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Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, is a term used to refer to a combat sport that combines the elements of many fighting styles into one all-inclusive sport. MMA has rapidly gained popularity in the U.S. and around the world, and it is often referred to as “the world’s fastest growing sport”.

The roots of MMA date back to the ancient Greeks and the early Olympic sport of Pankration, in which combatants faced each other with very few rules. Similar sports evolved in many different places over time, often with the goal of pitting one traditional martial arts style against another.

Jade Kerr

MMA Coach

Jade played netball and AFL up until she suffered knee injuries in her early 20’s. After having a knee reconstruction, she was hesitant to return to these sports and found herself boxing at the local gym for rehabilitation. She was instantly hooked and began to plan each day around being able to attend a boxing class. Curiosity got the better of her and before she knew it she was training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and loving it. Adversity served as a blessing in disguise – training has made her stronger both physically and mentally, increased her confidence, given her aspirations she once viewed as impossible and the people that she has met along the way have made her into a better person. Jade’s only regret is that she didn’t start sooner.

  • Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)
  • Amateur boxer, winning first fight by TKO
  • Working with Children Check
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology major)
  • Cert III in Fitness, currently completing Cert IV
  • First Aid, CPR and Management of Anaphylaxis
  • Multiple gold medals in BJJ tournaments at both white and blue belt


Mixed Martial Arts has gained notoriety through various competitions such as Pride, Shooto and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Royce Gracie surprising fans by winning the first three events against much bigger and more experienced fighters.

Interested in MMA Classes?  Contact our trainers today at John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA to find out more about the rapidly growing sport.

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