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

Martial arts gym with 60+ positive google reviews

Grizzly ElchapoGrizzly Elchapo
07:33 07 Dec 23
As a longtime now ex student here, my honest opinion is that if you're here to develop your striking you won't go very far, the jiu jitsu and wrestling classes are fine. I won't say much more than that in the 2 years or so training here not once did we ever practice a head kick. Not the kickboxing coaches fault but all levels of fighter are put into one class and tacked on to the grappling side as an afterthought by management. Boxing is atrocious with the one class I did attend turn out to be some sort of hazing event where one of the students was almost encouraged to try and knock everyone out, and there are a few younger students who have some big egos, often enabled by the coaches. It was good for the sparring practice but if you want to learn any boxing or kickboxing skills other than the basics you would be better off teaching yourself like i did. Also, not as many classes on offer as some other places and forget about drinking water during any bjj class.3/5 striking4.5/5 bjj and wrestling
6ix6ix
10:07 15 Aug 23
Joining JD gym has probably been one of the best decision I’ve made in my life. World class coaching and amazing facilities, great people and overall a good vibe. The staff are incredible, the coaches are world class and the people are just the best. Cannot recommend it enough! Do yourself a favour and book in your trial class and you won’t regret it!
Simon HarrisonSimon Harrison
03:10 15 Aug 23
When I was looking for a Jiu Jitsu school I had a few "must haves" in mind. A coach with significant experience, including the highest levels of competition, classmates who I could trust to work with everyday, and a fun and inclusive culture. I was so lucky to walk into John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA in Notting Hill and try a class. My expectations for each of these needs were exceeded and I continue to be surprised how good the experience is. Thanks to Coach Donehue for sharing his world class knowledge and experience so generously. Thanks to everyone in class for making me feel so welcome and everyone for challenging me to get better every day.
Chris ChantChris Chant
02:16 15 Aug 23
Great gym with friendly and helpful staff.Timetable allows for a wide range of classes over the full course of the week which is great when your availability needs to be flexible.The culture among the students is very positive and feels like a second family.
Pouya MirzaeePouya Mirzaee
00:29 06 Aug 23
Everyone from the staff to other members are so friendly and take the extra step to make you feel welcome. The facility is hygienic and clean. All the coaches are experts in their field and will help you achieve your goals.
Sercan DikbayirliSercan Dikbayirli
14:20 08 Jul 23
Pete Soumilas BoxingPete Soumilas Boxing
05:55 31 May 23
John Donehue BJJ and MMA boasts a supportive and inclusive community. The atmosphere in the gym is welcoming and friendly, with fellow students and instructors always ready to help and support one another. There is a genuine sense of camaraderie and respect among the members, fostering a positive learning environment. It is not uncommon to see more experienced students taking time to mentor and guide beginners, creating a true team spirit within the gym.The training sessions are challenging yet enjoyable, pushing you to improve your skills while having fun in the process. The focus on fundamentals is particularly commendable, as it creates a strong foundation for growth and progress in BJJ and Striking.
Xavier LXavier L
10:49 04 Feb 23
Have been training here for about a month now and it has been a fantastic experience. The coaches are outstanding; personable and attentive and the other members have really made me feel welcome. Further, I am already starting to get fitter. I couldn't recommend this gym more!
Melissa TangMelissa Tang
06:52 19 Aug 22
My son, is nine and has been going to John Donehue Jiu jitsu MMA kids classes for slightly more than 2 years. Through this, he has increased discipline and has gained a heightened sense of self-confidence and self-worth!!! Not to mention increased fitness!!! The coaches treat the “kids” as individuals (as opposed to babying them) and the kids in turn gain maturity through the experience. It is all-inclusive and tailors to individual needs (including different levels of physical and cognitive abilities). We love JD Jiu jitsu MMA and highly recommended it to all of our friends.Mel
Scott SmithScott Smith
06:14 19 Aug 22
Since joining John Donehue Jiu Jitsu my son has undergone a fantastic transformation.His confidence has improved in all areas of life, yet through the teaching and discipline and attention provided by the instructors in the weekly classes, Caleb has become more focused and balanced.This has flowed into to his school life and he is performing better and enjoying school more than ever.We can not recommend this club highly enough for children to train in a safe an enjoyable environment, and have the support from everyone involved in the club from the time you walk through the door is great.Do your self a favour and enroll your children, they will be healthier, more confident and learning a great life skill along the way.
jaskaran singhjaskaran singh
09:01 15 Aug 22
Started BJJ training here in this gym a few months ago and I love every bit of time I spend here. I love the way coaches pay attention to small details when they explain every move. All colleagues are welcoming regardless of whether you are new or a veteran.
vincent phamvincent pham
03:14 28 Jul 22
I started training BJJ at this gym immediately after the COVID-19 lockdowns and couldn't have felt more welcomed training at this gym. Always plenty of smiles with across the gym and such a great culture. Definitely a great place to train mixed martial arts, with the lunch time sessions which works really well especially for work/life balance and working from home arrangements!
Connor McCartneyConnor McCartney
10:55 26 Jul 22
Trained here for almost a year now and couldn’t be happier. All the coaches make it easy for beginners to start and learn quickly, and to progress more advanced students skills. If your thinking of a gym to start for the first time or to continue your training somewhere different this is the place to be!
bruce rigbybruce rigby
10:05 26 Jul 22
Iv known coach john donehue for as long as iv been in the sport of jiu jitsu and mma. a more knowledgable, understanding and caring coach ud be hard presses to find....that shows in the family friendly club culture. Great coaching staff and students, friendly front of house and a high standard of fitness and technique. 100% recomend to come down.
santhan Kurosakisanthan Kurosaki
10:08 03 Dec 20
Professional. Have various disciples and have a boxing ring !!Bit expensive but has a small gym inside which can be used for free for members
CoolHandShoozeCoolHandShooze
10:46 24 Nov 20
Great place, great people.
James ChiuJames Chiu
10:27 30 Jan 20
Great place to train. The people are friendly and are extremely helpful. Everytime I have question the students or the coach take their time to give me tips and advice.I highly recommend this place to train. You will not be disappointed.
pbaranov .pbaranov .
22:34 10 Dec 19
Excellent place. You feel welcome the moment you walk trough the door. Big thanks to the muay thai coach Romeo for his patience and guidance.
Perry KatopodisPerry Katopodis
00:45 23 Aug 19
Great gym and some of the most friendly and welcoming people you'll ever meet. Ive been training BJJ for only a month and a half but i feel really welcomed. The gym creates a culture that revolves around respect, acceptance and friendliness as well as having a strong work ethic and its super enjoyable to come to every class.
Nishaan VigneswaranNishaan Vigneswaran
12:08 04 Aug 19
If you're new to the martial arts scene or even have years of experience under your belt, JD's gym is a great school to learn BJJ, boxing or muay thai. The gym is really clean and the members all understand how to maintain their personal hygiene when it comes to a full contact sport.In terms of coaching jiu jitsu, head coach JD knows exactly what he's doing. His knowledge and understanding of the art is extremely high which he is able to simplify down into an easy to understand way. I would recommend checking out his interview to get to know more about his background - A rare interview with John Donehue.The two boxing coaches Franco and Romeo are also legends. They are both super friendly and treat all their students equally. Francos also a really good boxing coach if you're also looking to take boxing seriously.If you're thinking about taking the next step, all i could say is i wish i started earlier. Good luck!
Yue ZhuoYue Zhuo
02:23 12 Jul 19
I have been training here with boxing coach Franco for 1.5 years, he is a really professional and passionate coach. The staffs here are really really really friendly! I feel so lucky to meet all these people here and they have made my boxing traning experience so fun and enjoyable!
Arunika WeeratungaArunika Weeratunga
10:49 01 Jul 19
I've only been training at this gym for 3 months but it's amazing how quickly it has become like a second home! The coaches and staff are all very welcoming, and even for someone like me, who is a complete beginner in jiu jitsu, it has been an easy transition. And if you are more experienced there are also advanced classes available. All the coaches are very patient and happy to answer any questions you have. I highly recommend this place for both new and experienced fighters!
suhail singhsuhail singh
11:04 13 Jun 19
Hi all,My name is Suhail and I have been a member of John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA for nearly 4 months. Since I have been here not only have I learned the art of self defence but have also been able to become part of this amazing family. All my brothers and sisters at the gym are hard working, committed and trust worthy people that have never let me down. I would be lost without my family so I would really like to take this opportunity to thank them. If you are looking for a place to train martial arts but more importantly a family John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA is the place for you.Kind regards, Suhail😁
YOUY LEELEYOUY LEELE
06:24 06 Jun 19
friendly environment. excellent coaches with great skills and patience. great service and Kaz is excellent and super friendly. great place for relax!!
Madeline NicholMadeline Nichol
10:25 05 Jun 19
Fantastic place to do all kinds of martial arts, very welcoming environment to encourage others to strive for their goals. Very friendly family orientated gym, the staff are absolutely amazing!! Especially cassidy and Aaron in developing and evolving JD's MMA gym into further higher goals. I can recommend JD's gym as my top favorite place to roll with my close friends.
A Google User
A Google User
09:58 04 Jun 19
I moved here from NZ six months ago and was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work and train under Coach John Donehue. The gym is clean, the coaches are supportive and attentive, and the vibe is always positive and welcoming. This is my second home and I see everyone here as my new Aussie family. I look forward to coming here everyday. Highly recommend to anyone looking to get fit, try something new, or just to be part of an awesome community. If it wasn’t for these guys I would’ve gone back to NZ already 😛
Cassidy Ray-MatthewsCassidy Ray-Matthews
09:58 04 Jun 19
I moved here from NZ six months ago and was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work and train under Coach John Donehue.The gym is clean, the coaches are supportive and attentive, and the vibe is always positive and welcoming.This is my second home and I see everyone here as my new Aussie family. I look forward to coming here everyday.Highly recommend to anyone looking to get fit, try something new, or just to be part of an awesome community. If it wasn’t for these guys I would’ve gone back to NZ already 😛
Perpetual BonerPerpetual Boner
10:50 27 Feb 19
Friendly staff, great teachers and routine, the mats are one of the best the only downsides are really the size of the facility, its just a little small and the gym room is relatively the size of a bedroom but the equipment there is fairly decent and is good enough for a quick workout. in the end it is worth the money since you're being coached by John Donehue who was trained by the great Gene Lebell and Rigan Machado, which is quite surreal. Would definitely recommend going for a free into lesson for bjj.
Marcus HouldenMarcus Houlden
22:05 29 Nov 18
Found JDJJ & MMA roughly a month ago and it has been so amazing to train and grow there. The environment is so encouraging and motivating from the coaches and other members. Can't thank the coaches enough for being so thorough with technique, making sure that the small things aren't overlooked. I always look forward to training there
Cindy AdamsCindy Adams
23:24 12 Oct 18
🤗 Wow what an amazing place the people here are lovely we dealt with a lovely coach by the name of Romeo he works with the little kids he was amazing and really wanted to help our Little boy he’s grate with the children what an amazing coach.
JadeJade
12:27 11 Mar 16
JDJJ&MMA is home! My experience training here has been nothing but positive. The environment is intimidation-free, all members are welcoming and helpful. The gym is spotless, facilities are modern, the equipment is of great quality and in abundance. A wide variety of classes are offered which cater for all people at all levels. The coaches are world class, with all their knowledge and experience you couldn't ask for better. Learn from the best and get into the best shape of your life. Highly recommended!
Connor PorterConnor Porter
10:37 09 Mar 16
Coach John Donehue is a highly accomplished grappling coach with a wealth of knowledge spanning many years. His style of teaching suits everyone of all levels of experience, and the mental and physical exercise will push you to the limit. You will get fit quickly and have lots of fun. Glenn is the friendly face at reception that runs intensely rewarding fitness classes and Franco and Brent run fantastic boxing and Muay Thai classes. All in all, a highly sought after coach and gym. I would recommend to anyone.
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TRAIN MUAY THAI IN MELBOURNE

Looking for a Muay Thai gym in Melbourne that’s perfect for all skill levels? Look no further than John Donehue Jiu Jitsu and MMA. Our gym is world-renowned for its diverse range of classes, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Kids Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Wrestling, and Boxing.

Our 800m2 facility, owned and operated by Head Coach John Donehue, is designed to be a family-friendly environment where everyone can feel welcome, regardless of age or experience. Whether you’re looking to improve your technique or simply want to get fit, our Muay Thai classes are the perfect choice.

At John Donehue Jiu Jitsu and MMA, our experienced Muay Thai coaches are dedicated to helping you reach your goals. So whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, we’re here to help you achieve your full potential. Come join us for a class today and see why we’re one of the best Muay Thai gyms in Melbourne!

Muay Thai classes for all skill levels

Our classes start with a typical Muay Thai warm-up routine which consists of a series of exercises to increase heart rate, improve flexibility, and prepare the muscles for the more intense workout that follows.

The focus then shifts to mobility and flexibility exercises such as shadowboxing, lunges, hip rotations, and shoulder circles. These exercises help to loosen up the joints and muscles, and improve range of motion, which is important for striking techniques that are practised. 

After that, our instructors will divide the class into pairs where you will practise techniques with a partner or bag.

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How to get started

Are you eager to begin your journey in Muay Thai? Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Try our free trial class

Our free trial class is the perfect opportunity to learn the basics and become comfortable with the equipment and techniques before committing to a membership. It’s a great way to get a feel for what we offer at John Donehue Jiu Jitsu and MMA.

Invest in quality equipment

Quality equipment is essential for your safety and getting the most out of your training. We recommend investing in equipment such as 16oz gloves and hand wraps, which we provide for our members.

Set achievable goals

Setting achievable goals is important to stay motivated and track your progress. Whether you want to improve your technique, increase endurance, or lose weight, having specific goals will help you stay focused and motivated.

Practice regularly

Consistency is key to achieving your goals in Muay Thai. Make sure to practise regularly and commit to your training. We recommend a minimum of two sessions per week and building your routine from there.

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At John Donehue Jiu Jitsu and MMA, we offer a wide range of classes and world-renowned coaching to help you achieve your goals. Our spacious facilities provide the perfect environment to start your Muay Thai journey. So don’t wait any longer, get started today and get ready to improve your fitness, learn self-defence skills, and reach your full potential in Muay Thai!

Our central location

Located near Chadstone, our boxing gym is easily accessible from Clayton, Clayton South, Glen Waverley, Mount Waverley, Wheelers Hill, Mulgrave, Springvale, Oakleigh, Bentleigh and surrounding suburbs easily accessed from the Monash Freeway.

By signing up to a John Donehue Jiu Jitsu and MMA membership, you gain access to dedicated training space, including competition grade boxing equipment, access to our strength and conditioning room, raised boxing ring and a variety of suspended bags to practise your boxing techniques.

JDMMA Muay Thai Coach - JASON SUE

JASON SUE

MUAY THAI COACH AT JOHN DONEHUE JIU JITSU AND MMA

Jason has over 25 years of experience in Martial Arts. Specializing in Muay Thai and Boxing. 
Jason has been fortunate to train with and been taught by some of the best fighters and striking coaches in Australia including champion kickboxer Nick Kara and others. He brings a blend of technical knowledge, energy, and fun to his classes. 
As a competitor, Jason captured a Victorian title in Muaythai kickboxing and furthered his knowledge in boxing by dedicating his time to consistent training. He has served in the corner for talented Australian Muay Thai fighter Alexi “The Great” Petroulias and traveled to Thailand to meet and train with Muay Thai legend Samart Payakaroon. A qualified personal trainer, Jason is available for private training by appointment.