are challenged mentally and physically and can enjoy the process the rewards take care of themselves.  

6 x World Champion
2 x Pan American Champion
5 x Pan Pacific Champion
2 x ADCC NZ Champion
8 x National Champion

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KIERAN RUFFLES

I’ve been training for 10 years. There is so much I love about BJJ. Having to overcome the physical and mental challenges in training.

Being presented with a puzzle and having to discover the solution. The constant fine tuning of techniques, and the continuous evolution of the sport. And of course, the family you build on the journey.


Achievements

2021 Auckland winter challenge gi brown belt middleweight gold

ADCC NZ 2021 professional -76kg bronze

2021 Wellington winter championship brown belt Heavyweight gi silver heavyweight nogi silver middleweight nogi gold

2021 Dunedin winter series brown belt medium heavyweight gi silver nogi silver

Pan-Pacs 2016 purple belt lightweight nogi silver

2015 NZ grappler sub only blue belt lightweight gi gold

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Bruno Nascimento

Bruno's sporting background is in Judo and other martial arts. He started Judo at five years of age and trained and competed for nearly a decade.

Bruno had the privilege to have Olympic gold medalists as his coaches who inspired him in all aspects of life. Throughout those years Bruno's passion was all about martial arts and combat sports.

In 2011, Bruno left Brazil to live in New Zealand. He joined the Sorriso BJJ club on his first week in NZ and has been a part of the team since.

Bruno is the Team Kids Sorriso BJJ Club’s coach. His classes cover all Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fundamentals and focus on increasing the kids' motor coordination, physical strength, discipline, and confidence.

Bruno holds an L4 Health and Fitness Coaching Qualification and is a trained First Aider. He works full-time in the Health and Fitness industry as a Group Fitness Coach and Personal Trainer. Bruno is available for one on one coaching to help kids and adults achieve their goals.

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OUR INSTRUCToRS

PAULO OLIVEIRA

BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU 4TH DEGREE BLACK BELT, HEAD COACH AND PROUD FOUNDER OF SORRISO BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU CLUB.

RAFAEL TURNBULL

Raf is Paulo's first black belt. He started his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey at the age of 16 from white to black under Paulo's wing.

He is an accomplished competitor winning many titles, locally and internationally.

Unlike most black belts, Raf doesn't make a living through teaching nor owning a gym. He is a well versed businessman and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has always been a passion and way of life for him. Never a job! Nowadays Raf focuses on teaching and passing down his knowledge to the next generation whilst competing in every opportunity he gets as representing his team still one of the most important things for him. A true martial artist

Read More...

Read LESS...

Fa’alogo Tana Umaga

Involved with professional sport as a player and a coach for over 30 years. Started my BJJ journey in 2008 and can’t see it ending anytime soon!

I love JiuJitsu for the people you meet and the art itself, which keeps you mentally alert and continuously thinking while getting the exercise you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I highly recommend BJJ to people of all ages.

Read More...

Read LESS...

REBECCA ANNAN

I have had the honoUr to represent Sorriso BJJ at the highest levels of Jiu Jitsu all over the world.

Thanks to the team behind me we showed our Jiu Jitsu is world class.  I am proud to be part of the growing Sorriso BJJ competition team.

It was the training and learning at Sorriso BJJ that got me hooked into Jiu Jitsu on my first class.  Years later, I now get to share the lessons with others and I am still learning in every class. Seeing others find the magic of Jiu Jitsu is the best experience as a teacher.  I am passionate about teaching and have worked in sports and rehabilitation for 20 years.  

I believe the most important component to learning is enjoyment, when you are challenged mentally and physically and can enjoy the process the rewards take care of themselves.  

6 x World Champion
2 x Pan American Champion
5 x Pan Pacific Champion
2 x ADCC NZ Champion
8 x National Champion

Read More...

Read LESS...

KIERAN RUFFLES

I’ve been training for 10 years. There is so much I love about BJJ. Having to overcome the physical and mental challenges in training.

Being presented with a puzzle and having to discover the solution. The constant fine tuning of techniques, and the continuous evolution of the sport. And of course, the family you build on the journey.


Achievements

2021 Auckland winter challenge gi brown belt middleweight gold

ADCC NZ 2021 professional -76kg bronze

2021 Wellington winter championship brown belt Heavyweight gi silver heavyweight nogi silver middleweight nogi gold

2021 Dunedin winter series brown belt medium heavyweight gi silver nogi silver

Pan-Pacs 2016 purple belt lightweight nogi silver

2015 NZ grappler sub only blue belt lightweight gi gold

Read More...

Read LESS...

Bruno Nascimento

Bruno's sporting background is in Judo and other martial arts. He started Judo at five years of age and trained and competed for nearly a decade.

Bruno had the privilege to have Olympic gold medalists as his coaches who inspired him in all aspects of life. Throughout those years Bruno's passion was all about martial arts and combat sports.

In 2011, Bruno left Brazil to live in New Zealand. He joined the Sorriso BJJ club on his first week in NZ and has been a part of the team since.

Bruno is the Team Kids Sorriso BJJ Club’s coach. His classes cover all Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fundamentals and focus on increasing the kids' motor coordination, physical strength, discipline, and confidence.

Bruno holds an L4 Health and Fitness Coaching Qualification and is a trained First Aider. He works full-time in the Health and Fitness industry as a Group Fitness Coach and Personal Trainer. Bruno is available for one on one coaching to help kids and adults achieve their goals.

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What is the 'Gentle Art' of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

THE MAIN TOOLS OF THE JIU-JITSU FIGHTER ARE KNOWLEDGE OF THE OPPONENT’S WEAKEST POINTS AND LEVERAGE. BECAUSE OF THIS BJJ EXPLOITS ANATOMICAL WEAKNESS TO GAIN MAXIMUM EFFECTIVENESS WITH MINIMUM EFFORT.

IT IS AN ART BASED ON A SMALLER WEAKER PERSON FIGHTING A BIG, FASTER AND STRONGER OPPONENT. BJJ DOES NOT INCLUDE THE USE OF STRIKING OR BLUDGEONING OF THE OPPONENT. BJJ IS AN ART, A SPORT AND A WAY OF LIFE. BJJ IS PRIMARILY FOCUSED WITH COMBAT TAKING PLACE ON THE GROUND.

BJJ EMPHASIZES STRATEGY, LEVERAGE, TECHNIQUE AND PRECISE BODY POSITIONING TO CONTROL, DOMINATE AND SUBMIT THE OPPONENT. BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU INVOLVES GROUND-FIGHTING TECHNIQUES AND SUBMISSION HOLDS COMPOSED MAINLY OF JOINT-LOCKS & CHOKEHOLDS.