Our Team


Phillip Grapsas

Head instructor Phillip Grapsas is a highly qualified black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Phillip has been a student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 15 years. He has been a student of Murat Karadenizli for almost 8 years. Murat is the first Australian to receive his black belt from Professor Sauer, a huge honour. In August 2013, Phillip Grapsas became only the second Australian to ever achieve the rank of Black Belt in the Pedro Sauer Association. An indication of his hard work, and dedication to the art as a method of self-defence.

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Stephen Grapsas

Stephen started his Jiu Jitsu journey in 2011 and is an accomplished brown belt, and a talented instructor.

"Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the hardest thing i have ever attempted in my life, but the most rewarding. I believe everyone should practice Jiu Jitsu, as it is a Martial Art that works for everyone." - Stephen Grapsas


Savvas Klerides

Savvas is a knowledgeable purple belt that is passionate about teaching both children and adults.

"I met Phil in 2007, give or take a year, and he quickly introduced me to BJJ. After many years on/off due to Arthritis I found a way to continue training without the use of one-hand. I enjoy helping lower ranked belts as much as I can and giving back to Jiu Jitsu for all the positive benefits it has blessed me with." - Savvas Klerides


Roger Dio

Roger is a talented purple belt who started training in 2013. Roger is Leverage Jiu Jitsu Academy's class clown - there's always a lot more laughter in any class he attends!


Susannah Holmes

Susannah is a blue belt thas has been training since January 2016 and is excited about getting more women involved in Jiu Jitsu.

"The first class I tried I was hooked. Years later and I'm still hooked and now getting the opportunity to teach a Women Only Jiu Jitsu class and get other women hooked!" - Susannah Holmes