The Hunter Valley Martial Arts Centre Warners Bay is now an official Will-Machado training centre. Principal, Brian Hayes, is a purple belt in BJJ, and he conducts childrens and teens classes, while club consultant Sean Kirkwood, a 3rd Degree Black Belt in BJJ under John Will, conducts a seminar Monday evenings at the Warners Bay centre.
Assistant instructor Daniel Ireland, a brown belt, teaches fundamentals and advanced programs, along with Luke Nicholson and Kelie Fisher who are both purple belts.
Sean conducts gradings and supervises the Will-Machado BJJ group in the Hunter Valley.
The club has already competed successfully in tournaments since 2011, with student numbers growing quickly.
The Warners Bay dojo also holds a women and girls only BJJ program, conducted by Kelie Fisher, and has a strong association with the Girls in Gi movement.
For children interested in the gentle but effective art of BJJ, the HVMAC centres also conduct children’s BJJ programs. They complement the traditional karate programs offered, by teaching children resilience, effective self defence, and non violent ways to control and subdue aggressive attacks without striking back.