Welcome to Roots  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

ROOTS BJJ was the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym to be opened in Australia by a Brazilian Black Belt.
Our focus is to empower people mentally and physically to have a better and more balanced life thru the benefits of martial arts as discipline, respect, self-confidence, self-defence, focus, mental strength, coordination, physical exercise and friendship.

Founded by Professor Paulo Guimaraes on November/2000 Roots Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy has grown to become one of the biggest and strongest teams in Australia competition scene winning many tournaments as a team and forging hundreds of local, national and international champion athletes including Australian, Asian, Pan Pacific and World champions. Roots BJJ has also grown in numbers of affiliated schools nationally and internationally with numerous Roots gyms in Australia including 6 in Sydney plus 1 in Canberra and worldwide with 9 Roots gyms in South Korea, 2 in Macedonia and 1 in the USA.

At Roots Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you will learn this amazing martial art in all aspects from the fundamentals to the highest competition level plus the most efficient self defence system in the world taught by our high qualified and experienced instructors. Learn and have fun in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere at the same time you develop your skills on the mats independent of your previous experience or not in other sports and/or martial arts styles.
Men, women and children are very welcome at any time!

Please check our location page to find a ROOTS BJJ school close to you and become a life champion with BJJ skills!


Brazilian JiuJitsu is based on a modified version of the traditional Japanese Jujutsu called “jiu-do” which is based on the idea of the soft overcoming the hard. In other words, a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique can defend.