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about Us

Head Coach - Rob McIntyre
Training Since 1988, Teaching Full Time Since 1997
Zen Do Kai Free Style Karate 5th Dan Black Belt (probationary) "Renshi"
BJC Muay Thai 5th Degree Red/White Singlet "Khru"
Sogo MMA 4th Degree Black Belt & Founder
Fight Club Jiu Jitsu 4th Degree Blue Belt and Accredited Coach under Professor Daniel Lima (3rd Degree Black Belt)
1st Degree Black Belt Progressive Krav Maga
BJC Arnis-Eskrima-Kali 1st Degree Black Belt Instructor
Level 1 NCAS Coach
Blue Card Holder
Qualified Fitness (Gym) Instructor
Currently Studying Personal Trainer (Fitness Trainer) Qualifications
Currently Studying Diploma in Sport & Recreation Coach - Martial Arts
Senior First Aid
Trained in Thailand in Muay Thai 5 times, MMA 2 times, BJJ 2 times
Coached local, state, national, international and world champions in Karate, Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu

Zen Do Kai Assistant Coach - Zoe McIntyre
Training Since 1999, Coaching since 2003
Zen Do Kai Freestyle Karate 3rd Dan Black Belt "Sensei"
BJC Muay Thai 2nd Degree Black Singlet "Khru"
Fight Club Jiu Jitsu 3rd Degree White Belt
Level 1 NCAS Coach
Blue Card Holder
Senior First Aid
4 Muay Thai Fights including 1 win in Thailand

MMA Assistant Coach - Colin Spratt
Training since 2003, coaching since 2007
Sogo MMA 3rd Degree Black Belt "coach"
Fight Club Jiu Jitsu 4th Degree White Belt
Level 1 NCAS Coach
Blue Card Holder
Senior First Aid
Colin has competed and won in MMA, Full Contact Karate and BJJ

Muay Thai Assistant Coach - Troy Bennett
Training since 2003, coaching since 2007
BJC Muay Thai 3rd Degree Red Singlet "Khru"
Fight Club Jiu Jitsu 2nd Degree White Belt
Level 1 NCAS Coach
Blue Card Holder
Senior First Aid
Troy had competed and won in Muay Thai and Full Contact Karate

Junior Muay Thai, MMA and BJJ Coach - Kaela Banney
Training since 2006, coaching since 2011
Sogo MMA 2nd Degree Black Belt
BJC Muay Thai 1st Degree Black Belt
Fight Club Jiu Jitsu 1st Degree Blue Belt
Professional MMA Fighter with 4 MMA fights and 4 Muay Thai fights
Trained and fought in Thailand in 2012
Trained in Brazil in 2014

Junior Muay Thai, MMA and BJJ coach - Sharna Mercer
Training since 2006, coaching since 2011
Sogo MMA 2nd Degree Black Belt
BJC Muay Thai 1st Degree Black Belt
Fight Club Jiu JItsu 1st Degree Blue Belt
Has had 1 Muay Thai fight and 1 MMA fight
Trained and fought in Thailand in 2012
Trained in Brazil in 2014

Just so you know ...

It is important to note that Gladstone Martial Arts Academy does not have any "street fighters". The gym has combat athletes concerned with being able to defend themselves in the street. A by-product of that training is sometimes the desire and ability of its athletes to compete in MMA, Muay Thai, BJJ or submission wrestling competitions. It is training in an "alive" manner that will better prepare our members to be successful in whatever endeavours they choose.

The vast majority of the members at Gladstone Martial Arts train exclusively for fitness and fun, which translates to stress release and a sense of well being. Drilling and sparring for sport translates to the most intensive, challenging and safe way to build the necessary attributes for self-defence as well as build overall fitness.

Our Vision:
We will train SMARTER,
We will train SAFER,
But we will ALWAYS TRAIN HARDER.

Our Mission:

To help people of all ages positively change their lives; physically, mentally and spiritually by promoting a healthy lifestyle through functional martial arts training.

To build Confidence, Self-Esteem, Self-Discipline and Focus in all of our students.

To help develop positive character traits in our students; Respect and Courtesy, Loyalty and Honesty, Courage and Compassion, Honour and Integrity, Leadership and Determination through "Alive" and Functional Martial Arts training.

To set the standard for martial arts skills in Central Queensland and continually strive to improve our technical knowledge and skill, as well as our teaching methods to offer our students the best we can.

To be the Martial Arts and fitness industry leaders in Gladstone.

To maintain strict integrity in all aspects of the operation of our school.
To develop and promote the sports of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai and Zen Do Kai in Central Queensland.
 
To be an important and upstanding member of the Gladstone Community contributing in positive ways whenever possible. 

Our Mottos:
Train Hard - Fight Easy
Respect All - Fear None!
GO FOR IT!
No Limits!


The Gladstone Martial Arts Academy and has been offering instruction in Martial Arts now in the Gladstone area for 17 years.  During this time our main priority has been to seek out better methods of training to improve what we do, how we teach it and what we offer.

This constant need for improvement and growth has seen many, many changes over those years in not only the curriculums but also the teaching methods we use and the structure of our classes.  Change is a good thing when it is for growth and development and it is our philosophy to be open minded enough to learn anything, but realistic and critical enough to validate and authenticate everything before we teach it as being the truth.  We not only encourage our students to challenge and question what we teach, we insist that they do!  This is what helps us grow and improve - we do not accept someone else's word as the truth without first trying, testing and proving it for ourselves.

What We Believe:
  • We Believe that training should be FUN and not involve FEAR
  • We Believe in replacing TRADITIONAL with FUNCTIONAL  
  • We Believe that Self-Defence starts with Awareness and Avoidence skills
  • We Believe that EGO has no place on the training mat
  • We Believe that helping others makes you better
  • We Believe there is a BETTER WAY to train and to teach
  • We Believe in training with ALIVENESS

Three Simple Rules:

  • Everyone Starts At The Bottom (we don't give out higher belts - no short cuts in our club)
  • Everyone Works
  • You Must Be Technical, You Must Be Tough, But You Must Be Technical