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I have always been intrigued by martial arts. After dabbling in some traditional forms as a young adult, I began boxing in 2000. In 2004 my boxing gym closed, and whilst looking for a new place to train I stumbled across BJJ. After being easily submitted by a much smaller opponent I felt inspired to learn more. Since then, I have lived, trained, and competed in Brazil, trained BJJ around the world (including Japan, Canada, Several US states, and Several South American countries), fought and won amateur MMA, and competed in over 25 BJJ tournaments, winning gold (15 total) at both state and national levels. I was awarded the rank of first-degree Black belt in 2022 and am still learning and evolving.

Other personal interests include philosophy, mental and physical health, movement and mobility, and spending time with my wife and two kids. I hope to see you on the mats


  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Boxing
  • Movement and Mobility
  • Kickboxing
  • Personal Training

Achievements and Certifications

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 2nd Degree Black Belt
  • First Class Psychology Honours (ECU)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Counselling and Psychology (Double Major; ECU)
  • Certified Health Coach (Institute for Integrative Nutrition)
  • Certified Movement and Mobility Specialist (The Ready State)
  • Certified Transformative Coach (Super Coach Academy)


I’ve had a passion for the outdoors and fitness all my life. I found a passion for weight training when I was 17. In 2011 I discovered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and immediately took to it. I was honoured to receive my Blue Belt in QLD before moving to WA. During the years I’ve won numerous BJJ Competitions in both Qld and WA. In 2013 I joined Base Mma Bunbury and it quickly became my second home. I was honoured to Earn my Black Belt in 2021.
I’m a qualified Boilermaker which is my Full-Time job and when I’m not at work you’ll find me down at Base either participating in classes or teaching classes.
My wife Tam and I moved to WA in 2013 and have really made WA our home and made amazing friends that we are proud to call our family. In 2018 we bought into Base Mma Bunbury as part owners. When we aren’t at work or down at Base you’ll find us on our newly started hobby farm, with our furbaby Pepper in tow.


  • BJJ
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • MMA

Achievements and Certifications

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 1st Degree Black Belt

Stephen and Lorren

Stephen was awarded his Black Belt in July 2024 and takes great pride and sees it as a privilege to have the opportunity to learn from and coach alongside some of the most experienced and talented coaches in the State daily. He is one of the head coaches of BASE MMA’s kids Jiujitsu program with program producing the #1 Kids Jiujitsu Competition TEAM in the State holding this title for the past 2 years. Lorren is a Jiujitsu Brown Belt and is currently one of the highest ranking Jiujitsu Female practitioners in the Southwest. In 2016 Lorren was ranked National #1 Novice, has been State Champion at every Belt Level, and Weight and Open Weight Runner Up at the prestigious Pan Pacific Championships.

We’ve been training martial arts since January 2015. We grew up in the Southwest and have been involved in several local sporting clubs before finding what has now become our passion and life BASE MMA.
In 2017 we bought into BASE MMA as owners/partners and have enjoyed the focus of building a Family friendly environment and have made lifelong friends along the way.
We have 3 children, Brodi, Jet and Laila. All 3 children have trained since they could walk and even at such young ages are already very accomplished competitors with all 3 holding multiple State Titles each.

We have travelled and trained in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia and are constantly looking to improve and gain as much knowledge as possible.
Outside of the ACADEMY, we both work in the Mining industry and in our time off will take every opportunity to get away outdoors with Family and Friends.
We are very grateful that they get to do what they love everyday with their closest friends as business partners and training partners. To them, this is not just a business, IT IS A LIFESTYLE.


  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • MMA

Achievements and Certifications

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt

Ed and Stace

We moved from Melbourne to Bunbury in 2021. One key requirement before moving was a friendly, high-level MMA gym for community, skill development, and fitness, and on visiting Bunbury, we found this in Base MMA.
Stacy’s been training since 2009. She’s always been interested in health and fitness and decided to join her local kickboxing gym to complement her weight training. Ed’s been training since 2011. Ed started training to stay physically active, keep his mind sharp, and break up his day between work and relaxation. We initially met at a kickboxing gym (Ed thought Stace was a pro). We’ve been training together ever since. The two have trained in all disciplines of MMA: wrestling (under former Australian national wrestling coach, Amin Yaqubi), kickboxing, boxing, and BJJ (nogi), and most recently, muay thai. Over the years, they have trained at four different gyms, under a dozen professional fighters, including former UFC fighter Vik Grujic. Stacy has competed in MMA, freestyle wrestling, and nogi BJJ.


  • Wrestling
  • MMA


Hi everyone, my name is Willow and I am proud to be involved with such an amazing club at BaseMMA.
My experience in the fitness industry started at the early age of fifteen. I have spent all my time since in this field ranging from sport specific training including plyometric training, bodybuilding, Muay Thai and now recently MMA and wrestling. Experience in the nutrition field, muscle hypertrophy and strength and conditioning as this specific field is a passion of mine alongside the many arts of fighting styles. As of late I have found an all-new challenge of reintroducing myself into fighting again after reaching most of my other fitness goals, And Base MMA has handed me that challenge tenfold. I am very honored and excited to be a part of this venture with so many humble and like-minded experts I am surrounded by and I hope to help and pass on my knowledge to everyone involved in this gym. Catch you on the matts!!x


  • Personal Training
  • Plyometric Training
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Muay Thai
  • Body Building

Achievements and Certifications

  • Cert 3 and 4 in Fitness Instruction and Personal Training


I am the Owner and operator of Apex Strength and Fitness. I am a shift worker and father of a flat out 1 year old. My passion is anything fitness that challenges both the mind and body. I enjoy spending time with my family down the beach and going for bike rides together.

My background is in Muay Thai, Surf Life Saving, Aussie rules football and Basketball. I have completed the Bunbury 3 Waters Marathon, Busselton jetty solo swim and the Margaret River 80km Ultra Marathon and now competitive CrossFit.

Throughout the years of pushing my mind and body whilst doing shift work and FIFO I understand the various training techniques and time it takes to achieve a goal! I have flexible hours to suit your training and the knowledge to help you take your training to the next level whatever it may be.


  • Personal Training
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Muay Thai + Boxing fitness
  • Group fitness
  • Outdoor circuit training
  • Sports specific training

Achievements and Certifications

  • Cert IV qualified Personal Trainer

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