Andrew Macdonald

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black belt

Belt Tree
Mitsuyo Maeda =>Luiz França =>Oswaldo Fadda =>Sebastião Ricardo =>Wendell Alexander => Leonardo Santos => Andrew Macdonald




Hi my name is Andrew I have been training bjj since 2004. When I tried my first class I instantly fell in love with it. Bjj has allowed me to meet so many great people from around the world. And I wake up every day thinking about training. I recommend bjj for any one who wants to get in shape, have fun and meet new people all while learning one of the most effective martial arts in the world. I am currently a black belt under Black belt Leo Santos  and a proud member of Nova Uniao Canada.



Mitsu Nakamura

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black belt

Belt Tree

Mitsuyo Maeda => Carlos Gracie => CaLson Gracie => Andre Pederneiras => Osamu Abe => Mitsu Nakamura


– Campeonato Japones 2000 (White belt middle weight)- 1st
– Copa Infight 2002 (Blue belt mediam heavy weight) – 1st
– Copa Infight 2003 (Blue belt Open weight) – 2nd
– Copa Striple 2003 (Blue belt mediam heavy weight) – 1st
– Copa Striple 2004 (Purple belt mediam heavy weight) – 1st
– Gi amateur tornament 2004 (Purple belt Open weight) – 1st
– Campeonato Japones 2004 (Purple belt mediam heavy weight) – 3rd
– Copa Nova Uniao Japan 2005 (Purple belt Open weight) – 1st
– Gi amateur tornament 2005 (Purple belt Open weight) – 2nd
– All Japan BJJ open tournament 2007 (Purple belt Middle weight) – 2nd

Hi, I’m Mitsu from Tokyo, Japan. I have been training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu science 1998.
I started my career in Tokyo. I was not good at sports and hadn’t done any sports seriously at the time. I was a big fan of martial arts but couldn’t try because of my lack of athletic ability and fear of being injured.
Fortunately I was introduced to a bjj teacher who invited me to come and try a class. lucky for me i took him up on his offer and found that training bjj was what i was missing in my life. i have not stopped training since.
My first class of BJJ was really fun. And the teacher taught us that BJJ doesn’t need power. I learned that technique can defeat power. I was absolutely charmed by BJJ.
I couldn’t do 50 sit up’s at the time, and was defeated by bigger/more powerful teammates everyday. However I could improve myself little by little and could be equally matched with them finally. I can do more than 500 sit up now.
Training bjj has allowed me to make many friends from around the world. I have lived/visited many countries with my gi in the past 16 years. USA, UK, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, China, Portugal, and Thailand…I have trained in many countries and got many friends.
I got a strong body, spirit, confidence, and many friends by BJJ. I want to share my great experience with many people.
Why don’t you try BJJ with us?



Tauquil Atkinson 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple belt



– Bangkok Open 2012 (White belt/Middle): Bronze
– Copa de Bangkok 2015 (Blue belt/Middle Heavy): Bronze
– Bangkok Hanuman 2015 (Blue/Middle): Gold
– UAEJJF Trials Hong Kong (Blue/Middle): Gold
– Copa de Bangkok 2016 (Masters Blue/Middle): Gold
– Copa de Bangkok 2016 (Masters Blue/Absolute): Bronze (bye to team mate)
– Copa de Bangkok 2016 (Adult Blue/Middle): Gold
– Pan Asians 2016 (Masters Blue/Middle): Gold
– Pan Asians 2016 (Masters Blue/Absolute): Silver (bye to team mate)
– Pan Asians 2016 (Adult Blue/Middle): Gold
– Copa de Hong Kong 2016 (Masters Purple/Middle): Gold
– Dumau BKK 2016 (Masters Purple/Absolute): Gold

I started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in mid-2012, after having my interest piqued years before from watching the original UFC’s on VHS. I had no prior martial arts experience and found the first class confusing, uncomfortable, and probably the most fun I have had in a long time! I fell in love with the sport almost immediately. I find jiu jitsu is an intoxicating blend of rigorous physical activity mixed with high creativity and thought.

With work moving me between Thailand and Myanmar, I suddenly found myself in a country with no jiu jitsu club for long periods of time. To continue my love for the sport, I was forced into the unfamiliar role of teaching. Being able to share my passion for jiu jitsu has been particularly rewarding and has benefitted my own game tremendously.

Arete is an inclusive club with instructors that understand everybody is on a different path, whilst trying their best to challenge you every step of the way. The confidence and friendships gained on the mats continue far off it and I am proud to be part of the club.



Achilleus Ralli

Judo Black belt
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue belt



Former Captain of the National Thai Judo Team

South East Asian Games Champion (2005, 2007, 2011)

Having started Judo at a very young age, it led to over a decade of intense Judo competition on the international circuit. Since retiring from competitive Judo, most of my prior passion and motivation is now directed towards teaching at all levels (from kids to beginners to advanced).

Due to a constant pursuit of knowledge to better my grappling game, Jiu Jitsu has been the most natural ‘Art’ for me do so for so many reasons. The two main reasons being, even with multiple injuries acquired over the years Jiu Jitsu with its diversity allows me to train and avoid further injury. Finally, I feel it is important to love and enjoy where you learn and practice, for me, that place is Arete.

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