Want To Learn BJJ In Christchurch? – Quality Training & Technical Expertise.

Hi, and welcome to the Academy of Combat's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) site.

The Academy was the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school - also known as BJJ - in New Zealand and also has the distinction of being the first school of MMA. We have been training and teaching BJJ in Christchurch for over 20 years, to students from all walks of life.

Call us any time at (03) 377 6350 and if we don’t answer be sure to leave a message and we’ll get right back!

The Academy of Combat is a member of the Will/Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association, the largest BJJ organization in Australasia, and provides top quality training with highly experienced trainer's.

Lead by Dr Geoff Aitken, Machado BJJ 3rd degree Black Belt with over 40 years experience in martial arts, our main purpose is teaching BJJ with a technical and overall personal development focus, in a safe and fun environment, so that everyone can enjoy it's benefits.

Whether you want to train to develop awesome confidence, great fitness or as a self defence skill, then BJJ at the Academy is for you.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great equalizer and enables smaller and weaker individuals to defend themselves and defeat larger, more aggressive opponents. The ultimate Bully Buster for young people! At the Academy you will enjoy a very friendly and knowledgeable learning experience as you develop a complete understanding of the BJJ system.The Academy has been the original training and grooming ground of 5 very competent Black Belts in BJJ and has the distinction of being the only BJJ school in Christchurch with a certified BJJ Black Belt instructor.

And if competition fighting is your goal we have a very prestigious history of success on the mat and in the MMA cage, producing numerous regional, national and international champions.

Please note! This site is still under construction,

please have a look around and for a more complete look at our Academy, it's facilities, systems, classes and great history check out our main website at WWW.Academy of Combat.co.nz

What is BJJ

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, more commonly known as BJJ, is a martial art that concentrates on the grappling aspect of fighting. It's well developed ground fighting game and high level of technical depth has earned it a metaphor as "physical chess on the ground". The system has a reputation second to none in the combative arts!

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Benefits of Training BJJ

Training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in our Christchurch BJJ classes, at the Academy of Combat, offers both physical and mental benefits to people of all ages and walks of life. Confidence, mental focus, all round physical fitness, coordination and the tremendous self defense tactics provide practitioners with a very fulfilling aspect to their overall lifestyle!

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Classes at the Academy

We provide classes for for Gi and No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Our main focus is on teaching the technical depth of BJJ and developing our students knowledge and technical ability in a safe and friendly training environment. We provide open mat training times for all of our members and hold regular seminars and workshops with highly qualifed international trainers. We also train MMA and, have a very successful competition record and highly regarded reputation in BJJ, Gi & No Gi and MMA competition!

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Who We Are


Chief Instructor

Dr Geoff Aitken: 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt, 6th degree Freestyle Martial Arts Black Belt, fully qualified and Thailand certified Muay Thai referee and judge. Geoff has dedicated his life to the martial arts for over 40 years - training and teaching Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, BJJ and MMA, he is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable martial arts instructors in New Zealand!
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Safe & Friendly Training Environment

Our highly experienced and knowledgeable instructors are focussed on teaching BJJ so that the student develops a full understanding of and a high level of technical expertise in the techniques. Our safe and friendly training atmosphere ensures that students from all walks of life can enjoy the huge benefits that training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu offers.
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Training Facilities

The Academy of Combat has a fully equipped , full time training facility, with over 1,800 sq feet of mats, MMA cage, International spec Thai boxing ring and fully outfitted cross-training weight & cardio gym.
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The Academy of Combat's Christchurch BJJ school is a member of the Will-Machado BJJ Association, the largest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu organization in Australasia