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Best Martial Arts in Brisbane

Top 10 Best Martial Arts in Brisbane Australia

A recent study has found that the best martial arts in Brisbane are those that focus on self-defense. The study, conducted by the University of Queensland, looked at a range of different martial arts and found that those that focused on self-defense were the most effective. The study also found that martial arts that were based on traditional values were the most effective at teaching self-defense.

Best Martial Arts in Brisbane

#1 – Chinese Kung Fu Academy


Their school was founded in 1958 and established in Brisbane, Australia. They are the oldest Kung Fu school in Australia and for over 50 years their schools have grown throughout the country and abroad.

Their Sifu, 9th Degree Grandmaster Henry Sue commenced martial arts training (Praying Mantis Style of Kung Fu) at the age of 11 years. He trained under Master Nat Yuen, who was a 9th degree Gold Belt, the highest grade of his generation in Hong Kong. He has trained for over 56 years and has been teaching martial arts for over half a century.

His style of teaching is very much ‘hands on,’ personally teaching 5 times a week. A direct descendant of the Chen School of Tai Chi, he has uniquely incorporated the circular ‘yin and yang’ principles of Tai Chi into Kung Fu. This has produced a pure fighting system, which he has given his own name, Henry Sue Circular Tong Long.

Their training is available to all. Whether you are young or old, in good health or aspiring to be, they can help you achieve your goals. Enter into a training program of Kung Fu or Tai Chi that is challenging, promotes self-discipline, and keeps you motivated. Through your training you will learn an incredible skill, increase your fitness and gain better health in a safe environment.

Type of Services:

Classes offered:

Kung Fu
Young Mantis (Kids class age 7-12)
Tai Chi
Lion Dance
Introductory Kung Fu


963 Stanley St E, East Brisbane QLD 4169, Australia

Contact:  +61 7 3393 2588

Website: Website Link Here

#2 – Fightcross MMA & Fitness Albion


Fightcross MMA gyms provide premium instruction and world class opportunities. They teach classes spanning the full range of Mixed Martial Arts including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Judo, Boxing, MMA skills, Bootcamps and more.

They offer classes for every age and skill level – complete beginners, advanced practitioners, women and children are all welcome. They wholeheartedly believe that training should be fun, stimulating, skill developing and physique building; there is no place for boring in their gyms.

Type of Services:

14 days Unlimited Training including One Free PT session Plus team t-shirt and more
(Total value $265) For only $49.95 save $215

Mixed martial arts (MMA)

Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ)



Wrestling and Judo

Youth programs


5/33 Collingwood St, Albion QLD 4010, Australia

Contact:  +61 7 3862 1988

Website: Website Link Here

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#3 – Brisbane Martial Arts Academy Northgate


The Brisbane Martial Arts Academy has been a full time Academy since 1992 and was founded by Shihan Doug Tritton and Sensei Michelle Tritton. The objective of the Brisbane Martial Arts Academy is to promote and teach Martial Arts throughout the world to people of all age, with a view to improving their physical and mental development. Empowering their members with a humble, yet confident, attitude that will help them to be successful with every goal and they challenge they might encounter on and of the mats. They offer classes to adults over the ages of 16 and also children from the age of 5.

Type of Services:


Junior 10 Class Pack $200.00

Junior Grading $40.00


Gracie Jiu Jitsu Casual Class Pack $25.00

Gracie Jiu Jitsu Weekly Class Pack $40.00

Gracie Jiu Jitsu 10 Days Free Training (new members only) $0.00

Adult Casual Class Pack $25.00

Adult Weekly Class Pack $40.00

Adult 10 Day Free Training (new members only) $0.00

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  • All purchases of Class Packs, Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly Fees for tuition at BMAA or Annual Registration Fees are specifically for the person that they were purchased for and are NOT TRANSFERABLE.
  • 10 Class packs are valid for 12 months.
  • ALL requests for refunds will unit a $50 cancelation fee.
  • The Indemnity Form needs to be filled out and signed in person or electronically via the APP or website prior to any student attending a class.
  • CHARGE BACK FEES: Please note “EZIDEBT” will appear on your transaction list when you make a payment.
  • When a Credit Card transaction is questioned and or refused by the student/parent this is a substantial fee if $44 charged to our account for the subsequent reversal and associated administration charge. If the transaction is a legitimate transaction then the student/parent will be responsible for reimbursing us for the $44 fee.
  • So please think twice before you dispute a transaction.


PO Box 2853, Ascot QLD 4007, Brisbane AUSTRALIA

Contact:  +61 431 442 025, Email: [email protected]

Website: Website Link Here

#4 – Focus Martial Arts Brisbane


Since they’ve opened, they’ve been dedicated to changing the lives of people one person at a time, through martial arts, education and coaching. They strive to provide a safe, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for all students and family members in . They take pride in creating an environment for individuals to achieve, develop and succeed in their personal goals.

They strongly believe that martial arts can be for everyone, regardless of age, gender or experience levels. Throughout all of their programs, students will not only learn the necessary skill sets to protect themselves, they stand behind their realistic and practical approach, confident it will enable every member to achieve greatness and live their best life. Try their martial arts classes, karate classes and taekwondo classes in their Brisbane Martial Arts School.

Type of Services:

Pre-School Martial Arts – Private 1-on-1 Martial Arts Lesson ($149 Value)

Kids Martial Arts – Private 1-on-1 Martial Arts Lesson (Value $75)

Teen Martial Arts – Private 1-on-1 Martial Arts Lesson ($149 Value)

Adult Martial Arts – Private 1-on-1 Martial Arts Lesson ($149 Value)

Family Martial Arts – Private 1-on-1 Martial Arts Lesson ($149 Value)

Fitness Kickboxing – 1 Week of UNLIMITED Classes ($99 Value)

After School Care Program – Private 1-on-1 Martial Arts Lesson ($149 Value)

Birthday Parties Place – 2 Hour Kids Birthday Party (Action-Packed Fun!)


1/23 Dividend St, Mansfield QLD 4122, Australia

Contact:  +61 403 022 650

Website: Website Link Here

#5 – Taijutsu Martial Arts Brisbane


Founding Director of Taijutsu Brisbane Martial Arts, and with over 14 years experience, Sensei Hayden, offers a diversified and unique approach to modern martial arts with a commitment to finding the most efficient ways to teach complex principals in a easy to understand way. Together with his team, he has created a vision for the school to be able to have their students become extremely proficient in a short period of time. Sensei Hayden has a fun and engaging teaching style that will ensure an exciting session every time.

Type of Services:


Throws & Takedowns

Ground fighting

Locks & Chokes

Practical Training

Optimised Mindset


Unit 2/110 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba QLD 4102, Australia

Contact:  +61 439 489 818, [email protected]

Website: Website Link Here


#6 – Progressive Martial Arts Academy International


Progressive Martial Arts Academy International has a long and proud history under Guro Dan Inosanto and the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts. Teaching a variety of arts that cover stand-up, weaponry, and ground fighting, PMAAI is uniquely qualified to enhance and nurture your martial arts potential. They also have their own on-site, certified, personal fitness trainers and operate a specialised 24-hour fitness gym next door to complement your training needs.

Type of Services:

Lee Jun Fan Gung Fu
Jeet Kune Do Concepts
Grappling / BJJ


180 New Cleveland Rd, Tingalpa QLD 4173, Australia

Contact:  +61 7 3393 9329

Website: Website Link Here



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#7 – Element Martial Arts Brisbane


Enduring friendships are built on the mat! Unique beginners program for Kids, Teens, Adults and ⁠ Ladies Only Classes.

Type of Services:

Unlimited Membership:
$150 Per Month

Unlimited Classes

No Limits

No Sign Up Fees

BJJ, Muay Thai and Wrestling

Day Pass:
$25 Per Person

Casual Visit

Choose Your Class

Equipment Required

BJJ, Muay Thai or Wrestling


11 Queensland Rd, Darra QLD 4076, Australia

Contact:  +61 421 840 765

Website: Website Link Here

#8 – Krav Maga Training Academy


Since opening in Brisbane in March 2005, the Krav Maga Training Academy has been providing top quality Krav Maga defensive tactics training for men & women (16 years and older), and more recently our kids (ages 7-14yrs). Regardless of your size, shape, or fitness level, you will find Krav Maga easy to learn and very effective!

Established in 2005, KMTA is the longest running Krav Maga school in Queensland, and was the first full-time Krav Maga facility in Australia! KMTA is unique in that it is the only school in the Southern Hemisphere established and run by a member of the IKMF’s elite Global Team, with a Continental Instructor Team (CIT) member at the helm. Your quality is assured, and their training is second to none.

They offer professional, fun, friendly and committed instruction four nights a week in Brisbane through our regular classes. There are many different ways to train in Krav Maga through us. You can train throughout the day and on weekends with their personal training, corporate sessions, or small group sessions.

Type of Services:

MILITARY KRAV MAGA (currently Enlisted members only)
LAW ENFORCEMENT KRAV MAGA (government employed and licenced security only)


Level 2/60 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

Contact:  +61 1300 572 862

Website: Website Link Here

#9 – Matt Fiddes Martial Arts Brisbane


MF launched their very first school in Australia back in 2007, since then they have grown their MF community across three states and continue to grow each year.

Their schools are run by passionate and inspirational like-minded leaders whose mission is to empower people of all ages to achieve their full potential and and provide martial arts to all!

Their curriculum is a unique blend of different martial arts styles that place a strong emphasis on valuable life skills.

For Children, this means better grades in school and better behavior at home.

For Adults, this translates directly to increased success in business and more fulfilling personal relationships and balanced and happy lifestyles.

By emphasising self defence, health, fitness and life skills in a friendly, fun filled, safe and positive environment they inspire and continue to build tomorrow’s leaders…

Type of Services:

MIGHTY MATTS – About our special Mighty Matts program for 3-6 year olds.

JUNIOR – The junior program is for kids aged 7-12 and is designed to give your child the tools to become confident, young adults.

ADULTS & FAMILY – About our Adult classes and other adult programs available.

KINDER MATTS – This program is design or 2-4 year olds. An activity you and your child can do together to build confidence and resilience.


1/5 Beech street, Marcoola, Queensland. 4564

Contact:  +61 1800 840 403

Website: Website Link Here

#10 – Primal Krav Maga & Self-Defence


Welcome to Primal Krav Maga & Self-Defence – the home of Brisbane and Australia’s leading Self-Defence school. They deliver a realistic approach to effectively defend yourself and overcome all kinds of violence whilst improving your confidence in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Their practical training covers self-defence scenarios, modern weapon threats, fighting tactics, safety strategies, and stress inoculation drills – focused on survival outcomes, not sport-based.

They offer Israeli-certified, expert instruction in the military combat system of Krav Maga. It is renowned for it’s practicality in dealing with reality-based situations, which is why it is used by militaries and special forces across the world. Primal also instructs Jissen Budo, an all-round combatives Martial Art bringing in skills from other systems to round out a complete fighting skill set.

So there is much on offer for beginner and experienced martial artists alike. Primal’s certified and supportive instructors offer the most experienced instruction available with their classes welcoming and friendly for those up to a dynamic challenge improving their life skills.

Type of Services:

Kettlebells / Free Weights

TRX / Bodyweight

Agility & Movement


Strength & Conditioning


Entrance in Laneway, 331 George St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

Contact:  +61 435 600 629

Website: Website Link Here

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