Meet our talented Instructors
Professor Felipe Lunardi
Felipe Lunardi is a black belt under Marcelo Rezende and a former student of Fernando Fagundes, member of Sul Jiu Jitsu and one of the first black belts in the southern region of Brazil.
Professor Felipe has been training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for over 10 years and has won important tournaments, both in Brazil and in Australia.
He was Rio Grande do Sul state champion and won Gold at the prestigious Campeonato Sul-Brasileiro de Jiu-Jitsu which confirmed his talent and his will to succeed in the gentle art.
Upon moving to Australia, he placed second at NSW state championship.
Felipe is a very talented instructor and a very strong training partner. He teaches Friday classes at Gracie Barra St Peters and trains at the Gracie Barra Headquarters in Brookvale.
Professor Fabio Bertolli
At the forefront of Gracie Barra Brazilian jiu-jitsu St Peters is Fabio Bertolli.
Fabio began his Brazilian jiu-jitsu journey at Ryan Gracie’s academy in São Paulo, Brazil. As a frail kid that used to be bullied at school, he had experimented with all sorts of martial arts available, until he was introduced to Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Back in the day, everyone in Brazil knew that there was a family of fighters in Rio who had developed a very efficient form of martial art. When Fabio heard that a member of this family (Ryan Gracie) had opened up a school in São Paulo, he decided to give it a go.
While training jiu-jitsu, Fabio developed a passion for sports and fitness and acquired a degree in Physical Education at one of the country’s most prestigious educational institutions, the University of São Paulo (USP).
Fabio has worked with several Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA fighters in Brazil and was the personal trainer of one of the first female Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts.
After a few years training with Ryan Gracie and other renowned Brazilian jiu-jitsu teachers, Fabio decided to move to Australia and teach BJJ. He then joined Gracie Barra Brookvale and received his black belt from Marcelo Rezende, a student of Carlos Gracie Jr.
I am sure you will find Fabio an inspiring teacher too.