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Bravos Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coaches

Bravos Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu takes pride in its team of highly skilled and experienced coaches. Led by head coach Rodrigo Giraldes, our coaching staff is dedicated to providing the best training and guidance to our students.

Our coaches are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive training environment where students of all skill levels can thrive. They possess a wealth of technical knowledge and are skilled at breaking down techniques, ensuring that each student receives personalized instruction and attention.

At Bravos BJJ, our coaches emphasize the importance of discipline, respect, and continuous improvement. They are not only dedicated to helping students develop their skills on the mat but also to fostering personal growth and self-confidence.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner, our coaches are here to guide you on your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey, providing the expertise and support you need to reach your goals.

Rodrigo Giraldes

Black Belt - Bravos BJJ
Head Coach

Rodrigo Giraldes is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, the owner and head coach of Bravos Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for more than 25 years and received his black belt in 2011 from Master Adriano Silva “Grifo,” an 11-time world champion.

Rodrigo has extensive experience working with athletes of all levels, from beginners to advanced competitors. He has coached his team to win +17x times the Best Team Trophy in WA under AFBJJ, and multiple international titles  including the most prestigious championship on planet the IBJJF Worlds in the USA. 

His approach to teaching focuses on the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, with an emphasis on technique, strategy, and discipline.

As the head coach of Bravos BJJ, Rodrigo is dedicated to providing his students with the highest level of training possible. He has created a positive and supportive environment at the gym, where students of all ages and skill levels can learn and grow.

Rodrigo is registered under several Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu federations, including the IBJJF, AFBJJ, and FPJJ, and has trained numerous athletes who have achieved success in high-level competitions.

Ben Wheeler

Black Belt - Bravos BJJ Coach

Ben Wheeler is a highly accomplished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt in 2019 under the guidance of head coach Rodrigo Giraldes.

His remarkable journey in BJJ commenced in 2011. Ben has consistently excelled in competitive arenas, including his impressive victories at the Pan Pacific Championship in 2022 and 2019, as well as securing second place in the Australian Nationals 2022 at the Black Belt level.

Notably, as a Brown Belt, Ben attained the distinguished status of being the top-ranked competitor in Australia in 2017 and achieved a commendable second-place finish at the UAEJJF Continental Pro in 2018.

Throughout his progression in the sport, Ben has garnered numerous state titles and Australian championships across various belt ranks, solidifying his reputation as a formidable force in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Ben’s passion for sharing his expertise shines through in his coaching endeavors, particularly in the dynamic realm of No Gi. His unwavering dedication, remarkable achievements, and commitment to continuous growth make him a highly respected figure in the  BJJ scene.

Igor Martins

Black Belt - Bravos BJJ Coach

Igor Martins is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under head coach Rodrigo Giraldes.

Igor has been doing BJJ since 2013 and was awarded Black Belt in 2023.

With a passion for Jiu-Jitsu that began at the age of 15, Igor has experienced tremendous personal growth and achieved numerous notable accomplishments throughout his journey.

His commitment and skill have led to an impressive list of titles and championships in his competitive career. Igor is a 13-time South Brazilian State Champion across various belt levels, consistently demonstrating his prowess on the mats.

Among his achievements, Igor has secured the prestigious titles of Abu Dhabi Trials Champion, South Brazilian Champion, and 5-time WA State Champion.

He has also proven his versatility and determination by becoming a 2-time Double Gold Brown Belt WA State Champion, a 3-time SGT State Champion, and a Grappling Super Fight winner. Igor’s silver medals at the Australian Nationals reflect his ability to compete at the highest levels of the sport.

Junior

Black Belt - Bravos BJJ Coach

Coach Junior is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under the same coach as professor Rodrigo, Master Adriano Silva.

He has been practicing BJJ  with coach Adriano since 2015 and was promoted to Black Belt in 2022.

Throughout his progression in the sport, Junior won multiple local State Competitions in Brazil and podiumed in National Competitions. 

Junior is passionate about teaching BJJ bringing always a good energy to every single class he teaches.  

DK

Black Belt - Bravos BJJ Coach

DK is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under head coach Rodrigo Giraldes.

He has been a student of coach Rodrigo since 2015 and started coaching at Bravos BJJ when it first opened in 2018. In 2023 he was promoted to Black Belt.

Coach DK brings his enthusiastic nature to every class he teaches. He finds a passion and excitement in seeing the growth in others as they develop both their technique and character.

DK holds years of experience within mental health disciplines and values the impact of an open and honest approach to his instruction.

DK has been an avid practitioner and competitor since the beginning of his BJJ journey. Throughout his career, DK has competed in both Gi & No-Gi across the world. He has won numerous state titles, has won the Australian Championship, and has competed in the ADCC Trials.

DK has coached alongside Rodrigo to achieve a number of Team State Championships in Gi & No-Gi that have earned Bravos its reputation. In addition to this, DK has achieved Black Belts within a number of other Martial Arts across the striking and more traditional disciplines.

Michael Djamil

Black Belt - Bravos BJJ Coach
Michael Djamil is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under head coach Rodrigo Giraldes.
 
He has been practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2011 and in 2021 was promoted to his Black Belt at 39 years of age.
 
Michael has competed in several state competitions during his journey with the latest in 2022, where he placed 3rd in the Adults Brown and 1st in the Masters 2 Brown divisions.
 
Competition is a great way to pressure test your learning and to overcome any nerves.
 
Starting out in martial arts practicing Tae Kwon Do for 10 years, he saw a gap between his striking and grappling game, so decided to try a BJJ class. After realizing how much he didn’t know, the change to the new martial art was an easy one.
 
Another 10 years on, the passion for learning BJJ is still strong and as you get older, being able to continue to train is a big positive due to the big focus on technique over strength.
 
Michael has always enjoyed sharing his knowledge and after enrolling his own children into BJJ, the opportunity arose to start his coaching journey. Keeping kids engaged while also learning is a challenge but one that he takes in his stride

Kale Beale

Brown Belt - Bravos BJJ Bunbury Coach

Kale Beale is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt under head coach Rodrigo Giraldes.

He has been practicing BJJ with coach Rodrigo since 2015.

Throughout his progression in the sport, Kale won multiple local WA State AFBJJ Competitions and podiumed in Australian National Competitions such as Australian Nationals and the IBJJF Pan Pacific Championship.

In 2019, he had the amazing opportunity to compete at the IBJJF GI World Championships where he won the first two matches and went down in the third match.

Kale reflects, “This has been one of the best experiences of my life and has taught me to be confident in my abilities and to remain calm under pressure, whether it be on the mat or dealing with legal disputes at work.”

In 2021, Kale was promoted to Brown Belt and, as a graduate lawyer, he decided to relocate to Bunbury and open Bravos BJJ Bunbury in early 2023 under the close guidance of Head Coach Rodrigo.

Kale is passionate about teaching BJJ as it brings people from all walks of life together and pushes them to step outside of their comfort zones to find the best version of themselves.

Julian Giustiniano

Purple Belt - Pro MMA Fighter
Wrestling Coach - Bravos BJJ

Julian Giustiniano began wrestling over 10 years ago in 2013. After achieving notable success by winning the Western Australia State title and Junior Australian National championship in 2017, he made the decision to pursue Wrestling in the United States collegiate system. Representing two schools on scholarships for three years, he competed in the NJCAA and NAIA.

Upon returning to Australia, he discovered a deep fascination for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. A friend highly recommended Bravos BJJ for its exceptional track record in competition and its effective teaching methods. Instantly captivated by the school’s environment, he has proudly represented and coached at Bravos BJJ since 2020.

In 2023, he was promoted to Purple Belt and has since achieved podium finishes in multiple state competitions, including the Summer Nogi 2021 absolute division and claiming the 76kg Gi Blue Belt division title at the AFBJJ Casca Grossa Championship in 2022. Throughout this time, he has witnessed Bravos secure numerous team titles.

His passion lies in teaching the fusion of wrestling and BJJ, a role he thoroughly enjoys. Over the years, his class has grown, and he takes great pride in witnessing the development of his teammates’ wrestling skills. With unwavering loyalty, he cannot envision training anywhere else and warmly encourages anyone interested in grappling to join and experience it firsthand.

Mike H

Bravos BJJ - Strength Conditioning Coach
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