Chris Maher

Coach

Brown Belt 2nd Degree

Chris Maher’s martial arts journey began in Grade 9 when he entered the world of boxing. As he delved into disciplines like kickboxing, Hapkido, and Krav Maga, it was Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) that truly captivated him.

During a Krav Maga grappling session, Chris found himself paired with a skilled female blue belt in jiu-jitsu, who showcased her dominance over him. This eye-opening experience led him to reevaluate his capabilities and motivated him to ensure he could handle any serious situation.

In 2011, Chris embarked on his BJJ journey at Boxing Works Sydney under the guidance of Romolo, earning his Blue Belt in 2015. Competing became an integral part of his journey, resulting in victories such as Silver at the 2016 NSW Summer Cup and Gold at the 2016 Sydney Cup, both as a Blue Belt. In 2018, he progressed to a Purple Belt under Romolo at Roleta Ju-Jitsu.

Chris firmly believes in the importance of competition in BJJ, as it allows practitioners to test their skills and uncover their true capabilities. In mid-2020, he relocated to Brisbane and joined Arte Suave, and continued to compete.

In 2021 he clinched the gold medal at the 2021 QLD State Championships. Later that year, Chris proudly attained his Brown Belt at Arte Suave, solidifying his commitment to ongoing growth and mastery. His journey serves as a testament to the transformative power of martial arts and his dedication to sharing his knowledge with others.

Motivated by his personal growth and inspired by his two daughters training at Arte Suave, Chris decided to become a martial arts instructor. His classes focus on practical techniques honed through years of experience. Emphasizing guard techniques and top pressure, he tailors his teachings to suit his students’ needs, adopting a structured approach that encompasses attacking positions and corresponding escapes.

Chris’s advice for first-time competitors is to master executing an armbar from the guard position while being ezekieled by an opponent. This challenging technique proves invaluable in crucial moments.

Reflecting on his earliest memory of BJJ training, Chris vividly recalls the thought of “I’m never going to get this…” However, his determination and persistence allowed him to overcome doubts and embark on a journey of continuous growth and improvement.

Arte Suave stands out for Chris due to its friendly atmosphere, fostering camaraderie among members. Head coaching staff with unparalleled expertise and excellent training partners make it an exceptional environment for learning and progression.

 

Gallery

Our Members

Share the love.

Highly recommend Arte Suave. Great coaching, training, culture, and community.
Johnny M.
Johnny M.
10:32 09 Apr 24
Joel G.
Joel G.
10:18 09 Apr 24
Love being part of the Arte Suave community - such an amazing place to train! From my first class, Emanuela who owns the academy made me feel super welcome. Emanuela has created an amazing community with excellent Professors who all bring a different perspective and wealth of experience to learn from and they really push you to be your best. Would absolutely recommend to all levels.
Carlyn B.
Carlyn B.
02:01 23 Mar 24
Joined Arte Sauve about 8 months ago and it has been an amazing experience. There are many different classes for different levels and needs. The facility is great. Coaches are helpful and knowledgeable, and everyone is welcoming. Highly recommend Arte Sauve if you are looking for a place to train in the Brisbane.
Randoll C.
Randoll C.
11:35 20 Mar 24
Kids (girl 14, boy 13) and hubby have trained here for many years. Great supportive culture and amazing couches. Highly recommend
Angela H.
Angela H.
11:09 19 Mar 24
Fantastic place to train!!
Eoin B.
Eoin B.
10:49 19 Mar 24
Aye “Boom Foodie” T.
Aye “Boom Foodie” T.
09:41 11 Mar 24
Arte Sauve is a beautiful dojo. So many facilities available for for its members. With two large training floors, as well as private lesson rooms, weights equipment, pro shop and even an indoor rock climbing room, the facilities are second to none.With multiple high level Black Belt Instructors and a history of great tournament success - you know the instruction is at a high level.With over 30 years of experience as an Instructor myself I reccomend checking out Arte Sauve - you won't be disappointed.
Geordie L.
Geordie L.
07:31 02 Mar 24
Paul B.
Paul B.
23:25 01 Mar 24
Visited for 2 days while travelling for work. A great team at Arte Suave. Very friendly and welcoming bunch. Good training was had. Thanks all 🙂
Richard G.
Richard G.
11:54 21 Feb 24
js_loader