14th September 2009

The 2009 Will-Machado Asia Pacific Championships Results

Black Belt competition matchThis years Will-Machado Asia-Pacific Championships was the best ever. With over 325 competitors, there was a huge variety in matches and some truly outstanding battles. Twelve Black Belts competed in two divisions – with the promise of even more competing next year. Rigan Machado refereed many of the Black Belt matches and later commented at how technical they were. On a personal note, I have received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback, with dozens of e-mails from both contestants and spectators alike.

Black Belt MatchOne of the new ideas this year was to run the Black Belt and higher grade matches first. This allowed everyone to watch these matches at days  beginning and in a way it set the tone for the rest of the day. We will definitely repeat that formula next year. In 2010 we will also add in a number of new weight categories to bring ourselves in-line with international standards. Previously we have not done this, as we preferred larger brackets over smaller divisons with less competitors; but we have now grown to a size that will permit us this new change.

A huge thanks to all the referees and officials who made the day what it was. A special thanks to Craig and Troy for their outstanding efforts in mat set-up and breakdown. I would like to thank our wonderful sponsors who added so very much to the day with their generosity and unflagging support. And lastly, a huge thank you to my wife (sorry if I come across as ‘gushy’) but she was there from midnight till nearly 4am on Friday, before the event started, setting everything up – with help from Hayden Wilson and the NZ crew. THANK YOU!!!

Competition 2009Best wishes all,

John Will

Competition Results:

Male White Belt

Superlightweight    1st Ricky Budgen 2nd Vishal Naidoo 3rd Ryan Ford

Lightweight  1st Jesse Yada  2nd Drew Germaine  3rd Ers Huseyian

Middleweight  1st Paul Basterfield  2nd Rhys Murray  3rd Brayden Vallance

Light-heavyweight   1st Raoul Smith  2nd Bennet Gram  3rd Sam Gallanos

Heavyweight   1st Mark Dickinson  2nd Nick Slattery  3rd Matt Tatam

Superheavyweight   1st Jai Smith  2nd Matt Shell  3rd Aaron Dawson

Female White Belt

Superlightweight    1st Tina Anderberg  2nd Samantha Lau  3rd Lydia Green
Competition 2009
Lightweight  1st Adela Sukul  2nd Sarah Langford  3rd Chris Yeardley

Open White Belt   1st Tracey Clayton  2nd Melissa Spence  3rd Lydia Green

Female Blue Belt

Lightweight  1st Jennifer Torrance  2nd Gabrielle Flugge  3rd Rhiannon Thompson

Open Blue Belt 1st Jennifer  Torrance  2nd Rhiannon Thompson  3rd Gabrielle Flugge

Male Blue Belt

Lightweight  1st Travis Cook  2nd Con Lazos  3rd Lenny Palmer

Middleweight     1st Stuart Allan  2nd Warren Lambert  3rd Sonny Brown

Light-heavyweight     1st Daniel Keane  2nd Kenton Campbell  3rd Jose Gasset

Heavyweight     1st Brent Lang  2nd Hayden Wilson 3rd Ben Keenan

Superheavyweight    1st Josh Fraraccio  2nd Kurt Andrews  3rd Michael Mcivor

Male Purple Belt

Lightweight          1st Ashley Powell  2nd Regan Neof  3rd Leigh Dunstan

Middleweight        1st Lee Ting  2nd Luke Gooding  3rd Matt Monaghan

Light-heavyweight      1st Daniel Okeeffee  2nd Chris Stone  3rd Troy Skidmore

Heavyweight           1st Rory Cubitt  2nd Martin Christensen  3rd Daryn Daniel

Superheavyweight      1st Bernie Florence  2nd Leigh Barker  3rd Leigh Impey

Open Brown Belt

Lightweight   1st Lachlan Giles  2nd Nathan Frost  3rd Matt Cooper

Open:       1st Byron Silvastin  2nd Richard Sargeant  3rd John Brown

Light-middle Black Belt

1st Dave Hart  2nd Cameron Rowe  3rd Michael Johnson

Open Black Belt

1st David Krstic  2nd David Moore  3rd Darko Zaric

Junior Division

15 yrs & under/Under 55kgs:  1st Jake Rivett  2nd Daniel Ting  3rd Coralie Cornell

15 yrs & under/Over 55kgs:   1st Oliver McRaith  2nd Lorne Locke  3rd Austin Jacobs

12 yrs & under/Under 34-42kg:   1st Daniel Rivett  2nd Liam Basan  3rd Joseph Mole

12 yrs & under/Under 42-50kg   1st Dominic Brew  2nd Hollie Rochow  3rd Deniz Ramadan

12 yrs & under/over 50kg  1st Corey Enright  2nd Jack Williams  3rd Dertis Davtovic

10 yrs & under/Under 24-32kg  1stShannon Pickering  2nd Kerin Davtovic  3rd Jake Farnsworth

10 yrs & under/Under 32-40kg  1st Masie Allen  2nd Imogen Colls  3r  Deren Ramadan

7 yrs & under / under 20kgs:   1st Will Murray  2nd Destiny Jasmine Minh

7 yrs & under / 29- 28kgs:  1st Jordan Allen  2nd Matthew Mrzljak  3rd Austin Brown

Special Winners:

Adult Encouragement: Marco Ebeyer

Female Encouragement: Gabrielle Flugge

Junior Encouragement: Lachlan Beckworth

Teenagers Encouragement award: Sarah Walker

Fastest Finish:  Josh Fraraccio – Choke 11 seconds

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16th September 2008


This years competition was a big jump up from last year. There was a much larger spectator crowd and sixty more competitors over last year. The base is really building with some of the white belt divisions having over forty competitors. And what a great day.

A few organisational ‘tweaks’ allowed the day to run more smoothly than ever before with the comp winding up by 5pm. For any who have been to other tournaments, you will understand what an amazing achievement this is! I have seen tournaments with less competitors and more mats, not finish until late in the evening. And we have a few more ideas that we hope to put in place to make next years run even better still.

There were always the few small fires to put out on the day (all behind the scenes) and these were mostly due to the odd competitor ticking off the incorrect box on their entry form and ending up in the wrong division; as well as a few very late entries that arrived on the day of the comp itself. But apart from those few hiccups, everything went perfectly.

Rigan Machado commented that it was the best-run tournament he has ever seen. And he’s seen a few – so that’s high praise. He also commented that the atmosphere was the friendliest he has ever seen and feels that this is the direction more people have to take if they want their schools (and the sport of BJJ) to grow.

Once again, we made best use of the day by making presentations of new belts to the three newest Will-Machado Black Belts: Steve Perceval, Tony Morris and David Hart – all great competitors and very knowledgeable BJJ coaches. For myself personally, this was the highlight of the day; the crowd, all BJJ-savvy fully appreciated the importance of the presentation – it was absolutely fantastic!
As Steve Perceval was one of the three to receive his black belt – in true BJJ tradition, he passed his old (well-worn) brown belt on to long-time student – Richard Sargeant!

The next day, Rigan Machado taught seminars at Dominance MMA in Richmond. The mat was packed for both the advanced and beginners seminars. Rigan brought out a few techniques and ideas from his ‘private stash’ and left everyone buzzing with excitement. No doubt there will be some surprised people when these competitors return to their respective schools this week!

An awe-inspiring talk was presented to the school-owners at Café Grace in Richmond by Frank Monea on the Sunday; laying the foundation for greater growth and prosperity in the year to come. I have already had tremendously positive feedback from several of the school-owners on how they felt that talk alone was more than worth the effort and expense of making the trip to Melbourne. Frank came down and had a meeting with me this morning and brought with him some ideas for the continued growth and development of BJJ Australasia as an organization. I anticipate some serious growth and some very positive changes for many of the schools over this coming year.

I know everyone had a great time – and thanks so much to all those people who have taken the time to provide me with feedback on the event. Best wishes all,
Till next time,
John Will


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New Black Belts awarded:

David Hart

Tony Morris

Steve Perceval

Brown Belts awarded:

Richard Sargeant

Nathan Frost

Competition Results:

Male White Belt

1st Nicholas Kee 2nd Travis Cook 3rd Chris Gaal
1st Nicholas Konovalov 2nd Robert Sabaruddin 3rd Mervyn Elly
1st Travis Meyer 2nd Stefan Sutton 3rd Shane Wundenberg
1st Shaher Khan 2nd Shannon Wood 3rd Astein Grant
1st Josh Fraraccio 2nd Jesse Venables 3rd Travis Faure
1st Joeseph Ryan 2nd Michael McIvor 3rd Nick Brewer

Female White Belt

1st Lydia Green 2nd Gabrielle Flugge 3rd Stephanie Barker
1st Kristie Lazaric 2nd Adela Sukul 3rd Jennie Toms
Open White Belt
1st Adela Sukul 2nd Ludia Green 3rd Selena Colavitti

Female Blue Belt

1st Sarah Linehan
Open Blue Belt
1st Lynne Barr 2nd Sarah Linehan

Male Blue Belt

1st Kian Pham 2nd Tom Kardas
1st Albert Lim 2nd Matt Vellacott 3rd Aaron Jones
1st Talgat Ilyason 2nd Eliot Silman 3rd Lee Ting
1st Mark Brown 2nd James Lane 3rd Shane Gregory
1st Mark Engelman 2nd Lindsay Sheehan 3rd Rory Cubitt
1st Aaron Gardiner 2nd Martin Christensen 3rd Gerard Sgro

Male Purple Belt

1st Nathan Frost 2nd Jamie Murray 3rd Damian Smith
1st Lachlan Giles 2nd Matthew Cugola 3rd Nicholas Brew
1st Byron Silvastin 2nd Leonard Kent 3rd Daryn Daniel
1st Priscus Fogagnolo 2nd Richard Sargeant 3rd Malcolm Wilbow
1st Bernie Florence 2nd John Brown 3rd Trent Rice

Open Brown Belt

1st David Hart 2nd Jamie Morrison
1st David Hart 2nd Darko Zaric 3rd Shayne Cox

Open Black Belt

1st Cameron Rowe 2nd Douglas Meijer 3rd Michael Johnson

Junior Division

Under 20 kg: Alleycat
1st Ailsa Murray 2nd Will Murray
3rd Emily Macfarlane 4th Brooke Rochow
20-28 kg: Bobcat
1st Jake Farnsworth 2nd Quinton Cugola
3rd Tyzac Mcewan-Walsh 4th Alex Murray
28-36 kg: Cheetah
1st Daniel Rivet 2nd Rhys Cooper
36-44 kg: Panther
1st Joseph Mole 2nd Hollie Rochow
3rd Bruno Kevric 4th Joshua Goode
44-52 kg: Tiger
1st Deniz Ramadan 2nd Jack Williams
Over 52 Kgs: Lions
1st Jim Crute 2nd Tom Donoghue

Teen Division:

Under 55 kgs:
1st Adam Assuncao 2nd Samanatha Hinde 3rd Ryan Ford
Over 55 kgs:
1st Mladen Manigoda 2nd Ara Aroutiounian 3rd Harrison Devries

Special Winners:

Fastest Finish: Bruno Kevric – Armbar: 10 seconds
Adult Encouragement: Male Competitor: Gabrielle Flugge
Junior Encouragement: Deren Ramadan
Encouragement: Female Competitor: Nick Midgley

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15th September 2008

The “Machado’s” – A personal view…. Dave Hart

This weekend saw the coming and going of the Machado Nationals. A gathering of all those privileged enough to be part of the Machado BJJ organisation in Australia and NZ.

For someone like myself this is more about catching up with friends that have been found and forged through the blood, sweat and tears that come with the joy of BJJ. There is a certain honesty to the relationships you have with people that you have trained with, competed against, and grown with for so many years.

As is always the case the tournament was a great success and the technical level within our organisation is a testament to those teaching with passion every time they step on the mat. But more impressive still is the amazing level of respect and benevolence everyone has for one another. I have never been more proud to be part of this group.

The day was special again for myself in receiving my black belt from John Will (and Rigan Machado) along with two great patrons of the art and friends, Tony Morris and Steve Perceval.

Those that know me, know I am not the most emotional of people and likely attributed my very brief speech of “Thanks….” to that, but the truth is it was the exact opposite. It is a very hard thing to assimilate the emotions of reaching a milestone that took almost 11 years and always seemed far off in the distance. It just kinda sneaks up on you. And in that moment “Thanks” was all I could get out of my swirling head. Without crying :-)

There are a few people that deserve a mention. First and foremost, John Will. He has inspired and guided me to become a better person as well as a better BJJ player and teacher. He is an amazing coach and person. and has my gratitude for setting me on this path.

Three other people are an amazing force in BJJ alone and my three most amazing friends. John Simon, Cam Rowe and Murray Ballenden. I am blessed to be able to have such gifted people with me on the mat. But more importantly such good people. Not only have they kept my BJJ honest, but myself as well.

So to these four, go my utmost respect and gratitude. Thank you.

“little” Dave Hart – DMMA

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5th September 2008


  • Things are shaping up well for the upcoming championships. We have had some great help from our sponsors – and have been able to put together some great prize packs for place-getters.

    - Download the Competition Entry form >>

    - Download the comp-2008 poster PDF >>

    - Download the Competition waiver >>

    - Download the competition rules >>

    Rigan Machado has planned some fantastic seminars for the Sunday afterward – see attached poster for details. There is no need to pre-book – first 50
    there for each session are good to go.
    Coloured Belts: 10 AM
    White Belts: 12 Noon
    Dominance Academy on Bridge Road in Richmond

    Accommodation: Check this link for a site offering good deals on Accommodation in Albert Park, where we are having our competition:

    Best wishes to everyone,
    I look forward to seeing you there.
    John Will

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    1st September 2008

    ISO Health (Will-Machado) has a blast in first ever South Australian BJJ Championship

    South Australia recently had it’s first ever official State Championship for BJJ. This was an official qualifier for the AFBJJ Australian Cup which helped draw competitors from far and wide. There were over 90 participants and some very hotly contested divisions. Adelaide Will-Machado affiliate Matt Jones (ISO Health) took along 7 participants from team ISO Health. It was an exciting day with a good number of competitors and the ISO Health results were as follows…

    - Lachy C: Silver; Adult White Belt: 67-73kg (biggest division of the day with 19 competitors)
    - Wes P: Silver; Adult White Belt: 79-85kg
    - Alan K; Bronze; Adult White Belt: 49-67kg
    - Kieran V; Bronze…Adult White Belt: 85-91kg

    Left to Right:  Lachy C, Matt J, Kieran V, Wes P.

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    2nd June 2008


    The date is set and the wheels are in motion – this year’s championships is going to be our best yet. If past trends are anything to go by, the day itself should be both bigger and better run than ever before – and on the day after we have events planned for both students and school-owners alike.

    Don’t miss out – start booking early airfares now and save a few dollars. Plan to be finished up by 6 or 7pm on the Saturday – and make time for the seminars on Sunday. All being well – Rigan Machado will be out again – teaching his latest ideas to both beginners and advanced students in separate seminars starting at 10 am Sunday morning at the Dominance Academy in Richmond.

    Team info packs will be sent out to instructors in the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to seeing you all there.
    Warm regards,
    John Will

    - Download the Competition Entry form >>

    - Download the comp-2008 poster PDF >>

    - Download the Competition waiver >>

    - Download the competition rules >>

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