JOHN DONEHUE JIU JITSU & MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA are the pioneers of Mixed Martial Arts in Melbourne and we cater to all skill levels. We are proud to call ourselves Melbourne’s friendliest fight gym and offer classes in MMA, Jiu JitsuMuay ThaiBoxing, Wrestling & Fitness.

TRAIN JIU JITSU, MMA, WRESTLING, MUAY THAI AND BOXING

WE ARE MELBOURNE'S PREFERRED BEST FRIENDLIEST MMA GYM

John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA are the pioneers of Mixed Martial Arts in Melbourne and we cater to all skill levels. We are proud to call ourselves Melbourne’s friendliest fight gym and offer classes in MMA, Jiu JitsuMuay ThaiBoxing, Wrestling & Fitness.

LOCATED NEAR CHADSTONE

6/278 FERNTREE GULLY ROAD, NOTTING HILL 3168

PHONE

PHONE: +61 3 9544 5820

STAFFED HOURS

MON - FRI: 11:30am - 8:00pm
SAT: 9:00am – 12:00pm
SUN: CLOSED

COVID-19 SAFE

Business as usual with regular deep cleans in cooperation to the current climate

TRAIN JIU JITSU, MMA, WRESTLING, MUAY THAI AND BOXING

THE PIONEERS OF MMA TRAINING IN MELBOURNE

Kick boxing Trainers Near Me

Offering World Class programs in Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, MMA & Kids Martial Arts, our classes are for everyone regardless of your experience or fitness level. 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Near John Donehue - South East Melbourne

If you’re searching for a new MMA gym in Melbourne, train with John Donehue MMA & Jiu Jitsu Gym. 

Melbourne's Best Boxing Classes Near Me

Our gym is located just off the Monash Freeway making us easily accessible to Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs including Oakleigh, Glen Waverley, Clayton and Murrumbeena.

RIP
The legend Gene Lebell

1932-2022

THE LEGEND GENE LEBELL | 1932 - 2022​

TESTIMONIALS

randy couture

RANDY ‘THE NATURAL’ COUTURE UFC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION

John Donehue is one of the major reasons for my success in winning the UFC Heavyweight Title. He is a great coach and great friend.

FRANK TRIGG UFC HALL OF FAMER

He makes things simple to understand and effectively implement it into my game. JD can teach me something on a Monday that I can on use on Saturday night to win my fight.

‘JUDO’ GENE LEBELL THE GODFATHER OF GRAPPLING

This man has World of knowledge. John is not only the best in Australia but one of the best in the world. A classic in his field and a legend in his own time.

DAN INOSANTO

BRUCE LEE’S NO 1 STUDENT AND LEGEND OF THE MARTIAL ARTS

He knows how to take Jiu Jitsu and personalise it for the practitioner. I would highly recommend John Donehue as a teacher in any field or capacity.

RICO CHIAPPARELLI

NCAA AND WORLD CHAMPION WRESTLER & COACH OF UFC CHAMPIONS

John easily shows the different aspects and intricacies of the submissions that you won’t get from most Brazilian guys. He is a very good teacher having been all around the World teaching seminars.

ERIK PAULSON

SHOOTO WORLD CHAMPION & BJJ BLACK BELT

John is very good at teaching. He breaks things down very easily and proficiently. He is very good at explaining things very simply. If you get a chance to train with John you should.

"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?" - John Wooden

HOME OF BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU IN MELBOURNE

home of brazilian jiu jitsu in melbourne

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art based on controlling and resisting your opponent resulting in submission. Offering a range of Jiu Jitsu classes to Melbourne’s eastern suburbs designed to help you defeat a stronger opponent, we can guide you in developing your power, speed, focus, patience and problem-solving skills. Our Head Coach, John Donehue, runs the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Submission Grappling, Gene Lebell Competition classes and oversees the mixed martial arts program at the academy to ensure the highest standards are maintained. To learn more about our Head Coach, John Donehue, visit his biography here. 

HOME OF BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU IN MELBOURNE


HOME OF BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU IN MELBOURNE

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art based on controlling and resisting your opponent resulting in submission. Offering a range of Jiu Jitsu classes to Melbourne’s eastern suburbs designed to help you defeat a stronger opponent, we can guide you in developing your power, speed, focus, patience and problem-solving skills. Our Head Coach, John Donehue, runs the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Submission Grappling, Gene Lebell Competition classes and oversees the mixed martial arts program at the academy to ensure the highest standards are maintained. To learn more about our Head Coach, John Donehue, visit his biography here. 
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"Winners never quit and quitters never win" - Vince Lombardi

LEARN MUAY THAI FROM OUR WORLD CLASS COACHES

Train at John Donehue Jiu Jitsu and MMA

Muay Thai, which translates to Thai Boxing or Kick Boxing, is an ancient martial art system of combat that is over four centuries old. Using punches, kicks, elbows and knees, Muay Thai teaches techniques for self defence and the competitive arena. Our Muay thai classes in south east melbourne are fit for all skill and fitness levels. With limited capacity and high demand, we strongly recommend securing your spot and claiming your trial today.

LEARN MUAY THAI FROM OUR WORLD CLASS COACHES

LEARN MUAY THAI FROM OUR WORLD CLASS COACHES

Muay Thai, which translates to Thai Boxing or Kick Boxing, is an ancient martial art system of combat that is over four centuries old. Using punches, kicks, elbows and knees, Muay Thai teaches techniques for self defence and the competitive arena. Our Muay thai classes in south east melbourne are fit for all skill and fitness levels. With limited capacity and high demand, we strongly recommend securing your spot and claiming your trial today.
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"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But i can't accept not trying" Michael Jordan

TRAIN BOXING CLOSE TO HOME

Best Boxing Trainers Near Me

This sport requires quick punches, head movement, footwork, timing and speed to focus in on the proper technique. If you are looking to increase fitness, lose weight, tone up or simply work on your technique, then check out our boxing classes for all experience levels. Our Head Boxing Coach, Jamie Percival who is also the Head Boxing Coach of Melbourne Storm has coached every level from first time beginners to high level athletes. Click here to learn more on Jamie’s achievements.

Claim your boxing trial at John Donehue Jiu Jitsu and MMA by completing our trial application form today.

TRAIN BOXING CLOSE TO HOME

TRAIN BOXING CLOSE TO HOME

This sport requires quick punches, head movement, footwork, timing and speed to focus in on the proper technique. If you are looking to increase fitness, lose weight, tone up or simply work on your technique, then check out our boxing classes for all experience levels. Our Head Boxing Coach, Jamie Percival who is also the Head Boxing Coach of Melbourne Storm has coached every level from first time beginners to high level athletes. Click here to learn more on Jamie’s achievements. Claim your boxing trial at John Donehue Jiu Jitsu and MMA by completing our trial application form today.
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“Black Belt — A white belt that never quit"

EQUIP YOUR CHILD FOR THE REAL WORLD THROUGH OUR KIDS MARTIAL ARTS &
JIU JITSU CLASSES

Kids Martial Arts Classes in Melbourne

Our Kids Martial Arts program will assist your child with becoming more confident and put them on the right path for their future. Helping your child build life skills, develop discipline, honour, leadership and respect, our program prepares your child to face the challenges life throws at us head on. Secure your child a trial and equip them with skills they will keep for life.

KIDS MARTIAL ARTS & JIU JITSU CLASSES

EQUIP YOUR CHILD FOR THE REAL WORLD THROUGH OUR KIDS MARTIAL ARTS &
JIU JITSU CLASSES

Our Kids Martial Arts program will assist your child with becoming more confident and put them on the right path for their future. Helping your child build life skills, develop discipline, honour, leadership and respect, our program prepares your child to face the challenges life throws at us head on. Secure your child a trial and equip them with skills they will keep for life.
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"Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do" - John Wooden

LEARN WRESTLING FROM WORLD CLASS COACHES

Melbourne Wrestling Training Classes

Wrestling teaches you how to take down your opponent with ease, or defend against their attempt at a takedown. The skills developed from wrestling will help in all aspects of competition whether you specialise in MMA or Jiu Jitsu.

LEARN WRESTLING FROM WORLD CLASS COACHES

TRAIN WRESTLING CLOSE TO HOME

Wrestling teaches you how to take down your opponent with ease, or defend against their attempt at a takedown. The skills developed from wrestling will help in all aspects of competition whether you specialise in MMA or Jiu Jitsu.
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UTILISE OUR WORLD CLASS FACILITIES

TRAIN JIU JITSU, BOXING, WRESTLING, MMA, MUAY THAI AND BOXING AT MELBOURNE BEST MMA GYM

State of the art facilities

STATE OF THE ART FACILITIES

Home to modern, state-of-the-art facilities, our 800 square metre MMA and BJJ gym is split over 2 levels and includes spacious male and female change rooms with modern shower facilities. With over 500 square metres of dedicated training space and competition grade matting, it’s large enough to run 3 separate classes or a tournament comfortably. 
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Dedicated strength and conditioning room

Fully Equipped with a dedicated strength and conditioning room

Our BJJ, boxing, Muay Thai and MMA training gym is fully equipped with a dedicated strength and conditioning room, raised boxing ring, cage wall for MMA training and a large mix of suspended bags to accommodate a variety of striking disciplines. When you train with John Donehue, you can be confident our tailored programs and focus on proven methods will help you reach your fitness and fighting goals. 
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WHY TRAIN AT JOHN DONEHUE JIU JITSU AND MMA?

IF IT DOESN’T CHALLENGE YOU, IT WON'T CHANGE YOU

Above all, we take great pride in providing a clean, friendly, welcoming and encouraging environment where egos are left at the door. As a result, you will achieve your full potential and individual goals whilst building lasting friendships. Whether your goal is training Martial Arts or to lose weight and get in the best shape of your life, we have a wide selection of classes that will meet your needs, all under one roof. Our classes cater to students from all walks of life.

MEET HEAD COACH JOHN DONEHUE

"John Donehue is one of the major reasons for my success in winning the UFC Heavyweight Title. He is a great coach and great friend" RANDY COUTURE

At John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA we take great pride in providing a friendly, welcoming and encouraging environment where egos are left at the door, helping you achieve your full potential and individual goals whatever they may be. Whether your goal is training Martial Arts in the world’s best and most effective self defence systems or simply to lose weight and get in the best shape of your life and have a lot of fun doing so, we have a wide range of classes to meet all needs here under the one roof. Our experienced and qualified coaches and coaches at John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA can guide you through your health and fitness journey. They’ll make sure that you’re equipped with the confidence and the skills to handle yourself in any situation that may arise. All ages are welcome, and we can personalise training and fitness programs for everybody. Contact us now to make an appointment to meet your new Coach.

Home to modern, state-of-the-art facilities, our 800 square metre MMA and BJJ gym includes spacious male and female change rooms with modern shower facilities. With over 500 square metres of dedicated training space and competition grade matting, it’s large enough to run 3 separate classes or a tournament comfortably. Our BJJ, boxing, Muay Thai and MMA training gym is fully equipped with a dedicated strength and conditioning room, raised boxing ring, cage wall for MMA training and a large mix of suspended bags to accommodate a variety of striking disciplines. When you train with John Donehue, you can be confident our tailored programs and focus on proven methods will help you reach your fitness and fighting goals. If you want to come in and see if our gym is a good fit, call us on (03) 9544 5820 or book a trial using our form above.

Our world class coaches have decades of combined experience training ameutuer and champion athletes of all levels. We will guide you, stepbystep, through your Martial Arts journey ensuring you are equipped with the skills and confidence to handle yourself in any situation that may arise. From 5 years old to 50 years old, it is never too early or too late to start.

Are you ready to try a class at John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA? Choose from Boxing, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, MMA, Wrestling or to improve your overall health and fitness. You can secure a class now by completing our trial form.

There is no age limit to improving your fitness or learning a combat sport, and you’re never too old to start training Martial Arts. At John Donehue, we offer Jiu Jitsu classes in Melbourne for kids from ages 5-12 years old and adults. 

Our pricing varies depending on how many disciplines you select. For more information on our training offers, get in touch and call us directly on 03 9544 5820.

Not ready to commit just yet? No problem. For all new potential/ aspiring members, we offer 1 class to trial Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, Kids or Martial Arts, so you can get a better feel for the venue, classes and coaches.

The number of training sessions you do a week will likely depend on your fitness goals. Three times a week seems to be the sweet spot for a lot of members, but if you want to train more or less, it’s completely up to you!