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.

 

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Arte Suave's fantastic gym for anyone into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, from newcomers to the advanced. The coaching is great, and I really liked the mixture of new and old teaching styles. Emanuela's kindness and welcoming attitude made me feel at home right away, creating a positive and inclusive atmosphere. The space is also well-maintained, and the sense of community is very strong. I'd highly recommend it if you're looking to train in Brisbane!
Daniel L.
Daniel L.
22:09 15 Jul 24
The best gym I've trained at in my BJJ journey. A welcoming environment made by dedicated teachers and passionate students. Anyone lucky enough to find themselves here will fast track their training and have the best time while doing it!
Nathan K.
Nathan K.
07:27 15 Jul 24
Arte Suave is a truly an amazing Brazilian Jiu jitsu gym for everyone from the average person looking to learn BJJ, to the competitor looking to receive high level coaching in a good gym culture.The best aspect about this is first and foremost the culture and ethics of the gym, unlike a lot of other BJJ gyms there isn't any lock in contracts, hidden (or hidden increasing) fees, pressure to buy gym specific gear, or other dodgy behavior. The culture is positive and supportive of everyone's individual goals whether that's competing or not.I have had a few personal instances where the gym owner has acted with integrity and proactively identified and addressed problems affecting my billing or other smaller issues.I would strongly recommend this gym to anyone looking for a BJJ gym whether you're new or coming from an experienced background.
Riley H.
Riley H.
03:29 01 Jun 24
I’ve been training at Arte Suave for a little over a year now and can honestly say it’s amazing. The standard of teaching is incredible, with 3 high level black belts, supported by multiple competition coloured belts and visiting coaches. I learn something new every day and enjoy the mental and physical workout I get from each class. For me though, the culture is the main draw. Emanuela has done a fantastic job of building a welcoming and inclusive community, full of people from all walks of life, coming together to share their love of jiu jitsu. I can’t recommend this place enough.
James B.
James B.
07:59 19 May 24
Love this place! My son adores his coaches - they’re very patient and great with encouraging each individual student to do their best. Emmanuela has built a beautiful community that we feel lucky to be a part of.
Lauren A.
Lauren A.
11:09 14 May 24
Best gym in Brisbane and no one can change my mind. Excellent selection of coaches. Plenty high quality classes to choose from. Nicest look gym as well. Owner is lovely
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Dee !
08:26 11 May 24
Arte Suave is a fantastic place to train, with the best coaches, awesome community and great facilities.
Terry F
Terry F
07:15 07 May 24
The best BJJ academy I've ever attended. A gym where you can learn technique in good vibes. As a beginner, I've found it a lot easier for me to follow as there are patient coaches who guide me thru, also, good training partners
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Winsy L.
10:53 30 Apr 24
Amazing academy. Make you feel welcome from day one. All the teachers are great at what they do. Highly recommend.
Jack L.
Jack L.
10:24 30 Apr 24
Great people and atmosphere. Love it. 💪
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