Christchurch’s Premier BJJ Club
Axis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was founded in Tokyo, Japan by Rickson Gracie Black Belt Takamasa Watanabe, with Axis NZ founded in September 2010 by Heydan Bucknell and Trevor Johnstone.
As part of the international Axis association, Axis NZ echoes the atmosphere of its Tokyo headquarters, a relaxed and welcoming dojo where everyone is welcome to train at their own pace, in a friendly environment focused on personal development and good sportsmanship.
Axis New Zealand also aims to improve Brazilian Jiu Jitsu throughout the South Island and New Zealand by inviting internationally ranked Black Belts from Australia, Japan, Brazil and The United States to hold seminars at Axis NZ headquarters in Christchurch. Training excursions to Axis HQ in Tokyo are also made yearly, for those students that want to experience Axis’ unique style of BJJ first hand under Axis founder Takamasa Watanabe in Japan.
Axis Jiu Jitsu has now spread throughout the world with dozens of schools in Japan and well established branches in Australia, the U.K, Korea and Canada – with over 1,000 members worldwide.
Axis strives to maintain a high level of technique and camaraderie at all its clubs throughout the world, and is internationally known for its high standards of instruction and technicality.