Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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Chris & Leigh started BJJ in 1994 after watching Royce Gracie in the UFC they originally learnt from Videos. Until 1995 one of Chris’s Arnis students Steve Meakes who was training with Anthony Lange started teaching them on weekends. Chris then attended a Seminar by Jean Jacques Machado, John Wills & Richard Norton in June 1996. Chris then attended a Seminar by Peter De Been in August 1997 at Bowral organized by Mark Carey. Chris then affiliated with Peter De Been and brought Peter to Leura in January 2000 for a 4 day seminar. Chris & his students competed at the Pan Pacific Championships from 1998 onwards. Then in February 2001 Paulo Guimaraes came to Leura for a 2 day seminar organized by Chris De Weaver. Then on 25th March 2001 Marcelo Rezende a Carlos Gracie Jnr Black Belt came to our Leura Dojo and we finally had a full time teacher on that first afternoon Chris wrestled with Marcelo for over an hour and then asked him if he could come every week and thankfully he agreed the rest is history. 2001 World Champion Rafael Correa ( Gordinho ) ran a Seminar at our Leura Dojo .2002 World Champion Bruno Fernandes ran a seminar at our Leura Dojo. 2002 Chris attended the Royce Gracie Seminar in Sydney . 2004 Chris attended the Royler Gracie in Sydney. Chris & Leigh attended the Royce Gracie Seminer in Sydney 2009.Chris Has Trained with Jean Jacques Machado , Rigan Machado , Rodger Gracie , Rodrigo Gracie , Clark Gracie , Mario Sperry , Royce Gracie ,Gregor Gracie , Kayron Gracie , Royler Gracie , Bruno Fernandes , Eddie Bravo , Bruno Alves , Flavio Almeida , Roberto Tussa Alencar , John Will , Richard Norton , Peter De Been , Anthony Lang , Elvis Sinosic , Anthony Perosh , Rafael Correa ( Gordinho )

Chris received his black belt from Marcelo. 2011 Flavio Almeida visits Gracie Barra Blue Mountains. Bruno Alves visits Blue Mountains for 3 Days Jan 2012.

Chris Received his 1st degree from Marcelo & Bruno Fernandes in 2013.

2015 Chris received his 2nd Degree Black Belt from Marcelo Rezende, Gregor Gracie and Kayron Gracie.

2017 Chris received a loyalty award to Gracie Barra from Marcelo Photo below

2018 Chris Received his 3rd Degree Black Belt from Marcelo Rezende Photo below

Chris Traish , Mark Trompp , Sam Traish and Patrick Dorahy

Gracie Barra Blue Mountains Graded Students as at 16th March 2020



Chris Traish Black Belt 3rd Degree

Mark Trompp Black Belt 1st Degree

Sam Traish Brown Black Belt

Patrick Dorahy Black Belt


James De Caux Brown Belt


Kerry Fragar Purple Belt 4 Stripes

Dale Rubinskin Purple Belt 4 Stripes

Paul Traish Purple Belt 3 Stripes

Bradley McDonald Purple Belt 3 Stripes

Grant Brechney Purple Belt 2 Stripes

Andrew Tullock Purple Belt 2 Stripes

Simon Atkins Purple Belt 2 Stripes

Timothy Hobson Purple Belt 2 Stripes

Peter Gallagher Purple Belt 1 Stripe

Mikayla Weston Purple Belt


David Brailey Blue Belt 4 Stripes

Mathew Sayers Blue Belt 4 Stripes

Jett Cairns Blue Belt 4 Stripes

Jeramy Jones Blue Belt 4 Stripes

Lisa Altavilla Blue Belt 3 Stripes

Bernadette O Bryan Blue Belt 3 Stripes

Matthew Clarke Blue Belt 3 Stripes

Trent Head Blue Belt 3 Stripes

Lenon Sargison Blue Belt 3 Stripes

Julian Saunders Blue Belt 3 Stripes

Julian Phillips Blue Belt 2 Stripes

Mathew Churchill Blue Belt 2 Stripes

Mark Rivas Blue Belt 2 Stripes

Michael Darcy Blue Belt 2 Stripes

Christoph Gill Blue Belt 2 Stripes

Brendan Sayers Blue Belt 1 Stripe

Ashley Foley Blue Belt 1 Stripe

Anna Churchill Blue Belt 1 Stripe

Jodie Davies Blue Belt 1 Stripe

Rance Rossetto Blue Belt 1 Stripe

Maddy Barrett Blue Belt

Alexander Rivas Blue Belt

Mackenzie Thompson Blue Belt

Brendan McMurray Blue Belt

Jason Gay Blue Belt

Keith Gordon Blue Belt

Graham Mead Blue Belt

Jocasta Milligan Blue Belt

Monika De Caux Blue Belt

Michael Snowden Blue Belt


Black Belts

Hope Douglass Black Belt ( Trained with BMMAC as a child )

Brown Belts

Leigh Olsson Brown Belt 4 Stripes

Daniel Brebrich Brown Belt

Doa Karan Brown Belt 1 Stripe

Purple Belts

Chris Flanagan Purple Belt 1 Stripe

Ronald Mamo Purple Belt 1 Stripe

Dearne Fulcher Purple Belt 1 Stripe

Blue Belts

Mark Hicks Blue Belt 4 Stripes

Damien Hull Blue Belt 3 Stripes

Billy Gordon Blue Belt 3 Stripes

Connor Stanners Blue Belt 2 Stripes

Derek Lam Blue Belt 1 Stripe

Joel Hurdle Blue Belt

Maddie Fulcher Blue Belt

Brendan Kearns Blue Belt

Shane Cluderay Blue Belt

Michael Vandenhoek Blue Belt

Anton Jarjoura Blue Belt 1 Stripe

Jason Traish Blue Belt

Chris Smith Blue Belt

Mathew Mead Blue Belt

Sarah Hardwidge Blue Belt

Simon Berzins Blue BeltScott Reid Blue Belt

Nathan Everson Blue Belt

Daniel Reid – Hamwood Blue Belt

Chris Cummings Blue Belt

Leslie Mcintosh James Blue Belt

Ben Hudson Blue Belt

Abbey Robinson Blue Belt

Zac Cairns Blue Belt

Patrick Wrobel Blue Belt

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The Table below is a Diary of Professor Chris Traish BJJ History

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