Meet our team
Originally from Florianopolis in Brazil, moved to New Zealand at the age of 21. He began his training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Auckland, under Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor Sensei Douglas Santos.
Whilst working his way from white belt to black belt, Felipe earned a NZ championship title, an Auckland Inter-Clubs title and many other placings in tournaments.
Now living in Mount Maunganui with his wife and two young boys, Felipe works full time running Mount Maunganui Jiu Jitsu.
Felipe is a qualified Certified Personal Trainer, and teaches Jiu Jitsu classes for children and Jiu Jitsu classes for adults (all levels from beginner to black belt)
In my 20’s, I enlisted in the army and served as a Basic Military Training Instructor for the Singapore Armed Forces. I went on to study Architecture in Australia, graduated with a BA Psychology in New Zealand, achieved certification in personal training and became a Personal Trainer/Boot Camp Instructor with Les Mills. I spent time exploring North and Central America, Europe, Asia, and worked with expatriates in Singapore helping them with their fitness goals. Fast forward to 2016, I settle in Papamoa Beach, discover Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and receive my blue and purple belts under Professor Felipe Santos.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an excellent vehicle for self-improvement physically, mentally and spiritually. It is a culture of order, structure, cleanliness, politeness and respect.
Sergio was born in Florianópolis-SC – Brazil. Raised in Lagoa da conceição, Sergio practised Traditional Japanese JUDO for kids, at LIC (Lagoa Yacht Club). When Sergio was 16 he had his first taste of Traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but decided to train Tae Kwon-do instead and became a Black belt.
Sergio battled through a prolonged period of sickness, at some stage life-threatening. A doctor suggested that he should resume martial arts and that was the beginning of Sergios Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey. He enrolled at Gracie Barra (Brazil) and made a commitment for himself, no matter what its take I will be a Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and help my community to be a better place day after day… how? By telling people you can too. It doesn’t matter if you are over 40 or under 10 years old. Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone and no matter who you are on the TATAMI (mats) you cannot lie. Here is where you show you are and I can tell a lot about people just the way they train or they roll…
Jiu-Jitsu Champion: Masters Category:
IBJJF: Pan Pacific 2 place
AJPRO: Oceania GI: 2 place NOGI 1 place
AFBJJ: State Champion
SJJIF: Oceania Open GI: 2 place NOGI 2 place
SJJFNZ: 1 place National Champion
NSWBJJF: 1 place Summer Cup
GRAPPLING CIRCUIT: Auckland Regional: 1 place
Martial Arts Certificates: Gracie Barra
ICP: instructor Certification Program
UAEJJF: Referee Level 1
Hello, my name is Kale McGrath. I am currently a blue belt training under Felipe Santos and enjoy both coaching and training at Mount Maunganui Jiu Jitsu. I have been practicing the art of BJJ since late 2017 and I am currently in the pursuit of developing and perfecting my Jiu Jitsu game. I hope with time, perseverance, and dedication to become one of the top grapplers in New Zealand.
I have a passion to learn the fundamentals and techniques of Jiu Jitsu. I believe that a great trainer is one who holds people accountable while inspiring them along the way with support, encouragement, and motivation, all of which I have gratefully received from the coaching team at MMJJ.
I am currently coaching teenage classes where I enjoy supporting kids in developing confidence and achieving their BJJ goals. I am nearly in my last year of school, studying at Papamoa College where I have chosen subjects that encompass my love of Sport and Health.