|Chep Krummel – Black Belt|
Chep was born in Thailand in 1981 and grew up in Australia since the age of 6 years. He started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2000, and after only a few short months he realised that he did not have the mental or physical resilience to continue in the sport. The feeling of being pinned and controlled by someone else on the ground was very overwhelming, humbling and frustrating at the same time. In 2010 Chep decided to choose a sport to help him find a regular routine, lose weight, get fitter, and improve longevity. He had grown tired of being overweight, feeling depressed and being lazy. Chep decided that if he was going to choose, one martial art, it needed to be the most difficult and would require the most commitment. This time he was determined and had made his mind up about following through with his journey in BJJ…all the way to black belt. Chep pioneered the first BJJ academy in Hervey Bay Queensland in 2011. He spent many years building his club and helping others on the same journey as more and more people began training in BJJ. Being so far away from major cities and having direct access to BJJ blackbelts was the most difficult part of Chep’s own progression in the sport. He spent many hours over the years, teaching, learning, competing and developing himself by travelling to train with other coaches in Maryborough, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Melbourne. Chep continued training for many years under the following coaches- Brian & Edward Nielsen, Marcus Collings, Andrew Bailey, Yoshi Hasegawa and Peter de Been. In 2017, Chep was awarded his black belt in BJJ from Peter de Been.
|Zachary Mabire – Purple Belt – Assistant Coach|
Zach began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2015 after finishing high school. He had previously done MMA but wanted to focus more on the grappling side of martial arts, which led him towards his BJJ. Zach found out very quickly that he wanted to focus on brazilian jiu jitsu and to become a student of the art. He also wanted to gain personal confidence, learn perseverance, resiliency, patience and to find more courage through the martial art. Jiu Jitsu has assisted Zach to improve his personal wellbeing, confidence and attitude towards life. Zach has been training in BJJ for over 5 years now, and still enjoys being on the mats training and teaching others through his role as an assistant coach. Zach was awarded his purple belt in 2018 by Professor Chep Krummel
|Joshua Turner- Purple Belt – Assistant Coach|
Joshua was born in Brisbane in 1984 and grew up there before moving to the Fraser Coast in 2014. He was always interested in martial arts and living a healthy lifestyle. Joshua was looking for a martial art to help him stay fit, strong, and healthy and started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2015 under Professor Chep Krummel in Hervey Bay. Joshua immediately found a love for “The Gentle Art” and the guidance and family bond with his training partners and Professor BJJ is known for. Joshua has competition experience and has consistently trained since beginning his journey in 2015 and is currently the rank of Purple Belt.
|Eric Lewis – Blue Belt – Assistant Coach|
Eric attempted other martial arts styles during his twenties. He decided to return to martial arts in his forties for fitness and wellbeing. He was also searching for a suitable martial arts style for his daughters which would develop their resilience and self-defence skills. After investigating martial arts styles on offer in Hervey Bay he decided to join BJJ under Professor Chep Krummel. Eric was awarded his Blue Belt in 2016, after 13 months of training. Eric found that once he had started BJJ it was very rewarding, and the sport assisted in developing confidence, resilience and wellbeing not just for his daughters, but also for himself. Eric has become fully involved in all aspects of BJJ from participating in training through to supporting others and coaching. Part of the enjoyment in participating within the BJJ family is the close bonds and relationships which exist within the club.
|Joel Green – White Belt – Assistant Coach|
Joel started training close to a year ago, and fell in love with BJJ. After looking for a new challenge after years of the very solo pursuit of weight training and competing in Physique Competitions he realised he was missing the social and family atmosphere that the sport offers. Joel also enjoys that he gets to share his development in the sport with his favourite team mates of all- his family. His wife Lacie and his children Linc and Tilly also practice BJJ. Joel currently assists in coaching the kid’s classes under the guidance of Professor Chep Krummel, and is preparing for his first BJJ competition.
* Photos by: Chris Taylor