About this Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

Jean Jacques Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Melbourne, located in Abbotsford is run by Ben;
Coach, Owner/Operator, Physiotherapist, Brown Belt and Dave; Coach, Clinical Psychologist and Black Belt.

Jean Jacques Machado BJJ Melbourne is part of the network of affiliate academies which extend throughout the world, namely USA, AUS and CAN. United in sharing not only technique, but the philosophy and mat culture that the organisation is known for we strive to represent our organisation, Master Jean Jacque Machado and our art to the highest of standards.

Under the direct guidance and supervision of Jean Jacques Machado, affiliate schools are held to a standard of excellence that is without question. Professional training environments, high-level instruction and global student community are hallmarks of martial arts academies under the Jean Jacques Machado Association. Become part of a lineage that is one of the most respected in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Martial Arts worldwide.

Jean Jacques Machado BJJ Melbourne offers professional instruction in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and self-defence. The club is owned and operated by BJJ brown belt Ben Butler-Bonnice with the assistance of coach and BJJ black belt David Curnow. The club is one of a number of affiliates within Australia and benefits from the close support of Master Jean Jacques Machado and Prof Jay Zeballos and Stewart Moulden.

Instructor profiles:

David Curnow – BJJ Black Belt

David has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over 20 years and within the martial arts for over 30 years. He received his black belt from professor Stewart Moulden on behalf of Jean Jacques Machado in December 2014 at Stewies House of BJJ, Bendigo. David is a Forensic Psychologist and works within the criminal justice system.

• 30 years Martial arts
• 20 years BJJ
• 3rd degree black belt Tae Kwon Do
• Category 1 Floro fighting systems instructor
• 25 years experience in the criminal justice system.

Ben Butler-Bonnice – BJJ Brown Belt

Ben began his BJJ training under professor Stewart Moulden in 2009 and currently holds the rank of brown belt under professor Stewart Moulden and Jean Jacques Machado. During this time Ben has also developed freestyle wrestling and submission grappling experience with numerous trips overseas.
Ben is a physiotherapist and strength coach and works within private practice and circus arts.

• 9 years BJJ
• Freestyle wrestling
• Amateur boxing, KyoKushin Karate, Muay Thai
• Competition experience freestyle wrestling Australia Cup, Australian nationals.
• BJJ Pan Pacific, Melbourne Open and Australian national competitor.

From the Jean Jacques Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Melbourne website:

JJM Melbourne is part of a group of martial arts who practice out of The Melbourne Budo Academy, a traditional martial arts studio with an old school feel and welcoming community. JJM Melbourne also has close friends and head coaches from Stewie’s House of BJJ, Bendigo. With whom with regularly receive top level instruction from 2nd Degree black belt Stewart Moulden.


96A Hoddle St, Abbotsford (Melbourne), VIC 3067

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  • Fundamentals Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • No-Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Adults
  • Kids & Teens
  • Private Classes
About the area/region

City of Yarra


Abbotsford is a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, 2 km northeast of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Yarra. At the 2016 census, Abbotsford had a population of 8,184.

Abbotsford is bounded by Collingwood, Richmond and Clifton Hill and separated from Kew by the meandering Yarra River. Formerly part of the City of Collingwood, it is now part of the City of Yarra. Victoria Street forms the southern boundary to Abbotsford (with Richmond); Hoddle Street forms the western boundary (with Collingwood); the Eastern Freeway forms the northern boundary (with Clifton Hill) while the Yarra forms the eastern boundary with Kew, in Boroondara.
(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)