Professor Anker Fuglsang – 2nd degree black belt – Head Coach
Anker has trained in several martial arts including Viet Vo Dao and Hapkido. He began BJJ in 1997 and received his black belt in 2011. We call Anker our encyclopaedia of Jiu Jitsu, he brings with him 20 years of Jiu Jitsu study from all over the world, most of which he had to seek without modern luxuries like the internet. Anker also loves hot chocolate, Korean Fried Chicken, loves tinkering with languages and his favourite comic book character is The Punisher.
1993 – 1997 Viet Vo Dao – Vietnamese
1977 BJJ in Tasmania under Billy Burton.
2001 – 2003 Korea, got his 2nd black belt in Hapkido.
2003 – 2005 Started training under Minol Tavares Tutida under the Oswaldo Fadda lineage. In 2005 Minol moved back to Japan.
2005 Tasmania State Champion.
2006 & 2007 Queensland State Champion.
2005 to present Brisbane – Garra BJJ – Eduardo Dias (under Roberto Traven of the Rolls Gracie lineage).
2008 (3 months) USA – trained under Leo Viera & Ricardo Feliciano – Checkmat La Habra – Orange County.
2008 (3 months) Brazil – Akxe BJJ Alliance.
2009 (3 months) Brazil – Akxe, Fightzone (Ricardo Viera, Checkmat).
2011 (3 months) USA – The Jiu Jitsu League, Atos Longbeach – Kevin Howell.
2011 Black Belt under Eduardo Dias.
2012 (6 months) Brazil – Barbosa Jiu Jitsu B9 – Marcos Barbosa.
Professor Uroš Čulić – Black Belt – Competition Coach
Uroš has been very athletic all of his life, starting off with water polo from the age of 5, then wrestling for 4 years and finally with BJJ since 2007. Uroš’ classes are full of energy and his patience and desire to get the knowledge and motivation into his students are his best assets. Uroš prefers black tea however has an incredible sweet tooth and loves Woody Allen movies.
2018 – May – ADCC Australia Heavyweight Champion Gold, Open weight Bronze
2018 – April – Coffs Harbour Invitational Heavyweight Superfight Tournament Champion
2018 – April – Grow Strong MMA tournament Superfight Champion
2018 – February – Grappling Industries Sydney – No Gi Absolute Champion, Silver medal in Gi
2018 – January – Grappling Industries Brisbane – No Gi Absolute Champion, Gi absolute Champion
2017 – Bronze Medal in the United World Wrestling European Championships, Azerbaijan
2017 – Silver Medal in the United World Wrestling European Championships, Serbia
2017 – Author for BJJ Eastern Europe, www.bjjee.com
2016 – Black Belt under Ricardo Vieira at Fightzone in Rio
2016 – Graduated Manager – Graduation exam theme – Ultimate Fighting Championship
paradigm of sport management – University of Belgrade, Metropolitan University, Department of Sports Management
2015 – Brown Belt Abu Dhabi qualifier for UAEJJF World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship
2015 – Brown Belt UAEJJF Serbia National Pro Jiu-Jitsu qualifier Champion
2014 – Brown Belt IBJJF Rome Open Champion
2014 – Brown Belt Bronze Medal – IBJJF European Championship, Portugal
2013 – Gold (Gi) and bronze (No-gi) at the European Championships in FILA grappling – Hungary
2013 – Certified Operating Coach in Wrestling – University of Belgrade, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education
2012 – Gold (Gi) at FILA World Championships in grappling – Poland
2012 – deserving athlete of Serbia – best sportsman in all sports related FILA for the year
2012 – Brown Belt
2012 – Purple Belt Silver Medal – IBJJF European Championship
2012 – Began Coaching BJJ
2009 – Purple Belt
2007 – Blue Belt
2007 – Began Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Jovan Zerial – Black Belt under Fernando Pinduka, Zerijal Team.
2003 – 2006 – Wrestling – Zeleznicar, Belgrade
Steven Wade – Brown Belt – Adults & Kids Coach
Steve is a mixed bag of BJJ, Jiu Jitsu and MMA. He began learning and coaching BJJ in 2012 and his conceptual approach is what has helped him move so quickly in the ranks of Jiu Jitsu. He shares this approach in his classes focusing more on helping his students understand the concepts behind each technique.
Steve’s coffee goes with his moods so can vary from cold brew to mocha, his favourite board game is Machi Koro and he has a dog that weighs 50kg.
2012 – Began Brazilian Jiu Jitsu , also began coaching Mixed Martial Arts at MAQ
2013 – Began coaching Japanese Jujitsu
2014 – Received BJJ blue belt under Matthew Cugola (Vince Perry, Machado)
2014 – Opened his own personal training space (Leg Lock Laboratories) and began bringing in his own training partners and clients to coach (Caio Terra style)
2015 – Received BJJ purple belt under Bruno Lemos and Alliance Jjitsu 2015 – began coaching at Gamebred Academy
2016 – Received BJJ brown belt under Professor Anker Fuglsang and Jeremy Juhas
2016 – Head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach at Corporate Box.
2016 – Began coaching at Arte Suave
Professor Nic Barker – Black Belt – Adults & Kids Coach
Nic is a born teacher, his passion for Jiu Jitsu extends into refereeing and is one of the organizers of Grappling Industries, an international competition. Nic is our problem solver, he lets his students lead his classes by helping them solve their BJJ problems. His laid back and conceptual approach are a great combination in helping his students reach their goals.
Nic loves his latte’s, is addicted to tailored suits and used to be a chef.
Began Jiu Jitsu and began teaching Jiu Jitsu
2010 Blue Belt under Peter de been
2010 Sports Medicine Australia Level 2 Sports Trainer
2010 NCAS (National Coaching Accreditation Scheme) Coaching Accreditation
2010 Netball Australia Umpire 2010 Basketball Victoria Coaching Certificate
2010 Basketball Victoria Referee 2010 AFL Coach
2010 AFL Umpire 2010 AASC Community Coach Training Program
2011 Purple Belt under Peter De been
2011 Diploma of Sports Development
2013 Brown Belt under Kit Dale Accredited referee under IBJJF and Grappling Industries
Emanuela D’Annibale – Purple Belt – Adults & Kids Coach – Yoga teacher
Emanuela D’Annibale, sole and managing director of Arte Suave, is an entrepreneur who successfully built and ran a promotions and marketing business for over 13 years. Her passion for martial arts, fitness, personal development, and motivating people to achieve their best, is what led her to create Arte Suave.
She began her yoga in 2000 under Deborah Carey-Burrows and martial arts journey in 2002 with Xsing Yi, under Dr Fei Wang, since this time she has added to her repertoire several other arts including Qi Gung, Tai Chi, Muai Thai, Boxing and Wushu. Her yoga, focused for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, is a unique infusion of all her experience in yoga (including posture work with Karen Chapman who teaches Alexander technique) and martial arts. Her approach to BJJ is a mix of all her teachers with a twist of her own, she likes to help her students link the techniques and give them little details.
Emanuela loves her cold brew in summer and espresso in winter, she is also an artist and loves to paint with oils.
2001 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Will Machado Brisbane – Ken Dunstan
2003 BJJ Blue belt from Ken Dunston & John Will
2003 – 2007 The Centre – John Bastible – Muai Thai
2005 – 2008 Roberto Traven / Eduardo Diaz – Garra Jiu Jitsu – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
2008 – 2013 Training at Universal MMA (now Lions MMA) – Canada – in Muay Thai, MMA, Wrestling, BJJ
2013 Gold CBJJF Western Canadian Open Blue Belt/Gi/Light/Adult
2013 Gold CBJJF Roots Challenge Blue Belt/Gi/Light/Master
2013 Western Canadian Open Champion in Blue Belt
2014 – 2016 Fight Club McKay – Henry Walpole
2015 Gold QBJJC East Coast Championship Blue Belt/NoGi/Light/Master
2015 Silver QBJJC East Coast Championship Blue Belt/Gi/Light/Master
2016 Purple Belt from Henry Walpole and Daniel Lima
2016 Silver QBJJC CQ Championship Purple Belt/NoGi/Open Weight/Master
2016 Silver QBJJC Sunshine Coast Championship Purple Belt/NoGi/Light/Master
2016 Gold QBJJC Sunshine Coast Championship Purple Belt/Gi/Light/Master
2016 AIPT Certificate 3 and 4 in Personal Training (to be completed November 2016)
2017 – Began teaching at Arte Suave
2007 – 2015 – Ukidokan Kickboxing – under Nadine Champion
2013 – Began BJJ – UFC Gym Sydney
2014 – Blue Belt under Dave Nagel – UFC Gym
2015 – Began Training at Arte Suave
2016 – Purple Belt – Under Jean Jacques Machado – Progressive Martial Arts
2017 – Began coaching at Arte Suave
2009 – April 2010 – Coach – Special Olympics, Santa Ana, Costa Rica
2012 – Burnaby Lake Rugby Club – Senior Athletic Trainer
2014-2015 – Athletic Trainer – Coquitlam Adanacs Lacrosse, Coquitlam, B.C
2014-2015 – Athletic Trainer – Burnaby North Girls Rugby, Burnaby, B.C
2015 – Batchelor of Science. Minor: Kinesiology Minor: Psychology – SFU
2016 – Doctor of Medicine – UQ – Anticipated Graduation Date: November, 2019
2016 – began BJJ at Arte Suave
2016 – present – Athletic Trainer – University of Queensland Rugby Football Club
2017 – Began coaching Primal Conditioning at Arte Suave
Taijutsu Brisbane – Instructor
Self Defence & Martial Arts – Brisbane Australia
‘Godan’ (5th Deg) Black Belt – Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu
1st Degree Black Belt – Toshindo
Blue Belt – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Winner MMA ‘Soul Fighting Championship’ 2014 80kg
Certificate III – Security Operations