I recently came back from my trip to Hong Kong, where I was able to organise training sessions at a few of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) gyms there. I last visited Hong Kong a few years ago, when BJJ was very much at its infancy, but had some very promising glimpses into the future of the sport with big players like Epic MMA and Fitness coming into the foray.
3 years has now passed and this time I was very impressed by the growth and talent emerging out of Hong Kong. This is largely due to the increased demand for the sport of MMA, thanks to the rising popularity of the UFC. With BJJ as a core requirement for any successful MMA program, it has been very clear that the investment made into quality BJJ instructors by many of the martial arts gyms has paid dividends. Not only has
the standard of BJJ in the individual gyms improved greatly, but also the overall standard of BJJ in Hong Kong as a result.
During my time in Hong Kong, I trained at Epic MMA, which boasts 4 black belts, one of which is a current UFC fighter – Alberto Mina. Jab MMA has Rodrigo Caporal, aMMA and international BJJ competitor, representing the BJJ powerhouse team ATOS. Gracie Barra Wan Chai is owned by life long martial artist and BJJ black belt Henry Chan. Coincidentally, Henry was hosting a training session with Clark Gracie, the face of modern day BJJ,of which I was fortunate enough to attend.
I have been very privileged to have competed and trained around the world for BJJ, and it always pleases me to see the continual growth of this beautiful yet deadly art everywhere I go. Hong Kong may not be the mecca of BJJ, but for those who are keen grapplers and happen to be passing through, make sure you pack your belt and gi, and bring your A game.
Give our BJJ program a go and experience the improvements to all of these fields. It is considered to be an excellent first style where the skills are easily transferable.
"I've trained with a few martial arts instructors before and i have to say Mario is one of the best i've trained with. He clearly knows what he's talking about and has a great teaching style that is both serious and light hearted at the same time, which was exactly what i was looking for in a club. In the adult classes they aren't too strict with the traditional rules (which is a nice change) and focus more on effective techniques. Ann-Marie and the rest of the black belts also help to make sure each individual is getting as much attention as possible in each class, which really helps to accelerate your learning.I did both karate and kickboxing and recommend both - karate for the the focus on technique/self defence and kickboxing for smashing pads and fitness. Also, both my kids also love training at ICC - it's really helping with their confidence.David and the entire ICC team also do a great job of managing the club. It's been an overwhelmingly positive experience from day 1."
"I have been going to the bbj classes at ICC for almost a year. I think it was the best decision I made to join ICC. The instructors Prof. David Tong and Steven Tong are awesome with their teaching and catering for people with different abilities and for both self defence and competition. I highly recommend ICC for all sorts of reasons either for fitness reasons like myself or wanting to advance in competitions as they have produced champions."
"Great people. Family atmosphere. My first 6 months have been a great experience. Professors David and Steven have taught me alot. Looking forward to my future training."
"2018 has been my 3rd year training at ICC. It is by far the best, most welcoming gym in Australia and has a great family atmosphere that makes me look forward to training every single time. I have trained at ICC since I was 15 years old and I’ve made so many great friendships through the gym. All instructors at ICC have a profound understanding of their respected martial arts disciplines and this has been reflected in the success of the competitors on a local and international level. ICC is the gym to train at, no matter what your goal is."
"Friendly staffs and great atmosphere! Always feel welcome from ICC family! Starting my third month for my BJJ training now.Will continue progressing with my helpful instructors David & Steve! Looking forward to growing with ICC"