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At GroundControl, we pride ourselves on our welcoming and supportive culture. You may have experienced highly aggressive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes that felt like being thrown in a shark tank. Perhaps you have a preconceived idea of what Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu actually is. Where we are different is that our classes are technical, curriculum focused and we have a team that is based on encouragement not rivalry, where you’ll train with allies not adversaries.

Regardless of background or culture, whether you are a strong athletic build, want to increase functional strength, are male or female, young or old; here at GroundControl, we are a diverse, all-inclusive school and our aim is to turn each and every student that trains with us into a successful martial artist.

If you want to train at a gym that puts you first and allows you to become who you want to be, then GroundControl has the quality of staff, knowledge and credentials to ensure you succeed.

Benefit from:

  • Quality instruction​ that is second-to-none in our industry​​​​
  • A strong effective curriculum so you know exactly what you n​eed to focus on
  • Training tailored to different learning styles, abilities and ages
  • Every technique broken down until you are 100% confident with it
  • The same instructors to see you through your entire foundation stage journey from White to Blue belt - Guaranteed

Adults Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Increase Your Strength, Fitness, Stamina, Agility AND Learn Some Incredible Skills REGARDLESS Of Your Starting Point

If you are looking for a martial arts style that is different to your usual kicking and boxing classes and want to learn practical self-defence techniques, then Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will meet all your goals. You don’t need to have any former martial arts experience or even a base fitness level to start. Our classes are suitable for everyone who is willing to jump in and give it a go.

With Adults BJJ you will get:

  • Essentials classes designed for absolute beginners – every technique taught as if no one has seen it before
  • General and No Gi classes to build advanced skills
  • Open mats and private classes to refine your personal game
  • Expert tuition from Black Belt BJJ instructors and seasoned BJJ Competitors
  • Competitive tournament opportunities
  • MMA classes for beginners and those preparing to fight
  • Practical skills and drills that you can apply in real life situations
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    A family environment where you can meet new and like-minded people

From the very first lesson, you will leave feeling confident that you’ve made the right decision in joining us here at GroundControl. Not only will you learn something new, you will come away with a feeling of accomplishment and before you realise it, you’ll be grading up and showcasing your new skills.

Our Essentials class is specifically designed for beginners like you, to accelerate your understanding of the core techniques and principles. The values, foundations and traditions of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be effortlessly translated into your everyday life and if you don’t come away a new person, we’ll give you your money back…guaranteed!

Adults Mixed Martial Arts


If you have been thinking about taking your interest in MMA from spectator to practitioner and are looking for a way to get started, then the GroundControl MMA program is for you.

We start you from the very beginning and will work with you to build your fitness, skills and mindset until you are competition ready. You will start with low contact drills and then start to increase intensity at your own pace, as you grow in confidence and capability.

With GroundControl MMA you will get:

  • A comprehensive curriculu​m covering all aspects of striking, grappling, clinching and takedowns
  • Essentials classes designed for beginners all the way up to fight preparation
  • Contact sparring introduced based on your comfort and skill level
  • Amateur fight opportunities
  • All techniques broken down to the details that make the difference
  • Fighter fitness and conditioning
  • The most well rounded fighting and self defence approach available
  • A friendly supportive atmosphere where you’ll feel safe as you learn

When you walk into your first MMA lesson at GroundControl you’ll immediately benefit from our unique approach. Where many MMA gyms have the “three coach approach” – going to different coaches for grappling, striking and wrestling, and then trying to stitch them together - we are different.

Not only will you learn the individual techniques, broken down and drilled to perfection, we will show you how to blend the techniques together. How to transition from a kick into a takedown. How to turn a takedown into a dominant position and a dominant position into a submission. Whether you are training for fun, health, self defence or because you want to step into the cage or ring, before you know it you’ll have the fitness, techniques and the confidence of an MMA fighter.

Kids BJJ  

The Perfect Non-Aggressive, Athletic & Focused Martial Art Discipline for Kids

If you’re looking for a martial arts class that is less aggressive but just as physical, disciplined and fun, then Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at GroundControl is the perfect style for you.

The junior program is suitable for kids aged 7 to 16 years and focuses on grappling and the use of leverage and technique. This makes it the perfect style for children of different ages, weight and strength. Bully Proof your child with techniques that allow them to control aggression without having to punch someone in the face!

Here the weak can become the mighty and you cannot put a price on the confidence it provides.

With each class, your child will walk away with:

  • An understanding of respect and how to channel their energy in a productive way
  • Self defence techniques that are appropriate, will keep them safe and without the need of excessive force
  • Increased gross and fine motor skills
  • Improved sense of concentration, discipline and focus
  • Higher self-esteem and confidence as they discover successes in their training
  • Coordination and agility skills that are effortlessly transferred into other sports
  • A sense of how to work with their peers to help each other develop

Junior classes at GroundControl are held four times a week from Monday to  Thursday and children go through a dynamic and tailor made curriculum specific to their age. Our grading system rewards children for the level of technical improvement they make as an individual, as well as a positive attitude and engagement in class.

In no time at all, your child will be doing better at school, be more confident and empowered, become fitter and stronger and will learn the true meaning of camaraderie.

So don’t wait for the time to be right, or your fitness to peak or your kids to ask. If you want to see real results, learn new skills and change your life…now is the time to start.

Head Coach Mike Fooks is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (with first degree), a third degree Black Belt in Aikido, a professional trainer and personal development coach with a degree in Psychology to top it all off. His team includes first class competitors and coaches who have skills, experience and expertise in all things BJJ and MMA. In other words, you couldn’t be in better hands.


John Mellows


Jiu Jitsu has made me stronger, fitter, and a better person off the mat. There is no doubt Ground Control with its friendly and open atmosphere has made this possible. I'm grateful to be part of the GroundControl Family.

Phil Farmer


I have been coming to Ground Control for about two years. What keeps me coming back isn't entirely the skills I've learnt or the progression. It is the culture and atmosphere where everyone is welcome and equally encouraged to contribute no matter what their level of experience is. Attending training is something I look forward to multiple times per week and can see this being a lifelong hobby and passion.

 Melissa Glew 


People do often ask why I decided to try Jiu Jitsu. I have two sons and a husband who train, so I thought Why Not – what do I have to lose. The answer is absolutely nothing.

What I have gained is self-confidence, a deeper understanding of what makes me tick as a person, patience, and a new approach to learning. The people we train with are supportive, encouraging and understanding.

Nikki Cuff


After two years of watching my daughter learn BJJ I decided it was time I gave it ago. Three years later and I am still here so Mike and the team at Ground Control must be doing something right! As a female participant and much older than your average first timer the odds of sticking it out are against me but the positive atmosphere, encouraging team and excellent coaching make it easy to stay focused and enjoy the journey.

PHONE: 021 884 363

Auckland Training Centre
20 Stonedon Drive, East Tamaki
Mike Fooks   |   
0800 BJJ MMA (0800 255 665)

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