Brad is the instructor at Roots Cremorne, which is located at the Pumphouse Fitness Club that Brad has owned and operated since 1991. He’s a black belt with over 10 years of competition experience behind him.
“I started training in 1997 under Chris Dweaver, back then there were no black belts teaching anywhere in NSW. In fact, Chris and Anthony Lang were the highest ranking guys in NSW at the time and they were blue belts!”
That was to change with the arrival of Paulo Guimaraes. Paulo was the first Brazilian Black Belt to teach in Australia and Brad became his first student. Paulo spent his first year teaching at Pumphouse before opening his own academy in Bondi.
“Under Paulo I’ve progressed from blue to black belt and have enjoyed notable success at both domestic competitions in Australia and over in Brazil at the World Cup.”
Brad was a Gold medalist at the CCP, Neutral Grounds, and Pan Pacific Championships. He’s also been a medalist at the Victorian Cup, NSW BJJ Circuit and 1st National Submission Championships and recently won a medal at the World Cup in Brazil.
This experience combined with excellent facilities and a dedicated group of club members make Roots Cremorne a great choice for anyone located on the Lower North Shore.
“We have a great bunch of people at Cremorne who create a very positive and friendly training atmosphere. Everyone is made welcome.”
Here’s what some of the people who train regularly at Roots Cremorne have to say about it:
"Brad is a truly amazing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner. I found it amazing how a man twice my age and half my size could use technique to overcome strength and power. This is what inspires me to learn BJJ at Cremorne, that and the friendly atmosphere." - Jamie
"I have trained with Brad for over 4 years, and gone from a chubby girl with no clue to a fit blue belt with the confidence to compete in the world championships! Brad is an amazing coach and the guys are all great to train with. Can't wait to train with you all again when I get back from Overseas." - Christy
"I was hooked after the first session and have been training for 6 months now. I chose to train at Roots Cremorne because everyone leaves their ego at the door and train very hard." - Dave
"I really love training at Cremorne. It’s a great environment and very girl friendly." - Tracy
"Studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Brad Paterson has opened up a whole new world to me and built up my confidence. I no longer feel intimidated by large, Doc Martin wearing women in nightclubs." - Chris
"I’ve been training with Brad for about 6 years now and he’s become a part of my life…a small, grey, cauliflower-eared part that’s helped me enjoy my training and improve my fitness enormously." - Ian
"Roots Cremorne is a great place to train whether you have experience in BJJ or are interested in starting. Classes there are something I look forward to rather than an unpleasant task. Brad maintains an open and friendly atmosphere in the gym and has a wealth of knowledge about both BJJ and all aspects of fitness." - Rawdon