Damien’s experience in combat, whether from martial arts at a young age or as a military veteran is an invaluable resource to prospective BASE members. Upon his return from active service in Afghanistan, Damien started kickboxing as a means of rehab for his injuries sustained in battle. One year on and Damien had his first competitive fight after finding Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Under the tutelage of Dan Higgins, who is widely regarded as the most experienced MMA coach in Australia, Damien has earned his black belt in Jiu Jitsu and […]
Georgia is a true testament to the phrase “BJJ is a sport for the little guy”. After upwards of 8 years of training under Dan Higgins, Georgia holds her brown belt with pride and consistently schools bigger and stronger opponents in the gentle art. Georgia is a coach at Base Training Centre and is constantly developing the women’s BJJ program.
Assistant coach Mitchell Branson brings a few years grappling experience and a can do attitude to the mats. Coupled with a love of seeing people develop, Mitch helps lead the kids classes and helping the kids with technique and core movements.
Assistant kids class coach Vincent Pierce is a fierce blue belt competitor and brings that same energy onto the mats to help lead our kids classes.
Coach Aaron Blackie is a lifelong martial artist with black belts in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Not only with credentials in those sports on national and oceanic levels, Aaron is an active featherweight mixed martial artist (8 wins and 2 losses) and currently holds the Aftershock Featherweight Championship belt. Aaron has a Bachelor of Health Science and a Certificate IV in Fitness. The Australian champion attributes his success from martial arts icon Dan Higgins and now passes on his knowledge to students at Base Training Centre.
Coach Zachary Talbot is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and constantly holds himself at the highest level in Australian martial arts. With past experience in MMA and a wealth of high level grappling knowledge, Zac is a great asset to the Base Training Centre team and takes joy in sharing his experience with the students at Base.