Jiu Jitsu

The Gentle Art // Cutting Edge Training

Jiu Jitsu – the Gentle Art – is an amazing journey that will change your life! Our team is led by Professor Liam Resnekov – 2nd Dan – who received his blackbelt from the legendary Gracie Family. The Academy has 12 authentic Gracie Blackbelts everyday helping students learn the Gentle Art. Our students have become state and national champions and we have also produced multiple UFC athletes. 

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Known as ‘the gentle art’, it is the Brazilian Art of Self-Defence that utilises leverage to help smaller people overcome heavier, stronger opponents.

It is the world’s fastest growing martial art and for good reason – it’s practical, fun, safe and easy to learn.

Originating in Japan, it travelled to Brazil, where it was taught to the Gracie family by Mitsuyo Maeda, hence the name Gracie Jiu Jitsu. After winning the UFC in 1993, BJJ spread rapidly.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, commonly know as BJJ or Gracie Jiu Jitsu and is now practiced and enjoyed by people worldwide.

Is Jiu Jitsu for me?

Jiu Jitsu is fun, safe and easy to learn. Our BJJ programs at Chatswood and Crows Nest are designed to take people with no experience or fitness and give them a confident foundation in the Gentle Art.

Looking at it in motion, some people don’t instantly get the appeal. However once they give it a go, it starts to makes sense. Some even refer to it as the game of human chess.

Our team is friendly, approachable and passionate about helping you achieve your goals.

Competition is not compulsory, but if it’s a personal goal, our highly qualified team will help you to prepare for competition as they are all experienced competitors themselves.


Fun & Safe

Beginner Friendly

Builds Confidence

Effective Self Defence

Fantastic Sport


7 days of unlimited training for free!

Give it a go

7 days of unlimited training for free!

Free introduction class &

7 days of unlimited training for $10!

Top 5 Reasons to Train Jiu Jitsu at VT1 Academy


1. Safety is #1

Jiu Jitsu has one of the lowest rates of injury among any sport or martial art.

2. Anyone Can Train

Based on leverage, Jiu Jitsu can be practiced by anyone regardless of shape and age – proven by pioneer Helio Gracie, who trained until age 95!

3. Revolutionary System

Jiu Jitsu is unlike any other martial art and will change the way you see the human body.

4. A Great Workout

Just because Jiu Jitsu does not rely on strength does not mean our students don’t get a killer workout from training while they learn.

5. Effective and Practical

Jiu Jitsu is proven one of the easiest and most effective systems for anyone of any size to learn.

What Our Students Say

Probably the best gym I've ever been to. Amazing staff who really take care of their students and are both passionate and educated about their martial art, great facilities and kick ass uniforms! I love coming here and I love the friendly, welcoming and supportive atmosphere, with their no-attitude on the mats belief.

Jessica Zhang

A top class gym, very professional. I've trained in different places over the world and by far this is the most organised and well run/structured gym I have trained at. Something for everyone be it kids programs, beginners or fighters. Can't recommend highly enough.

Ollie Hale

The best academy I have ever trained at .
Awesome staff, instructors and atmosphere .
It's a great community and culture.
Highly recommend trying martial arts for fitness, self defence and fun!

I started at VT1 when I was a teen and had the pleasure of being with the gym for over 10 years .

Richard Walsh (Ex UFC fighter)

VT1 has not just one or two, but a stack of awesome coaches. The atmosphere and facilities suit families all the way through to professional fighters, with a timetable so jam packed full of great classes that it is hard to choose between them all!

Jordan Crew

Best gym, very motivated coaches who take care of all their students at a personal level and help everyone develop individually and as a team, gym promotes a very humble aura with no judgements. I would and also have recommended the gym to all my friends.

Mario Vey

My 10 yr old daughter did jiujitsu at VT1 and loved it. Learned some serious self defence skills as well and unfortunately did a lot of practice on me! Teens classes highly recommended.

Mark de Kock

Brilliant classes, gorgeous staff and stand-out coaches, for all ages, kids, and those kids at heart! A place to be. If you just want to learn new skills or get fit and meet new friends at the same time!

Janise Huckerby

I have been to VT1 almost a year now. It is clean which is the MOST important. Coaches are great, staff are super friendly and helpful, students are kind to each other. The poster I love most at VT1 is"Leave your shoes and ego outside." We have world class UFC, Jiu jitsu and Muay Thai fighters training in the gym, we also have normal clumsy people like myself. We also have special needs kids and Parkinson patients. Coaches are very serious but also very funny, I always look forward to coming to the gym after a long work day.

Ada Lo

I've been training at VT1 for quite awhile now and over the years taken part in most of the classes the gym has to offer.
There is something special about this place. I met some of my best friends at VT1. While the gym has expanded greatly since I first started, it still has the same friendly, fun and supportive atmosphere.

The gym caters to many demographics all the way from the highest level of competition to the casual person just wanting to get fit.

I would highly recommend this gym to anyone interested in taking up training for any reason.

Glen Ratcliff

VT1 is hands down the best Martial Arts training centre in Sydney. The coaches are experts across various MA disciplines and are extremely good at training across all levels - from newbie to advanced. Kids & adults are all welcome. The gym itself is brilliant, several levels with all the equipment you need.

Katya D'entremont

I've trained BJJ here for several years and I love this gym because it combines a fun, relaxed atmosphere with professionalism and an excellent learning structure.

Head BJJ coach, Liam Resnekov, regularly travels and trains with top BJJ practitioners; bringing back, teaching and adapting the techniques and principles he acquires along the way. In this way our training is always evolving and always interesting.

Joining VT1 did wonders for my personal development and I began to see powerful changes not only in my fitness but in other areas of my life also. I've made lifelong friends at VT1 and always feel at home when I step through the door.

David Sleet

Love this gym. I started as a complete beginner and was afraid to join a class, but as soon as I stepped into the gym I felt at home straight away. The friendly coaches, receptionists and members make you feel so welcomed and comfortable. I also told my friend's kids to join their kids classes and they have been enjoying the classes a lot! Highly recommend this place, it really doesn't matter if you are just looking to get fit, find a new hobby or compete, they cater to all goals very well!

Alyssa Mak

I have trained at VT1 for many years and can't get enough. The coaches are always friendly and helpful. They helped me progress from being totally new to Muay Thai to eventually having 5 Amateur fights. The head coaches have designed the programs to suit all levels, whether you want to train towards competing, get fit or just try something new.
Can't recommend highly enough!!

Ben Schafer

One of the best Martial Arts gym in Australia! They offer adults and kids classes, with a wide variety of classes such as boxing, Muay Thai, women's kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, wrestling and karate. The coaches are so knowledgeable and genuinely have a deep love for Martial arts, coupled with expertise and experience. Coaches are also friendly and nice.

I have trained at a few gyms in Sydney, Singapore and Thailand, but the systems and techniques you learn in VT1 are incomparable. Well thought out syllabus and differentiated classes to cater for all!

Rachel Pan

VT1 Martial Arts Academy Chatswood

19B/390 Eastern Valley Way Chatswood
New South Wales 2067

Phone (02) 9417 1001

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