Grappling Education Sydney





Our BJJ Scholarship (also offered for teens)


Our NO-GI scholarship.


Find out more about our MMA Scholarship


Grappling Education was founded to provide the greater Sydney region with a professional, world class martial arts gym. A key part of the philosophy of our gym is to encourage and support up and coming competitors to achieve their potential through focused, structured and engaging training, guided by experts with international competition experience.

Guided by this philosophy, Grappling Education has launched a series of Athlete Scholarships to help support prospective athletes in their training and competition goals. 


Drawing heavily from his experience as part of the Australian Judo Team and the National Talent Identification Program (a preliminary program for the Olympic Games), Keller has designed a program that utilises his extensive knowledge base of the highest level of competition. Instead of a one off trial, these programs utilised a training camp (run across a number of days) where the prospective candidate would undergo a series of tests.


Using this as a benchmark of standard, Grappling Education will adopt a similar approach to identify the ideal candidate for our Athletic Scholarship. 

Grappling Education has 4 scholarships:


Successful candidates will receive the following as part of their sponsorship:

  • A monthly stipend of $250 per month to help athlete cover competition, gear, general maintenance fees
  • No membership fees and complete access to the entire suite of classes at Grappling Education, plus membership to the Fortitude Grappling Athletic Program. 
  •  Free branded Grappling Education gear appropriate to their scholarship (Gi for Adults Gi, etc)

To be clear our sponsored athletes are NOT required to compete for Grappling Education and do NOT have to leave there original team. Athletes only have to meet contractual requirements outlined below to receive the scholarship.

*Our Teens Scholarship includes the above but with a monthly stipend of $50 instead of the aforementioned

Adults No Gi

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Adults No GI

We are looking for the next up and coming, or currently active, champion in the No Gi submission grappling scene. Whether your goals are to compete in No Gi Worlds, or even win the ADCC World Championships, this program will provide you personal tutelage under the guidance of Keller Locke-Sodhi (ADCC Oceania Champion). You will learn the most modern approach to this sport and become the best submission grappler you can be.

Adults BJJ Gi (already awarded):

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Our Adults BJJ Gi Scholarship has been awarded to #5 P4P Purple Belt Grappler in the world, Nicholas Maglicic. Nicholas was on an absolute tear during the 2019/20 Competition Year. Starting with claiming the title of Abu Dhabi World Pro 2019 Purple Belt Champion, and concluding his year with a highlight reel run at the IBJJF European Championships, claiming 2nd in both his Weight and the Open Weight categories. By these extraordinary achievements, Nicholas was an exceptional choice for our Adults Gi Scholarship and he will make a valuable addition to our competition team.

Teens BJJ (Gi/No-Gi)

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We are looking at the dedicated, next grappling phenom to come out of Sydney. Whether they have been training since they were young, or only been active in the sport for a little while. We are looking to sharpen the skills of an up and coming young athlete and help push them towards the endless possibilities through competitive grappling.

Adults MMA

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We are looking for someone who wishes to take their MMA skills to the next level under the tutelage of some of the best in Australia. Under the guidance of former Italian Head Coach for the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation, Renato Subotic, this program is designed to help push potential MMA athletes to their technical and physical best and help guide them on their meteoric rise through the Australian MMA scene.


The key traits we will be assessing our candidates on are:

– Cardiovascular fitness
– Strength and conditioning
– Technical Ability (depending on the chosen program).
– Mental fortitude and Discipline
– Competitive spirit

This will include interviews and non-physical assessments to ensure the right candidate progresses through and is offered this scholarship.

Athletes will be selected during one of our gruelling training camps.