A member of “The Dirty Dozen” and the first Australian BJJ Black Belt, Professor John Will shares his interesting life story and gives insight on the history of Grappling, the Australian BJJ scene and his approach to teaching police and military. Click “Read More” for show notes!


  • His eclectic beginnings in Martial Arts
  • Forming Blitz Magazine in the mid 80’s
  • How running the magazine helped fund his international travels to train
  • His exposure to India’s ancient Grappling style “Vajra Mushti”
  • Grappling’s earliest historical records
  • Traveling to learn Martial Arts
  • The misinformation of the internet
  • The confusion of American politics from the eyes of an Aussie
  • His introduction to BJJ
  • Brazil in the 90’s
  • Befriending Rigan Machado, but not realizing at the time how big of a deal he was
  • His approach to teaching Police and Military
  • What makes a good instructor
  • Why you shouldn’t focus on “building a game” before Blue Belt
  • Categorizing your game in an organized manner
  • The “Rats’s Head and Ox’s Neck” concept
  • The evolution of Jiu-Jitsu
  • “Learning up” vs “Trickle Down Learning”
  • The Australian BJJ scene
  • Learning from mistakes / The importance of training smart
  • His advice to maximize your growth in Jiu-Jitsu