Learn Gi & No-Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as seen in Modern MMA and Submission Grappling with top instructors in a safe and friendly environment

It’s super easy to get started. Book in a free private or 7-day trial to see if it’s right for you.


What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a low impact, self-defence martial art and popular modern sport where the goal is to control an opponent on the ground and apply leverage and technique to force your opponent into submission using joint locks and choke holds

BJJ has been proven in mixed martial arts contests around the world as one of the most effective and practical forms of martial art and is often described as a perfect blend of engaging physical activity and intellectual "chess-like" problem solving

Benefits of BJJ

BJJ allows a smaller person to defeat a bigger and stronger opponent by using superior leverage and technique. Practitioners at Open Sparring will learn both self-defence and competition sport principles.

Benefits include:

  • Improved physical conditioning, core strength, flexibility and mobility

  • Confidence and sense of achievement from mastering a real and practical self-defence skillset

  • Ongoing growth and development. BJJ is a lifelong journey of learning that never ends!

  • A sense of camaraderie and belonging to an awesome and friendly community of martial artists

Try us out

Pop in your details below for an introductory 30 minute private session, or try our classes free for a week!

In your private session one of our friendly directors will walk you through basic introductory principles and concepts to help make the start of your BJJ journey as smooth and comfortable as possible:

  • Mat etiquette and approach to learning

  • Technical drills and warm ups

  • Major positional hierarchy and body placement

  • Basic defensive concepts

  • 1 Takedown & 3 Submission Attacks to kick off your BJJ arsenal

Want to just jump into class? That’s fine too. Please drop in your details below and we’ll get back to you with more details. If you are planning to just drop by for a class, please make sure you arrive 10 minutes before class

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World-class instruction and training format

Open Sparring has partnered with some of Australia’s best modern competitors to run our Gi & No-Gi BJJ Classes. We pride ourselves on delivering the most practical and effective training format for your learning and development.

Our classes emphasise high percentage techniques, more drilling, more sparring and only efficient, practical warm ups. Practitioners at Open Sparring will learn both self-defence and competition sport principles

 Our Instructors

  • Ariel Tabak

    • Ariel Tabak (Ari) started his Jiu Jitsu career in Melbourne under Daniel Shaw at the age of 15. Since that time, Ari has trained throughout Melbourne and Sydney under a variety of coaches, however, he now dedicates time to regularly travelling internationally to train with world class athletes and under some of the best BJJ coaches in the world; such as Cicero Costha and Murilo Santana. Ari is a full-time athlete and versatile competitor with a goal to reach the top of his sport. He also has a degree in Physiotherapy, which has given him an in depth understanding of body mechanics and a unique approach to training and teaching. Ari has a keen eye for detail, and devotes a large amount of his time daily to studying technique - his vast technical knowledge is truly impressive. Ari is available for one on one and group private lessons.

  • Hope Douglass

    • Hope Douglass began her martial arts training at a young age, and has now made an avid career for herself as a full-time athlete and international competitor. Hope travels regularly to train under some of the best BJJ coaches in the world, such as Cicero Costha and Murilo Santana, and has a resume full of international competitions. With a Cert III and IV in fitness and personal training, as well as years of coaching experience, Hope has an educated and well-rounded approach to training and teaching. She is actively involved in all levels of the BJJ scene, not only as a competitor and instructor, but also in her roles through her work with Australian Girls in Gi and as a tournament referee – IBJJF/AFBJJ/ADCC/GI/SUB ONLY.  Hope is available for one on one and group private lessons.

  • Calvin Shyam

    • A brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Calvin has almost 10 years of experience as a grappler. He has trained and taught in Japan, Mexico, The United States, and Brazil, and has trained with some of the greats in the sport, including Ricardo De La Riva and Giva Santana. Calvin has a particular focus on the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, so all his classes include thorough warm-ups and yoga-based cooldowns. Calvin is also a lawyer, and is passionate about teaching all elements of BJJ, including sports Jiu Jitsu, MMA and self-defence.

Classes every weekday starting at 12:15pm and 6:00pm




Why Open Sparring?

Open Sparring is the gym that Sydney needs right now. There are some solid martial arts gyms in the CBD, but none of them cater to the full-time worker who is looking to spar. Open Sparring meets this need and then some.

Perhaps more importantly, the atmosphere in Open Sparring is incredible. The owners radiate enthusiasm, and are genuinely committed to providing a fight gym that people want. I can't wait to see how this place evolves over the coming months, and will definitely be back.

You can't spell "Open Sparring" without "A", which is the score I give this place.

Thomas Derricott - A valued Open Sparring member

Open Sparring has proudly built a strong reputation as one of Sydney’s friendliest and open martial arts gyms. Conveniently located in the CBD (2 min walk from Town Hall) it regularly attracts both casual martial artists and World Champions alike.

Our clean and modern facility, open door policy, world class instruction and absence of dogmatic or cultish behaviour are just a few of the reasons that separate us from the rest and why people travel far and wide to be a part of our community.