Robert Naumoski started training martial arts in 1987 in ninjutsu. In the years that followed he trained in a variety of martial arts including boxing, kick boxing, wrestling, aikido, and pankration. In 1994 he received his first black belt in ninjitsu, after which he gained black belts in aikido and pankration.
Robert’s first exposure to BJJ was coincidental, “while I was training weights at my local gym, the owner invited me to train some grappling downstairs in the basement. He wore a blue belt and showed me some moves involved in BJJ. Then and there I was hooked and needed to learn more about this phenomenal art”.
From then on Robert trained BJJ every Saturday for a year until an article in Blitz magazine about the first Brazilian BJJ black belt living and training in Australia caught his eye.
“Once I met Paulo I knew I had found my instructor for BJJ,” explains Robert, “I really enjoy his teaching style. Paulo showed us that BJJ is not just a martial art but a lifestyle – we each become part of the Roots family”.
With this in mind, in 2003 Robert was inspired to open up an affiliate school “so that more people can benefit from BJJ”. After outgrowing dojos in Rockdale and Carlton, the Bexley dojo was opened up in 2005 with over 200 square metres of mat area.
“Our mission is to bring out the best in every student; beyond their expectations so they can maximise their potential,” says Robert.
On 10th November 2010, Robert received his BJJ black belt at the Jorge Pereira seminar in Bexley.
In late November 2010, Robert headed to Macedonia to work with a team of students in preparation for the launch of Roots Macedonia: the first of the Roots family in Europe. Robert Naumoski is the head instructor of Roots BJJ Macedonia, and travels frequently to the country.
Robert Naumoski’s Fight Record:
5 x NSW Champion
3 x Australian Champion
4 x Pan Pacific Champion