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Carlos MartinianoCarlos Martiniano
07:11 29 Apr 24
"I recently joined John Donehue Jiu-Jitsu and MMA gym and I'm thoroughly impressed! The coaches are extremely knowledgeable and genuinely care about each student's progress, whether you're a beginner or an advanced athlete. The facility is well-equipped and maintained, creating a welcoming and safe environment for training. Classes are not only challenging and rewarding but also a lot of fun. I’ve already noticed significant improvements in my skills and fitness level. Highly recommend to anyone looking to learn martial arts or elevate their fitness in a supportive community."
Fiona KnightFiona Knight
21:34 23 Feb 24
Highly recommend one of the best Jiu Jitsu academy’s around 10 star’s plus ✨ 🌟 best wishes from Austin and Fiona and little Tommy.
Lachlan GomatosLachlan Gomatos
00:41 15 Feb 24
Joining John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA is undoubtedly one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. Not only has this gym helped me get in to the best physical shape of my life, it’s allowed me to meet some amazing friends and turned in to a second home.After hearing about the legendary achievements of coach I was in awe & extremely grateful to learn the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from someone with such pedigree despite having no experience myself. Outside of coach himself, every single class is taken by someone with a wealth of knowledge & great attitude towards teaching which makes taking part in something physically challenging a breeze & lots of fun.It speaks volumes of the culture that has been built in this incredible place and I am so blessed & grateful to be a small part of it.The facilities are extremely clean and well maintained, every time I come in I’m always greeted with a smile.Thank you to the amazing staff, and coaches of JD’s for helping to change my life every session for the better. If you’re hesitant to join, like I was - please give it a try, you won’t look back. After my first year here, I can’t wait for the many years to come.
Claire DrewClaire Drew
22:58 22 Dec 23
As a teenage girl I feel so safe and comfortable. It’s a very nurturing environment with a lot of other females there. All the coaches are patient and super nice. Every single session I learn new stuff.
Denis HollidayDenis Holliday
06:27 22 Dec 23
I did extensive research on martial arts organisations for a 15 year old boy before settling on John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA in Notting Hill.Despite the extensive travel - close to one hour each way - I'm thrilled with the decision we made. Parking is available, fees are very reasonable, and the standard of instruction is superb.With all of the disciplines available under one roof, training began in the boxing program a little over two months ago, and now, thanks to the fantastic advice and encouragement of coach Pete Soumilas, there has been a rapid and noticeable improvement of his skills. I'd also add great character development to the mix, and that is clearly due to the friendliness and support of all staff - from those in the office to those on the mats. Thus, it is with thanks that I offer my highest recommendation.
Velizar MAnevVelizar MAnev
06:16 20 Dec 23
I`ve been at JD`s for about 3 years as an active MMA competitor through multiple disciplines (MMA, BJJ and Kickboxing)and it has been one of the best gyms I have ever trained at. Everything from the atmosphere, the people that train there and the coaches is increadable. I have developed many new skills and gained life-long friends from there. Would definitely recommend for all levels!
Rudy GarciaRudy Garcia
06:03 20 Dec 23
Couldn’t recommend JDs any higher, since my first session everyone involved with the gym from coaches, to staff, to students have all been amazing to train with. Everyone there from brand new to seasoned veterans are all willing to help you learn and develop across all the disciplines. Whether competition focused or fitness focused, they tick every box and make you feel welcome. Loved every minute of it!
Harrison BrightHarrison Bright
05:55 20 Dec 23
I’ve been fortunate enough to train at John Donehue Jiu Jitsu and MMA for nearly 2 years now, in that time the skills I’ve learnt and the friends I’ve made, will be worthwhile for years to come, classes are professional but friendly, catering to all levels, from those who just want to learn to those looking to compete. The coaches are helpful and knowledgeable in their respective disciplines, and have truly supported me throughout my time there. Coach is someone that many travel to learn from and for good reason. This gym has helped me physically get in shape, mentally turn my life around and I would not feel half as good as I do now in my day to day life without this gym. 100/10, highly recommend.
Nick MasonNick Mason
05:06 20 Dec 23
Joining this gym has been the most meaningful and life changing decision of my life. The most experienced, cleanest, friendliest and welcoming gym in Melbourne.For two years now I’ve been a member of and pupil under Coach. The personal development one can achieve under the guidance of coach and the other world class coaching staff, both as an athlete and as an individual are incomparable.The management staff of the gym are the most friendly and welcoming to all students, new or returning.The facilities are very well maintained and cleaned meticulously. Filled with modern equipment, clean spaces and always a welcomed smile.Whether or not you’re seeking to develop a new skill, dip your toes into a martial art, start a new hobby, make new friends, become a world class competitive athlete or more importantly grow into a better person through training a martial art, look no further than John Donehue Jiujitsu and MMA.Join the family and see where your martial arts journey can take you
Christine LeeChristine Lee
03:56 20 Dec 23
Under the guidance of coach John and other experienced coaches, I've not only learned the intricate technicalities of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but also gleaned invaluable lessons in fitness and discipline. Their wealth of experience and skillset has been instrumental in shaping my understanding and skill in this sport.While the fundamental themes are taught in classes, there is also an individualized and goal-oriented focus in identifying specific strengths and areas that are needing more attention.This tailored training approach ensures I consistently work towards these goals whilst being intentional with my training.It highlights the gym’s commitment to fostering both discipline and encouragement for growth, setting commendable standards!Highly recommend this gym to be part of!
karol stephenskarol stephens
04:32 18 Dec 23
Pete was so incredible to work with, going in with no experience he made us feel super comfortable and started with the basics! Highly recommend Pete for all levels of knowledge with his years of experience allowing him to adapt for anyone!
Ellie GatziosEllie Gatzios
08:44 13 Dec 23
This MMA school is very clean and also staff are very accommodating, they have a Variety of classes for all ages, I’ve taken my son here for boxing with coach Pete he was very skilled and patient.Also my son he’s doing jiu-jitsu with coach Chris and Dot, I was very impressed with how they held the jiu-jitsu classes, and how thoroughly they explained everything to the kids.After doing training at John Donohue, my son, became very confident and made new friends.Highly recommended.
Christine TsiorvalasChristine Tsiorvalas
20:31 12 Dec 23
Been training boxing over a year now with coach Pete who is a great coach. I have learnt so much and continue to do so.The place is very friendly & clean.Thanks again Pete for being a great boxing coach.
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, although i don't think anyone showers, prepare to go home smelling like cheese. 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.
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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