Uroš Čulić

Head Coach

Black Belt 2nd Degree

 

Uroš Čulić grew up in Serbia and embarked on his martial arts journey at a young age, driven by his passion for sports. Growing up under the guidance of his father, a former boxer, Uroš began his training in water polo in 1993 at the tender age of 5. For the next 9 years, he dedicated himself to the sport, honing his skills and discipline. Following his water polo journey, Uroš transitioned to wrestling, training intensively for 4 years.

However, it was during his wrestling training that Uroš felt a void and it was Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) that captured his heart in 2007 and changed everything. Uroš vividly recalls his first memory of training BJJ, where he humbly faced the reality of the art. Despite his wrestling background, he found himself submitting to his opponents nine times in just three rolls, dispelling any misconceptions about the effectiveness of BJJ.

Under the guidance of Jovan Zerjal, brown belt under Fernando Pinduka, Zerijal Team, he immersed himself in BJJ, achieving his blue belt in 2008, and purple belt in 2009.

The decision to teach martial arts came unexpectedly to Uroš. Originally aspiring to be solely a competitor, teaching seemed to choose him. The experience of teaching not only enhanced his own preparation and knowledge structuring but also instilled in him a deep sense of giving and nurturing others’ progress. Uroš began teaching Jiu Jitsu in his home country of Serbia in 2012 the same year he achieved his brown belt.

In 2016, Uroš further expanded his knowledge by training in Brazil under Ricardo Vieira at Fightzone, this is where he received his black belt. His desire to explore different aspects of life through martial arts led him to Australia in 2018. Since then, Uroš has dedicated himself to BJJ, training twice a day and teaching full time at Arte Suave since.

Uroš tailors his classes meticulously, covering two topics per session and revisiting them in subsequent classes for in-depth understanding. He strives to develop well-rounded grapplers and instils the value of continuous learning. Uroš teaches both fundamental and advanced classes, sharing his passion for dissecting and simplifying BJJ techniques to support each student’s unique journey.

He also teaches private group classes, more recently having created a very successful program called the Bulletproof for BJJ program. This 26 week program, he spent years developing, to give his students that extra boost in their jiu jitsu journey.

For aspiring competitors, Uroš encourages taking the plunge into their first competition, regardless of initial nerves. He vividly recalls his own humbling experience, realizing the power of BJJ after being submitted multiple times early on.

At Arte Suave, Uroš finds a perfect blend of exceptional Jiu-Jitsu education and a warm, family-like atmosphere. The gym stands out for its organized approach and supportive environment. Uroš believes that Arte Suave strikes a perfect balance between delivering excellent training and fostering a sense of belonging.

As a black belt competitor, Uroš has achieved remarkable success in various tournaments, including double gold at the IBJJF Asian Open Championship in Tokyo 2019, six gold medals at the AFBJJ Australian National Championship in Melbourne in 2019 and 2022, double gold at the ADCC Asia Pacific Grand Slam in Gold Coast 2019, two gold medals at the ADCC Australian National Championship in Sydney in 2018 and 2022, and a finalist position in the BOA super 8 tournament in Melbourne in 2022.

Uroš Čulić exemplifies a lifelong commitment to martial arts, sharing his expertise and passion with his students while continually striving for excellence and personal growth within the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Beyond his commitment to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Uroš Čulić embraces a range of interests. He is an avid reader, particularly enjoying books on human development, biographies, and fiction. He also has a passion for films, with directors like Stanley Kubrick and Woody Allen being among his favorites. Uroš appreciates a well-cooked home meal and finds solace in nature through hiking and beach outings. He has a diverse taste in music and enjoys attending festivals. Additionally, Uroš is skilled in poker and loves a good game. These varied pursuits complement his Jiu-Jitsu journey, adding depth to his personality.

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Qualifications & History

  • 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

    February – Grappling Industries Sydney – No Gi Absolute Champion, Silver medal in Gi

  • 2018 - January

    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

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Johnny M.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Angela H.
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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.
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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 🙂
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