Do You Want To Learn an Effective Martial Art?

The biggest problem you will face learning Martial Arts, is never knowing if what you learn is effective or if it is ever going to work when you actually need it.

At Our school you will learn skills that are instantly effective!

I've eliminated almost all the usual rubbish that is associated with Martial Arts Training! You won't learn pointless Katas or ritualised dances, you won't have to spend hours doing push-ups or sit-ups, you won't spend half the class doing warm-ups and you definitely won't have to learn a foreign language!

What you will do is learn skills that will help you feel more confident and in control of your situation!!

Oh and we don't take ourselves too seriously, our club is about enjoying the process of learning and living the BJJ lifestyle

Welcome to one of New Zealand's Biggest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools.. We've been helping people, like you, improve their lives through Martial Arts for over 20 years.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Martial Art that emphasis's practical use of skills in every session.

What does that mean for you?

It means that in every BJJ session you attend you will test what you learn and put what you learn into practice straight away. That way you can instantly see how effective BJJ can be and you can hone your skills every single session.

What does Our school offer you?

Our school offers you the biggest group of training partners in New Zealand. Our school offers you the biggest purpose built space for training BJJ in Wellington. Our school offers you access to some of the worlds best BJJ instructors and competitors.

We have hosted seminars by
  • John Will, one of the worlds best Martial Arts instructors, John travels the world teaching Martial Arts to 100s of Martial Arts and BJJ clubs, police and military personnel and he is our head coach. John has visited Our school 3 times a year since 2000

  • Rigan Machado, one of the worlds most recognised BJJ instructors and pioneers, acknowledged as one of the first people to bring BJJ to America

  • Carlos Machado, the eldest and #1 Machado Brother. Super nice guy and super technical. Visited NZ for the first time in May 2015 and delivered a game changing seminar at Our school

  • Rafa Mendes, 5 time Black Belt World champion and one half of the world famous Medes Brothers of Art Of Jiu Jitsu. One of the most prolific competitors Our school has ever hosted for a seminar.

  • Robert Drysdale, 6 time World BJJ Champion, one of the current top BJJ Competitors in the World, The Ultimate Fighter assistant coach and ADCC Super Fight Winner 2007

  • Sophia McDermott-Drysdale, Sophia is an incredible athlete and has won multiple competition titles, most recently the Pan American BJJ Champion in 2014

  • Clarke Gracie, Clark is the grandson of Carlos Gracie, the creator of Brazilian (Gracie) Jiu Jitsu. Clark is also the Ridiculously Photogenic Jiu-Jitsu Guy

  • Steve Da Silva, coach to some on the big names in BJJ including BJ Penn and Robert Drysdale. Multiple medal winner and incredible Popping and Locking dancer. Danced with MJ in the video to thriller

  • Richard Norton, Action Movie star and Multiple Black Belt holder. Richard is a BJJ 4th Dan with over 40 years in the Martial Arts and Action Movie business.

  • Michelle Nicolini, 10 times World Champion. One of the worlds most prolific and successful BJJ competitors. Michelle fights well above her weight and is acknowledged as one of the best pound for pound grapplers in the World.

No other BJJ school in the entire country offers you access to that much talent EVER! let alone all in the space of 2 years!

Below is a video done by one of my long time students, this is what Our school means to him and hes a senior Police officer!

Our school also offers you a fun, friendly, safe training environment. (You will not have to deal with Fathead's, Meat-axes, Munters, Assholes, Dickheads or Fuckwits.. We don't tolerate them in our school)

Our school is made up of everyday normal people, Students, Businessmen, Entrepreneurs, Musicians, Actors, Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants, Police, Self Employed people, just everyday normal people like you, but with a passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Grappling Art. First and foremost It teaches control. What you do with that control is up to you. By training at Our school you learn to use that control to subdue or incapacitate your opponent using BJJ techniques like, Control positions, Arm Locks and Chokes. 

But the control can be used for many things, control over the opponent and situation gives you control over the outcome. It could be to just subdue them until help arrives or to subdue them to cuff them or extract them from a venue or area. Or to completely incapacitate them so they are no longer a threat!

To allow you to see BJJ for yourself I'm offering a couple of classes for free, so you can find out about one of the best Martial Art self defence systems in the world.

Our school is a fantastic club, the emphasis is on having fun while learning effective skills. Don't take my word for it, read the testimonials to the right and see what others have to say about our school.

At Our school we run Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Beginners classes each week:

Martial Arts Wellington

Monday and Wednesday 6.30 pm
L1 4 College St, Te Aro
Above Milne Print

Fill out our online form and we will arrange 2 classes for you, at no cost or obligation.. There is no catch! come and try a class, if you don't like it then don't join. It's that simple!

Now don't get me wrong, Our school is not for everyone. We're a specialist school, which is why I make the free classes offer. If you don't like what we teach then you're under no obligation to join.

Our introductory program is a place where you can try our classes in a safe friendly and fun environment. These are our "Fundamental Skills" classes. They're only 1 hour long. Not a lot of time really, is it??

Filling out the form will also allow you access to our main website, with Pictures and Videos of what we get up to at class, information about training times and fees and all that sort of stuff.

What could be easier?

"So don't hesitate!! fill out the form and take the first step.

"We look forward to meeting you soon."

Martial Arts Wellington,
New Zealand

Our school is affiliated to John Will and BJJ Australasia. We are a Machado School.

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  • "I think you're doing an absolutely awesome job from EVERYTHING I see. Keep up the great work Geoff, you're an inspiration." 


  • "I came to The Dub vaguely interested in what is BJJ, with no previous experience in martial arts, -actually I'd been to a couple of other martial arts classes and hated it. Geoff's teaching is accessible and fun -with none of the pretence that had put me off other classes. The culture at The Dub is friendly, inclusive and relaxed. Experienced members are generous with their advice and encouragement. I now have a passion for BJJ, a great crew of friends to hang with, and the real-world skills in self-defence are a bonus."


  • "I enjoy it because of the no bullshit training - you know when something works and when something doesn't. For me it just keeps my confidence levels up - I don't get so stressed when faced with a fight/scuffle as I know I can control the person, as I've done it countless times in training,"
    (senior Police officer)

  • The coaching is superb. The mat culture encourages sharing of ideas and innovation. No nonsence. Just a great club atmosphere.

    The best martial arts club I have been involvied with in over 30 years of training...

    Caglan Bagci

  • GSW is practically my second home, I am convinced it is the best place to learn Jiu Jitsu. The instruction is clear, technical, and fun. Importantly the club is huuuge, you'll always have high quality training partners.

    Patrick Te Tau

  • Some martial arts teachers have a heap of knowledge but don't know how to teach it, but Geoff has massive knowledge coupled with teaching ability.

    He has created a school full of talented students who are friendly and helpful to eachother and I'm honoured to be a part of that.

    I'm excited to have finally found a school that just cuts past the BS and gets straight to practical learning. Thanks!

    Klaus Townsend

  • -Largest club in NZ
    -Top quality tuition
    -All year round classes
    -Plenty of laughs

    All of these qualities make what GSW is; a fantastic environment to learn and develop skills & meet other choice people. GSW is no doubt the best martial arts club in NZ.


  • GSW is a place where people from all walks of life come together, hang out and share a passion for Jiu Jitsu in a laid back friendly environment. Great teacher, culture and a top notch level of Jiu Jitsu.

    David White

  • First off, in a professional capacity Geoff`s instruction is exceptional and this is no exaggeration.

    He’s a clear and concise teacher and more importantly he enjoys what he does. This is evident in his relaxed and humorous classes. Geoff has created an environment where the level of grappling is excellent and the level of ego is nil. GSW has a welcoming environment, with people from diverse backgrounds who are all there to enjoy themselves and learn.

    I have fostered many friendships and connections at GSW and can safely say it was one of the best choices I have personally made.

    Thanks Geoff and the GSW crew.

    Melvin Chand

  • I have trained at GSW for the last year and a half. Having trained with world-class BJJ competitors half a globe away, and with about eight years' training both given and received in various traditional martial arts, I can confirm that Geoff is without a doubt one of the most thorough, technical and effective trainers I have had the pleasure of learning from.

    He will not only give you the finished, ready to implement technique, but break it down into every step along the way that needs to be recognised, understood and absorbed. That, coupled with the genuinely supportive and friendly atmosphere at the club, has made GSW my second home on a journey I am enjoying immensely.

    The comparison with chess is often made in martial arts, and as with chess, it will take quite some time to learn the rules of engagement and recognise the traps you can fall into: seekers of instant gratification need not apply.
    Thomas Ockens